Omer Day 42
27 Iyar 5780
Thursday 21 May 2020
As we close our week of Yesod — connection — today we bring in Malkhut, sovereignty and groundedness, with a practice focusing on our own tree of life: on the roots that nourish and sustain us, the branches that allow us to reach for new places and new energy, and the core that holds it together, providing stability and resilience.
Today, the 42nd day of the Omer, is also referred to as “Rainbow Day” and commemorates the day following the Great Flood when Noah, his family, and the animals left the Ark and saw the rainbow (keshet) appear as a sign of covenant. It’s a day of celebration, of the unity of masculine and feminine, and a milestone marker as we approach Shavuot and revelation in just one week’s time. As we continue weathering our own arks of isolation and challenge amidst this ongoing global pandemic, Rainbow Day is a chance to commit ourselves to a renewed covenant with ourselves, with our communities, and with the earth and call in hope as we seek to both move forward and repair the brokenness in our world.
For more on Rainbow Day go to OpenSiddur.org
☀️Omer Day 42 practice [27 Iyar 5780 | Thursday 21 May 2020]☀️
- Create a quiet space for yourself and pick up a notebook, journal, or sketchbook.
- Write about and/or draw your roots. Where do you come from? Where do you tap into for nourishment and sustenance? (2 minutes)
- Write and/or draw your shoots — your branches, unfolding and stretching up and out into the sky. Where are you or wish to become more expansive? What are the outer reaches of your vision and purpose? What are the buds just beginning to form, where are the flowers and fruits birthing newness into the world? Where are the interlacing branches forming infrastructure to hold up your new growth? Where and how do they spread up and tall or out and wide? (2 minutes)
- Write and/or draw your trunk — the core, the pillar that holds and connects what is above and below, the heartwood from you draw strength, resolve, compassion, and resilience. (2 minutes)
- Take a final minute to re-read and/or re-view your tree. What do you notice differently? What surprises you? What excites you? Set an intention to hold with you as we complete week six of the Omer and prepare to move into week seven, the week of malchut, sovereignty and rootedness, the final week of the Omer.
- Notebook, journal, or sketchbook and writing/drawing utensil(s)
☀️This post is part of our Omer Wellness Series – a daily 7-minute opportunity for introspection and intentional focus on caring for ourselves, each other, and our environment in this incredibly challenging time.☀️
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