Today is nine days, which is one week and two days of the Omer. גבורה שבגבורה, Gevurah ShebeGevurah, Strength of Strength, Judgement of Judgement, Discipline of Discipline.
At the center of Gevurah is a clear path. It is the path you follow to reach the highest version of yourself, your complete actualization. Being true to this path strips you of all pretense, allowing your soul and your spirit to walk freely and confidently in the world.
The lower aspects of Gevurah lead to the Sitra Achra, the Other Side. That is where your Shadow lives; where Yetzer HaRa, the inclination toward evil, pulls you away from your true path.
The Yetzer HaRa is cunning. It claims to be helping you by giving you a break from your stress and your focus. Just one more Facebook break, just one more tv show, just one more scoop of ice cream and you’ll feel better.
This is a day of the internal, eternal battle. Choose Life. Choose Light. Know you have the strength to outwit your Yetzer HaRa. Don’t deny the existence of your Shadow. Listen, and try to re-engage the parts of yourself that you cast off to form the current you. Have a vision of who you want to be and know you have the strength to walk the line every day.