Today is nineteen days, which is two weeks and five days of the Omer. הוד שבתפארת, Hod ShebeTiferet, Glory of Beauty.
The prophetic voice is heard as glorious. The strength of Gevurah makes its way to material reality through Hod, piercing the veils of lies we cover ourselves with. How is Truth speaking to you? How will you bring Beauty to the world? Can you lean into Compassion as you make space for Truth?
There are many ways we can make space for these eternal values in the world. I am trying to focus this year on making myself a better person, using whatever wisdom I can glean from my meditation to make a tangible difference in my own life. And the days of Netzach and Hod, the pillars of the Temple, remind me how often I prioritize the cerebral over the corporeal.
I have made a commitment to myself to stop ignoring the temple I walk in every day. I am trying to practice mindful eating, to be conscious of my nervous physical habits, and to stretch my hunched over muscles on a regular basis. And perhaps in a few days or a few weeks, I will sort out how to re-introduce heart-pounding exercise into my routine.
May you find your own path to creating the Glory of Beauty. It is a struggle to remember we are each beautiful souls on unique journeys. And our souls are wrapped in amazing, beautiful bodies. Let us appreciate all we have in this world.