Today is thirty-five days, which is five weeks of the Omer.מלכות שבהוד, שכינה שבהוד. Malchut ShebeHod, Shechinah ShebeHod. Sovereignty/ Indwelling / Presence of Splendor.
Five weeks of delving into how the Divine influences life. Five emanations of holiness piercing the critical armor we use to shield ourselves from one another.
How to feel the presence of Splendor? Ask yourself what transforms you. What forces you out of your ingrained habits? What makes you stop repeating the narrative of pain and desire that shackles you?
I had colleagues over for Shabbat dinner. After the requisite tour of beautiful things my husband made (and dinner), I thought one more recitation of my litany of complaints would heal my brokenness. All it did was spread brokenness to those around me.
We can choose where we focus our energy. Today, let us choose to bask in the Splendor. May prayer lead you towards peace and flourishing. May you find meaning in every moment.