Mindfulness is an invitation to be grateful for one’s life, for the blessings which one has, and for the natural surroundings that surround us always. It is an antidote to jadedness. It is a vessel in which to hold one’s pain; a container for one’s joys. It is accessible always. Upcoming Renewal: My Bday, Jewish … Continue reading Rebirthday Invitation
In the time of the aforementioned Temple, there were lyres and harps and other instruments that I can't even pronounce—there was live music as part of serving G-d. There was spirited dancing as well. After the destruction, that went away and was replaced with lots of Jewish liturgy, well it took several hundred years to … Continue reading Dancing with G-d
In Grace after Meals in Judaism, a Biblical verse is quoted in the third paragraph, “and you will eat, and you will be satisfied, and you will bless.” I’m no stranger to the hunger-fullness scale, I use it both personally and professionally—I am a dietitian after all! But is satiety only about physical fullness from … Continue reading Satiety—of an Intellectual Sort
My daughter hasn’t celebrated as many Purim holidays as I have so when we were gifted with some chocolate-covered Hamantaschen, her reaction, which initially surprised me, was quite appropriate. Instead of taking a bite out of it, she began to pick away at the chocolate covering with her finger nails, then later a fork which … Continue reading When You Give a Kid a (Chocolate-Covered) Cookie
A story the director of Hillel told us at a meeting once that someone passed by a flyer in the student lounge about a Purim event and said “What’s a Purim?” As in, a lot of the school body celebrated it, but many did not, and some did not even know about this more minor … Continue reading What’s a Purim?!
For you, it’s simple chatter For me, it’s all that mattersFor stuck inside these four wallsI hear how nature callsI no longer feel unsettled and alone Wherever I go, in Nature I find home
This week in synagogue there is an extra portion read to remember the nation that attacked the Israelites when they were weak, Amalek, the nation from which Haman, the villain of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, originated. Remembering can be helpful when times are difficult: Remember when you were strong, centered, when life was … Continue reading Remember
I recently wrote a poem called “If you can’t keep up maybe you’re not supposed to.” Sometimes one can’t keep up with the fast pace and demands of life. Other times, on the outside they’re doing well, but inside they’re struggling—having to shunt their emotional life aside in order to keep up. The following article … Continue reading What is “Keeping Up?”
Slowing down No longer living with expectations Chasing after shoulds Doing it because they are Because they “can” Not that I ever know their behind the scenes What works for me? What is sustainable? What speaks to me? What matches my inner truth?
I put the water bottle in her room so she wouldn’t ask for it at 3 am like the night before. I thought I had it made. “I’m gonna sleep like a baby tonight!” Nope. Faint words began to interrupt my dream. Moments later, I’m up. She didn’t need more water this time, she needed … Continue reading Good Morning! Wait, What?! It’s 3 am!