47th Day of the Omer
Introspection: Looking Within
What is there to say about the inner life?
It is as complex as the watery byways of Venice,
Delicate as the hands of an infant child,
Curious and compact as the wisdom of an acorn.
It is as magnificent as the profile of an African queen.
It eludes comprehension and yet it is ever present,
Enveloping every moment of life.
One lives from the inside out.
A gnarl of emotion, biography, memory, and spirit.
Each blending and bending into the other
Like knotted strands of crocheted comforter.
It is a world I will never truly understand,
And yet the only reality I can ever know.
What lies within yearns for love, support, and courage.
It yearns to be known, recognized, and understood.
It begs forgiveness, while refusing to forgive.
What a gentle nuance, this thing we call an inner life,
What an exquisite gift.
It pushes and pulls at us like a toddler with places to go.
At times it pains me to look inside
And yet within, I hold the looking glass to worlds of splendor.
Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar, The Dance of the Dolphin
Baruch Ata Adonai Elo-hei-nu me-lech ha-olam a-sher ke-d-sha-nu b- mitz-vo-tav, v-tzi-va-nu al s-fi-rat ha-omer.
Praised be you Adonai our God who rules the Universe instilling within us the holiness of mitzvot by commanding us to count the Omer.
Today is the forty-seventh day – six weeks and five days of the Omer.