Walk the Seasons of the Soul

arcimboldo-3-638 four seasons tree“Nature never becomes a toy to a wise spirit. The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of [man’s] best hour, as much as they delighted the simplicity of his childhood.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature,” Five Essays on Man and Nature, p. 1(1836).

SHABBAT LECH LECHA
Lech Lecha… (Genesis 12:1)                                                                                                                        Walk the seasons of the soul
Saturated with wonder, curiosity and discovery.
Tenderness, gratitude, hope and openness
Point the way.
“To the Land that I will show you” (Gen. 12:1)

Ancient rhythms

Seasons continually in transition

Timeless in meaning

Walk with tenderness
Devoid of sentimentality
The forces of nature will have their way-
It’s not personal.

Walk with gratitude
For what the earth produces
Abundant or limited
Share with others
Gather seeds for next year’s planting

Walk with hope
Even as the first frost comes.
Even as days grow shorter
Even as cold sets in
And our mood becomes chilled
Resist despondency
Dormancy brings
A long, needed slumber
Powering spring’s reawakening

Walk with openness
Experience life’s unfolding
Notice the tiniest signs of life
Consider the miracle
Of so many shades of green
Pray that one last late frost
Won’t cut short the bloom,
Though it might
It’s not in our control.

Meaning blossoms in its own way
Moving to its own mysterious,rhythm
Compelling our souls to walk each season
As a point of departure
From what has come to feel so familiar
The journey is all about transitions

Walking life in this way
Brings complex blessings
Disappointment transforms
Gratitude softens sorrow
Pain deepens compassion
In the accepting arms of love, anger dissipates

Lech lecha, lechi lach
Walk the seasons of the soul
Saturated with wonder, curiosity and discovery
Tenderness, gratitude, hope and openness
Point the way
And through the blessing that is you

Know what you have always known
Each moment, day and season

Invites soul-walking
When we learn  “to count our days, so we may enlighten our hearts with wisdom (Ps. 90:12)

Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Nina J. Mizrahi
Community Rabbi

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