Thursday, September 11, 2008

Elul Time





I have been spending my spare time making New Year cards. Although I often joke about channeling my inner Martha Stewart, I must admit this activity is actually a meditative act. As the high holidays approach the concept of preparing oneself is a Jewish imperative. The below linked article from My Jewish Learning is Five suggestions to focus your spiritual preparations for the High Holidays.
http://myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Rosh_Hashana/Overview_High_Holidays/RenewingOurselves.htm
As I make the cards, I contemplate what a new year means. I consider all that has transpired for me in this past year. Also By mindfully engaging in the creation of the cards, considering the person I will send the card to, the colors, the actions of cutting, stamping etc… I attempt to deeply delve into the energy and spirit of Elul.

What are you doing to prepare?

1 comment:

shavuatov said...

The cards are lovely! I agree, making things for others can be really meditative, if you approach it with the right attitude!

Rachel

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