Elul Reflections: 24 Elul 5779

A month of Love and Soul Gardening:

The phrase “I am to my beloved as my beloved is to me” (Song of Songs) is an acronym for “Elul”, (the Hebrew name for this month).

It’s a time to reflect on Love in your life. I write it with a capital L because as part of our teshuvah process, there is an opportunity to reflect on those loving connections that really nurture us to the core. Dodi, “my love” 

Consider the different aspects of Love in your life – Love for and from a partner, a friend, a family member, a pet and there are so many other aspects of Love that may nurture us –the connection with a loved one who has passed away, Love for nature and more. 

As we take stock of our lives this month, give yourself a present and journal about Love.

Write out the various aspects of Love in your life, remembering that there are aspects of giving and receiving.

Give gratitude for the dodi -- love connections -- and have some time to discern which ones really nurture you.

Consider which relationships you would like to strengthen and enliven in the year ahead.

There is a Talmudic prayer that is said when a friendship is rekindled, it is mechayeh ha-metim: a blessing for revival. It points to the idea that when we foster Love, it is like watering a seed and allowing it to grow.

Wishing you a beautiful month of soul gardening.

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