The purpose of this blog is to help me stay awake in life.
To notice the judging I do of myself and others.
And to help me remember to pause, and guide me to perhaps see things in a different light, like giving others the benefit of the doubt.
Knowing that I have an audience (it helps that my audience is more than just me!), I feel obligated to keep up with my writing.
Which is great.
And, I thank you for being that person in my life.
But, it’s not enough.
(Not, you. Me.)
That is, blogging is not enough.
It certainly helps me process this work that I am doing.
But, it doesn’t give me the opportunity to tangibly experience things in real life.
The only thing that does offer that opportunity is practice itself.
Like, just sitting.
For at least 20 minutes.
Have you ever tried it?
Like exercising (for those of you who don’t like it).
Or, flossing your teeth.
You always find excuses why you don’t really need to do it.
Or, think of other things that are more important to do in that very moment.
Other things you need to do.
But, that’s how we as humans behave.
We are wired to be occupied,
and stay busy,
and get things done,
as fast as we can,
with as little effort as possible,
while doing a hundred trillion other things at the same time.
And, not recognize the importance, the value, of stopping.
This revelation is nothing new to me.
I’m just coming full circle again.
Recognizing that I can’t really become a mindful person, unless I really practice.
And with that, I’m renewing my commitment to sit each morning.
And just notice.
And, I’m encouraging my kibbutz community to do the same.
At least on the Sabbath.
This week the synagogue committee just introduced a new aspect to the weekly Sabbath prayer schedule.
From now on, the synagogue will be open a half an hour before the traditional prayers begin, for those who wish to come to sit together.
And, practice together.
I will be there.