What is the meaning of The Sea in your life?
What does the Rainbow symbol mean in your life?
Is there a time that a rainbow lifted your spirits to a moment of enchantment or transcendence?
Wells play an important role in the Torah. Abraham and his son Isaac measure wealth in terms of the many wells they have dug (Genesis 26:12-22). The Torah has a number of stories about matches being made at a village well. That makes sense since the job of drawing water often went to the young women of the house, and the well was a place where men and women might mingle with propriety (the original “watering hole”). (more…)
The Midrash takes the biblical story of Jacob meeting Rachel at the well, and “runs with it,” insisting that the scene, with its evocative well, three (mystical number) flocks, and stone (gateway to the well) holds many symbolic allusions to future Jewish history. In particular, the water of the well is a symbol of the Holy Spirit,Ruach Ha-Kodesh, Divine Inspiration:
Filling Your Well
Some of the ways I fill my well are: Torah study, prayer, meditation, time in nature, exercise, talking to loved ones, going on retreats. For some people it may be gardening, art (doing or appreciating), poetry, literature.
Right now, are you overflowing, or feeling dried up? What are your sources of inspiration? How do you refill your inner wellspring? Do you dip in regularly? (more…)
Sharing the Spirit
Join the virtual Sharing Circle and comment here to share your experiences with wind, spirit, scent, or any of the other themes in this Gateway.
A few questions to get you started: (more…)
Have you had an experience of trial, vision, spirituality or exaltation in a mountain environment?
Have you had a “peak” experiences (at any altitude)? What was it like?
Do you have any practice or do anything to nurture peak experiences? If you have one, how do you bring it “down the mountain” into your everyday life?
Wilderness and Desert Experience
How do you empty your mind of clutter and find the awe?
Have you had a formative or healing experience in the desert, or in any wilderness setting?
What does the Midbar mean in your life, whether as an actual location or a state of mind? (more…)
Trees in Your Life
Join the virtual circle and share your reflections.
Did (or do) have have a tree that played a big role in your life? What kind of tree, where was/is it, and what is your relationship to it?
How do you protect, enjoy, and celebrate trees?
Please share the names of organizations you support that plant trees and protect our environment. (more…)
Hidden & Revealed
Revealed Light: Has the light of a certain landscape revealed something in your soul? What experiences of light do you treasure?
Hidden Light: Where have you found a “hidden” light? In learning, spiritual practice, deeds? Or perhaps guiding your own creativity? In making Shabbat? (more…)