Thursday, September 27, 2018 – 18 Tishrei 5779 – Sukkot IV
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In business, be competent.
In action, watch the timing.
– Lao Tzu
(Nobility, p. 307)
Friday, September 28, 2018 – 19 Tishrei 5779 – Sukkot V
The universe of goodness is yours to have and to serve; it begins with the thoughts you entertain in the landscape of your mind and in the patterns of your behavior. Do not be discouraged if you fall off balance or move into negativity. When you fall into forgetfulness, you have the power in your mind to pause, empty, change the pattern, and redefine yourself. (Understanding, p. 95)
Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 20 Tishrei 5779 – Sukkot VI
The physical landscape of your life as you know it now will continuously change its shape and grow new forms as time moves on. Nothing stays the same; all things blossom, ascend, and steadily expand in their light and truth. (Wisdom, p. 81)
Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 21 Tishrei 5779 – Sukkot VII
When determining the rhythm of your life, leave room for contraction and expansion. What may fit for today may not suit your needs tomorrow. For one path or one experience cannot fulfill all your needs for growth. (Creativity, 288)
Monday, October 1, 2018 – 22 Tishrei 5779 – Shemini Atzeret
The eighth day from the First of Sukkot is a solemn gathering, Shemini Atzeret, invoking prayers for rain in the new season, and Yizkor prayers for remembering the dead.
Even within the deepest darkness, there is a ray of light waiting to be lit; within the greatest challenge, there is a miracle waiting to be found; and within the greatest sorrow, there are memories of joy waiting to be grasped. (Glory, p. 253)
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 – 23 Tishrei 5779 – Simchat Torah
Simchat Torah celebrates the joy of Torah, at the completion of the yearly cycle of reading the Five Books of Moses.
The Torah is not a static, never-changing relic of the past, but a vibrant, mutable, expansive dialogue between you and God. The more you put yourself into it, the better you can see the fluidity, flexibility, and playfulness of God. Immersing yourself in the words of Torah means swimming in the dynamic flow of the ever-changing, forever-revealing wisdom and knowledge inherent in the universe of experience. (Understanding, p. 111)
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 – 24 Tishrei 5779
Bereshit: Genesis 1:1 – 6:8
In the beginning, God creates the heaven and earth. Now the earth was formless and void….
You come from nothingness. Nothingness is not a deficiency, but rather a fullness beyond our capacity to grasp it logically. There is no category or container that could possibly hold nothingness. It is a state of infinite and immeasurable, not yet existing, potential. (Intention, p. 38)