For Christmas, I asked for a new devotional. As a recovering evangelical I crave the spirituality of my childhood without the need for certainty that came with it. I missed the community and the connection to something larger. I craved the spiritual building blocks and self-discovery that came with Christianity. So my mother checked off my Christmas list with Rabbi Shoni Labowitz book “Miraculous Living, a Guided Journey In Kabbalah Through the Ten Gates of the Tree of Life.”
Each morning I sit by the fireplace with Mozi (my puppy) on my lap and a cup of tea in hand as I read the 2-3 pages of contemplation for the day. Then I sit in a guided meditation from the book.
It’s been a morning routine that brings rest to my anxiety, something ever-growing in the age of Coronavirus. It provides structure to my life and it settles the craving for spirituality that I’ve been looking for. To say I love this book and morning ritual is an understatement and it’s what brought me to this morning’s thoughts.
Today’s reading was all about courage in a time of uncertainty and every word seemed to have been written for this day. I’d like to share an excerpt with you: