Thursday, September 9, 2010

Giving thanks now

Today, I'm passing along news from White Rose Farm in Maryland. Owner, Sally Voris included on the website the following poem written by her colleague. Always timely, and I am especially resonating with the images during the Eight Days of Forgiveness, as I count my blessings of appreciation, and as I begin the ten day Jewish High Holy Days special time of reflection on the past year, and setting intentions for the new year/new season.

Last evening during the welcoming in service for Rosh Hashanah, guided through Rabbi Adalah our small circle prayed for, blessed and honored one and all. Rabbi Adalah and I met last Fall in my community Tai Ji/QiGong series and have been enjoying one another's work ever since.

Rabbi Adalah received her 'smicha' - Rabbinic and Spiritual Direction ordinations from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi; she is also a graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America as Hazzan and Masters in Sacred Music; Adalah also holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Mills College in Oakland, California, as well as her studies at The Juilliard School in voice in New York City.

Adalah is "…opening up new realms of possibilities,manifesting the spiritual in the material world," (Rabbi Hannah Tiferet Siegel).
Adalah weaves tradition with the present, as we continue opening to the future. I find that she sparks heartfelt re-connections that help bring healing and wholeness within and around us;to ourselves, each other and our home - the earth

She's developing a Pittsburgh spiritual community - 'havarah' - called Ohr Nistar - 'Mystical Light', a welcoming, egalitarian, inclusive community coming together for the soul, well-being of self, each-other and our planet. Ohr Nistar offers a unique place for spiritual growth sustained by contemplative meditative practices integrating soul, body, mind and heart.
We'll meet again during Yom Kippur a week from Saturday. You can learn more at:

Here's Jean Bryson Strohl's poem:

Pray for the land
Breathe with and for the land
Imagine the land flexible, permeable, lighted stardust
beaming its message to the universe
Pray in your own way
including the land in every breath you take for you love the land
It is a part of you and you are a part of the land
mirrors of love and light magnifying, intensifying
bring hope forward, bring possibilities forward, bring healing and wholeness
an image that can be sustained even as one is witnessing a devastation, a death

This kind of praying insists life is in the land in you
though the life you once knew and loved can be seen no more on the land
it is in the land, in you, in the memories that can be recalled, reshaped, released
To be seen, all that lies below must break the surface
like a fish emerging from deep sea waters

Send love to the land
to all that walks its surface and all that lies beneath the surface
Who has loved the land loves it still – calling to it, singing to it
inviting it to breathe deeply
to exhale a huge collective sigh of relief across the land
a balmy breeze that comforts and builds hope for all

Pray for the land
in your backyard and round the globe
It is all your back yard, familiar terrain
unrecognized in the fog of fear
Breathe deeply
exhaling a sigh of relief to clear the fog
revealing the land of the heart ever present
resonating with each deep breath

Love will clear the air
This is the way to pray
Only faith born of hope born of faith can see far enough and deep enough to know
The prayers are for all
The land, the Earth, breathes more easily when we do
so we shall breathe our best
for all
September 2010

And if you live near Taneytown/Westminster Maryland -- you may be able to benefit from the biodynamically grown Fall CSA -- community supported agriculture offer of weekly fall bounty - including salad greens, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, peppers and root vegetables like tunips, beets and carrots - fresh produce made with love at only $25 per week!--see Sally's website -- for contact info at

Many Species...One Planet...One Future

Yours in Wellness, Gratitude, Vitality and Reverence for all Life,
Suzen Sharda Segall

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Suzen Sharda Segall, Wellness Personal Trainer/Consultant, designer and facilitator of BodyArts Therapeutics, has provided an integrated approach to health and wellness for a wide variety of populations, internationally,for over thirty-five years

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