As I get older life gets faster and fuzzier. The practice of bridging time as a way to provide context and meaning to the in-between big life moments has felt very important to me. As Mickie Simon and I chatted about in the creating space for joy Purple Honey conversation, it is often in the granular daily moments where we can connect to joy.
Bridging time is an awareness practice, and does not require a sitting, a meditation or even breath work (although all are great compliments!).
Jewish cycles have built in time connections that, when we tap into these, can feel grounding and help us move through life with a sense of anticipation and meaning. So, I look to Jewish Time (moon practice, weekly practices, daily practices, blessings/transcending time, life cycles, etc.) to guide me on this journey.
Most recently, I adopted the Practice of Bridging Time through reading Alan Lew’s book “This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared,” a journey through the lead up into the Jewish New Year. After three years of tapping into the wisdom of this guidebook, using its resources for soulful reflection (Cheshbon Hanefesh), and incrementally reflecting through the lead up into the New Year, that particular time of year has opened up into something new and fresh for me.
ALLLL of this to say. . . as Passover is slowly approaching and will be quickly here (5 weeks away!) we have another opportunity to practice bridging time…this time through the act of the physical cleaning of our kitchen space and during Passover, the physical cleansing of our GI tracts.
It is also in this Passover lead up time that spring can be felt (although, let’s turn up the warmth by like 10 degrees please), it is lighter, daffodils are emerging and birds are singing.
So as we hold all of this, a Bridge of Time can be formed through our own actions. In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting some Bridging Time Practices:
-Food and Recipes to dwindle what's in the fridge -Physical Clearing Rituals to create space -Body Ritual
In the meantime, Happy Spring and