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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Mossaic's of Infinity

There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be,not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord. - A.J. Heschel

Not to have, but to be.

Shabbat is the process of creating a clearing that allows us to just be. In that clearing, we have the opportunity to experience moments of complete harmony -- of an almost physical connection to others and with something greater than ourselves. Within Shabbat, we have the opportunity to experience what can only be described as "extraordinary time."

We tend to think of reality as a set of tangible things, contained in a definite space. Moments of "being," however, exist outside of the normal definition of reality. At times we may question the validity of such moments. Of holy time. Are they just mental gymnastics? Do they really mean anything? If they were so great, why do we find ourselves reverting back to the mundane? Why did I find myself yelling at my kids for no good reason two hours later?

But if experienced, such moments must be "real". And the fact that moments of being cannot be measured or ojbectively observed does not make them less real. To be present to just being, can change one's whole way of looking at life, and such an expereince is as real as the lamp on my desk.

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