Writings

The Full Moon in July is the Buck Moon, named after the new antlers that emerge from a buck's forehead around this time of the year. It is also called Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, and Wort Moon.

Another name for the July Full Moon is Thunder Moon because of the frequent thunderstorms in the summer. The Anglo-Saxon name is either Hay Moon, after the hay harvest that takes place in July, or Wort Moon, indicating that July is the time to gather herbs (worts) to dry and use as spices and remedies.

-Information from www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/buck.html

Align Facebook Cover photo.png

The Align series is back! Starting with a special introductory session on Sunday August 25 & a special pre-Rosh HaShanah workshop on Sunday September 22.

Align: A New Moon series incorporating Jewish Spirituality, Seasonal Wellness & Creative Expression

  • Candle lighting Ritual
  • Learning and Discussion
  • Meditation and/or gentle yoga (for all levels)
  • Creative Writing and/or Art
  • Closing Ritual

Open to all backgrounds and all genders.

Center for Mindful Living 4708 Wisconsin Ave Washington DC 20016 Second Floor

Join us for an Align Introduction Session on August 25, 2019. Click here for details and to sign up.

Fall Align dates start with a kick of workshop in Preparation for Rosh Hashanah on Sunday September 2019, 3-5pm. Click here for details and to sign up.

10. Tammuz.jpg

According to the Jewish calendar, each month begins on the new moon and is a time for learning about the wisdom of that month and setting an intention. Each month has attributes and characteristics that often correspond to the season. Tammuz can be a month of heat, bright sun, and long days, which follow the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.

Notice when the heat arises for you.

Breath and try to balance the intensity with cooling, refreshing practices.

Here are a few photos from our Summer Solstice Retreat! We enjoyed meditation, restorative yoga, a food ritual, a delicious lunch, art making, and intention setting for the season. Special thanks to Jodi Balis of Red Lentil Consulting for providing our nourishment for the day.

ce79273a-3bc8-4505-bb6c-d0149e41d1e1.jpg

Our last Align session was a beautiful gathering in which we opened our hearts in preparation for receiving Torah on Shavuot. Through meditation, gentle movement and creative writing, we explored and reflected on the most valuable teachings and wisdom we have received this year and set intentions for what we want to learn and receive in the coming days, or the coming month (or the coming year). You can still consider these questions throughout the entire month of Sivan! It was a lovely way to conclude the Align series and the spring holiday cycle. Stay tuned for more information coming soon about future Align gatherings for 2019-2020!

9. Sivan New Moon.jpg

Welcoming the New Moon of Sivan!

According to the Jewish calendar, each month begins on the new moon and is a time for learning about the wisdom of that month and setting an intention. Each month has attributes and characteristics that often correspond to the season. Sivan is a month of warmth, springtime, flowers blooming, and unification (which makes it a popular time for weddings). We also celebrate the holiday of Shavuot this month and commemorate the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. As you notice the flowers and trees, the weather becoming warmer, take some deep breaths. What is the Torah (instruction) you want to recive? What teaching do you need in your life now? Breathe deeper and you make space in your heart to receive.

Summer Solstice Retreat (1).jpg

Summer Solstice Retreat

Friday June 21, 2019 10am-2pm

The Center for Mindful Living

Take the time out of your busy schedule to relax, refresh, and renew. Celebrate Summer Solstice with movement, meditation, and creative expression.

The retreat will include:

Meditation

Restorative Yoga for all levels

A delicious, healthy, seasonal, vegetarian lunch and food ritual prepared and led by Jodi Balis of Red Lentil Consulting

Art and Creative Expression Activity

Wellness tips and Intentions for the season

Register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-solstice-refresh-a-yoga-and-art-retreat-tickets-60836919865

8. Iyar New Moon.jpg

According to the Jewish calendar, each month begins on the new moon and is a time for learning about the wisdom of that month and setting an intention. Each month has attributes and characteristics that often correspond to the season.

Iyar is a month of healing. The name of the month is an acronym in Hebrew for "Ani Adonai Rofecha" meaning "I am G*d your healer." What kind of healing do you need this month? As you take a few deep breaths, consider your mind, body and spirit. How can you nourish each of those parts of yourself? What kind of self-care can you do to support your own healing? Who can you ask for support in your healing journey?

Align Iyar 1.jpg

We had a beautiful Align workshop and gathering to welcome the month of Iyar. Our theme was healing, the main attribute of the month of Iyar in the Jewish calendar. We discussed the place of Iyar in between Nisan and Sivan, between Passover and Shavuot and it’s place during the season of counting the Omer. Through meditation, writing and art, we explored our own healing journeys, supportive healing practices and calling in the added support we need. I felt so honored to create the space for this experience and to be in the presence of those souls, who shared deeply of their own processes and intentions. Chodesh Tov! Blessings for the month of Iyar.

IMG_2230.jpg

Living in DC, every year when the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom it feels like a rite of passage to go down and see them. When my husband and I went down to the Tidal Bassin last week early one morning, there were already thousands of people walking around, taking pictures, pointing, and smiling.

There was a palpable energy and joy being amongst these trees that once again sprang to life. Walking beneath these trees, it felt like blessings were overhead everywhere we stepped.

It was an embodiment of spring and beautiful way to prepare to enter the Hebrew month of Nisan.

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov (Happy New Month) of Nisan! Wishing you a month of newness, fresh energy, freedom and blossoming into Springtime,

Rabbi Sarah