Yosef Ruler of the Heart

Real quick because its almost shabbat. What was unique about Yosef that merited him the CEO -position ruler over his brothers? Hasidic/mystical thought attributes the notion of sexuality/yesod/foundation to Yosef. We can see this in his life, we know Yosef was physically very attractive, Pharoahs wife tried to hit on him hardcore. Yosef's challenge and ultimate success in terms of sexual morality, is exactly what made him so righteous. His control over his most basic desires is why the other brothers gravitated and bowed to him. By connecting to our source, our most basic foundation, we merit the level of, "hatachat elokeem anochi" - am I in place of g-d? (vayechi 50:19) and "viatem chashatvtem alay ra'ah, alokeem chashava ltovah" - you (pl) thought it for bad, and g-d thought it for good. (vayechi 50:20). When we connect and mitaken/uplift our foundation, we bring with it the entire world. All the brothers and sisters in a big ol' cosmic hug.  May we be blessed this shabbat to take control of our lives, our foundation, by recognizing where it all comes from. 

 

Gratitude

Striving

to live in a constant state of thanks.

Grateful.

Taking pleasure in the little things.

My coffee was hot. My feet can walk.

My eyes see color. My eyes see at all.

My heart beats. My heart feels. Pain. Joy. Sadness. Fear. 

My mind narrates. My soul yearns.

My hands clap. My ears hear.

I’m grateful that I want. That I need. 

That when my life feels incomplete, I can feel the difference between 

sweet and sour. presence, absence. focus, distraction.

Pray I can discern between needs and wants.

Temptation and passion. Lust and love. Fear and self-pity.

That I can grow in each moment. 

Up, above a level before.

Closer to my source, bigger, wiser, more. 

And I can know that I am good

My life is good

Really, I’m okay.

My life is good to make others feel it, too.

That the chocolate in my world 

is bland

until shared. Until multiplied. 

Until my turkey is yours.

And I’m grateful that there are others than myself.

Other voices. Other opinions. Other callings.

That this life is to meet and exchange

To be moved and be changed

To share and receive

To say thanks.

And more cowbell.

Gotta have more cowbell. 

Happy Thanksgiving!!! <3 zusha