Today is the 40th day, making five weeks and five days of the Omer. Presence within Connection / Humility in Bonding: Hod within Yesod.
A long day today at Temenos - a retreat center on 56 beautiful acres. The bird houses are all inhabited. I can't remember the last time I observed a bird hovering in the doorway of its house and wondered if there were babies in the nest inside.
Rabbi Jacobson is so pithy for today: "Humility is crucial in healthy bonding. Arrogance divides people. Preoccupation with your own desires and needs separates you from others...Bonding that is just an extension of your own needs is only bonding tighter with yourself." Our group of twenty has had a day of deep bonding today, hopefully with presence and humility.