Take time to stop to slow it down
inhale deeply and release
all those negative thoughts and fears
take time to write,
to expose the inner sanctum
of your heart
and to create inside a space for healing.
Take time to look out and see
the small buds on the trees
so tiny the promise of their fragrance
still buried deeply
beneath the spiny bark.
Take time to look out and behold
the blue shade of the sky
the promise of the day
when our masks can be tossed aside
and the fullness of our faces
can be seen in all their glory.
Take time to notice
how you feel today
how are you doing?
Can you feel the regenerative powers
of breath filling your spirit?
Or are you barely breathing?
Take time to read
to be still in your centeredness
in your holiness in your
your holy me-at mat place
where the space of forgiveness
like a river of kindness and compassion
flowing from top to toe
widening and expanding.
For there is only this moment
to be enjoyed
to be cherished
to be shared
to bring blessing.
Only this moment for self love.
Lisa Levine is a well known cantor, composer, author, chaplain, poet and recording artist who builds bridges between faith communities.
Lisa earned a BA from UCI and received her Ordination from HUC-JIR DFSSM.
Lisa is the author of Yoga Shalom, a popular Jewish Yoga book as well as the prayer voice of “Hebrew In Harmony” curriculum published by Behrman House Books.
Her catalogue of 10 CDs and six songbooks of healing and worship music is widely published and featured in many compilations. Her recording “Bridge To Peace” is dedicated to chaplaincy and healing. Her recent release “Jospel Jam” is a mix of Jewish and Gospel original music which unites people of all faiths and beliefs.
Lisa received Ordination as Rabbinic Pastor through Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal in 2018. She serves as a JSSA (Jewish Social Services) Chaplain and Chaplain of Riderwood Jewish Community in Silver Spring, MD.
Lisa is a Registered Yoga Teacher and teaches yoga embodiment as well as music and chaplaincy in conferences and zoom rooms around the country. Her book, Heart of Light: Poems of Longing, Loss and Life, has recently been published and is available on Amazon!
Reb Lisa serves as part time Rabbi/Cantor of historic Temple Beth Elohim in Georgetown, SC and freelances around the world.