Flowers of the Heart
Palm Psalm ~ Heart In Hand
- Joy Krauthammer
How do you share your heart in lovingkindness?
How many folds, layers and valleys are to be revealed and discovered
in the harmony of your heart.
Today, Omer day 3,
I celebrate the birthday of my 91 year old friend, Edith, who composts her beautiful roses (and veggies).
© Joy Krauthammer
At the Apple store today while I was waiting an hour for the group trainer to come to my assistance (after I'd had my private lesson), I helped another woman student. Elana is a sprightly Israeli American senior, at least a decade older than I, and travels half an hour each way to her weekly lessons. I realize tonight as I counted day 3 of the Omer, Tiferet sh b'Chesed, that today's mitzvah really fits the Sephirat HaOmer for tonight.
As I munched on matzoh, Elana brought her computer to where I sat and she opened her laptop and showed her family photos to me; beautiful children and growing grandchildren. I saw the military photos from when she had served in the Israeli Army, and her grandson had also served. Her grandchildren call her "Savta". At first, I didn't understand when Elana said she's lost him. I questioned Elana. Two years ago he died "from drugs." Tears came. Then she shared another photo of them both sitting together and broadly smiling with light shining through their faces.
Looking at the happy photo, my heart deeply felt the sadness of Elana's loss. With compassion, I asked Elana, whom I barely knew, if I could show her how to digitally crop the photo and put them together in an oval matt, deleting most of the cluttered background. I would beautify her photograph and bring more harmony to Elana.
With my Heart filled with Loving-Kindness, I taught Elana what I had recently learned to do in a new program; and we digitally drew an oval mat around their faces, bringing them closer by deleting the rest of the excess photo. The Tiferet heart-space that Elana holds for her deceased grandson is evident. I am grateful that I could participate in the further bonding of Tiferet sh b'Chesed.
Only last week Elana and I spoke at the Apple store, and then sent creative heart-felt Passover greetings to each other in e-mail. With Chesed, I had admired her creative photo work.
I feel that the photo's home-grown garden tomato embraced in my hand represents my holding Elana in my heart, as she holds her grandson in her heart.
How have you with Chesed embraced a stranger or loved one?
TIFERET sh b'CHESED