How do these three topics relate?
Marianne Williamson is the Jewish progressive “peace loving” presidential candidate who believes that by love, not political knowledge, she can win the 2020 presidential election.
In 2004 she co-founded The Peace Alliance, a nonprofit grassroots education and advocacy organization focused on increasing U.S. governmental support of peace-building approaches to domestic and international conflicts.
Her remarks at last week’s debate drew lots of attention, both good and bad.
We have to live up to our own mistakes, atone for our mistakes, make amends for our own mistakes, love each other, love our democracy, love future generations, something emotional and psychological that will not be — be emerging from anything on this stage. It will emerge from something I’m the one who’s qualified to bring forth.
Anyone learning during these three weeks and/or meditates and partakes in yoga classes can relate to this remark, even if not politically.
I consider American Jews lucky, we get there chances every year to reflect, retool reunify and resolve. They are on January 1st, Rosh Hashanah and right during the three weeks before Tisha B’Av.
The three weeks leading up the the fast, and the anticipation of Shabbos Nachamu are for me, the most gratifying times to self observe and self guide into the future.
Our American New Year is the culmination of over a month of eating, drinking, partying, vacationing and gifting after a big family gathering of Thanksgiving. That day usually starts with unrealistic resolutions and spending money on memberships to gyms, buying diet programs and working on physical appearances for most.
Rosh Hashanah starts a month of eating, drinking, partying, vacationing and gifting with a fast thrown in. By the end of Simchat Torah, many of us forgot the resolutions of the month before.
This is why the resolution of reflection and resolution is so different around the three weeks and Tisha B’Av.
We refrain from something’s, but not all. We learn. and try to complete things, like books from the Torah. We give tzedakah to worthy organizations in the name of siyums.
This year, my time for reflection and resolution connects to yoga. Yes, yoga. And, based on the increase of new religious members in my classes, the practice of yoga is part of their new routine as well.
The most popular class I attend is a Thursday late night restorative yoga session. Restorative yoga typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Many poses are held for five minutes. Poses can include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. Inverses held blood flow and classes include a guided meditation to reduce stress and nuture body, mind and soul. We open our palms, our hearts and minds to loving ourselves.
Loving ourselves also means loving our people. Did we as a group live our religion, our land of Israel and our beautiful temples before they were destroyed?
Are we as Jews around the world embracing our people, our Israel and our Western Wall like we should? Poll after poll suggests assimilation and lack of factual education are showing a decline for visiting and embracing Israel, with exceptions within the Orthodox and Christian Zionist communities.
Here is one way I embrace loving our people, purchasing and sharing products from Israel. What goes with relaxation, meditation and reducing stress, nana tea from Israel, it’s the very best. Nana is unlike any other variety of mint. Reminiscent of the sun-drenched warmth of its Mediterranean origins, it unleashes a subtle layer of earthiness and invigorating minty flavor in every tantalizing cup. Nana Tea is sure to awaken the spirit whether served hot or icy cold.
Wissotzky Tea is an international, family-owned tea company based in Israel with offices in London and the United States. It is the leading tea distributor in Israel. Founded in 1849 in Moscow, Russia, it became the largest tea firm in the Russian Empire. By the early 20th century, it was the largest tea manufacturer in the world. It is one of the oldest tea companies in the world.
The company’s headquarters are located in Tel Aviv while production takes place at a state of the art factory located in the Galilee.
The company enjoys a 76% hold in the local market and exports its products worldwide. Wissotzky Tea is distributed worldwide in Canada, UK, Australia, Japan and South Korea, Europe, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine and the US kosher market, entering the United States mass market with its launch of The Signature Collection; Which includes the brand new:
· Simply Nana Mint Black Tea
· Simply Nana Mint Green Tea
· Simply Nana Mint Herbal Lemon Tea
· Simply Nana Mint Herbal Ginger Tea
· Simply Nana Mint Herbal Chamomile Tea
I also love to use natural essential oils, candles, crystals and quiet, beautiful surroundings.
I don’t usually write about myself, my personal hobbies and my thoughts about the three weeks, but Williamson inspired me to stretch, to sip, and to love even more.
I suggest we join Williamson in love, but also love ourselves, love our people and join in the hope that everyone has a meaningful fast. Hopefully, we don’t use these feelings on voting for a leader, because it doesn’t address the economy, security, infrastructure and healthcare.