I love to pause on Friday at sundown to light the Shabbat candles, a Friday night ritual for observant Jews. I didn’t grow up in a home where there was any religion or any rituals. (And I’m not an observant Jew.) But over the past couple of years this has become a ritual that I am in love with.
I light three candles for past, future and present (in the Jewish tradition typically only two candles are lit) from the first strike of the match on the box, I’m inviting in and I feel connected to, the mystery I’m longing for, in a holy way. It centers me into the present and reminds me of what is important. It’s like everything outside of me falls away and I’m here only in the energy of the moment. Every time I light the Shabbat candles I marvel at the simplicity of this act and the holiness it inspires.
I pray the Shabbat prayer and I welcome the Holy Mother into this sacred act. (Not a Jewish thing to do but it’s a me thing to do) I hold Holy Mother, Sophia, Shekinah, my parents, my ancestors, my angels and celestial beings who are with me, in my heart as I give thanks. It’s as if I’m uniting the past and the future and infusing it into the present.
This Shabbat I’m thinking of my gratefulness for the two courses I’m taking.
I’m grateful for Soul Vows with Janet Conner and Blogging from the Heart with Susannah Conway, I’m in love with both of them.
I’m grateful for all the amazing new bloggers/dreamers I’m meeting who are making this journey so precious. And for those I know from previous courses. I am grateful for their willingness to share their hearts. In their sharing they are opening doorways into my own inner self.
I welcome you to share your own ritual, one that centers you and fills you with gratitude. Please share it and post it here.
With gratitude and blessings,
© Masha Gitel Ellman 2015
10 thoughts on “Gratitude on this Shabbat”
Masha, this is so beautiful and inspiring. Candles are magical in the most spiritual way, and you have found your own way to bring all the lovely beings who are around you close to you when you light them. ❤ Have a wonderful weekend!
Carol, thank you and yes candles are magical, the ritual feels magical. Have a blessed weekend.
You are inspiring me to light some candles this weekend. 🙂
Carol, light your candles and bathe in the magic.
Masha, this post has really touched me. I’m always amazed at how the very simple act of lighting a candle can be so profoundly beautiful and make such a difference to self and others. It changes a space in moments. And here here to blogging from the heart – creating great internal waves of aha moments! x
Dal, I never knew how profound a simple ritual like this can be. thank you kindly.
Very nice blog. I love the tulip picture on your header. Enjoyed your candle lighting post.
Virginia, thank you.
Masha, your connection to All That Is inspires me to also light my own candles. Thank you for sharing your hearts journey!!! ❤
Laurie, I feel so humbled and excited that I can inspire you to also light your own candles. I don’t feel right on Friday’s when I’m not able to. There is a sacredness to the act of this ritual. Blessings.