I had the honor of attending my first Bat Mitzvah this Saturday. The Rabbi began the service by asking us to notice our surroundings of the beautiful temple where we were all sitting. He went on to tell us that spaces were not what was sacred but that time was sacred. The time spent together sitting around a table, that time with others, sharing a meal and conversation. Giving our attention to those people in front of us that is where the divinity occurs, in that time that passes. Yes, the table, the room, the temple, the house, provides a special place but it is the time that is indeed what is holy.
Another example he gave is how the many times throughout the day we are not cherishing our time but rather have our nose in our phones, distracted by social media, texting and all those activities that take us away from the moment we are in, the people in front of us.
Those moments my children and I sit with each other and hear one another. The times my hubby is looking at me and we are simply connecting. These are time honored ticks on the clock. The essence of what matters.
We are often complaining we don’t have enough time and that time moves too quickly. What would happen if we slowed down and were present to the moment and the people in front of us? Would time slow down if we were not just physically present but in the here and now, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Would we discover that we have all the time in the world? Would we learn that time doesn’t matter at all?
During the Bat Mitzvah on Saturday the congregation was invited to exchange the words “Shabbat Shalom” with their neighbor. Wishing the other peace. Taking a moment of time to connect to another, to be present, giving our time and receiving another’s. Isn’t that what we are here to do and to be? Sacred for one another, sharing what is holy, regardless of the time on the clock or the minutes ahead of us. Standing in the present moment, connecting far beyond the ticking demands of the clock. Sacred. Holy. Life giving.
Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life and Spiritual Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, she is passionate about all people, not just mamas, receiving an authentic physical, mental, emotional, spiritual refill. She says, “One cannot pour from an empty cup,” and offers her clients the possibility and power of pouring for themselves, first. She is also a Transformational Educator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com), where the school “trains to transform lives” both personally and professionally. You can find her on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill and visit her website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)