middot equanimity meditation

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Wednesday, 15 December 2010 16:23

path of truth

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-forestpathThe Hebrew word for truth is emet.  Emet translates also as verity and correctness.

Truth can be difficult. It can be difficult to find, and once found it can be difficult to live out. However, we have to have chutzpah. The Torah is our guide and Mashiach Yeshua is the living Torah who said, "I am the way and the truth and the life" (John 14:6, DHE).  Therefore, if we wish to have correctness and life, then we need to know the way and have truth.  Once we find it, we must be fearless in following that path.

This meditation can be used as a tool to focus your mind and soul on the path of truth that you know lies before you.

(Note:  For more information on meditative techniques, see the source Jewish Meditation by Aryeh Kaplan.)

Take a seat upon either a carpeted or uncarpeted floor.  The goal is to find a firm seat in a quiet place.  First, take a few deep breaths. Deep breathing brings oxygen to your brain and helps clear the mind. Close your eyes. Continue breathing until you feel relaxed.

The focus of this meditation is to help you visualize the path of correctness, the path of truth.

Using a verse from Psalms 86:11 for meditation, choose whether you will say the Hebrew or the English. Repeat it in your mind until you are comfortable with it and can let it flow freely in your thoughts:

הוֹרֵנִי יי דַּרְכֶּךָ אֲהַלֵּךְ בַּֽאֲמִתֶּךָ

(Horeni, Adonai darchecha v'ahalaych b'amitecha)

Teach me your way, O Lord; I will walk in your truth.  —Psalms 86:11

Imagine as you repeat this verse, either aloud or in your mind, that you are standing before a pathway. This pathway stretches far beyond you, but you can see where it leads. Imagine, as you repeat this verse over and over, that you are walking slowing down this path. You are following its curves, its unpredictability, yet you are trusting. It is the true path, the one you are seeking. It might not bring you everything you want, but you know this:  it is the correct path and the one Hashem has for you.

Visualize your slow movement on this path and go as far down the path as you can while repeating this psalm mantra. Let the words become part of your steps ... match the words to each step. Each day is a process of accepting that which is sometimes contrary to our nature; however, there is nothing more blissful than being in the very place where we are destined to be in Hashem's will.

As you end the meditation, carry with you the visualization of this meditation.  When you encounter a difficult moment, recall the path and your walk. To walk with Hashem is to walk on the truest path—the path of life.


Gospel references taken from Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels (DHE)®, © Copyright Vine of David 2010. Used by permission.

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