May today there be peace within.

Teresa of Ávila


        Easter Sunday.  We made it!

        Presumably, you had some intention as you entered into this Lenten commitment of reflection. If you’re anything like me, the experience of doing something regularly (most every day) provided a framework for something you may now call a practice. Give yourself that.  And thanks for giving me this gift, this discipline, this opportunity to think about my own ways.  More challenging than expected, but that was the idea. What growth opportunity doesn’t have a little wrestling (just ask the butterfly!)?

        Holy Week. And the Easter story.

        On his journey, Jesus modeled forgiveness and accountability, assertiveness and kindness, fear and fortitude. He maintained Peace amongst what must have seemed like living hell. In essence, the yin and yang of the human experience: unthinkable challenge with many lessons and blessings in the midst of it. And an Easter story with the promise of a hopeful ending.

        Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” That “way” was through Him. I think we are called out to observe what He went through and how He got through it, with faith and perseverance. And a lot of mindfulness and meditation…

        “I Am,” he said, over and over and over. Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu all said the same things, with the same pathways to peace. Same destination, different ways to get there.

        Hallelujah. What a slog fest 40 days (and life) can be! The sorta good news? You are not alone. To some degree, misery loves company. We like to know others have endured similar experiences to ours and survived. Jelaluddin Rumi, a 13th Century mystic & poet, wrote:

A new moon teaches gradualness
and deliberation, and how one gives birth
to oneself slowly. Patience with small details
makes perfect a large work, like the universe.
What nine months of attention does for an embryo
forty early mornings alone will do
for your gradually growing wholeness.

Likewise, Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert, Moses hung out on Mount Sinai for 40 days, Buddha meditated under the linden/bodhi tree for 40 days, and Muhammad was 40 years of age when he received the call to become a prophet. Getting through a period of pushing ourselves is tough, but the rewards are many. I hope you have some new appreciations and that you’ll stick with your practice.   

        Leonard Cohen, a gifted poet and musician who touched the hearts of many, was born Jewish, ordained a Buddhist monk, studied in India, and wrote about Jesus in many of his songs. “Hallelujah” was off the charts (featured in Shrek and below in a cover by Neil Diamond). The word itself, hallelujah, translates to “praise Yah.” “Yahweh” is the most intimate word in Hebrew for God; it is considered even too intimate to be spoken. Cohen’s lyrics to this song, like so many, are soulful:

I did my best, it wasn’t much

I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch

I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you

And even though it all went wrong

I’ll stand before the lord of song

With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah

Cohen once said of the song: “It explains that many kinds of hallelujahs do exist, and all the perfect and broken hallelujahs have equal value.”

        Hopefully from these forty days you came away with an appreciation for the many ways to get to Hallelujah.  Easter is more than a day. It’s a whole season, and the idea is to keep on. Resources and a wrap-up will follow later in the week, but for now, rejoice in the hope and peace of this day. Any way.  


~ Thanks, Peace & Cheers ~

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Tom

    Thanks Elinor for the gift You have given so many each day during the season of Lent and holy week…

  2. Marina

    Quite a journey with you E! Loved it!

  3. Missy

    Thanks so much for these 40 days! What a gift. I have really enjoyed. Happy Easter.

  4. Melinda

    Kudos Eli! Every night I heard, ‘I gotta go write’ and every morning you delivered! Thank you for this daily gift which I’ll miss.

  5. Leslie

    Thank you Elinor. I will really miss these posts. You made the season more meaningful, thoughtful, reflective , loving and peaceful. This was an amazing gift for which I am very grateful.
    Happy Easter! Miss you! Xo

  6. Lee

    Elinor, Peace be with you today and every day. Alleluia! Alleluia! Love you

  7. Jean

    Happy Easter, and thank you for 40 days of insights, tools and wonderful food for thought!

  8. Julie

    Elinor, Thank you for 40 days of sharing your life experiences with us, for opportunity for reflection, growth, and connection. It’s been a beautiful gift.
    Hope we can meet soon. Peace, joy, love. Alleluia!

  9. Erika Pearsall

    I’ve loved these 40 days. Thanks for the reflections and especially for the new tools that I hope to use every day. Well done! XO Erika

  10. Jen

    I have really enjoyed the reflection that your posts have helped to provide over the past 40 days. I look forward to going back and rereading many of them and trying them incorporate them into my daily routine. It really is good stuff for the soul. Peace to you and your family!

  11. Jen A.

    Elinor, Thank you for the 40 days! I looked forward to reading and reflecting on your posts each day. Your writing was thought-provoking, inspirational and relevant. And also fun. I will miss it!

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