Kavannah/Intention–Monday Meanderings

Although I am not Jewish, I have found much nourishment in studying spiritual aspects of Judaism, in particular the Hebrew Alphabet (Aleph Beit). Jewish mystics and scholars believe that God used the letters of the Aleph Beit to bring about creation. Consider the power of the Word.

Source: jewfaq.com

Source: jewfaq.com

This morning I spent time with the letter Kaph. It means “palm” as in the palm of the hand. There is power in the hand–we raise a hand in blessing, we use our hands in the act of creating, through the hand healers channel their healing energy–think of Jesus, or Reiki Masters. It is intention, kavannah, that enables this power. Kaph is the first letter of kavannah and, as such, invites us to bring intentionality to our daily actions.

Photo Credit: theseedof hope.com

Photo Credit: theseedof hope.com

A few hours ago I spent some time doing the domestic thing: folding laundry, doing the dishes, a quick “pick up/put away storm” around the house. The idea of kavannah came to mind and, as I was making the bed, I realized that I can do it grudgingly or with grace. Bringing the intention of love to simple chores transforms them–making our home a blessing. It’s true that this is something I learned at an early age, but it’s something I have to continue to strive to remember. It’s so easy to slip into unconsciousness and go through the actions of every day without awareness.

So, we write. How can kavannah/intention affect this part of our life? What happens when, before we put our palms on the keyboard, we remember that we are instruments of the divine creative Spirit?

The Letter Kaph

The Letter Kaph

This is a re-blog of a post I wrote in July of 2010. As I’ve become more involved in poetry communities, I’d like to add one more thought–the importance of bringing KAVANNAH/INTENTION to our comments. Are comments just to attract more hits, or are they truly there to encourage our fellow bloggers? 

Have a wonderful week.

Reference: If you have any interest in learning more about the Hebrew Alphabet, there are a number of books on the subject listed on Amazon.com.  The one by Richard Siedman is very accessible.


17 thoughts on “Kavannah/Intention–Monday Meanderings

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    Nice visit here this p.m., Victoria. Happy days and poem on …


  2. Lovely ….. lovely ….. lovely …. I like posts that give us pause. This is a teaching post and it gives us pause to consider why we do what we do here in this blog world. I hope that like me most want to share a part of the little things they know and hope that those reading them can understand the world in which they were grew up in. It may not be what others have experienced but life would be so one dimensional if that were so. Very nice post, Victoria.
    Namaste …


  3. fascinating Victoria ~ I loved studying Hebrew!


  4. Pamela says:

    A lovely post, Victoria. I learnt something with this. As for comments, I am happy to receive them, because it does let me know I may have done something right with my writing. I don’t rely on them for my writing though. I do however feel the need to reciprocate the visit. But, I won’t comment if the writing doesn’t do something for me. Is that okay? It gets very confusing sometimes. What is proper etiquette?



  5. Waltermarks says:

    In the beginning was the Word… That just makes sense. He wasn’t speaking English. Thanks,


  6. claudia says:

    i love what you write about doing things grudgingly or with grace…it makes such a big difference even though we do practically exactly the same… and people will feel the different attitude.. true on what you say about comments as well…superficial comments, no matter on my own post or on others p… me…sorry but…yeah..i can get a bit emotional on this…smiles


  7. janehewey says:

    I agree, Victoria. There is power in our palms and power in our intentions. I love your view of the daily chores as potential moments for grace and awareness.


  8. Hi Victoria!

    First of all, I’d like to say I enjoy looking at your face; it is all love it reminds me of my mothers face.

    Secondly, I hope you don’t mind if I share a little story on your blog. I think that might be against blog rules but I find myself bending them sometimes.

    When I was a small child my natural state of being was love. People saw it in my eyes and shared it with me.

    Going to middle school the boys told me boys cannot smile. There was an internal battle losing love to be a man.

    Finding work at a Bowling Center I was told as a man I get paid to smile at customers. For two decades my state of being is love again.

    As a supervisor I was told you don’t smile at employees too much if you want to be respected. The light of love grows dimmer for me.

    When my vision dimmed and pain replaced smiles another obstacle to be and share love.

    How would I do that in words again to once again be love.

    Finding a White Pearl in a blog she provided me the answer once again. Hey love; I love you more; Love ya more later.

    She is a 21 year old Islam girl. I am a 53 year old man from the west. A complete stranger with no face; only words she saw love in reciprocating same.

    She bes love I bes love we bes love I share love now.

    Hey love; Love you friend; love you more later!

    Visit her blog if one wants to see love being in words. It is linked in my Oreo story. It is quite contagious. I am now the love flu too. You can share it too. But wait!! You already have it!

    By the way, the letter K, in general, is my favorite letter. It is Alpha across many cultures. You show it as Omega here too; lying hidden on the left side of the table.

    Peace to you always and love my friend.

    And finally, thank you for this love muse; I’m glad I subscribed to your blog. Now I have another peace; of my blog too!

    I am going to link this post there in these words. I always honor those who inspire me.


  9. brian miller says:

    it is good to measure our intentions…

    personally i think it fairly easy to see intention in comments…usually you can tell who read or spent any amount of time in reading…i think there are some that do it just as a calling card a come visit my blog…they are generally superficial…

    intention i think comes in going that extra step, what was it that you liked (specifics), what personal revelation did it bring, just saying it was good does really very little beyond twinging the ego…


    • Victoria says:

      Being a part of dVerse made me so aware of intention in commenting. You and Claudia and many others do take the time to leave meaningful comments and I believe others see that as well and hopefully it encourages them to do the same. Thanks, Brian and Claudia, and all of you who take the time to think about what you’re reading and saying back in comments.


  10. Mary says:

    I have a Jewish friend who often talked about ‘intention.’ Now I see where she got the concept. I think doing things with intention can change one’s whole perspective on one’s day. There is something positive about even the most ordinary task. And yes, comments in poetry blogs, sometimes intention is obvious. Have a good week.


  11. Jamie Dedes says:

    A lovely post and wise. Perfect for Bardo, if you are inclined to share it there.


  12. annotating60 says:

    This was very enlightening and interesting Victoria.>KB


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