Kavannah–Intention: Monday Meanderings


Image: Jason Newcomb

Image: Jason Newcomb

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. 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. 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 God’s creative Spirit?

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6 thoughts on “Kavannah–Intention: Monday Meanderings

  1. Susan says:

    I also thank you for the reminder. How could I be absentminded about something I know so well, something I testified to over and over when I was younger. I humbly return to that poem I was going to write, my palms buzzing.

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  2. brian miller says:

    it is quite an empowering thought that we are the instruments of something greater than our selves…it encourages reverence as we approach any task….

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  3. A helpful way to work, Victoria. I usually do chores mindlessly, from habit., but your way is better.

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  4. C.J. Black says:

    A most thoughtful post Victoria, thank you for sharing. Must share it and spread the word.

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  5. claudia says:

    thanks for the reminder victoria – it makes a big different how we do things – and if we remember to – whenever we touch something – it can be a blessing for someone – it makes a big difference…thanks

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  6. Pamela says:

    Very interesting, Victoria. Our hands are God’s tools to work magic with. I have always thought that. Thanks for this informative post. Have a great week.

    Pamela ox

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