Author Archives: Nanci Bern

Happy Challahween

Ever so often Halloween, Samhain, falls within the boundaries of Shabbat. I make pumpkin challah and light candles in witchy colors. My decorations, a copious amount, take on an extra glimmer. These two spiritual practices glide over the letters and books of each tradition like water over stones. They shine with the connection reflecting their light to one another. They wind around each other as they swirl around like braids of challah and the ribbons tied to my hat Continue reading

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Grounding in the Time of Lava

I let part of my garden go untended this year. It grew in wild abandon. It ignored my care-placed stone circles and lines of plantings when I created it years ago and scoffed at my incessant weeding habits of the past. It exploded into extravagant plumes of plants I had no idea lingered within its depth. They sidled up to my perennials with a come-hither sway to their leaves. The party was on, and it was wonderous. Continue reading

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Facing the Waterfall-Tools for Coping

  For the past 10 minutes, I have been rearranging my desk drawers. Do my pens need to be where my paperclips were? Nope. I did this because I find that my ability to concentrate on ‘brainy’ tasks, such as … Continue reading

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Of Trees and Menorahs

Oh, holidays, To the latkes I am cooking, At whose applesauce topping I am looking, Your potato goodness astounds me, Your oily needs confound me. Oh, holidays, To the cookies I am baking, With no grain, dairy or sugar I … Continue reading

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The Holiday of a Miracle

Miracles Miracles are from the edge of the stars where the light begins to flow into the dark of sky, They are the gift of now becoming, the need answered before even aware, the tears subdued before hope washes away. … Continue reading

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Witch Hat to Wear

Winter swoons into spring, spring sings into summer, summer chants toward the beginning of autumn. It is a primal tone that has deep intention and thrust. The shift from summer to fall is powerfully dynamic. Our eyes go from seeing … Continue reading

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Letting It Flow

I have let my garden go this year. It is growing in wild abandon, ignoring my well-placed circles and lines of plantings from years before. It is scoffing at my incessant weeding habits of the past. It has plummeted into … Continue reading

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A Resolute Spirit

As a nod to one of the words for 2016 posted by Merriam-Webster-‘post-truth’; part of this piece is ‘post-time’. Its initial writing came to an abrupt halt due to, well, you’ll see. The End of…. 2015 The last day is … Continue reading

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Why I Light Two Menorahs

https://insighthealingdotcom.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/why-i-light-two-menorahs/ This has been a tough year for many personally, and for the country and world, it has been a collective mess. There was little helpful communication and much pain. People and their ideals were at each other’s throats. The … Continue reading

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Oh, Holidays

Oh holidays, To the latkes I am cooking, At whose applesauce topping I am looking, Your potatoy goodness astounds me, Your oily needs confound me. Oh, holidays, To the cookies I am baking, With no grain, dairy or sugar I … Continue reading

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