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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Camp Coleman Meditation

The following meditation was written by Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz.  If you love Camp Coleman or any other camp for that matter, you will certainly appreciate her words!!!


THROUGHOUT MY LIFE, WHENEVER I’VE BEEN ASKED
TO RETREAT IN MY MIND TO A PLACE OF SAFETY,
COMFORT AND BEAUTY,
THE PLACE I HAVE GONE IS CAMP COLEMAN,
IT’S ACTUALLY THE HILLMAN CHAPEL.

THIS IS TRULY A SACRED PLACE FOR ME,
AS I KNOW IT IS FOR SO MANY OF YOU.

SO THIS MORNING, AS WE ENTER A QUIET MOMENT IN OUR SERVICE,
I WANT TO TAKE YOU TO A PLACE WITH MY WORDS AND YOUR MIND.

I INVITE YOU TO SIT COMFORTABLY,
CLOSE YOUR EYES IF YOU’RE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT,
TAKE A DEEP BREATH IN AND DEEP BREATH OUT,
BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT,
PAYING ATTENTION TO THE RHYTHM OF YOUR BREATH. 

SEE IF YOU CAN BRING INTO YOUR MIND’S EYE SHABBAT AT CAMP COLEMAN WHEN YOU FIRST CAME ALL THOSE YEARS AGO.

YOU SEE WHITE ALL AROUND YOU AS YOU WALK OUT OF THE DINING HALL FOR SHABBAT TEFILA.

YOU FEEL FULL AND HAPPY AS YOU MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE HILLMAN CHAPEL, SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.

YOU WALK UP THE SLIGHT HILL, LEADING TO THE CHAPEL
AND SIT DOWN ON THE HARD, COOL BENCH.

YOU ARE IMMEDIATELY DRAWN IN BY THE VOICES ALL AROUND YOU,
SINGING IN SHABBAT.

YOU LOOK AROUND YOU AND SEE THE SUNSET REFLECTING OFF THE LAKE, THE SMILES OF YOUR FRIENDS’ FACES
THE BEAUTY OF THE MOUNTAINS AND HILLS
THE RED CLAY ON YOUR SHOES, WHICH WILL NEVER BE WHITE AGAIN.

YOU HEAR THE CRUNCH OF GRAVEL UNDER FEET,
THE TINKLING OF LAUGHTER,
THE HUSH OF WHISPERS,
AND THE BUZZING OF BEES.

YOU FEEL THE HARDNESS OF THE BENCH UNDER YOU,
THE BREEZE ON YOUR SKIN,
THE TOUCH OF THE BODY NEXT TO YOU AS YOU SWAY TO THE MUSIC,
AND THE FEELING OF FREEDOM AND RELEASE.

YOU SMELL THE TREES, DIRT AND CLAY,
THE FRESHNESS OF EVERYONE AROUND YOU WHO HAS CLEANED UP
FOR THIS SACRED DAY,
AND THE FAINT SWEETNESS OF APPLE BROWN BETTY
STILL LINGERING IN THE AIR.

YOU TASTE THE TASTE OF CHILDHOOD,
OF LOVE, OF SHALOM – WHOLENESS AND PEACE.

OPEN TO THE WONDER OF THIS MOMENT!
REMEMBER THAT CHILD,
THAT PURE SOUL,
REMEMBER YOUR CARES, YOUR WORRIES, YOUR HOPES AND YOUR DREAMS. 

REMEMBER HOW THIS PLACE MADE YOU COME ALIVE
IN WAYS THAT WERE BRAND NEW –
-         THAT MADE YOU SPARKLE,
-         THAT HELPED TO CENTER AND GUIDE YOU.

NOW OPEN YOUR EYES AND LOOK ALL AROUND YOU.
SEE THE TREEES,
SMELL THE AIR,
FEEL SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS AND LOVE
AND KNOW THAT A PART OF YOU HAS NEVER LEFT.

IT HAS BEEN HERE ALL ALONG,
INSIDE OF YOU,
THAT PLACE OF SAFETY, LOVE, FULLNESS AND JOY.
THAT PLACE WE CALL CAMP COLEMAN.

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