Breathe

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we’re urged to focus on gratitude. But, what do we do when we’re not feeling so grateful? What do we do when we’re feeling lost, overwhelmed, confused? A quick Google search will provide you with lots of techniques that will help you foster gratitude. Most of these techniques encourage you to pay attention to the blessings in your life. But, let’s be honest, sometimes we feel that the blessings are lacking. What do we do then? Fortunately, Judaism has a very simple answer. At the beginning of time, the Torah tells us, when “the earth was astonishingly empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep,” the breath of the mouth of God hovered “over the face of the water.” (Genesis 1:2) This divine breath was exhaled moments before creation began, moments before, from the holy mouth of God, came the first divine utterance:…