The Kindle edition of my book is ready! Healing People, Not Patients is now available in e-book format on Amazon. If you or someone you know has gone paperless (or run out of shelf space, as I have) but wants to have a copy, now you can!
There’s a talmudic tradition that when a person takes their
first steps in the morning, they should recite the blessing, “ha-meichin
mitzadei gaver” – “who prepares a person’s steps.”[i]
Recently, I learned a new understanding of this prayer, and
a new occasion on which to say it. When
one is uncertain, afraid, or overwhelmed, ha-meichin mitzadei gaver is a
prayer to be shown where to place one’s feet next, to have a clear path
appear. In the traditional instance, the
word gaver means “person,” but here it suggests to me gevurah,
strength or fortitude. “Blessed are you,
God, who prepares a sure path, who makes my steps sturdy.” I also think of the verb le-hitgaber,
to overcome. “Blessed are you, God, who
shows me the way to overcome.”
If you are in the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico, not Disney) the last weekend of December, come join me for my next speaking (and singing!) engagement, December 27th and 28th in Albuquerque. Details on the events page.