Limitation Mediated by Structure
Today is the 13th Day of the Omer (April 25-26, 2006) , which is yesod in gevurah.
"Abba, you better get out of bed now or we won't get to school on time"? How grateful I am that my children actually want to go to school!
Though part of me longs for a world in which I would stay in bed all day, I would actually rot in such an environment.
Gevurah demands a world outside of the Garden of Eden in which everything dies.Yesod helps us to use those limitations to be productive.
I just finished reading Ian McEwan's novel, The Cement Garden. In the story, gevurah/death is not mediated by any form of structure and it leads to a nightmare. The orphaned children, through no ill intention, violate all the structures associated with death and in so doing, put themselves in a kind of deep sleep, being dead in spite of being awake.
On this day, let us remember that the structures in our lives can be antidotes to death, even though we sometimes rebel against them. Let this be a day when we clearly see that choosing structure can be a form of choosing life.
Examples of yesod in gevurah:
- Regular prayer
- Regular exercise
- Regular study
- Regular community service