April 4, 2015

Bringing Meaning to Easter & Passover.

 meditating on easter

One of the best parts of developing a meditation practice is when everything starts to become “real.”

When we start to see the things around us, as if we are seeing them for the first time.

An ant walking across a trail is suddenly so alive.

A bird flying above us becomes more beautiful than ever.

Our relationships with others, ourselves and the entire earth becomes something sacred.

This is what happens when we stop being caught up in our habitual, neurotic thought patterns and touch into the moment. We start to see meaning everywhere.

But do we also see meaning in the religious holidays we celebrate?

Yes, chocolate bunnies are delicious and a good ole’ easter egg hunt is fun and all but in the celebrating of the holiday are we finding something real? Are we touching in to something sacred?

In my house there are Easter celebrations and Passover Seder plans occurring simultaneously.

A lot of religious holiday celebrating.

Massive coming together to remember something.

But what are we remembering?

Most of the time, I am not sure.

But what I do know, is what I want to remember.

I want to remember that everything is sacred, that we need to take care of each other, that we need to take care of ourselves and that the best way to do this is by touching into a benevolent source that is greater than us—who is open to us all the time.

This is how I want to spend my time.

Connected to something greater.

And not in a cognitive way, but in a way that lights up my entire body and mind.

This is what I want to do when I celebrate, it is what I do alone, but my guess is, as humans, it is what we once did together when we celebrated religious holidays.

So, this year I will go through the motions of hiding the Easter eggs, setting the Passover table, saying the prayers and eating the chocolate.

But inside I’ll be connecting to what is real to me and dreaming of a way in future holidays to find a way to bring that connection to the communal holiday.


Relephant Read:

What Easter is (Not) About.


Author: Ruth Lera

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Photo: flickr


Facebook is in talks with major corporate media about pulling their content into FB, leaving other sites to wither or pay up if we want to connect with you, our readers. Want to stay connected before the curtain drops? Sign up for our curated, quality newsletters below.


You must be logged in to post a comment. Create an account.

Mar Apr 6, 2015 7:13pm

Ruth, Jesus Christ rose from the Dead for you, me and every other human being on this Planet. The Apostles who were later horribly killed, didn't lie to save their lives, they knew this guy Jesus was the real thing. Praying for you. Peace and Love, Marlene Faith always….

Read Elephant’s Best Articles of the Week here.
Readers voted with your hearts, comments, views, and shares:
Click here to see which Writers & Issues Won.

Ruth Lera

Ruth Lera is a mindfulness meditation teacher, energy healer, natural intuitive, writer, boreal forest loiterer, and author of the book Walking the Soul Path; An Energetic Guide to Being Human.

She is also the creator of the Self Healing Community an online portal for tapping into your innate healing abilities.

Besides being a regular contributor for Elephant Journal, Ruth shares her thoughts on energy healing and the universe on her blog, Facebook page, and Twitter.