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Day 9 Counting the Omer 2013 Gevurah she b’Gevurah

Discernment within Discernment

Gevurah implies setting boundaries based on what we discern. As anyone who has raised children, trained a dog or nurtured a home garden knows, appropriate boundaries are necessary for healthy growth. Recognizing the usefulness of restraint is a sign of maturity — emotionally and spiritually.

One personal example today. The 6 year old dog we rescued from the shelter a few weeks ago gets nervous and starts shaking in some situations. We discovered, however, that as soon as we put a leash and collar on him, he calms down. It is as if he knows he is safe when there are clear boundaries — and someone else is setting them! With boundaries discerned and set Charley is a happier dog….and so are his humans!

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