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Who knows where a lunch can lead? In a previous post, I recalled meeting Rabbi Martin Siegel of Columbia, Maryland, over conversation, sushi, tea, and minor questions like: What is spirituality?

I wondered what Rabbi Martin thought of my blog post on that conversation, and he has kindly replied. But not in the way you might think.

He sent me a letter. No email. No text message. No post on Facebook. No blog comment. A letter — and the letter wasn’t typed. It was in longhand. Here is what he had to say:

Dear Danuta

The biggest event since our January 31st lunch has been the record snow fall which disrupted most lives.

Why do I mention this?

Because the record to this debilitating snow fall is a response to the questions you raised on the perceived tension between spiritual theory and practice.  Practicality makes our spirituality real.  When our lives were disrupted by the snow we were forced to change the patterns of our lives.  We could react with fear or stress or we could recognize that this situation creates unique opportunity for spiritual reflection on personal renewal.

Of course in this snow we needed to make practical arrangements to survive.  However, once our basic survivals are ensured, we can reach beyond survival to the larger, more encompassing purpose of existence.  If we come to essentially spiritual place, we can see everyday happenings, good or bad, from a context of a larger, overreaching purpose.

Your dilemma between your beliefs and your attitude toward your son can be resolved like the reaction to the snow.

Survival is necessary.  Your son should be taught and protected.  However, your relationship to your son is the ultimate spiritual connection we call love.

To be spiritual is to come to the issue of everyday from a higher, more encompassing place — the place where we really live, the one from which we can do more than just survive in the world. We can transform it.

— Rabbi Martin Siegel

But you don’t need to wait for another monster snowstorm to become more mindful of the spiritual realm. Here is Rabbi Siegel’s daily prescription for spiritual healing.  Try it and share your impressions with us!

6 Responses to “Snow and Spirituality (cont.)”

  1. stacey says:

    🙂 I know that made your day. I love the opportunity that arised at the time of his response, that in its own is special in my eyes. I couldnt have agreed with him more. Even down to the actual snow. Much like humanity, snowflakes differ and no two are alike..when flowing to the rythem of their life they are all the same, working together as one. Its amazing how we all so connected on every level to all living things, I personally agree everything is living. Which reminds me of your Avatar post. I have yet to see it, but your blog was beautiful. Precious moments are never to be forgotten and nothing ever taken forgranted.

  2. brenK says:

    The snow did seem to slow down people’s rushing around. What I found was that neighbors helped each other, either quickly or once they recognized it would be good to help because it was needed. Phone calls were made to see if others were OK. A neighbor went through the neighborhood with his snow blower helping others he didn’t even know but who he saw had snow-ladden driveways which hadn’t been touched. One of my neighbors who didn’t have a great relationship with another, finally went to her aid with his snowblower when he saw how she kept trying but had a hard time getting through the piled high snow near the street. And the snow was beautiful — saw that looking out through my new larger windows. So I see the connection with people and nature that was heightened in my neighborhood. I do agree with some of what Rabbi Siegel said, especially on the Sunday and Tuesday sections.

  3. Brandi P says:

    I like what Rabbi Siegel has to say but everything is always easier said than done. Sometimes you can’t help but think of the day to day things and get wraped up in it because humans are extremely psysical spirituality is not. Its harder to grasps at there for less people reach for it.

  4. susan says:

    Connecting with my own spirituality during this year’s snow storm was a gift that I got only because I went looking with an open mind. As for the few days when the local area was moving in slow motion it gave me a chance to slow down and really see how blessed we are to be. Spending time surrounded by fields of pure white snow gave freshness to my view of my everyday surrounding, and an appreciation of family, friends and Mother Nature.

  5. i honestly enjoy all your writing type, very exciting.
    don’t quit and also keep writing in all honesty , because it just simply good worth to follow it.
    impatient to look into more of your posts, enjoy your day 🙂

  6. danutahinc says:

    Dear Chiscophomelm,

    Thank you for your kind and encouraging words.

    I promise to write 😉

    Enjoy your day as well!