The rain came down in heavy sheets on Friday. It continued on into the early afternoon as I made my way back to Mimomi train station. All of the plants were dripping with water. Droplets rolled off the leaves and petals and onto the ground below. It got me thinking about preparing for the sabbath, and the mikvahs, or ritual Jewish/Israelite bathing. The bath is to wash away spiritual impurities and allow the self to become ritually clean. The ritual bathing was of upmost importance to the ancient Israelites. It is still done by many today, but for most reformed Jews it has become a ritual of the past.
I myself like to feel refreshed after the immersion in a bath. The feeling not only that comes from being physically clean, but that sensation that the impurities that are collected in the world can be washed way too. I may never have been to an official mikvah, but that doesn’t mean that I cannot become clean.
Consider the flowers in this images. They can never go to a ritual bath. They can only become ritual clean by letting the droplets wash over their petals. For me it is about the spirit of the the law not the semantics of it.
Therefore, allow time to cleanse yourself. Not only the dirt and grime of daily life, but the negative energies that we accumulate from being part of the world. Let those droplets wash over your. Let the immersion in water cleanse your soul.