New Year! A time for transition. Transformation. New Possibilities. WOW!

Welcome to my first entry on my nascent blog: Wooing the Wow of Now…

What is Wooing the Wow of Now you might be asking? It’s about perspective, mindfulness, living in the moment, pursuing happiness, developing an inner climate of gratitude, and understanding our unique abilities to transform the mundane into the miraculous. Each new day and new experience offers the opportunity to be dazzled or WOWED if we are conscious of the potential.

Whether it’s taking a trip to a foreign country, walking through a new neighborhood in the city, watching the waves roll back and forth on the coastline, strolling through the rolling green countryside, welcoming the breathtaking birth of a child or grandchild, studying with a wonderful teacher, relishing a delicious meal, recovering from an illness, reading an amazing book in a comfortable chair before a warm fireplace or seeing the sky turn purple after the sun has set over the horizon, the WOWS are ubiquitous and beg to be noticed and appreciated. Setting an intention, or kavanah to feel blessed in our comings and goings and in our standing and sitting still moments is empowering.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking, studying and teaching about the power of WOOING THE WOW OF NOW after I became a member of a cohort at The Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Living it has afforded me the opportunity to re-invent myself and transition into a more peaceful, loving and joyous space than in my earlier years, and it has sustained me in good and bad times. I’ve even been working on a book very much related to the subject. Now I want to broaden the conversation to include all of you. What is happening in your lives that you recognize as WOWs? What are you doing to Woo the Wows of NOW?

On this January 1, 2014, I am grateful for two very special WOWs. My granddaughter Sage, who was born 1/1/11 turns three today. Since her glorious birth our lives have been enriched beyond all measure. Both she and her precious baby brother Darren, born eight months ago have delighted us and filled our lives with joy. Happy Birthday Sagealicious!

Wow 2 is that I’ve gotten this blog up and running! TaDa! A miracle for a techno-challenged rabbi (a day late due to a virulent stomach flu, but posted nevertheless).

So now the question becomes, “What is your WOW of NOW?” Please let us know…

Happy New Year everyone! May your Wooing be fruitful and your WOWS savory.

Thank you for sharing…