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Mystery Writing Prompt
by Rabbi Debra Orenstein

This Awe Exercise comes in two parts. To get the most out of it, do one at a time, without looking ahead.

Love and blessings,

Rabbi Debra

Part 1: Mystery Writing Prompt

Often, we seek to explain, understand, gain clarity, decide, and/or resolve. These can be helpful and noble goals or stances. Sometimes, it’s also helpful and ennobling to allow mystery. Take a few moments to jot down mysteries that you experience or observe. These could be small or large, universal and/or personal. Try not to edit. If you “run out” of items, scan your time or think of “a day in the life.” Or use the ASPIRE acronym to scan your life: name what is mysterious in the aspirational, spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational, and emotional aspects of who you are and what you do.

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Part 2: Mystery Writing Prompt


Now review your list and circle one mystery that enriches (or could enrich) your life. Contemplate this mystery and see what comes up-- in terms of feeling states or any promptings that rise up in you.  

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