Modeh ani: “Thankful am I that my soul has been returned to me.”
Traditional Jewish practitioners are trained to think and speak this phrase every day upon awakening. It is an expression of gratitude for being alive. The mystical idea here is that sleep itself has an element of death in it, and that our souls travel to other realms of reality when we sleep; some of which are so seductive we might prefer to die instead of awakening. Yet, we are thankful to be alive, for life is a precious gift. Thus, gratitude is a primary spiritual practice in almost all traditions. This and the following songs are on a CD titled SONGS OF PRAYER AND SILENCE. It can be purchased directly from our musical partner who is linked to our BOOKS and CD's page.