It’s my time to reflect and review and repent

Posted Friday, September 18th, 2015. Filed Under Voices of wisdom

I have just finished celebrating Rosh Hashanah, a time of rejoicing and celebrating the Jewish New Year. As we approach Yom Kippur I am taking time to evaluate my life and reflect on my year. Yom Kippur is a time to repent for your sins.

To be honest I do this type of evaluation process on-going. I prefer to deal with things at the moment and time. I would rather deal with it and then move on. What I find interesting is that people save up their ‘sins’ for the one big day, Yom Kippur. It is a time to ask for forgiveness from G-d and absolve us of our sins. After doing so we then ask to be written into the Book Of Life and that our year be one of peace, abundance, and health…

What most don’t know is that when you have wronged a person, G-d can’t absolve you, it must be between you and that person. So if I wronged someone I must ask forgiveness from that person.

The last few years I have sat with my boys and gone through the prayer book reading in English the Amidah, a sacred prayer, in which part lists all the sins that we ask forgiveness for. It is amazing how many sins there are (lol).

Then there is the fasting for 24 (really 25) hours – no food or drink. Of course this is not about punishing you so if you feel faint or have to take medication you are supposed to. I don’t mind the fast. This year my younger one fasted along with his older brother. The only thing I had to deal with was a moody son who does get impacted from not eating.

At the end of Yom Kippur when they blow the shofar I have this sense of … release — like I’ve lifted some “weight” off of me, said I was sorry (that includes family and friends) and am ready to embark on a new year. This year I am continuing the shift in my thought/belief pattern – focussing on gratitude – letting go of disappointment. I want truth in my life although so many people do not. I am amazed at how many people live a lie – convincing people this is who they are when you know this is not true. Letting it go….

I sometimes wonder if being in my truth and authentic is the best for me for at times it seems to work against me. But I am not sure I could do it differently.

So based on that… stay true to who you are!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

All my love,

Sandra

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