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THE FIRST STEP FORWARD - TESHUVAH
Teshuvah, ( to return or repent) is the dominant theme and imperative of the High Holy Days. It is our opportunity for and attempt at becoming more truly aware of "self" and our desire to fix some of the things about ourselves that we try so hard not to see. I always found this process quite daunting - because of its vastness; the enormous volume of personal "fixings" and the long list of transformations necessary to reach fulfillment.
So I offer one simple solution: Focus on one thing!! Just choose one solitary but fundamental aspect of your life and commit yourself to being totally conscious and honest about it over the Rosh Hashanah - Yom Kippur season.
Maybe it's insensitivity toward others? It could be unresolved grudges which need reconciliation? Maybe my ego and self importance is out of control? Or could my life be enhanced by a bit more spiritual engagement , etc.....?
Take one, sift through and choose one. Focus attention on that particular attribute or trait which you know is creating a barrier between you and your "higher self." If we focus on even one small part of our lives and free ourselves from it, we will be amazed at the blessings and expansiveness this First Step carries with it.
Shana Tova U'metukah
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healthy and fulfilling New Year.
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