Last week, I had a very fortuitous opportunity to spend a few days at Kripalu, a meditation, health, and yoga teaching institution just outside Lenox, Massachusetts. The timing was unbelievable as it fell on the heels of Rosh Hashanah.
Rosh Hashanah ushers in the New (Jewish) Year while Yom Kippur (though it falls 10 days later) closes out the previous. As stated in the Torah: on Rosh Hashanah it is written and on Yom Kippur, it is sealed, who will live and who will die…who will perish by sea and who by fire. As a 10 year old, this ancient scripture truly instilled in me the fear of God! During those 10 days when the book of life was to be solidified, I did NOT lie, I did NOT break my mother’s rules, I did NOT slander and I repented for any and every sin I could remember committing. I even repented for a few extras to cover my bases for any forgotten!
Today, decades later, I live differently and I engage in a new perspective. As the New Year blossoms, as Fall enters and the leaves turn (quite literally while I was at Kripalu), I choose to blossom and turn a new leaf. I choose not to sin against myself, not to self-slander and to treat myself as I would my neighbor. I choose to shed old habits and let them die. I choose to step into who I am. And because I get to be connected to it each and every day, I have my mat symbolize that promise.
No matter your faith, as the season turns, what can you let die? Without judgment, but rather in a beautiful way, just as the leaves turn their bright colors and fall from the trees. What can you shed because it no longer works for the life you want to create?
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