Yom Kippur Eve

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Yom Kippur is a day of apology and atonement. G-d can only accept our prayers if we are at peace with our friends/neighbors and have no ill will towards others. We are told that we must ask forgiveness from others before we can stand before G-d and ask for forgiveness.

The one person I need to forgive is myself. I really screwed up this year and having a negative voice that says this is who you are is not helpful. I have been working on forgiving myself. It does not help to beat yourself up it is a waste of energy. I choose to forgive myself and get on with being imperfect and learning a lot about what I am capable of.

I also choose to let things go. It's not that I'm apathetic but life is too short to worry about something we can't change. We can not change other people's behavior only our attitude to their behavior. Sometimes, it's really not about us it's about what's going on in your partner's/kid's/parent's head at the moment you had the interaction. I find that the exercising has helped me learn to control my breathing and to sense when I am beginning to get agitated. I try to relax my breathing first to calm down. It does work but old habits die really really slowly.

Finally, I love this community and I hope that I have not hurt anyone with any of my comments, blogs etc. If I have please remember I didn't intend to hurt you.

Wishing you all a year in which you can learn to forgive yourself.
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  • APRIL103
    Thank you for this inspiring post. It shows how much you care for others.
    1964 days ago
    You are an awesome Spark friend and a true blessing.
    I always gain something from your insight on life and G-d.
    Shalom to you and your family
    1978 days ago
  • NCSUE0514
    May you find your soul at peace with God, with others, and with yourself.
    1978 days ago
    Thank you for this reflection. You can be pleased with yourself and I can too. I decide to forgive myself.
    1978 days ago
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