From our family to yours, we wish you a sweet new year!
How has another year gone by? I could have sworn I just downed a tub of apples and honey and blew into a ram’s horn. It feels like mere minutes ago that I repented, atoned and journaled my way into the Book of Life. Yet here we are again, and another September means only one thing – Jewish holiday season is coming.
It kicks off with the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashana, which literally means ‘head of the year.’ Another timely cycle to remind the Jewish people to release the old, refresh the new and feast during the space between. Jewish tradition runs beautifully rampant during this time of year, yet if we reflect simply on earth’s most natural process, guidance is present.
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If summertime carries the energy of rapid growth, expansion and hot, hot, heat, fall is a time to turn inwards, nurture our internal universe, slow down, and ensure our two feet are planted firmly on the ground before taking any next steps forward.
We might be reaching the ‘head of the year,’ but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In a world where humans live deeply inside their heads, it is easy to get caught up in the momentum of our minds. So how can we use Rosh Hashana to pause, and prepare for the massive manifestation power we have to create our future, while also taking stock of our past?
Rosh Hashana is known to be the two-day bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds, a powerful peak time in the Jewish calendar. Just like climbing a mountain, the peak always feels the most precious to reach, an offering of new perspective, an opportunity to step into a higher self, physically, mentally and spiritually.
Yet without proper preparation, intention, and gratitude, the peak comes and goes. Rosh Hashana might be the peak of the year; but the truth is, it’s all about the process. The peak can always seem glorious; yet it’s what happens before and after that exemplifies the true values of a person. Leading up to Rosh Hashana is our annual reminder to stop, drop out of our heads and our usual thought process, roll out our insides, and evaluate where we might need to tweak our minds, bodies and behaviors, in order to arrive at our peak in the best state of mind.
It’s the desire, willpower and preparation to get to that peak, that allow for fresh perspectives to blossom and broaden. It’s the intention, strategy and slowness of the descent that allow for transformation to integrate and settle. We might all be rushing towards the peaks of life, yet remember, it’s the ups and downs of any journey that allow for the most worthwhile growth.