Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday Kavvanah, 8/17/2011 - Relationships with Ourselves

With Rosh HaShanah a mere six weeks away, the time has come for serious introspection. In two weeks, when the month of Elul arrives, we begin sounding the shofar (ram's horn) every morning to rouse us as we head down the path of teshuvah (return), the central theme of the High Holidays.

Yesterday in this space I pointed to the six types of relationships that faith communities should seek to develop. The first on the list, bein adam le-atzmo (between an individual and him/herself), is front and center during this period. I am not so sure that I have such a great relationship with myself - sometimes the way that we see ourselves is not honest enough. And sure, there is a certain amount of self-protection in that. But getting in touch with ourselves is one goal that we should consider for this season.

Summer is waning. Now is the time to begin looking inside, to explore the more complex parts of our souls as we aim toward teshuvah.

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