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Reflection Time Selfie

Reflection Time Selfie

If this is your first time reading this series of my blog, please take a moment and read the introduction Elul Journey: A New Year Is Emerging – 5775  http://t.co/Y6vmXdO6GJ

Today is 20 Elul or 10 days until 5775; it is a time to reflect and to choose ways in which I can best move towards the High Holy Days and the days that follow.  While it is not easy to navigate life’s journeys, I always get to decide how to approach my life.  In this moment, I am choosing to walk gently and embrace each step with openness.  As I say this, I also realize that this would be a good time for a reality check.

During each blog post of my Elul Journeys, I will share a poem, a saying, a teaching that has helped me navigate the world.  Let me know what you think!

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Return Again

Return again, return again
Return to the land of your Soul
Ret
urn again, return again
R
eturn to the land of your Soul

Return to what you are, return to who you are
Return to where you are
Born and reborn again
Return again, return again,
Return to the land of your Soul
Return again, return again
Return to the land of your Soul…

Music: Shlomo Carlebach
Lyrics: Rafael-Simkba Kahn
© Schlomo Carlebach All Rights Reserved

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The month of Elul inspires me to reflect, to really question have I been honoring myself by living consciously and honestly.  Am I serving the the world I live with integrity and thoughtfulness? Am I nurturing the person I am and striving to reach my full potential?  Am I listening to the silent voice inside of me that has always aspired to make healthy choices for not only my physical world, but for the world that surrounds me regardless of how close or far?  Am I doing the things that jazz my soul?

Everything we do matters? Everything we think can impact our lives and the lives of those around us.  Am I living in a way that exhibits those realities?

During my Elul Journey, I have chosen to take this trek one step further.  I have decided to be more transparent by sharing how I walk through the world with you as well as most of the people that cross my path.  In the recent years, I have grown to like who I am; I want the ‘real me’ to be the person that folks get to know. Today, I am actively returning to my roots and growing stronger roots with each step I take.

Each of us are born with our own essence; may we be blessed to fuel the parts of our being that make us feel the most whole as we strive to grow with each breath.

With blessings & light,
Chava

Live you way - Jung saying

With blessings & light,
Chava

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Returning to your purest soul = Teshuvah

Teshuvah*

Begins with being honest with yourself

Facing the rawness of who you are

Elohai Neshama*

Finding the infinite possibilities as you come to grips with reality

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Teshuvah

Believing in the future even as you wrestle with your demons and face the past head on

Dancing with the truth

Knowing that nothing is ok, not now

Yet seeking a balance, a time when all can be ok.

*Teshuvah comes when you look inside yourself and dig for the truths of your soul.  In the end of the day, we have the opportunity to reach out and to reach in as we become our most authentic selves.  Often we need to become transparent and sometimes we need to say that we are sorry.  More often than not, what I need is to find my truth and listen.

**Elohai Neshama – God gave me my soul.  Is God all-powerful? I don’t know.  All I know is that I am pure because of my soul.  And it is my job to live in the most purest way I can.  The universe calls me to action; I am alive because the universe still has a role for me.  May I have the strength and the wisdom to honor the universe (including myself and others) by doing what is right, what is good.

 Reflections

My journey over the years has been to seek integrity by living consciously and honestly as a human being.  What makes me soar? What makes me smile? What makes me laugh? Can I cry when the tears are calling out?  Sometimes. . . .I am, after all, a human-being.  I am striving and growing each moment that I am alive.

My intentions matter.  And honoring my intentions is part of my soul’s journey.

Teshuvah is about honoring the realness, the darkness, the realities of life, of my life.  As I prepare for the journeys of my soul, I pray that I am always living in a place of honesty with myself and others.

May I be blessed with the integrity by reaching to be my highest self.

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