October 2020

Dear One,

I have just observed the holiest of Jewish Holidays, Rosh hashanah and Yom Kippur, but it was the first time I deeply understood the meaning.
I found my journal from 2012.  I had written:
A year of new beginnings...
A year of new possibilities...
A year of ease and joy... A year of YES!
A year of recognizing that there is nothing new.
Perhaps... repackaged, recycled... but not new.

What does this mean?
And  each moment is different from the moment before
What does this mean?
Is there some jewel embedded in this thought?

And now I sit..having experienced so much love, and loss eight years later.

This year, this holiday brings a new and deeper understanding for me.  Actually it is what I have come to teach.
I have had this prayer in my notes, but never  knew where it came from.
It is a prayer for this holiday... it is the meaning for this holiday. I want to share it with you.....

"To those I have wronged, I ask forgiveness.
  To those I have helped, I wish I did more.
  To those I have neglected, I ask for understanding.
  To those who have loved me
              I sincerely thank you."

What is the jewel embedded in these sentences?
Are you willing to delve and ask yourself: "Am I willing to change?"
Are you willing to let go of the shame, the blame, the judgments and the guilt of your history.
Are you willing to list  the persons and what you have done to them and make amends... and then please take the time and list what you have done to yourself and how and to whom  you have hardened your heart.
Are you willing to be present in the NOW?
Are you willing to accept, forgive and have compassion.  When you do this for others... then please do this for yourself.
We ask G-d to help us to do this.
Are you willing to be present and make yourself a blessing?
Are you willing to be part of repairing the world?
              Change takes place one step at a time.
Are you willing to dedicate yourself to let go of your "back story" to let go of your blame and judgments?
Are you willing to open your heart to yourself and then to others?

G-d said, "let there be Light."
Will you be the light that will transform this world?
I wish you a Happy New Year.
Barbara (Glabman-Cohen)

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