Is the world spinning out of control? Perhaps it’s Mercury in retrograde.
It seems that some of us like to blame ourselves for everything, only seeing our failures. Then of course there are some of us who are always looking for reasons nothing is going the way we want.
We blame Mercury in retrograde. Or point the finger at other people.
There has to be a balance of healthy self-esteem and personal responsibility. And at the center, must be a belief in the possibility of remorse, correction and forgiveness.
Tonight begins the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, a fast of atonement.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, contains all days and gives life to all days.
On this day the heart is quieted.
Our desire is for God alone.
All kinds of disputes, spiritual or material, are resolved.
Peace comes bringing happiness and joy.
How can a day of atonement (which includes a rigorous 25 hour fast) bring happiness and joy?
Because self-reflection, connection, and yearning for our true spiritual life show us that life has meaning.
And belief that our Creator wants us to reveal our hearts and bond together, leads to solid self-esteem.
Instead of looking for fault, we look for purpose.
We know many of you are indeed fasting this Yom Kippur because you’ve written us; we wish you a meaningful, uplifting fast that feels light on the physical effort.