Day of Atonement or Connection?
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Jews across the globe just spent an entire day praying for mercy and the fate of their lives for the upcoming year. Now they are readying themselves for the holiday of Succoth, building their temporary homes and hoping the fate signed and sealed for them will be good and filled with blessings.
On Yom Kippur, usually known as the day when our Creator decides our fate, we ask for forgiveness, mercy, and kindness. An entire day dedicated to our relationship with our Source. We stand in awe and fear, and like angels we remove all physicality for a 25-hour period. We abstain from food, drink, showering or using perfumes, make-up, leather footwear, and intimacy with our partners.
This has always been my favorite holiday. Many don't understand why. Usually holidays are surrounded by festivities, family and friends, laughter, with delicious foods and drinks. So why would I enjoy a day where I am forbidden to enjoy any of that?
If someone were to ask me what heaven or paradise feels like, it would be this day. A day when I am closest to my Source, to my Soul, to my Creator, and I am uplifted and no longer require food, drink, or even sleep (prayer services start at 5 a.m.).
This day is the day that I return to myself, my truest self. I get a whole day to reflect on myself, my actions, my life journey, and how I am doing - If I am staying true myself or if I am walking off the path best suited for me.
This day is the day of meditation, self-awareness, reflection and ultimate connection.
By looking into myself, I am becoming like the Source, because I truly am the Source. We are all created in God's image because we truly are like Him. We have the ability to create and destroy, and the scariest part is that it's all our choice. God literally breathed life within us and on this day we get to reflect on what that life looks like, what needs changing, what requires more focus, and how to better ourselves.
For several years now, I have taken it upon myself to abstain from speech on this day. I only speak to myself and my Creator. I spend the whole day in prayer services, meditating and reflecting on who I have become this last year and who I want to be moving forward.
To me Yom Kippur isn't a day our Source sits on his throne and judges us. It is a gift to allow us second chances, do overs, and transformation. So how do we move forward from here? Like on New Years', it is a time where we set new goals, get our new years' resolutions up to date, and get a plan started. How do we keep ourselves focused and aligned with our plan?
As a certified life coach, this year I feel like I am coming home even more so than years passed. This year I have stronger tools to be able to really hone in on what I want and where I want to be, but mostly how I can get there. I have made tremendous connections over this last year, all virtual thanks to our current reality, but wonderful nonetheless.
What keeps showing up is the power of visualization. The power to see our future plans already attained, already completed, already achieved. With this visualization, we can create an image in our mind of our future self and everything we can possibly imagine that we want and can have. Then once the picture is clear and focused, we step into that future self and proclaim to ourselves that we are already there. This incredible power tool works and you can do it any time you want.
Let's say you want a new job and you're walking into an interview at your dream employment. The power of visualization will show you how easily you can fit in and already be working there at your desk. This will boost your confidence and help you get the job.
What about if you are an entrepreneur and recently pivoted your business to go virtual and need to get 10 clients by year's end. Visualize that you already have. Give power to that idea and your plan. You will get there faster, and you will see what you need to do to get there.
You've got this! Just take a look and you'll see - you're already there!