I’m not Jewish, but I just received this in a newsletter from Tama Kieves and thought it was perfect for sharing here. It’s a fairly long read, but very inspiring, uplifting and centering…..and what I wish for us all….
Dear Beautiful Spirit,
It’s the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the New Year in the Jewish tradition, and since it’s always a wise choice to begin again, I’m making you all honorary– or honored– Jews.
Let’s talk fresh new life.
Rosh Hashanah is often celebrated by eating apples dipped in honey, to celebrate sweetness in life. I want to help you dip into honey.
We can all point fingers at what hurts right now. We can all drown in the riptides of the daily news. The media hawks fear at us. But I am appealing to your deeper intelligence. The human soul is bright with capacities. No matter what is going on, you have the opportunity to experience the joy of remembering who you really are.
I’ve always been moved by Viktor Frankl’s account in Man’s Search for Meaning of the kindness he witnessed in the concentration camps of the Holocaust—“men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.” These individuals chose to be incredible human beings. They chose who they would be in this world. They did not allow conditions to choose for them.
This is the sweetness I wish for all of us. Where are you holding yourself back?
Your spirit is made of the thickest honey, a confection stronger than you know. You may not feel safe or triumphant or complete. But please don’t wait to express who you really are. The world can’t give you that permission. There will never be a better time. I keep seeing that it’s not the right circumstances that help me to appreciate my life. It’s my appreciation of myself and those around me that helps me to stand on holy ground, where I am.
Where can you be sweet to yourself right now?
You have been on a long journey. It doesn’t matter if you have many steps to go. This is a moment of celebrating your life because this moment is your life. it’s not about what comes later or what you think you haven’t accomplished. It’s right now.
Let’s begin again. Let’s drop our expectations and frustrations. Let’s love who we are and where we are, and let’s be kinder to those around us because it feels good to be who we really are, and not who we are when we’re in fear.
Dip your life in honey. And may you and your loved ones be written into the Book of True Life.
With my inspired and unstoppable love for who you really are,
Enjoy, and have a great weekend!