I wish summer reality would be like the nostalgic memories of my youth: refreshing water activities , cold treats, fun outings. I cling to these images while I shvitz in hot, humid weather while multi-tasking, managing squabbling children and afflicted with itchy bug bites.
However, these petty summer nuances can dissipate in an instant. Illness, terror attacks, and even someone’s kvetching can put these smaller issues into perspective. When trying to process distressing events the only place to turn for solace is to Hashem (G-d). Only the Master of the World is there to hear me. How does one connect to Hashem? Prayer. It’s FREE, it’s available 24/7, no app needed, no waiting in line.
For me, standardized prayer was always difficult. I didn’t grow up religious and I learned prayers by rote in a language I didn’t speak. Now I understand these holy words and they are my protective armor. If I don’t say them, I’m under-dressed. In the musical Annie she sings “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” Annie, I agree but one also needs to their spiritual armor to be fully dressed. Some incidents occurred this week which made it crystal clear why I should be channeling energy into daily prayer.
Because of the week’s events, my Elul came a few days earlier than the calendar date. Elul, the Hebrew month preceding Rosh Hashana, is a month for self-reflection. It’s a month for de-cluttering toxic thoughts, negativity, and making space for all the good of the upcoming new year. I saw and understood the message Hashem was sending. Some hashags that came to mind as I was processing were #LetItGo, #theChofetzChaimWasRight, #ForgiveAndForget.
A little prayer, a little acupuncture (thank you Esther Hornstein, 2nd Nature Acupuncture ) and a little EFT (thank you Debbie Sassen, Financial Planner and Money Coach) all helped with the mental de-cluttering process. Mental de-cluttering is equally important as physical de-cluttering but that’s another post for another time.
Wishing everyone a Chodesh Elul Tov.
Thanks for reading.
August 10, 2018