#BlogElul 2013

Blink and a year passes. Tonight marks the start of the month of Elul, the month of reflection, introspection, of beginning the process of teshuva, seeking forgiveness. Just like last

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Hopefully every day this month, I will be blogging on these themes, just like last year. You can find other fantastic #BlogElul content around the web by using the hashtag – Instagram, blogs, Pinterest – it’s all there.

Preparing. This moment in my life is filled with preparations, both mundane and spiritual. I am planning a wedding. I am planning for my new job, daunted and filled with nervous anticipation about how this year will turn out, and the year after that. I am planning how to merge our respective cultures and faiths into a wedding ceremony that is meaningful and reflects and respects who we are, both as individuals and as a couple. Preparing mentally for these moments is enough of a task, and if I don’t let it, these thoughts will take over my head – already, visions of wedding table centerpieces dance in my head, invading my dreams.

So I must fight back. I must carve out mental space to prepare spiritually for Tishrei, to make this a meaningful period, an honest self-accounting. It’s not good for my mental health or my spiritual health to neglect my spiritual life, to let all my thoughts be consumed by the day-to-day concerns. The trick is to strike a balance, so that I can enter Tishrei and the new year renewed, refreshed, and ready to go.

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