Why does a new school year still feel like the new year?
Well, as a Jew, it’s because it is. Rosh Hashanah, falling on a new moon, begins a new year, a new cycle.
We celebrate new beginnings, the ability to start new, and the sweetness starting over brings.
We dip apples into honey to allow our tastebuds to experience the sweetness and we go for a multi sensory experience, as we listen to the sounds of the shofar, telling us to WAKE UP. We reflect on our wins and misses for the year, and strive to do better and be better in the year to come.
While we celebrate externally, this time of year is an inward journey. Jewish or not, invite this practice into your life.
1. Dip apples into honey to remind yourself of the sweetness that surrounds you.
2. Make a list - what do you want to bring into your life this year?
3. Take a day for inward reflection. For me, I fast, turn off my phone and pray on Yom Kippur. No distractions creates a sacred space.
Happy New Year! // Shana Tova!