(Saturday, October 8, 2011)
It was a privilege and a gift for me attend Romemu’s Kol Nidre service last night. While I am three quarters of the way through the day without food, please forgive any grammatical and spelling errors due to the fact that my brain is hungry and not functioning optimally. That said, my heart is open and I will do my very best to summarize and share with you Rabbi David Ingber’s most thought provoking, inspiring, heartfelt service. What’s missing from my summary is what my words cannot possibly express: the magic of an enlightening Kol Nidre, beautiful music, smiling faces all around me, spiritual energy, connection, dear friends, my husband’s hand, and most importantly a Rabbi who I feel so lucky to have in my life. Your spiritual guidance helps, teaches and inspires me to live each day mindfully and lovingly. Thank you, Rabbi, from the bottom of my heart.
We made it! Another year! Another chance for confession (Toda and Moda which in Hebrew means I admit confession and wrong doing). Yom Kippur is 25 hours of introspection and soul searching. Reflection! “Its when we hold up the IS in our life, against the OUGHT of our life.” As long as we are alive we can do the work of repair and detoxification. We get to align ourselves appropriately each year between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. “So how will you use this time?”
Rabbi David says, “everyday our lives are confronted in some way with resistance to love.” It is a choice we make to give love and let love into our lives. To let love win…..there is tremendous power in kindness, compassion and loving each other. “Compassion is our most precious quality.” Though we are all different, compassion is a trait we all possess. We are born with it. Some of us use it more than others but it is in us all. Living compassionate lives enables us to understand, connect, not judge, like and love. Living compassionate lives enable others to feel good when they are in our presence.
I left Romemu mindful and ready to begin my 25 hours of introspection and reflection feeling very connected to g-d. You don’t need to be Jewish to reap the benefits of this message. Just a human being open to being better; open to living with love and compassion daily. We may not be able to change the world at large but each one of us has the power to change ourselves. And one by one, we can make the world a better place to be.
“We let love win, when we love in.” David Ingber
I will use these words as a guiding principle in my life today, tomorrow and the year ahead. May you find this message rich and meaningful. Share the words with those you love in hopes that this might spark an opening in their lives for more kindness, more compassion and more love. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “We become what we think about all day long.”