“May we learn that what really counts the most is not the years but the days, not the machines we have in our lives, but the people we have in our lives, Not how much we can accumulate, but how we can share and with whom.”
-Rabbi Jacob Pressman
One of my friends is on a juice cleanse. For the next month she drinks only green juices to get rid of impurities and strengthen her immune system. She feels stronger and healthier as she focuses on feeding her body pure, whole food.
I like to think of the Jewish New Year as my spiritual cleanse. It is a time for me to think about the year that has passed and how I can be a better person: a better friend, a better wife, a better mother, a better steward of the earth. Some of my focus is on old habits that I want to shed. As Jews all over the world are taking part in this sacred time of rebirth and renewal I am happy to be among those who are on this path.
I have learned over the years that I cannot be there for anyone else unless I am first there for myself so there are two main questions that I ponder on these, the holiest days of my year.
How can I take care of myself so I can be in the best mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health?
How can I show up in life so that I can best add to the well-being of the planet?
To answer the first question regarding self-care, I will:
Eat in a way that nourishes and supports my body.
Stick to a workout program that keeps my body working well.
Practice daily meditation, reflection, gratitude and prayer.
Live with more simplicity and order.
Take time to connect with friends and relatives.
Do things that bring me joy.
Read things that expand my mind and soul.
Limit time on the internet.
To answer the second question about tending to the well-being of the planet, I will:
Show up as a lover of people, animals and life.
Approach anyone I have hurt in the past year and ask for forgiveness.
Treat all people with respect and kindness.
Do my work in the world with love, competence and gratitude.
Be there for friends and family to the degree that am able.
Do my part to be of service to people and animals in any way I am able.
Like a person who comes out of a car accident without being hurt, I am grateful to be given an opportunity to live another year to enjoy the many bounties of my life as I continue to serve the planet with an even more open , giving and loving heart.
Brenda Strausz is a holistic therapist with a practice in the Metro Detroit area. She specializes in women’s issues, anxiety and stress reduction. She combines traditional and alternative modalities to help her clients lead a life of peace, joy and freedom. She can be reached through her website www.brendastrausz.com, her e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or her facebook page Open to Joy.