Happy Sweet New Year!

“In Buddhism we call the notion of a fixed identity “ego clinging.” It’s how we try to put solid ground under our feet in an ever-shifting world. Meditation practice starts to erode that fixed identity. As you sit, you begin to see yourself with more clarity, and you notice how attached you are to your opinions about yourself. Often the first blow to the fixed identity is precipitated by a crisis. When things fall apart in your life, you feel as if your whole world is crumbling. But actually it’s your fixed identity that’s crumbling. And as Chögyam Trungpa used to tell us, that’s cause for celebration.” – Pema Chodron

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My group went to the beach, to partake in a Tashlich Service, a service that takes place during Rosh Hashanah, allowing us to LET GO of anything we do not wish to carry into the coming year. We were each given two sheets of paper. On the first sheet we wrote down five things we wished to let go of. We then burned these pieces of paper and let the wind and water carry them away. On the second sheet we wrote down what we wanted to achieve, in great detail, in the coming year. This piece of paper we each kept to remind ourselves of what it is that we truly want.
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As we were all finishing up with this “assignment,” a dead fish rolled up onto the land where we were. I believe this fish caught all of our negative energy. Sorry little guy. (Even though I look happy, I was really just picking up the fish to throw him back into the water).

With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, it only makes sense I put myself into check for this coming year. This morning I ran to Hanita Forest, sat to meditate for an hour, then ran home.  During my run, I felt myself break down and build myself back up, a stronger woman than I was simply 60 minutes prior.  I encourage anyone reading this, to allow yourself to “fall apart,” just a bit, so you can put your pieces back together, however you wish.  For me, it helped to hug the nearest tree, breathe deeply, and be as patient as possible with myself.

Chag Sameach! To a happy, sweet, new year!

With love,

Julie

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