Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 9/18/2020 to Bonnie's Thoughts
What a strange year its been. Every one of us began this year with dreams of what the next 12 months would bring and for so many of us, these dreams have taken a turn, some good, some bad. Our world has been turned upside down. For many of you your dreams took on a new vision and were not what you had imagined, yet many of you created something that took your personal and business lives to new heights.
I love to write a blog every year around the Jewish New Year, Rosh HaShanah (and believe me, it doesn’t matter what religion you practice nor who you believe in) Rosh HaShanah begins Friday night September 17th and begins the Hebrew year 5781.
One of the things I love about this holiday is that it is not only the beginning of a new year; it is a time to reflect on what you accomplished in the past year.
As I mentioned before, this year is different from past years as Covid-19 has turned all of our lives upside down. I’d like you to look at what shifted and changed for you this past 12 months. It’s time to re-frame what was and set new intentions for the next 12 months.
One of the things I began working with this year was a meditation that works on money blocks. (MoneyVisionQuest.com) What happened to me was different from many others using the meditation who began attracting crazy amounts of money. I realized that in order to move my business and personal life forward I needed to shed the unhealthy layers in my body holding me back. Huh…. What the hell is she talking about? I’m an herbalist and a health coach and when my health wasn’t where I believed it should be there was a disconnect and not only was it affecting how i felt about myself, it was affecting everything. I discovered an herbal formula that has been magical for me and is allowing me to move not only my health forward, but my business also. We all have something blocking us from accomplishing something, many of these blocks are actually subconscious so we have no idea why things are happening to us.
So, let’s all think about both our personal and business goals. Think about where you are and where you want to go. Think about what you did in the last 12 months that hasn’t allowed you to move forward and what you did accomplish and come up with a new plan.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Jewish holidays, there is a 10 day period where you think about what you accomplished in the past 12 months, what you wish you had not done, (maybe you hurt someone by saying something to them or maybe even something worse), think about what you’d like to change and what potential actions you’d like to take in the next 12 months to achieve these goals.
Don’t just think about your goals but write them down. If you just think them, they may be like a pipe dream and go up in smoke. As you write your thoughts, imagine that you are writing them in concrete, so they will stick.
Yom Kippur (the holiest day in the year) arrives 10 days after the start of Rosh HaShanah. It is believed that on Rosh HaShana your new intentions, goals and dreams are now “written in the book” and you may be forgiven for those actions that you might have done in the past year that you may not be proud of and that you’d like to shed. On Yom Kippur what is written is sealed and this is what may happen over the next year.
“On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed - how many shall pass away and how many shall be born, who shall live and who shall die, who in good time, and who by an untimely death I believe that it doesn’t matter what religion you are, there will be so many prayers flying in the next 10 days, that you might as well set your intentions and let them fly also.
Not only is it the beginning of a “new year” but also the beginning of the 4th quarter of our secular year. Think about what a good 4th quarter you could have if you could only let go of what doesn’t serve you.
Tradition tells us to eat slices of apple dipped in honey for a sweet new year.
From my family to yours: L’Shana Tova Happy New Year. May you all be inscribed in the book for a healthy, happy, joyous and prosperous year.