Yom Kippur

One of the great blessings of my peripathetic life has been learning from intimate personal contact with people from a wide range of cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious backgrounds.

People of Jewish faith observe Yom Kippur today – the Day of Atonement, a holiday of spiritual self-examination that emphasizes bestowal and forgiveness at the outset of the New Year.

Over the years shared with Jewish neighbors and students in Brooklyn, I have learned from their practice and have come to observe, respectfully and in my own way, the spirit of the Day of Atonement.

For me, it marks a moment of self-reflection, of quietly and inwardly offering and requesting forgiveness.

Today I have felt particularly pensive and sensitive in this spirit of grace.

And I have found synchronicity with the reflection for September 28 from Mark Nepo’s Book of Awakening. I share it in the spirit of Yom Kippur that I have learned from neighbors and students.

The mystery of true forgiveness waits in letting go of our ledgers of injustice and retribution in order to regain the feeling in our heart. We can only hope to begin this exchange today, now, by forgiving what’s broken in each other and imagining through love how these holy pieces go together.

Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

Photo: “Window to Grace,” a view of a white sunrise from Tárcoles.

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