During the month of Elul we begin our process of self-examination, introspection, and ultimately repentance. As part of this process, we are drawn to examine our daily habits. Habits are very obstinate. Our habits make us believe that we have no other option. They are deeply rooted in our psyche and nervous system. Our daily habits compel us to behave, act, and move in compulsive, automatic responses.
But if we allow ourselves to slow down, to listen to ourselves, and to pay attention, we can accumulate moments of awareness and begin to notice our counterproductive patterns.
Ironically it is in letting go, in the pausing to notice and pay attention, where we can create the chance for a more organic change that can emerge spontaneously from our nervous system. It is in the slowing down and in the doing less, where we can truly create the opportunity to find new options for moving, acting, and being.
The learning of new patterns happens in the pauses. We stop, we listen, we pay attention.
Our nervous system creates new patterns. We allow our true more authentic self to emerge and begin to experience more healthy, honest, and integrated ways of moving, acting, and behaving.
It is my hope and prayer that during this time of introspection that you can find these quiet moments to pause and pay attention. Awareness heals. God has created us all to be masterpieces. And we are also all “works in progress.”
Blessings to you all and to your families.