30 Good Ideas: A day for atonement

Andrew Mellen 30 Ideas to Simplify Your Life in 30 Days 750x540Today is the Day of Atonement.

Yom Kippur (Hebrewיוֹם כִּפּוּרIPA: [ˈjom kiˈpuʁ], or יום הכיפורים), also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people.

Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.

Whether you’re Jewish or not, today is an excellent day to pause and reflect on, not only your 30-day challenge, but the choices you make every day.

Particularly when it comes to clutter and disorganization, are you putting off your long-term happiness and satisfaction for temporary pleasure or distraction?

There’s no judgment in choosing either—it’s just useful to know which one you ARE choosing so you can live that choice rather than living in denial.

When we think about the idea of reckoning, it’s helpful again to take a personal inventory and ask for forgiveness and then forgive ourselves.

If you are not able to live your values on a daily basis, you probably don’t know what you value. Or you’re easily swayed or distracted.

Take today to sit with what that means. Then change it if you care to.

Today’s challenge:
 set a timer for 60 seconds and settle into your breath, then … set the timer for 15 minutes.

In your mind’s eye, walk your way from the beginning of the year until today and see where each compromise, capitulation or buckling happened and where you dropped your values either because you didn’t like the costs of living those values or because you decided you valued something else. Don’t judge your behavior, just note it.

Then do the same thing only focusing on where you upheld your values, even when in opposition to loved ones, colleagues, friends and family.

Likewise, try not to focus on any pride you may feel over having done the right thing, just acknowledge that achievement and see if you can figure out why it was easy or possible for you to do it.

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