Self Reflective Practices for Yom Kippur
Updated: May 5
Yom Kippur in Israel is a very special time. We are supposed to take on "Heshbon Nefesh" or accounting of the soul. How are some ways we can do that in Israel?
Of course, it goes without saying that meditation is self-reflective. But especially during this time of year, it's really important. Meditating and reflecting is a great way to spend time before Yom Kippur.
Sometimes the best way to process is through writing. Journaling is one of the best self-reflective acts we can do. If Yom Kippur is the time where we are supposed to ask for forgiveness for our sins, journaling might be a good way to process through that. Grab a journal, sit on a bench or on a blanket on the beach, and let the words flow. It can be very cathartic.
Reaching Out to Those We've Wronged
The whole point of Yom Kippur is that it's supposed to be a time of repentance. It can be really rewarding to reach out to anyone who we might have hurt the past year, near or far, in hopes to start the year with a clean slate and knowing we have forgiven all and been forgiven.
Tashlik is a symbolic act of tossing away our sins, usually into a flowing body of water. It's supposed to be very reflective in that we are thinking about which sins we are casting away. In Israel, you can head to the Mediterranean and "throw" your sins away. Give it a go!
Almost 60% of Israelis fast on Yom Kippur! For those who do observe Yom Kippur, fasting is an important part of the holiday and for the reflective aspect. Not eating food is part of the atoning for our sins, and helps us to go deeper. Even if you can't fast for the whole time, fasting for a portion of the holiday can still help you reflect!