video blog: self-forgiveness and letting go


As Yom Kippur or the "Day of Atonement" approaches, I'm inspired by ancient Jewish traditions such as Tashlich ("casting off" and letting go of wrongdoings from the past year) and the majestic Aramaic prayer, Kol Nidre. In this video I discuss these traditions, how they connect to self-forgiveness, and I share an excerpt from Franciscan priest and author Richard Rohr's The Art of Letting Go. Thanks to First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville for the inspiration for this video from today's service, and for being my home for spiritual education and expansion. (And leave it to UU to beautifully blend Jewish, Christian, and non-traditional messages and practices into the service!)

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As mentioned in the video, I highly recommend listening to a Kol Nidre recording if you're not familiar with it. I particularly love this one arranged for cello and harp and this also-amazing-and-entirely-different a capella version.

As the earth shifts into a new season and the trees let go of their leaves, what are you needing to let go of? What do you need to forgive yourself or another for (or ask forgiveness for) in order to be fully honest with yourself and present for each new day?