The word teshuva is often translated as repentance, but it actually means “return.”
Teshuva means coming home.
This is about a spiritual homecoming.
The blasts of the shofar woke us from our trance of life so that we may begin the journey back to ourselves.
This is a time of deep introspection and reflection; a time to examine how we have lived our lives, to question the values, beliefs, and expectations that are guiding us. This is how we begin the process of returning to ourselves.
Rosh Hashana is also a celebration of the anniversary of creation, and all creation begins with destruction. The journey of returning home is about returning to your truth. We build by tearing down: stripping away the layers of beliefs and expectations, shedding the masks and veils that hide our true nature, and breaking down the walls that keep us separated from ourselves.
This is deep soul work, necessary to feel at home in who we are.
When we learn to make a home within ourselves, then we can live anywhere.
One way we can bridge the separation and begin the process of coming home to ourselves is by unpacking the emotions we tend to stuff down.
It’s crucial to illuminate, surface, and resolve all the little knots of unexpressed emotion or unresolved issues before you move on from one thing to the next.
If you don’t resolve the little things that are niggling under the surface, you will bring them with you to your next endeavor, home, relationship, job, or year.
Now is the time to clear them out.