Searching for and Getting Rid of Our ‘Chametz.’

searchingLast night as my husband led the children around our home to fulfill the traditional ritual of searching for chametz (leavened bread) before the Passover holiday, I sat on our couch and rested (it had been a long day of cooking and getting our home ready for the holiday.)

 

While I was resting, I closed my eyes and contemplated what chametz I might have inside myself (as suggested by my teacher, Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi.) 

This chametz can be anything we personally want to ‘get rid of’ or work on in ourselves.  I thought about what I wanted to ‘get rid of’ last year.  I remember feeling a lot of anger (and choosing to ‘get rid of’ that last year.)   I thought, “am I feeling that type of anger this year?”  Thankfully, the answer to that question was no.

But I knew that there were other things that were holding me back this year from boldly moving forward in certain areas of my life.    When I looked inside of myself – into my heart and my mind – I found fear, worry, doubt and at times a lack of belief in myself (yes, me too!)

I know that it is these thoughts and feelings that hold me back from boldly putting out my message, or leave me feeling unsure about myself at times.  I also know that it is these thoughts that affect the way that I parent at times, or relate to the ones that I love.

This year I am choosing to ‘let go’ of these thoughts.   It is not easy, but I know how important it is for me to do so.  I know that by doing this I will be able to boldly move forward, without fear, to accomplish my goals and my dreams.  I know that it is all up to me, and I am ready for the challenge (and getting the support that I require in order to do so.)  This is the freedom that I want to experience this year.

Wishing that all of you experience your own personal freedom this holiday…and always.  Happy Passover.

~ Jenny

 

 

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