If you want to change the world or your community, start with yourself.
Within a Jewish context, Tikkun Olam — addressing societal or global issues — is an overused term that bypasses the truly difficult changes that start within.
Tikkun HaNefesh, on the other hand, means “repairing the soul” or “spiritual self-improvement,” and focuses on our individual journey toward personal growth and spiritual well-being.
It’s hard work that requires us to slow down and actually process our feelings. But that’s where the real magic happens, for those who are courageous enough to go there.
For me it has been two steps forward, one step back the past 16 years. Making Aliyah — moving from the beaches of Miami to the mountains of the Holy Land — has helped accelerate the process.
Doing this work can be messy and beautiful, with great rewards personally and professionally. Here are some ideas to get started.
1. Connect with Nature
“The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me.” – Leviticus 25:23
Especially here in the Holy Land, but other places as well, we find a powerful connection to the earth and its energies. Spend time in nature, whether it’s a hike through the forest or a stroll by the Mediterranean. Let the land speak to you, ground you and replenish your energy.
2. Embrace Torah Wisdom
“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” – Proverbs 27:19
These Days of Awe — the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — is a powerful time to delve into the timeless wisdom of the Torah. Allow its teachings to guide your self-reflection and spiritual growth. It’s a timeless source of strength and healing, helping you discover your inner light.
3: Radiate Confidence
“Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
Connecting with Torah empowers us. By aligning your energy with divine guidance, you’ll embrace life with renewed vigor. Share your journey with others and be a beacon of positivity, helping them find their own path to strength and happiness.