In my first blog (!!!) I wanted to share why I became a coach, and pose a powerful question to ask yourself that can create subtle but powerful shift which opens new possibilities.
This September and October in the Jewish calendar we encounter the Days of Awe: a time of renewal, return and reconnection. The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the day of atonement and return) are called the Days of Awe because of their immense spiritual power. It is a time to let go, to take stock, to return to our essential nature, to who we really are beneath all our worries, doubts, opinions and social conditioning.
On Yom Kippur we make teshuva, which means “to return.” We name the ways we have missed the mark, and pray to return to a good life where we act in line with who we really are in our hearts. I’ve been thinking a lot about the days of awe in my coaching work. I am a coach for social change leaders, and every day I hear clients discuss their most precious goals, dreams and visions for what their life could be, for the impact they want to make. This week I was reflecting on coaching sessions as a form of teshuva: returning to the threads that hold the most meaning, taking action based on seeing what matters most and what we’re really capable of, trusting we’re here for a reason.