Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement in Hebrew culture, when Jews seek to purify their souls. Atonement (at-one-ment) means to be “at one” with ourselves. In twelve-step programs like AA and NA, the fourth step reads: “We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”
Today, write your own inventory. List your liabilities and assets. Guilt, shame, remorse, self-pity, resentment, betrayal, fear, and denial have a place on this list, as do honesty, openmindedness, willingness, courage, faith, kindness, generosity, and gratitude.
I see all that I am.
Fold the list in half and say:
At-one-ment. I make peace
Fold the list again and say:
Atonement. I purify my soul. I see my
Place the list on your altar. Be at one with yourself. Grow. Change. Atone.