I know for most people today is not the beginning of the new year…but for the Jewish people, my people, it is… and gives us a bonus second chance to take a look at what’s been going on, what needs to be changed and to make plans for a better future. As I’ve said many times before, I’m not particularly religious, but I do appreciate the spiritual, reflective aspects of all religions.
I came across a list of questions from MyJewishLearning.com that prompts you to do just this over the course of the High Holidays through a series of 10 Questions. Now the beauty of these is that while I found that on a Jewish website, you don’t have to be Jewish (or practicing) to answer them and use them to make a better life for yourself.
To me, they are just the thing needed for this Mindful and Meditative Monday. I’d love to hear some of your answers.
*Originally published on MyJewishLearning.com
**If you’re more a private person and rather your answers be secret, please take part in DoYou10Q, a unique website that will send you your answers back next year at this time for review. You may find their website here.
1. What’s a significant experience that has affected you over the past year? How did it affect you?
2. Is there something that you wish you had done differently this past year? Or that you’re especially proud of?
3. Think about a major milestone that happened with your family this past year. How has this affected you?
4. Describe an event in the world that has impacted you this year.
5. Have you had any spiritual experiences this past year? “Spiritual” can include secular, artistic, cultural, etc.
6. Describe one thing you’d like to achieve by this time next year? Why is this important to you?
7. How would you like to improve yourself, your life, next year? Any advice you received that could help?
8. Is there something (a person, a cause, an idea) that you want to investigate more fully next year?
9. What is a fear that you have & how has it limited you? How do you plan on overcoming it this year?
10. When you get your answers to your 10Q questions next year, what do you hope will be different about you?
Wishing you all, no matter your religion, a sweet New Year (even if it’s a few months early…)