Take yourself to the nearest moving body of water. Bring a slice of stale bread, or gather some leaves from the ground. Tear these into small pieces. Imagine the things you wish you could cast away - the hurt, embarrassment, and shame you have caused others. Fling these into the water, hard. Then, pause. Steady yourself on the bank. Take ten long breaths, one for each holy day. Now cast the next set: intentions for the coming year. Toss a crumb for kindness, a piece of leaf for community. Last, gather what hurt you have been holding. Have you held it in your lungs, your chest, your belly? Find it. Hold it in your fist. Bring your fist into the water. Uncurl your fingers. Let the current carry it out of range.

 

From Dane Kuttler's The G!d Wrestlers,  The Social Justice Warrior's Guide to the High Holy Days, Sept. 2015


Type of Custom: Prayers for Healing & Peace, Psalms, Poetry & Songs, Prayers for Justice, High Holiday

Holiday/Event: High Holidays

Source: Dane Kuttler: https://www.danepoetry.com/