How I would like to prepare for Rosh Hashanah: by using the sacred time as an invitation to reflect on the past year, renew myself, and create my vision for the upcoming year.
What often happens instead: There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done and prioritize myself, and I don’t set up an environment that allows me to do this in a supportive way.
I’d like to change my approach to Rosh Hashanah preparation this year, and I invite you to join me.
It starts with setting up an environment with the tools I need to support myself in these efforts.
One of those tools is something I created for myself this year and want to share with you today. They are prompts for reflection on the past year and intention setting for the next year.
You’ll find the prompts below, along with a downloadable worksheet that you can save to your computer and print to write your answers by hand.
Before you begin:
Create a supportive mindset for yourself. I hope that as you reach toward self-actualization, you’re motivated not by fixing what you feel may be “wrong” with yourself, but instead by reconnecting with the best parts of yourself that you intuitively know are already within you. It’s my hope that you will not turn this reflection into a weapon to punish or harshly judge yourself. We’ve all done this, as it is so easy to do, so it’s something to watch for. This tool is really about understanding and learning more about yourself.
You may complete these prompts…
- In an environment that feels nourishing to you. That may be your reading nook or your porch. You may want to get out of your house and go to a coffee shop (moms, especially).
- With your partner, friend, or in solitude.
- In your journal, or download and type in your answers (in the free worksheet below), or download and print the worksheet to write your answers by hand.
Prompts for Reflection and Intention Setting
- What changed for me last year?
- What am I most proud of about the past year?
- What did I discover about myself last year?
- When was I my own best ally last year?
- When was I my own enemy last year?
- Do I need to forgive myself for anything from last year?
- Which of my actions last year were not been aligned with my highest aspirations?
- What surprised me about last year?
- What am I grateful for from last year?
- What do I need to release or let go from the past year?
- Do I have a word that can be my guide for the coming year?
- If I was to choose one thing—a project, intention, or goal—to focus on next year, what would it be?
- What are my plans and dreams for the coming year?
- What intentions do I want to set for my relationships?
- What intentions do I want to set for my work?
- What intentions do I want to set for my mind?
- What intentions do I want to set for my body?
- What intentions do I want to set for my spirit?
- In what ways will I be kind to myself this year?
- Who will support me with my plans and dreams for the coming year?
If you’d like to create your own meaningful Rosh Hashanah experience, I created a worksheet with these prompts for you:
Remember, you can download and type in your answers to the worksheet prompts, or you may print out the worksheet and write your answers by hand.
P.S. Looking for even more resources to support you as we move into a new year? Download our beautiful Jewish Holiday Calendar