DailyOm on Completion, Madisyn Taylor

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June 17, 2015
The Road to New Beginnings

by Madisyn Taylor

The period of completion, rather than being just an act of finality, is also one of transition.

Life is a collage of beginnings and endings that run together like still-wet paint. Yet before we can begin any new phase in life, we must sometimes first achieve closure to the current stage we are in. That’s because many of life’s experiences call for closure. Often, we cannot see the significance of an event or importance of a lesson until we have reached closure. Or, we may have completed a certain phase in life or path of learning and want to honor that ending. It is this sense of completion that frees us to open the door to new beginnings. Closure serves to tie up or sever loose ends, quiets the mind even when questions have been left unanswered, signifies the end of an experience, and acknowledges that a change has taken place.

The period of completion, rather than being just an act of finality, is also one of transition. When we seek closure, what we really want is an understanding of what has happened and an opportunity to derive what lessons we can from an experience. Without closure, there is no resolution and we are left to grieve, relive old memories to the point of frustration, or remain forever connected to people from our past. A sense of completion regarding a situation may also result when we accept that we have done our best. If you can’t officially achieve closure with someone, you can create completion by participating in a closure ritual. Write a farewell letter to that person and then burn your note during a ceremony. This ritual allows you to consciously honor and appreciate what has taken place between you and release the experience so you can move forward.

Closure can help you let go of feelings of anger or uncertainty regarding your past even as you honor your experience – whether good or bad – as a necessary step on your life’s path. Closure allows you to emotionally lay to rest issues and feelings that may be weighing down your spirit. When you create closure, you affirm that you have done what was needed, are wiser because of your experience, and are ready for whatever life wants to bring you next.

Join Chabad (Durham) for an uplifting and meaningful High Holiday experience

Chabad Durham Jewish Centre invites you to:

Join us for Yom Kippur.

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Yom Kippur September 25-26 

Join Chabad for an uplifting and meaningful High Holiday experience

  • ~Our doors are open to all; no membership fees or tickets required 
  • ~Warm, friendly and non-judgemental atmosphere 
  • ~No background, affiliation or prior knowledge necessary 
  • ~Traditional services blended with contemporary messages 
  • ~Hebrew-English prayer books 
  • ~Prayer instructions throughout the service 
  • ~Simultaneous children’s program will ensure that the entire family will experience a positive and meaningful High Holiday experience. 
  • ~All services are free of chargeDonations are greatly appreciated. 
  • ~All High Holiday Services will be held at the

New Chabad Jewish Centre: 

1121 Dundas St. East, Whitby ON L1N 2K4

Click here for a complete schedule of services, and to reserve your seats today. 

Kol Nidre: Tuesday 6:45pm 
Morning services including YIZKOR start Wed. 10:00am 
Mincha, Neila and Break fast sponsored by Gary Landon 6:00pm


Source Wikipedia: Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר‎‎, IPA: [ˈjom kiˈpuʁ], or יום הכיפורים), also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes areatonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”).

Yom Kippur is the tenth day of the month of Tishrei. According to Jewish tradition, Godinscribes each person’s fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to “seal” the verdict. During the Days of Awe, a Jew tries to amend his or her behavior and seek forgiveness for wrongs done against God (bein adam leMakom) and against other human beings (bein adam lechavero). The evening and day of Yom Kippur are set aside for public and private petitions and confessions of guilt (Vidui). At the end of Yom Kippur, one hopes that they have been forgiven by God.

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