rosh hashanah resolution

Rosh Hashanah Resolution: Finding My Breath


My “happy place”–the lake near my house.

To gear up for the High Holidays this year, we’re asking our writers and readers for their Rosh Hashanah Resolution. Here’s one from contributing editor Carla Naumburg.

I’ve thought a lot about my resolutions for Rosh Hashanah. All of the old stuff came up that usually comes to mind around the end of December: losing weight, exercising more, finally finishing that sweater that I started for my husband years ago, decluttering my house, etc etc.

But Rosh Hashanah is different. It’s less about my physical life than my spiritual life. Rather than worrying about my body or my stuff, I want to spend this year breathing. I’ve written about meditation here on Kveller, and that’s part of it. But it’s also about slowing down, letting go, finding space, finding peace, finding meaning, and focusing on what really matters: my children, my husband, my family, my writing, and my faith. That’s a tall order and a long journey, but it all starts with finding my breath.

(If you’re looking for books that have inspired me, check out Learning to Breath by Priscilla Warner and Devotion by Dani Shapiro.)

Carla NaumburgCarla Naumburg, PhD, is a clinical social worker and writer. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post,The Huffington Post, Parents.com, PsychCentral.com, The Jewish Daily Forward, and Psychology Today. Her first book, Parenting in the Present Moment, was published by Parallax Press in October of 2014. She is currently writing a book on teaching mindfulness to children, which will be published by New Harbinger in late 2015. Carla grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Bay Area of California, and she currently lives outside of Boston with her husband and two young daughters. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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