By Josh Friedman
Throughout our daily routines we consciously and subconsciously instigate and evaluate a significant variety of vibrations. These echoes are caused by individual attitudes and interpreted by mindsets. Similar to sound, personal vibrations can alter our emotions causing anger, fear, joy, sadness, fondness, love, hate, and a cavern full of other feelings. Emotions are energy that affect our daily actions and the actions of those around us. As a result each moment poses a challenging introspective dilemma, “When the vibration bounces off of me, does it return better or worse than it was when it reached me? Where did it come from, and how do I affect it before it reaches others?”
In the month of Elul I think of the function of Jewish law and its ability to guide the Jewish people when dealing with echoes. Our tradition teaches us how to instigate, evaluate, and return echoes so that when our souls enter a space, attitudes can be changed for the better. The challenge is introspection. If each one of us can be as aware of our own vibrations as we are of others, then we may alter the vibes that we instigate and reverberate. We may try harder to reflect the positive vibrations of those we respect in order to initiate a mutual respect with all souls, every moment of the day. These actions result in peace. I believe that the Messianic Age will be defined as the result of inner peace achieved by all. It will mean the destruction of all negative vibrations, resulting in a world that echoes inner peace among all people, bringing them together in one positive vibration. This is the power of an echo. Our challenge is to develop a deep enough understanding of our own vibrations and how they can affect every moment of life without delay. Throughout the month of Elul, I challenge myself to be more mindful of echoes in sound and in spirit with the hope that others echo the same desire. Let us share a moment of inner peace.