There are so many cool things in the Jewish traditions that are perfectly in alignment with other spiritual traditions. This month we blow the shofar every day. Why? One reason is to awaken and connect more deeply to our true selves. Sounds like what I have been trying to do my whole life!
Years ago I asked my first Kabbalah teacher, "Why does this sound like Buddhism?" His response was, "Because there is only One Truth." I always loved that answer as I find worth in all spiritual practices even as I identify and practice as a Jewish woman.
In response to "Why do we blow the shofar every day during the month of Elul?", AskMoses.com had this to say:
"The sound of the Shofar, Maimonides explains,1 is the call to Teshuvah. Teshuvah means returning to your true self. As we get closer to the High Holidays, we start looking back at our year and see that we’ve gone off the track here and there. We find that we have not allowed our souls to dictate our actions.
In the month of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah, we start making our way back—to G-d, to our souls, to our true selves. The sound of the shofar is the wordless cry of the soul, yearning to break free of the prison of the mundane."
I have plenty of days where I feel off center. It's good to remember I can find ways to come back to my true self, whether it's meditation, a walk in nature, or listening to a shofar blast. All I have to do is remember to take action and put any one of them into practice.