Immersion before Yom Kippur
We traditionally immerse 3 times. Here is one possible framework to use for an immersion on Erev Yom Kippur:
1st Immersion: Reflection and Retrospection
Think about positive aspects of the previous year and areas of your life where you felt blessing. Think about what you want to take with you, what you are thankful for and what things were most meaningful over the past year. Appreciate God’s role in those and invite His Presence to envelop those thoughts as the mikveh water surrounds and embraces you. You can also choose an area or behavior that you would like to improve and invite God into that endeavor.
2nd Immersion: Introspection and Acceptance
Focus on the present—embrace where you are now. Give thanks and appreciate the space or processes you are in; recognize the blessings God has bestowed upon you, and embrace the special opportunities at this time of year.
3rd Immersion: Hopes and Direction
The final immersion focuses on your hopes and aspirations for the coming year— what you want to work on, your dreams for yourselves and your family, and what you will strive to accomplish. Again, invite God to partner with you in the journey ahead as you submerge and submit to His Will