In the Jewish tradition today is Yom Kippur, a day to reflect about one’s sin and shortcomings. It’s also a day to turn toward the forgiveness of God. There’s something healthy about contemplating our mistakes. But contemplation of shortcomings should also be accompanied by empathy. I’m talking about empathy for others, but I’m also thinking about the importance of practicing empathy toward ourselves. Empathy doesn’t excuse anything. It does, however, offer a compassionate context for understanding our humanity. Take a Breath today. Yom Kippur is not a day to wallow in guilt over our sins; it’s a day to reflect on our mistakes, but always and forever in the context of gentleness, love and empathy.