From the Inside Flap
"... Real teshuvah is of a higher order, not just about change, but about genuine transformation. It is a major spiritual shift, through which the by-product of change occurs organically. Teshuvah directly transforms the believer within, and then by association, purifies and aligns the belief. For instance, if one were to just change their diet without a deep realization and commitment to whole-system health, then his new eating habits would run up against all his unchanged hungers, desires and subconscious validations for unhealthy behavior. It would turn out to be a schizophrenic enterprise, one which could end up causing more internal friction, contradiction and self-defeat. But if one came to the decision to eat healthier food through a profound revelation of the multi-dimensional benefits of a healthy lifestyle, then the decision would be an organic extension of a greater worldview or understanding. This, in turn, would lead to a stronger conviction and more holistic alignment between his actions and his ideals, without contradiction."
from Reclaiming the Self
From the Back Cover
Teshuvah means to believe that today is the first day of your life. You canaccess the deepest truth of Teshuvah the moment you can truly tell yourself:'Today is a new day. All of my past, the good and the bad, is in the past.Today I am choosing Hashem'...
...Today, the present is the one and onlyconstant in life. It is the context in which the flow of life forms andtransforms, appears and disappears. Whatever happens in our life and whateverchanges we may undergo, we are always here, now. This moment is therefore notan action after which we must chase, but rather it is the eternal, pure, openfield upon which all actions unfold.
...Every new moment translates as anopportunity for exponential growth and spiritual advancement. It is throughTeshuvah that we have the ability to release ourselves from the imprints of thepast, and untangle ourselves from automatic, programmed responses anddeterministic beliefs. What's more, when we release the heavy baggage of ourpreconceived notions, more of life and more of who we truly are becomeaccessible to us. What we have, in any case, is the now: the past is historyand the future is mystery. The present is indeed a 'present', a gift of freshenergy and hope in beginning anew.