Purim and the Masks We Wear

This week, at SOULED in NYC, we took part in a timely conversation about revealing and concealing our true selves, and the ways to best navigate times when we are feeling vulnerable, ready to remove the mask or when to keep it on. 

We were clear to distinguish that masks are neither good nor bad, however, it is the time in which we choose to either reveal or conceal that allows us to have authentic connection in a way that is healthy and develops real intimacy.

Masks can be helpful in navigating relationships, personal or professional, sharing our true essence, and learning to share the deeper parts of ourselves that make us truly unique.

We were honored to have dating coach and marriage expert, Calanit Cohen, lead us in a discussion about the importance of learning how and when to remove the masks, in an effort to reveal ourselves appropriately in the dating world. Calanit shared the many ways in which we can cultivate intimacy among our friends and family.

When we work on getting to know someone, friend or a potential partner, its important to be open and vulnerable while also being intentional about the ways in which you appropriately show your true colors at the right time.

We considered and discussed the ways in which we shield or show up in our day to day life.

What are some of the ways that we wear a mask? How can we practice authentic revealing, to help create stronger relationships and friendships with the people around you? 

Sometimes, however, wearing a mask is important, as we can see in business settings. But how often do we go through our day, pretending, "Everything is Great" or answering "I'm fine." When really, we're struggling with something inside, unable to share and be open about our experience. A mask like this, can pose to be dangerous, as it leaves us feeling more lonely or isolated. Many of us don't want to feel or share our vulnerability but that can leave us more isolated

We celebrated in Purim this week, that God is often hidden behind a mask. We can't see His presence overtly, however when we look back and connect the dots, He was there all along and is very revealed. 

Jackie Engel