Tashlich means to “cast off.”
When you do Tashlich you toss little bits of bread or stones into a body of water, like a river or ocean. Tashlich is a ritual that is traditionally performed during the time of the Jewish New Year celebration, Rosh Hashanah.
It’s a symbolic gesture—you toss away things that haunt you, things that feel heavy, things you don’t want to carry any longer, things you want to release from your life. Making room for that which may better serve you.
The way I’ve always chosen to do it is to release what doesn’t serve me on one side of a stone and name what I want to usher in on the other side. Sometimes I perform this ritual on my birthday. Or when the seasons change. Or randomly whenever I find it will relieve some tension and refresh my spirit.
This ritual has the potential to free you from worry, wasted time, confusion, unhealthy habits. It has the potential to invite cultivation of that which may bring you more peace, power, clarity, or anything else you need that will usher you towards your goals.
If you are feeling the urge to let go of something(s) and usher in an empowering replacement then you may enjoy performing your own personal version of this practice.