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Not only in chassidic thought, the month of ELUL is a vast subject. There is so much to say about ELUL and, at the moment, I am going through various sources in order to put together an informative new article on the topic.
Personally, I love the month of Elul, as it stands for a new chance. In Chassidut we say: "The king is in the Field - HaMelech ba'Sadeh", meaning that there is no time when G - d puts Himself closer to us. Thus, this is the best time for doing a bit of Teshuva. However, this doesn't mean that Teshuva cannot be done at other times of the year too. We don't need to wait for Elul and Yom Kippur in order to change our lives.
I also try doing some Teshuva and by going through different chassidic and other writings, I actually do get lots of food for thought. If my Teshuva attempt eventually succeeds in the end, we will see. Some attempts may and others may not. Nevertheless, I am never getting tired of those attempts and every Elul is a new experience. Despite all kinds of failures, I never give up because there is always another day to try again.