The first ten days of Tishrei -- two days of Rosh Hashana, the seven
days following, and Yom Kippur -- are an auspicious time in which to
rectify our shortcomings and draw closer to G-d. They are therefore
known as the "Ten days of Teshuvah."
Teshuvah -- frequently translated as repentance -- actually means
returning. Judaism emphasizes that our essential nature -- the divine
spark of the soul -- is good.
True repentance is best achieved not through harsh self-condemnation,
but through the realization that our deepest desire is to do good, in
accordance with the will of G-d.
For more information on Teshuvah see
The Dynamics of Teshuva (Repentance)