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Emuna Security

November 20, 2018
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The Navi Zecharia teaches that G-d rejoices in every bit of our avodah we perform to strengthen our emuna. Our reward in this world will be the blissful feeling of security and satisfaction similar to that experienced by a nursing baby. And in the next world we will all merit to see the positive effect of every emuna-strengthening act and thought.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Close your eyes and imagine the sense of security and reassurance a baby has when being held in her mother’s arms.  Give yourself a hug and gently sway back and forth feeling G-d’s loving care embracing you.

Confirm your Emuna level

November 19, 2018
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There is a beautiful passuk in Sefer BaMidbar “…ka’ashear yisah ha’oman et hayonek (… carry them in your bosom as the nurse carries the suckling…) (see Parshat Behaalotecha (11:12).” This verse describes the unwavering security and satisfaction a baby experiences after nursing. The baby is not concerned about her next meal, but content and dependent on her mother for all her needs.

We often utter the words ‘End of Days’ casually, without contemplating their true meaning. The Chofetz Chaim ztk’l teaches that the generation that will greet Mashiach (our generation B”H!) will be required to constantly examine their emuna. Like a person constantly checking his pockets to reassure himself that his precious savings are still safely ensconced there, so too we need to continuously pay attention to and confirm our levels of emuna.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Put your right hand over your heart and left hand over your right hand. Repeat the words ‘Ein od Milvado‘ over and over until you feel your heart rate slow down and warmth fill your heart.

What arises?

October 29, 2018
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As negative feelings arise the distance between G-d and us widens.  G-d is our shadow; as we respond to Him He in turn reacts back.  Hence, it is essential to be true with ourselves, talk with honesty to G-d and use the mode of communication called Tefillah as an opportunity to ‘clear the air’ and make peace with our Creator.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

Spend a few moments discussing one issue with G-d that causes you anguish. Begin the process of letting go.

Healing Emuna

October 24, 2018
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There is a deep Kabbalistic teaching that distance causes G-d’s blessings to come down in the form of din (judgment) since we are not properly aligned with our Creator’s will and cannot receive His bountiful goodness in its correct form. One of the ways to align ‘our form’ with our ‘G-dly form’ is by internalizing the message that all that G-d does is for the very best.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

Repeat the following three times in a row, while taking three deep healing breaths and placing your right hand in the center of your chest and your left hand over your right:

“G-d’s love is eternal. He is taking care of all my needs day in and day out for my very best”

Healing Discontent

October 23, 2018
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Living with discontent causes us to perform mitzvot with a heavy heart as though it is a great burden and sacrifice. The Torah teaches that G-d wants our heart, our emotional bond and intent. We cannot bury our true feelings of resentment since G-d knows our innards; all is known before Him.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

Aask yourself “Why am I not happy in life” ~ address only the first thing that comes to mind, otherwise, we might be here all day Take 3 deep breaths while repeating the following “G-d loves me. He is taking care of all my needs.”

Healing our Anger

October 21, 2018
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As a result of inner anger and the disappointment we feel towards G-d we tend to fall into a state of sadness; we begin to study Torah and perform mitzvot with a lack of joy. The AriZal makes a strong statement regarding this broken state and teaches that happiness is the central point of Torah living.

Feel & heal exercise of the day: think of a recent incident that makes you angry. Put your right hand over your heart, your left hand over your right. Take 3 deep breaths while repeating the following “I am letting go of this anger. I make room for healing love”.

Flexible to Change

September 17, 2018
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The Power of Clarity – Part II

June 13, 2018
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(Cont’d from yesterday)

Painful experiences are a result of dinim (judgments). When we suffer, a few things may occur simultaneously. Firstly, our da’at (mental and emotional state) may travel further into exile. Our mind and heart may not accept the concept of ‘Gam zu l’tova (this is also for the best)’. We may be thrown into a state in which we cannot see the bigger picture or the purpose of the hardship.

As a result, we may be left feeling lost, confused and distant from Hashem. We may even sense that we are insignificant and unloved which may make us feel despairing. In this unhappy state it is difficult to give or accept love to ourselves, to others and to HaKadosh Baruch Hu.

Chazal brings an amazing insight as to how to sweeten the judgments and lessen our pain. We must go to the root of our pain and view it through our da’at. That is, we must look at the event again and rationally conclude in our minds that it is somehow and in some way for the best. Then, we must gradually allow our emotions (our heart) to digest this rationale.

In other words, we must ultimately view the event through emuna lenses. Higher consciousness helps us deal with the pain since we now associate it with a rational purpose from a more objective and expansive viewpoint. We no longer feel that we are subjects of happen chance. Through this renewed level of understanding, the dinim can slowly change from bitterness to sweetness.

The Power of Clarity – Part I

June 12, 2018
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How joyful we should feel when contemplating that Hashem chose us of all nations; the inherent value we hold is greater than we can imagine. At moments of darkness and difficulty, we may not come to appreciate what this means however Hashem called His Torah a valued treasure since it offers us a remarkable opportunity to connect to Him.

Da’at is mental and emotional clarity, which generally develops with maturity. Thus, the pain sets in before we develop the necessary tools to maturely and rationally process and deal with the hardship.

Children are often not able to absorb and process their pain as easily as mature adults. Most young children (and adults who have not achieved da’at) do not know how to react to such pain and may either repress their feelings or inappropriately lash out.

Suppressed feelings may thus emerge at various points in their lives. They may become more aware of the agony inside, but not necessarily where it is coming from or why they are suffering.

During the course of our lives, we all traverse paths of darkness (where we feel alone or treated unfairly by others and Hashem, chas v’Shalom. We eventually grow stronger from those experiences. Every descent is followed by an ascent. (to be cont’d tomorrow)

Shielding Off Fear

July 2, 2015
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The way we think may cause a misfortune to arise.  Although fear is a product of our imagination, since that which we fear hasn’t occurred and actually may not, Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeschitz ztk’l in his sefer Ya’arot Devash teaches that once we experience a fear it enters into the realm of reality and can fulfill itself at any moment. We actualize the possibility of danger by contemplating it.

Additionally our bodies will experience the same physical symptoms as though we were living out the fear right then and there.  Our bodies do not differentiate between imaginary thoughts and truthful reality; both trigger a response appropriate to protect the body from the threat.  Unquestionably this exhausts the body to no end, hindering the ability to think properly and correctly distinguish between reality and imagination.

What’s the solution?  Work on building emuna.  Emuna shields us from harm’s way in all respects as it creates a tightrope that links us to the source of all security and truthfulness.  Certainly we are required to take ‘normal’ precautionary measures to remain safe, however knowing that Hashem’s presence is always here and now with us is the only way to steer clear from fear.

Furthermore, living with emuna shleimah evokes Hashem’s rachamim, shielding us further from harm.  Rabbi Chaim m’Volozhin ztk’l brings down an amazing segula which serves as a protective shield against danger; simply recite the three powerful words, “Ein Od Milvado (There is none other than Him {Hashem})” and you will be lifted from the illusion that there is any other force other than Hashem.

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