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The Big Picture

November 28, 2018
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Picture an ant working tirelessly to move a grain of dirt in front of her so she can move forward. Her vision is blocked from what lies a foot in front of her. Her load is minuscule compared to the mound of earth piled around a tree stump just a few feet in front of her. And she cannot even fathom the fact that there lies a forest 50 feet ahead of her. She sees and focuses only that which is in front of her. Yet, overcoming her individual challenge is crucial to enabling her to reach that forest along with the other ants.

We may not see the ‘big picture’. Yet, we can be rest assured that there is something bigger and greater out there. We must focus on our individual challenges and victories, trusting that by completing our unique soul’s program we are moving towards our final destination. Let’s trust the Divine process. Let’s patiently complete our own mission, overcoming our personal challenges in order to help usher the redemption as it unfolds before our very own eyes B’H.

Feel & heal exercise of the day 

Place a coin in front of your eye and notice how much your vision is blocked in comparison to the size of the coin. So much of life is hidden from us – we truly only see a piece of the puzzle.

Overall Picture

November 27, 2018
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The Shomer Emunim ztk’l teaches that this generation has the opportunity to rectify all past misdeeds of all of past lives since the beginning of time. As it is always darkest before the dawn, our generation is faced with intense hardships and temptations. Yet, by overcoming such challenges, we will be able to uplift all things past and welcome the redemption.

There is an entire Divine master plan which we are not privy to see. In our finiteness as humans, we see only countless points and elements with no common ground. However, each separate minute element is vital to the overall picture.

 

Feel & heal exercise of the day

Step out of the closed space you are in and glance at the sky. Glance from right to left and view the vastness of the world from your viewpoint. Internalize that life is infinite – way beyond what we can see.

Heels of Redemption

November 26, 2018
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The Torah refers to the End of Days Ikveh d’Meshicha, the heels of the Mashiach. The AriZal points out that a heel is a seemingly unimportant part of the body that does not appear to contribute to our higher spiritual or intellectual faculties. The whole body steps on it and it steps on dirt. Nevertheless, the heel is essential since all of our body relies on it and stands on it.

Past generations laid down the groundwork for the upcoming redemption. Our generation is considered to represent the heel of the Mashiach. Our job is to complete the process of preparation for redemption, tying the last loose ends together in order to usher in the Mashiach, B’H.

Feel & heal exercise of the day ~

Think about your past family generations and how much they sacrificed to keep the Jewish tradition alive.  They laid the foundation on which you and I now firmly stand.  Take a moment to thank G-d for their vital part in the redemption process.

Bolts & Nuts

November 21, 2018
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For many of us the “End of Days” represents a time of harsh Divine decrees. Heavenly prosecutors will attempt to force us to reach a point of teshuva and bring justice for transgressions committed. Many of us are currently confronting surprisingly harsh challenges and nisayonot. Though these penalties may seem cruel or unjust, we must remember that we are not privy to Divine calculations.

We do not have the ability to understand the inner workings of the Divine machine the direction that the bolts and nuts turn or the purpose behind each tiny nail and screw. Thus, it is our emuna that will buoy us to believe that there is purpose to every part, twist and turn, of the Divine machine of life and that it is all for our ultimate best.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Think about a time when you looked back in hindsight at a situation and recognized that there was an aspect you weren’t able to see at the time but was able to see clearer at a later time. Let this thought uplift your emuna and infuse light into a difficult situation you are currently facing.

 

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.

It’s Not the End

November 14, 2018
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Life is a series of detailed events chained together to form history. A lifetime of 120 years is minuscule compared to eternity. We are not privy to see the whole piece of jewelry. Only when we have reached the end of the chain of events will we be granted the understanding and knowledge of why things happened the way they did.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

While placing your right hand over your heart gently close your eyes and repeat the following three times, “There is no journey without purpose – one day I’ll look back and see how it was well worth it!”

Where were you?

November 13, 2018
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The Zohar teaches that we see through the pupil; the black part of our eye. This represents the idea that we ‘see’ and learn through the dark times in life. When he was challenged by his suffering, Iyov asked G-d ‘Why?’ G-d replied, “Where were you when I created the world?” Iyov then realized the immeasurable distance between creature and the Creator.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

Remind yourself today that trusting in G-d sweetens judgment and draws down revealed loving kindness from above.

 

 

Moving Out

November 12, 2018
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One reason why difficulties arise is to remind us of G-d’s presence and motivate us to change our ways. We should constantly view ourselves and our world as transient, as if we are moving to another home. Our reality is constantly changing and helping us to move forward. When you move to another house, your current home appears on the surface to be in utter chaos, confused and disorganized. However, we can view change as stressful, or we can view it as an exciting opportunity. We shouldn’t fall apart because of this move; it’s part of the renewal process and anticipated change.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

It is important to remind ourselves that there is change in every growth process. Place your right hand on your forehead and place left hand parallel to the back of your head and repeat “I love myself for all that I have gone through” – breath in the energy of acceptance.

 

How can we judge?

November 7, 2018
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Emuna empowers us to hope and trust in G-d when beset with misfortune. Though we may lack understanding of why we suffer, pain is not ‘senseless’.  Emuna enables us to accept the pain and know intrinsically that somehow, in some way our pain is necessary for our spiritual repair and growth. This awareness and inner faith should help steer us away from assessing our difficulties and judging whether they are good or bad.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

Infuse your thoughts with a teaching of Rebbe Nachman ztk’l -> Accepting suffering with love is like bringing a sacrifice.

 

Feeling Secure

November 6, 2018
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We are instructed to serve G-d out of Emuna and Bitachon – clear knowledge that G-d is always with us and steadfast trust that helps us act on that security. Doubts are insidious and often interrupt emuna growth. They may arise out of uncertainty over G-d’s ability to help, or fear of something we believe is greater and more powerful than G-d.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

Gently press the indented area between top lip and nose while taking three deep breaths and say “I fully trust in G-d. I am never alone. He is always taking care of me.”

 

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