Maintaining a joyful outlook on life is hinged on two important factors: expanding our consciousness (in other words, going through life mindful as discussed in yesterday’s emuna email lesson) and paying close attention to our feelings by softening our hearts, which we will talk about today.
We all have concerns on one level or another. Delving into those issues with vivid imagery causes our hearts to swell with emotions. Worrying and becoming anxious over them melts our hearts. This is a prime opportunity to direct our feelings towards Hashem in passionate tefillah when our hearts are filled with emotions and our spirit is awakened.
All feelings originate from the soul, even those that are ‘dressed’ in worldly matters. They communicate the soul’s needs. Tehillim teaches, ‘Lift your eyes to the mountains’. The soul says – Remember you have no one to rely on but Hashem.
Our feelings in life serve one purpose; to connect us to our soul, thus to Hashem. For example, when we feel confused and unsettled, we should pour out our hearts and have faith in Hashem’s strength to get us through. By contrast, when we are joyful and our soul is jubilant, we should express tremendous gratitude for Hashem’s endless kindness.
Our emotions are powerful and ‘loud’ in order to wake us up. Hearing the voice of our soul, our feelings, causes us to live life mindfully. If we feed it physical pleasures we are not sustaining it with the correct ‘food’. We must take notice of what is happening within and without as this is how Hashem ‘talks’ to us.
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