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The soul speaks…

January 22, 2014
Orit Esther Riter
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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.

Today’s Dose of Emuna is sponsored and dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Miriam Bracha bat Sarah who is 21 years old.  She came down with pneumonia and the Asian flu and is currently unresponsive and on a respirator. May she merit a complete healing,  b’riut hanefesh v’b’riut haguf amongst all those in Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen!

If you wish to sponsor and dedicate a Daily Dose of Emuna lesson for someone please contact oritriter@gmail.com.  Suggested minimum contribution is only $18.00 and is 100% ma’aser money going towards Torah and emuna learning.

What is a soul?

January 13, 2014
Orit Esther Riter
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Visit the Tu B’ Shvat page to learn more on the seder and segulas.  Listen to last year’s insightful shiur. 

What is a soul?  It is our pure essence, the center of consciousness and it is immortal.  The soul is the real ‘you’ that existed before you were born into this world and will continue to be even after you pass on from this world.  This world is likened to a classroom where we learn more about who we are and how to fully express and live by the wisdom within.

All deeper senses of consciousness stem from the soul; it houses inner wisdom.  Your soul is the authentic ‘you’, the inner self as opposed to your ego which is the personality of your bodily image.  This core of our being is connected to Hashem; the source of love and inspiration.  It is a place that transcends knowledge, feeling or any connection to this world. When we are in touch with our soul, we transcend this world and connect to a higher plane of awareness.

Hashem put us into this world to live as body and soul.  Our task is to align the two to live in harmony – this is how we attain a sense of wholeness.  Each and every Jew carries within themselves a center of wisdom, compassion, strength and joy just waiting to be discovered.  We must not look far, it is with us always.  It is like an inner guide or a constant companion accompanying us on the journey of life.

One of the most valuable ways to experience and become aware of ourselves on a soul level is by removing the blockages of the body that filter out the soul’s light.  As long as we see ourselves and pursue that which our body desires – the feelings and thoughts that are associated with our ego, we will not be able to identify with our higher-self namely the soul.

Lasting happiness can only be achieved by shifting away from what we know to be our bodily ego and identifying with that which we know to be our true self, our soul.

Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Faiga Lonnie bat Gittel, may she merit a complete healing b’riut hanefesh v’b’riut haguf amongst all those in Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen!


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