Living in the moment is essential for success in literally everything. It is an essential tool that we teach in emuna coaching for people who want greater authenticity in their relationships and want to connect to Hashem in Truth. Try really being present for the ones you love this Shabbos. They will be sure to feel the difference. So will you!
What is the best way to rid yourself of persistent, intrusive thoughts that frustrate you or make you blue? The answer depends on who you ask.
Researcherssay that the strategies that have some promise include: focused distraction, stress and load avoidance, thought postponement, exposure and paradoxical approaches, acceptance and commitment, meditation, mindfulness, focused breathing, attention training, self-affirmation, hypnosis, disclosure and writing.
Whew, that's a mouth full!
I have a great research idea for these guys. Take a group of people who suffer from persistently irritating thoughts and teach them to say "thank you" for them. I'm sure that they would find that expressing gratitude for annoying thoughts would prove more effective in alleviating them than suppressing them or using any of the above techniques.
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Today's live broadcast is entitled, "Fearless Action." Talk is great but action is where your soul shines it's brightest.
You can see it today Wednesday at 5:00 PM Israel time at our Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem, in the main sanctuary. Everyone is welcome, both men and women so if you're anywhere near Jerusalem, come on by!
You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time as follows (Israel is still on winter time while the USA is still on Daylight Savings time):
8:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 9:00 AM Denver, 10:00 AM Mexico and Central Daylight, 11 AM EDT, 4 PM in the UK, 5:00 PM Johannesburg and Capetown, 5:00 PM Israel. As soon as we can, G-d willing, we'll post a link to the lesson for all those who couldn't see it live. If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. We hope you enjoy the broadcast.
studies (Mogiler, et. al., 2012) have shown what people with emuna have always
known. That, contrary to logic, giving away time that you don't have can make
you feel like you have more of it.
What a beautiful
observation of the Truth.
Where I have difficulty, as usual, is not in how my colleagues observe reality but in how they interpret
it. Psychologist Jeremy Dean concluded
that the people, in these studies, who were generous felt better because of odd "perceptual"
alterations that their brains were subject to. He mentioned "10 ways that the mind warps time."
curious to know about the spiritual orientations of the people that were studied? The researchers might have come up with very
different conclusions if they would have asked different questions that
assessed the participants level of spirituality and emuna. Then they may have
found that the deeper truth is that the people felt better for completely different
emuna feel really good about giving even if they objectively don't have much to
give because they believe that G-d who is constantly looking after them will be
pleased with their generosity, and in turn, will surely give them back
everything that they need and more. When
people have little and give regardless, they are actively demonstrating and
strengthening their emuna which is the greatest source of joy.
David had been trying to please his parents and do well in Yeshiva for most of his life. The problem was that it was becoming academically too challenging for him. His self-esteem suffered terribly because he found himself dropping further and further behind his class especially as his Rebbe's became less supportive and understanding.
Finally, when he couldn't take it anymore, David walked out of Yeshiva and went home. How did his parents react? They were in shock. What did they do? You can read the whole story in Don't Worry Father. which Breslev Israel was kind enough to publish.
Here are the other articles published by Breslev Israel this week:
With Hashem's Loving Kindness, we will be broadcasting live today, Wednesday at 5:00pm Israel time from the Chut Shel Chesed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem.
This week's lesson is entitled, "For We Not Me."
You can see it right here. The broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time as follows:
If you are not able to watch the lesson live, we will, G-d willing be posting a link to it soon. If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player which you can do here. We hope you enjoy the broadcast.