Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Little Bit Is Also Good

181823_2165Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s teachings are, among other things, a comprehensive, holistic self-actualization system.

Breslov Chassidus offers profound variations on numerous themes, ranging from practical to spiritual, from earthy to intellectually elegant. Though the ramifications are cosmic, each lesson is also personal.

While it’s true that each is part of a larger whole, each lesson, analysis, meditation, and prayer is important in its own right.

Even a little bit of Breslov has the power to set off spiritual rumblings that may shake the foundations of your deepest self. After only a brief period of learning Breslov, you’ll begin to understand the holy source of your soul, the value of the true you—and this understanding is essential to living a meaningful life.

If you are an ambitious self-starter, you can being with Meir Elkabas’ excellent Breslov Therapy guide, a how-to on creating your own self-development program.

But what if you want something a bit simpler? I ran this 3 step program by Reb Elkabas and he gave his enthusiastic approval. Continue reading A Little Bit Is Also Good

Is Joy Missing From Your Life? Send Out A Search Party

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There may be times when the only way to make yourself happy is by doing something silly or making jokes. There are so many troubles people have to go through physically and spiritually (trying to make a living, and so on), that in many cases the only way they can make themselves happy is by doing something silly and acting a bit meshuga.

The whole vitality of the body and soul depend on being happy.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

It is important to be honest about your flaws, but it is even more important to recognize and pay attention to your good points. Even if you have to send out a search party to find your good points, do it.

Seek and identify all the good deeds, kind acts, faith and belief, talents, and other fine attributes you possess. These reflect your TRUE self. Name them and say them aloud. Write them down.

The Rebbe teaches that we are where are thoughts are. If your thoughts are on your best possible self, your past good deeds and your highest potential, that becomes your reality.

1313588_25399911Through perfect prayer, which in turn brings about “overall peace”, all creatures come to have compassion on one another and there is peace between them. —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Happiness MP3

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Happiness is the hardest thing! said Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

Are you happy?

Why is true happiness so hard to achieve? Is it even possible to be really happy?

What’s the secret to long-lasting happiness?

Listen to Rebbe Nachman’s story called Even Tov (The Precious Stone) or Faith and Part One of our discussion about happiness.

Gemstone Photo by Harold and Erica Van Pelt, courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Does Shopping Make You Sad? (Really.)

1229519_55738725I don’t actually know any woman who doesn’t like to shop at least some of the time.

If you can’t stand shopping for clothes, you might like shopping for food.

If you loathe shopping for furniture, you might like trying on shoes.

If handbags are boring, what about books? Jewelry? Make-up? Food processors? Cars? Tchotchkes?*

The Shopping Drug

Shopping, window-shopping, browsing—whatever you call it—can be a drug. We have the ability to immerse, no, lose ourselves in that adorable clutch with the bead work or those sweet little striped espresso cups or that cute little bargain thingy—even if we don’t need it or want it.

Have we ever asked ourselves: Why are we shopping when we have a closet full of shoes or a perfectly good carpet in the living room? 
Continue reading Does Shopping Make You Sad? (Really.)