I’ve been through lots of pain the past two years. I am forced to deal with a crazy family situation, I am facing bankruptcy and I live with a chronic illness which is made worse by all the stress.
I asked someone for spiritual advice and he told me that my suffering was an atonement for my sins.
I asked someone else for spiritual advice and he told me to thank Hashem for all the good things in my life. He told me to do this during hitbodedut for at least an hour a day. I couldn’t stand to do it for more than a few minutes, it felt totally fake, like I was lying to Hashem.
Someone else told me that if I thanked Hashem for my problems they would go away because I wouldn’t need them anymore.
I feel like the people giving me advice don’t understand what I’m going through.
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This coming Sunday, January 28, 2018—9:30AM – 5:15PM is the Annual Day of Kabbalah: Kabbalah and Meditation at the JCC Manhattan sponsored by the Center for Jewish Living – Makom/Jewish Spirituality and The Carlebach Shul
Speakers include Rabbi Avraham Sutton, Rabbi Dov Ber Pinson, Rabbi Naftali Citron, Chaya Rivka Zwolinski, and more. The JCC Manhattan is located at 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023.
This program will have mixed seating.
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You’re invited to a special Breslov event just for women on Sunday, February 26th at the JCC of Manhattan.
Azamra: Hearing the Song of Your Soul
An Afternoon of Self-Discovery with Healing Chassidic Meditation, Art and Music for women
Date: Sunday, February 26th Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Place: The JCC of Manhattan at 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St, New York City
Come for a creative afternoon of Chassidic workshops based on the joyful wisdom of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Experience the power of Chassidic meditation, art, and song. Uncover unique healing insights you can build on. Gain self-knowledge. Take home doable ideas for a personal spiritual practice that will work in your life.
Save money and reserve online now. Or call the JCC to register 646.505.5708 or Susie Kessler, Director of Makom at the JCC, directly. 646.505.5726
Online registration is $40 per person. Price at the door will be $50.
Beginners through advanced participants are welcome. Kosher snacks served.
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan & Breslov Research Institute
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There is a school of thought.
It teaches that the way you think is organic and fluid. It arises from your intellect, life experiences, emotions and feelings.
It teaches that the main way we are able to profoundly change our thoughts is either from a steady diet of outside influence (brainwashing as from a cult, intense propaganda, life-long “education”) or relentless inner work which can be repressive and rigid—and stifles the freedom to be yourself.
It teaches that it is difficult to change our thoughts and says most of us shouldn’t even try.
It teaches that our thoughts (especially those we feel to be dominated by our feelings, more on this later) reflect who we are—indeed, they are our unshiftable permanent essence. We must simply accept this, says this school of thought.
After all, everything’s good, everything’s relative, no one thought, idea, or way of thinking or belief is better than another—we’re just fine the way we are.
Really? Then why are so many people so unhappy? Continue reading Your Thoughts And The Power Of Hisbodedus