139 posts categorized "Emuna and Spirituality"

Self-Confidence: Triple Your Potential

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People want to accomplish things, but there bodies won't let them. Why?

  1. They don't eat the proper foods in quality and quantity.
  2. They don't exercise.
  3. They're not confident in their ability to achieve what they want.

By the same token, people want to accomplish things, but there minds won't let them. Why?

  1. They lack the desire.
  2. They lack the dedication.
  3. They're not confident in their ability to achieve what they want.

We see that lack of a good diet and lack of proper exercise hold the body back, while lack of desire and lack of dedication create obstacles in the mind that prevent people from accomplishing.

We also see that lack of self-confidence is Public Enemy #1 that gets in the way of both mind and body. For the moment, let's put the subjects of  diet, exercise, desire and dedication aside, for our sages teach that if you try to grab too much, you end up grabbing nothing. Yet, once we attain self-confidence, diet, exercise, desire and dedication will all fall into place.

You'd love to have self-confidence, wouldn't you? It's simpler and easier than you think. See Self-Confidence in 5 Minutes, my feature article in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Also featured this week:

Rabbi Shalom Arush - SAT's, Lean on Me

Rabbi Berel Wein - I Made My Day

Lori Steiner - Don't Push It

David Ben Horin - What They Can't Take from You

Dr. Rivka Levron - In Search of Unity

Yardena Slater - Simple and Natural

Sharon Roter - Sergeant Mom

Enjoy, and have a fantastic new week! 


My Life Without Emuna

Life Without Emuna
Life is hard. Sometimes I feel like we're collectively drowning under impossible challenges. And it doesn't look to me like things will get any easier.

Don't you feel that way? 

Just look at your own life. Many of you have really serious challenges, whether in health, finances or relationships. If you were to answer which challenge is the hardest for you to deal with, you might answer "All of the above."

What's the one thing that I can say has saved my sanity over and over again? 

Likely it's the same thing that you would say: emuna

Sometimes when I have a moment to reflect on my challenges, it's tempting to get upset and despair about them. Isn't it?

Don't you sometimes also wonder to yourself, "When will things get better? Will they ever get better?" 

I completely believe that if I didn't have emuna to support me during the difficult times, my life would be a total mess. I would be a total mess. Who knows where I would be? What would I be doing? Would I still be married? Would I suffer from anxiety? Self-persecution? Guilt? Even worse, G-d forbid?

Think about your life and ask yourself the same question: Where would I be without emuna? 

Really think about it for a minute.

Would you honestly say that emuna has literally saved your life? 

Maybe it saved your marriage, your children's lives? Maybe it restored your will to live?

Emuna is no joke. It's the only thing we have to help us survive this difficult time.

Now I'd like you to think about all those people in the world that don't have emuna to hold on to. 

How do you think they feel? Can you imagine what agony they must be going through each day? Suffering from impossible challenges, yet not knowing who to turn to for help and guidance? 

Does your heart not break for them?

Therefore, I ask you, I plead with you, to help us spread emuna around the world. 

I remember when I read "The Garden of Gratitude." I said to myself, "If this book doesn't bring Mashiach, I don't know what will." 

I am pretty sure you agree with me. Emuna and gratitude are our lifesavers. They're all we've got. 

So please. Donate to Emuna Outreach. Be our partners in giving others life, joy, self-worth, and belief in Hashem. With your donation, we will be able to spread more books and cd's, and improve our website, breslev.co.il. 

You know how much emuna has helped you. Now is your chance to share this life-saving wisdom with others. 

Because when life is over and you have to look back on what you've done in the world, you can be sure that your joy will know no bounds when you see how many people you've helped, simply by being a part of this tremendous cause. 

May Hashem bless you with all of your heart's desires, and may we all be together to greet the Mashiach in joy, Amen. 

CLICK HERE to donate. 

Have a wonderful day!

~Racheli


Hashem Loves Me

If you feel down for some reason, watch the following 3-minute clip. It will pick you up. My gift to you today is a 3-word saying that you must tell yourself as soon as you sense the slightest bit of sadness or depression: Hashem Loves Me. It's true, and it kills the evil inclination. Enjoy.

5419 You can obtain the Hashem Loves Me CD and many more Rav Arush/Brody titles at the Breslev Israel Online Store. For any occasion, send the people you love Emuna books and CDs.


Take Care of Yourself!

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I LOVE this little boy!!! 

Of course I love my other kids too (especially when they're asleep or at school,) but they hate it when I sneak pictures of them. This one hasn't yet put up a fight. Soon enough... 

So you might or might not be wondering what a face full of spaghetti has to do with emuna. To be honest, not much. But it does have to do with eating, which is kind of related to what I wanted to write about today, which is related to emuna. It's like six degrees of emuna. I can connect all kinds of dots. It's a talent.

I gotta tell you, I really enjoyed Chanukah, but I'm relieved that it's over. Isn't that horrible to say? YES! I admit it. Actually, I'm not happy that Chanukah the holiday is over. I'm happy that the kids are back in school and life is getting back to my usual routine of absolute craziness. You parents know what it's like to be stuck at home with all the kids for weeks at a time. It certainly ain't no vacation, and the kids just want to eat and be entertained all day long, and I'z be like, "Go find yourself a friend, boy!"

The hardest part of Chanukah was not being able to go to the gym. Hold up! I know that sounds very vain and self-centered. 

But here's my point: I don't take care of my body for vain reasons. I'm not out to win a Miss Zumba Israel contest or anything like that. However! I very much enjoy the feeling that I get from exercising. I feel strong, energized, empowered, and, um, all muscular and stuff.

Aside from feeling great physically, I also get a natural high that lasts for many hours after my workout. It somehow magically disappears when all the kids get home and start pulling me in 80 different directions, but until then, I'm as happy as a little kid in Disney World. 

Along with the endorphin rush comes the incredible stress relief. A good workout does wonders for releasing all sorts of tension and stress, especially the stuff that we're worried about without even realizing it.

People, especially you busy moms out there, there's no reason you can't exercise at least once, if not twice a week. Don't give me the excuse that you have no time. It's valid, but sorry, it ain't gonna fly. No one has time these days. And don't give me the terrible, INvalid excuse that you're too focused on your spirituality to exercise. WRONG ANSWER!

I see tons of people (literally tons) running from this Torah lesson to that prayer service, and another Tehillim group or something like that. Yet many of them eat terrible diets and get their exercise chasing the bus or panting their way up the stairs. 

My point is that spirituality doesn't mean you have to reject your physical existence! This is done on so many levels, more of which I will get into at another time. But for the meantime, I'd like to get you motivated to start taking better care of yourselves. 

It's not selfish to set aside a half hour to an hour a day to work out. It's life-saving! Especially with the terrible diets we eat, loaded with simple carbs, sweets, and too much dairy, the least we can do is try to counter the effects of our slow suicide by exercising. 

All you moms out there, I can't stress this enough. Join a gym and commit to going twice a week. Just do it! Don't worry about logistics to the point where you talk yourself out of it. Ask Hashem to help you figure it out, for the sake of your health, your sanity, and your marital peace, and I'm sure He'll be happy to oblige! 

I have to say that I'm proud of the women in my gym. A large percentage of them are Orthodox, and yes, they don't yet know what they're doing. But they're THERE! They've committed to making a positive change in themselves, not just for their sake, but for the sake of their husbands and children. And that's the hardest thing to do. Learning how to lift weights is the easy part.

If a mother of eight can take an hour out of her day, then believe me, you can do it. Unless you have nine children. That might be a little bit harder. 

This week, I'm asking TEN of you to take the first step and join a gym. I can't believe how much my life has improved just from getting in shape. I'm not only stronger. I have more energy, mental clarity, better focus, and more self-confidence. And all this and more gets absorbed by my family.

Ultimately, a happier, healthier you will have a stronger, deeper, and more satisfying connection with Hashem than you've ever had before. And a stronger connection with Hashem means stronger emuna. BOOYAH! 

If you're one of the ten that will commit to getting in shape, send me a comment below and we'll keep in touch! I'm excited for all of us to grow together and create real, lasting physical and spiritual changes! 

Have a wonderful, emuna-filled, pasta-free day!

~Racheli


Insult: It's All for the Very Best

Insult
One of the foundation principles of emuna is that Hashem does everything for the very best. There are no exceptions to this rule, whether or not we understand how a given tribulation or difficulty can possibly be for the best or not. As hard as we try, we can't understand what and why Hashem is doing. But, when the brain kicks out, emuna kicks in.

Minor tribulations frequently spare us from major suffering. Take for example humiliation in public: someone mops the floor with us in such a way that we're humiliated in front of hundreds of people, like in synagogue on a major holiday. Such an ordeal is more than enough to save a person from a head-on collision, a heart attack, a stroke, or a direct hit from a Katyusha rocket; that is, if we accept the ordeal with emuna. Sure our face is flush with embarrassment, yet we react with emuna and not with rage and clenched fists. A bit of insult is a gift from Hashem, a purification and correction of our souls, and an atonement that eradicates stern judgments. It's a priceless tribulation that keeps our health and income intact.

We don't look for insults and humiliation, but once we get them, we should thank Hashem profusely.

True strength is when we have the strength to react forcefully, but we don't. 

We don't ask Hashem to punish whoever it is that's tormenting us. Yet, don't envy such a person; they have chosen the path of negative deeds and that's why they are negative messengers. Yet, they will have to pay the price of their actions.

In light of the above, don't envy a journalist who deliberately slanders an entire group of people with the express purpose of perpetrating hatred for his own popularity or monetary gain.

Just remember, the negative messenger is only a stick in Hashem's hands. But, even if we get hit with the stick, it's all for the very best. Thank You, Hashem!