It's almost a year since my last blog post. It's not because there was nothing to write about. On the contrary, the past year was FILLED with things calling us to come closer to Hashem. The issue was missing my creative spark to convey it to you.
Baruch Hashem, I was blessed with safety and with health.
It was that my attention was distracted with so many "crises", from the virus to the election and everything that ensued.
The result was a lot of inner growth, especially in emunah, Baruch Hashem, leading to this new blog post.
The importance of turning to Hashem at EVERY time, not only in the midst of crisis, has emerged as the primary message that I have for you.
In fact, every single day that seems routine is the perfect time to further dedicate yourself to doing just that. And it's only through reflecting on the absolutely upside year that we have all had that magnifies the truth of this point.
After all, who would ever have thought last Chanukah that the world, as we knew it, was virtually about to cease? What were we worried about and focusing on then?
How important is that to us today?
So, what is my understanding and advice?
Try to incorporate into your daily life as much as you can the things which have shown to create a spiritual "chemistry" by turning you to Hashem then Hashem turns toward you (and ask Hashem to help you do it) :
1. Thank Hashem for your problems as often as you can; it is an exercise in emunah.
As Rabbi Shalom Arush encourages: say thank-you for your problems half an hour a day, and if you have big problems, do it for 6 hours. Sing and dance!
2. Teshuva: it's the only thing we can do in the present that changes the past, which then changes our future. Teshuva, though, is a complex thing. There is the halachic aspect and there is the "where do I start?" aspect. For over 25 years I have been blessed to work on a guided teshuva "script" which helps to do it. The simplest format is included at the end of the blog. If you would like support with doing it or would like the full 22 step process, please fill out a contact or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is offered without charge.
3. Before doing any mitzvah fulfill "mitzvas tzrichas kavanah" (see the Kavanah of Mitzvohs in the Gallery.) That is to think or say "I am fulfilling the mitzvah of _____, as Hashem commanded."
4. Concentrate on the meanings of Hashem's names during tefillah and brachos (get and use Kavanah Kards)
5. Send the positive emotions of forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, gratitude and love to yourself and others--especially people that are hardest to do it with. It takes just seconds and you get back continuous flow of increased success, happiness and all good. Especially have compassion for the people who are your shaliach of pain--they have an awful mission, after all.
Wishing you the greatest hatzlacha l'tova in every way and would love to know what you notice when you do these things.