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Gain focus, connection and calm.

This daily spiritual focus is based on Rav Avigdor Miller’s 10 steps to Greater Connection

FOUNDATIONS VIDEO

What’s your intention for the Clarity challenge? What would you like to get out of it?

The body shouts, the soul whispers. When we learn to listen to both and understand what each wants, we are truly free to choose what’s right. Without understanding these two different entities we can’t possibly be happy or have clarity. They have completely different profiles and wants. Get to know yourself and you will achieve mastery and choice internally. Let’s see how.

BODY AND SOUL VIDEO

Most of our misery and lack of clarity arises because we don’t have or see the bigger picture. When we learn to zoom out and realize there is a bigger plan going on, it puts things drastically in perspective. But how do we do this? Let’s practice together.

BIGGER PICTURE VIDEO

Responsibility is our ability to respond appropriately. It means carrying the weight of a person, job, problem or community. Responsibility is a key leadership quality and it’s crucial to learn in order to achieve our personal potential. Let’s discuss what stands in the way of us achieving and internalizing this important quality.

RESPONSIBILITY VIDEO

A lot of the time we don’t see what we already have, instead we see what’s missing and feel upset because things aren’t going exactly the way we would like. Gratitude is about tuning into a different frequency and seeing what is right in front of us. It brings balance, clarity and makes our hearts swell with happiness.

GRATITUDE VIDEO

How do we make the right decision? Ancient Jewish spirituality has a clear process. Clarity is all about decision making and decisions bring us to clarity too. There are few things more important to learn. Let’s jump in.

DECISION MAKING VIDEO

The essence of love is giving. Giving generates love and love is the product of giving. Once we know what blocks us from giving we can enter a flow of connection, clarity and meaning.

LOVINGKINDNESS VIDEO

There is no greater clarity than realizing there is a much bigger plan designed for us by a Higher Power. Having a relationship with a Higher Power is a game changer. No matter where you are on this issue, come explore, ask questions and see if you can experience the connections differently.

To be clear on this issue, having a relationship with a Higher Power is ultimate clarity and leads to deeper connection and happiness.

HIGHER POWER VIDEO

HAPPINESS

Find your happiness in 7 steps

FOUNDATIONS VIDEO

What’s your intention for the Happiness challenge? What would you like to get out of it?

The deepest joy in life is knowing that I am doing what I’m meant to be doing. 

Let’s explore simcha and life purpose.

LIFE PURPOSE VIDEO

The deepest happiness comes from appreciating what we have. The constant cycle of goodness. Simple yet profoundly life changing. Let’s explore – Gila – Gratitude

GRATITUDE VIDEO

Inner peace ironically comes with the ability to be present with whatever we are doing. Being able to aim our consciousness to a single point focus. In Judaism we call it kavanna – our intention from kivun which means ‘to aim’. It’s a muscle. Let’s practice.

INNER PEACE VIDEO

We all want to feel more love. Love is the source of the deepest joy.

Love is one of the most esoteric, supernatural experiences and has roots in deep kabbalah. When I see others as just like me, it removes the barrier. My center expands, love fills and there is no distinction between me and them. There is Oneness “Echad”

Let’s see more.

LOVE AS ONENESS VIDEO

Ach means brother. Expanding on this Oneness idea from yesterday, the closer we feel ie family the more joy it brings. A constant connection, an eternal bond that is there no matter what. It’s unconditional. This is family. All of the Jewish people are our family. 

BROTHERHOOD VIDEO

This is one of the least known ones! We actually get rina( joy) from din which means accurate judgement. Din refers to the limits and rules in our world that put things in their proper place. 

Din is the path of justice, precision or exactitude.

JUDGEMENT VIDEO

Today we are talking about Chedva – Thrill seeking. We all know and love this one. The adrenaline junkies want chedva! On a spiritual level how does this apply to us? Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. All growth happens on this edge–let’s see how and why.

THRILLSEEKING VIDEO

Use the Shabbat entry as appropriate to what day it falls in your Challenge.

The Shabbat video should be watched before Shabbat or on Saturday night please. The meditation is also written out for you if you want to print it before Shabbat.

Shabbat is a 25 hour meditation. 

We can access a higher level of our own soul on Shabbat. 

It’s possible to build a deeper connection with yourself, others and with a Divine Source like no other day of the week. If you choose to explore it – it’s an experiential meditation — literally remove your whole body from your weekday. Step back and reflect. Digital detox.

There are certain spiritual guidelines for Shabbat and to the degree we align with those, to that degree we feel Shabbat.  If you’re willing to try (even for a part of the time) stay off your phone, computer, refrain from turning lights on and off for as long as you are able between sunset Friday to sundown Saturday. This is removing ourselves from weekday. 

Additionally we plug into Shabbat (it’s not enough to just remove from weekday) by doing spiritual things to connect. So for example, light candles before sunset with the blessing (this signifies you are bringing Shabbat in) and try to say Kiddush which acknowledges the day is different to all other days. Learning Torah/Jewish wisdom and personal prayers are also things people do on Shabbat to plug in to the energy as well as of course eating a delicious meal.  See if you feel different meditating on that day. You can do a meditation even if you are not keeping Shabbat. 

 

Here’s a short 10 min clip about Shabbat and what to do on Shabbat 

PLEASE WATCH BEFORE SHABBAT

SHABBAT VIDEO

PERSONAL POWER

Unlock your true power

FOUNDATIONS VIDEO

What’s your intention for the Happiness challenge? What would you like to get out of it?

According to Judaism, true power comes from self mastery. 

Ethics of our Fathers 4:1 says:

“Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations” אֵיזֶהוּ גִבּוֹר, הַכּוֹבֵשׁ אֶת יִצְרו

Choosing to live proactively rather than reactively is true self mastery. When we can make a choice about how to respond given all the data and information rather than give a knee jerk reaction from old habits, wounds and patterns. This ability to choose lives in the heart but the guidance comes from the soul. We want to be able to hear our higher voice and give that voice a stronger influence. That is the way we come into our own true power. Let’s learn more deeply.

LIVING FROM SOUL VIDEO

There are two types of fear. The Hebrew word yirah means both “to fear” and “to see.” Yirah – teaches that the essential choice of life is to open our eyes to available opportunities, and to fear the consequences of avoiding that reality.

This type of fear connects us to our power. To make the right CHOICE. On the other hand fear can come from the lower self and be self-focused. I’m scared to mess up, I’m scared I’ll be alone, I’m scared I’ll die. They are often things that are NOT in reality but we are scared they will happen, the  “what if syndrome.”  If we fuel these fears, they disconnect us and paralyze us. It is disempowering. Let’s delve into the difference.

FEAR VIDEO

We can only access our personal power if we know our true worth.  A lot of the time people give away their power because they don’t feel worthwhile. Others seem more important.

We know that everyone is intrinsically valuable  on one hand but on the other society doesn’t act that way… in fact the more good looking, wealthy, smart, powerful and accomplished I am, the more I am worth? So where does this intrinsic unconditional self worth come from? How can we build it in ourselves? Let’s discuss.

SELF WORTH VIDEO

Jealousy is a big block to our power. It is in fact the 10th commandment: Do not covet. Why is it such a block? What happens when we are jealous? We tell a lie to ourselves. We say my life is not enough. If I had THAT life — THEN I would be happy. We literally crawl out of our space in life and want to be in someone else’s. It is a fantasy because we only ever see part of the picture. So we cannot possibly be in our own power because we are not even in our own life! How do we deal with this block to our power?

Let’s jump in!

JEALOUSY VIDEO

Anger is sheer power! It can build or totally destroy.  According to Jewish spirituality, it is one of the few forbidden emotions because it’s so destructive and therefore crucial to work on. Like everything else though, there is negative anger and positive anger. Let’s explore the difference.

ANGER VIDEO

Speech is so powerful – it communicates what is inside. It can build or destroy. We have to be so careful with our speech as it’s a damage that is often not reversible.

 At the same time words can touch the heart so deeply, they can move people, create worlds. Words are the expressions of thoughts. What we say to ourselves can also build or destroy us. Let’s dive in:

SPEECH VIDEO

The biggest POWER from a Jewish perspective is being partners with the Divine. This power is available to any Jew no matter whether they are righteous or not. It bypasses the system of reward and punishment. How do we access this spiritual reality? By ‘trusting’. Adopt the PEAT strategy and see how your life changes. Access unlimited power by being best friends with the Boss.

TRUST VIDEO

Use the Shabbat entry as appropriate to what day it falls in your Challenge.

The Shabbat video should be watched before Shabbat or on Saturday night please. The meditation is also written out for you if you want to print it before Shabbat.

Shabbat is a 25 hour meditation. 

We can access a higher level of our own soul on Shabbat. 

It’s possible to build a deeper connection with yourself, others and with a Divine Source like no other day of the week. If you choose to explore it – it’s an experiential meditation — literally remove your whole body from your weekday. Step back and reflect. Digital detox.

There are certain spiritual guidelines for Shabbat and to the degree we align with those, to that degree we feel Shabbat.  If you’re willing to try (even for a part of the time) stay off your phone, computer, refrain from turning lights on and off for as long as you are able between sunset Friday to sundown Saturday. This is removing ourselves from weekday. 

Additionally we plug into Shabbat (it’s not enough to just remove from weekday) by doing spiritual things to connect. So for example, light candles before sunset with the blessing (this signifies you are bringing Shabbat in) and try to say Kiddush which acknowledges the day is different to all other days. Learning Torah/Jewish wisdom and personal prayers are also things people do on Shabbat to plug in to the energy as well as of course eating a delicious meal.  See if you feel different meditating on that day. You can do a meditation even if you are not keeping Shabbat. 

 

Here’s a short 10 min clip about Shabbat and what to do on Shabbat 

PLEASE WATCH BEFORE SHABBAT

SHABBAT VIDEO

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