Monday, May 27, 2013

Some Meditations

I realized the other day I ought to meditate daily on the fact that I was created for the sole purpose of serving my Creator and making my part of this world a place where He'll feel at home.

Here are some other thoughts to meditate on. They are from Tzvi Freeman, based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe whom I yearn to be reunited with speedily.
The Baal Shem Tov taught that a sin in itself is only the bite of the snake. The real damage comes from the poison that spreads afterwards, saying, “What a worthless thing you are. Look what you’ve done! Now you're really lost.”
With those few words, all the gates of hell are opened.
Often, anxiety takes root because a person’s external character is incompatible with his or her inner self. The anxiety may dwell upon other issues and obsessions—but none of these are the true underlying cause.
Most souls can tolerate a few inconsistencies. But others are sensitive to every nuance. As soon as some aspect of their lifestyle is not attuned to the purity of the essential self, the entire person is thrown off balance.
This is how that darkness within us finds its way out: First it agrees with everything good we do.
When we choose to meditate, it tells us,
“Yes! Meditate! That way you will become a great sage!”
When we choose to do a good deed, it says,
“Yes! You are so wonderful! Think what others will do in return for this!”
Slowly, slowly, it convinces us that any good we do requires its approval. And then, you’ve fallen into its trap.
Do good without reason. Then there are no traps.
Getting to where you need to be is an important step.
But nothing is as important as getting out of where you’re at right now.

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