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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: September 20, 2014

We are sometimes in such a hurry that we forget to experience those little moments of thoughtfulness, which, had we paused for them, might have saved us and others a great deal of hurt. Sometimes we are in such a rush that we forget that kindnesses along the way have more value than the goal we are trying to reach.

Our life is, in essence, only a bundle of the things we have done that have brought pleasure to others. And it is in these moments that we reach the Light of the Divine.

Today, take minute to stop and ask yourself: Am I showing up for the people around me, seeing how I can help to make the day better for them? Or am I thinking only about myself and what I need to get done?

Simple questions, yes, but if properly considered, they can change your destiny or someone else’s.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 19, 2014

If we become a slave to our wealth by sacrificing time with our family, then not only will we be unable to enjoy our riches, but our children will suffer the consequences of our enslavement as well. The delight of having family, friends, and children around us—this is true wealth.

As Henry David Thoreau so eloquently put it: “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”

In other words, money and recognition become immaterial when we have the love of those closest to us.

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: September 18, 2014

The universe is a mirror, reflecting back to you everything you put into it. If you want to use a painful experience such as a divorce to help you grow, you must see the event as what it truly is - a lesson, not a punishment.

This has been a month of lessons. Now that we are just a few days out from Rosh Hashanah, I’m asking you to take a few moments to reflect on one experience in your life that you’ve been holding onto as a punishment. Can you find a lesson in it? Can you see any way that the experience has made you stronger or brought you to another level of understanding of yourself and others? Can you see how this experience has strengthened your connection to the Light?

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: September 17, 2014

The Bible tells us: "Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see."

Now you may say to yourself: Bribes? OK, not a problem. There’s no foreseeable reason for me to take one.

But if we really look into it, the truth is that we get bribed all the time. We get bribed by appearances; we see with our immediate desires and we see those things that will quickly fulfill them.

For example, let’s say we are in a relationship, but then we see a handsome or beautiful person walking by and we happen to think about all the things this beautiful person could offer us. And then that little voice inside us says, “Well, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. I mean, who is going to know the difference if, you know, we slip away for a day or two? Who will know?”

This is a bribe. It is a bribing of our soul. We say to ourselves, “I’ll just take a little here and a little there, and nothing negative is going to happen. No one is going to get hurt.” But we’re...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 15, 2014

According to the Kabbalists, we have been given a predetermined period of time to be here on Earth as well as a predetermined number of words and actions to use in our lifetime. Positive actions such as studying spirituality and helping others, speaking positive words, and giving encouragement are not charged against our spiritual bank accounts, but negative words and actions are. Therefore, by making every action we take and every word we speak positive, we have the ability to create immortality.

As we continue on the 30-Day Kind Words Challenge this week, remind yourself that your efforts and kind words do make a difference in the bigger picture for yourself and for the world.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 14, 2014

It’s important to remember that how you present yourself to the world is how you will be remembered. As we all know, it’s not possible to make two first impressions, so make your words and actions count when you meet someone. Ask yourself: "Am I approaching this situation with kindness and care? Or do I just want to blow past it to the next task or person?"

Today, when you engage with others, make sure you are putting your best foot forward. After all, you might be the one who makes the difference in their life.

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 13, 2014

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: It takes only one small candle to bring Light to a darkened room. We have the power to be that small light every time we choose to make a difference in someone’s life.

Being that candle doesn’t require a great deal from us either. It’s the way we smile, the way we take a moment to help, the way we say “thank you.” Our kindness and care can make a tremendous difference in the life of a person…or the world.

In a world that is at any given moment cold, dark, and painful for many people, we need to remember that one candle can bring warmth and Light. As the old adage goes: “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”

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Posted In: Kabbalistic Concepts Posted On: September 12, 2014

It’s no secret that horrible chaos is erupting all over the world at this time. Some regions are shrouded in such darkness and pain that it is hard for most of us to even wrap our heads around what is happening.

For this reason, those of us who are perhaps more in tune with the spiritual Light around and within us should realize that this awareness is not simply a blessing in and of itself. Rather, it is an opportunity to bring other people to the same awareness.

Today, don’t take your spiritual awareness for granted. Share one concept you have learned with someone else; it just may be what he or she needs to hear.

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Posted In: Personal Transformation Posted On: September 11, 2014

Each and every one of us has a certain number of tests that we must pass over the course of our lifetime. This means that whenever we reach the point of accomplishing whatever we need to accomplish at a specific level, then we move on to the next level and the next test, each time gaining access to a higher level of our soul.

The hard fact, though, is that the tests that we sometimes need to undergo can be very difficult. Sometimes they may even appear to us to be insurmountable “curses.” What we learn in Kabbalah, however, is that every hardship is there to somehow bring us to another level of consciousness.

For example, let’s say that a busy person gets ill and is ordered to relax. As a result of finally slowing down in life, this person now finds himself with the time to contemplate his ways: what he has and has not done, how he has or has not contributed to the world. Now, after years and years on one track, this person gains a true determination to become more...

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Posted In: Well Being Posted On: September 09, 2014

People often ask me the difference between spirituality and religion. Certainly the two words can be interchangeable and the ritual can often look the same.

For me the difference is the idea of purpose, the reason why we do or don’t do x, y, or z.

There is a wonderful little story that speaks to this question: A student challenges his teacher about the manner of giving thanks, saying “We both make a blessing before we eat. How is your blessing different from mine?” The master lovingly answers his bold young pupil saying, “Yes, it is true that both you and I make a blessing before we eat our food. The only difference is that you thank God so you can eat, and I eat so I can thank God.”

What we learn from this master is that it’s not the blessing or ritual itself that is important but rather the consciousness behind it. According to the teachings of the Kabbalah Centre, the purpose for all our study, for all the many connections we participate in, for all the...

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