A scientific study revealed that on average we have 60,000 thoughts per day. An astonishing 50,000 of them are negative. Couple this with the idea that our hearts emit an invisible electromagnetic field that other people can sense (see earlier blog), and that we attract the things we think about; we might consider monitoring our thoughts to keep them joyful. As one of my teachers said, “happiness is a choice”*.
Anyone can visit a yoga class or go on a meditation retreat, but the real work takes place at home, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. No fancy teacher can fix our thoughts or change what happens inside our head – the only teacher that ultimately matters is you. “Make Yourself A Teacher” as the sages said (Ethics of the Fathers 1:6).
This week I am drawn to the phrase “the wise-hearted person”, the chocham lev (Exodus 35:10). These kind souls gave to the community, supported others and helped build the communal vision.
We do not know their names but we know the pure intentions of their hearts. How beautiful it would be if we could number as one of them, with kind and wise heart. While 60,000 peaceful thoughts may seem something of a mountain, it begins with one happy thought at a time.
*thank you to Stewart Pearce for this teaching.
How can you get in touch with your Soul Mission, your God-given talent to help heal the world?
KOSHER SUTRA “Everyone whose heart inspired them, and everyone who is generous of spirit” (Exodus 35:21)
SOUL SOLUTION Open your heart to others and increase happiness
BIBLIYOGA POSE Camel Pose / Ustrasana (p183)
Shalom friends. How can you get in touch with your Soul Mission, your God-given talent to help heal the world? Welcome to The One-Minute Kosher Sutras.
. In the film The Blues Brothers, Jake & Elwood were on ‘A Mission From God’. They knew who they were, they knew what they wanted, and they went to get it.
At the end of the Book of Exodus there are many mentions of the word lev, which is the Hebrew for ’heart’. When items were being prepared for the Tabernacle, “every person [came] whose heart stirred them up…Every man and woman whose heart moved them…every willing heart…every wise-hearted woman…” (Exodus 31:21–29). Early yogic texts speak of “the Lotus of the Heart”.
Today’s pose is Ustrasana, Camel Pose. As you practice, meditate on raising your heart and listen to your heart. How do you want to help others? How can you serve your community? How can you heal the world? What is your personal Mission from God?
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