Sunday, March 20, 2016

I forgot to record our chaburah last night

I am so sorry!

Here's a summary of what we did:

Experiencing the Divine: Chapter 11: Strengthening Holy Feeling

- Teach ourselves to look for Hashem everywhere- in ourselves and in everything around us
(exactly what Esther Hamalka did so we can achieve this on Purim for 24 hours straight!)

- Rav Shapiro describes the beauty of Shalosh Seudos (please read it) and this ties into the feeling one can have on Purim the entire day!

Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh: Part four, sections 119-126: Belief in Divine Providence

We are trying to look beyond the person or thing that is before us and see them as something Hashem is sending our way in order to pull us closer to Him ("when Esther said 'May the king come' she had in mind the King of the world.  That was how she lived- seeing Hashem in everything- and her entire focus and communication was only with Him" pg 129)

Getting to Know Your Feellings: Healing Past Emotional Scars, pg 304-314

We may have feeling and emotional scars from past experiences or even from past lives (gilgulim).  (Rav Wallerstein states that on Purim we can do teshuva even on gilgulim of the past)- In order to deal with these emotional scars, Rav Schwartz recommends tapping into the renewal within- Hashem is renewing us and giving us life every second, if you bring your awareness to that space inside- you can touch the place in the soul where there are no imprints.  (First you have to understand that there is this type of place inside you, where you can start anew any time.  Then 'quiet your soul, either by listening to a nigun, eating something tasty, or by relaxing in comfortable position' (pg 312).  Finally, in that place of quiet repeat - a dozen times- 'I am being renewed.  Hashem is in my heart, and is renewing me every moment... then realize Hashem infuses in me a new koach everyday- to achieve what I could not achieve in the I can succeed in them.')"

This week we will meet at 6:30 am Monday to review this avoda and review Purim plans- I will iYH record it.

Please sign up for Tehillim so that we can complete it on Purim as a group.

Love, aviva rus

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