Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Subtle Difference

I recently changed my focus when I heal people with my hands. I used to ask myself what I felt when I touched a person. I now ask what the person feels like. I’ve noticed that my sensation now extends further into the other person, and is less likely to get stuck inside me.

I used to look for the connection between myself and my client, but now I’ve realized that made it too much about me. I now just look to see how the other person feels, and know that the I am present, so the connection will be made. It’s a subtle change that makes a big difference.

photo courtesy of Jam343

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Choosing not

A leftover passover thought:

On passover we demonstrate our freedom by giving up bread. Freedom, in this sense, is the ability to choose not to do something. I generally think of freedom as either freedom to or freedom from: freedom to do something I want to do or freedom from oppression or tyranny. This is a twist, I freely choose not to do something I want to do.

Things that we desire have a certain power and hold over us. When we keep ourselves from them, we demonstrate our power over them and free ourselves from them.

Bread has been a mainstay of our diet for thousands of years. Keeping it at arms length for a week keeps it in perspective. Perhaps next pesach, I'll have to look for other foods in my diet that I crave and see if I can take a break from them for a week.

Food is nourishment. It has a direct correlation to yetzer harah and yetzer hatov, the inclination to self-nourishment and the inclination to self-destruction. Taking a break from the foods we crave can help us learn which foods nourish us and which destroy us. By choosing not to eat something, we take back it's power over us and find our freedom.

Photo courtesy of Petitplat

Monday, January 16, 2012

Knowing the world versus knowing the person

In struggling with some personal issues, a friend of mine recently sought out two teachers who are known for their spiritual teachings. When asked about the difference, she told me that one listened to her issues and responded based on his knowledge of Jewish spirituality and his personal experience. The second listened to her, and responded to her particularly. He seemed to know her instantly and was able to talk about her issues as they related to her specifically. She said that both teachers gave her good advice, but one was based on prior knowledge and experience and the other was based on his knowledge and understanding of her personal situation. The second teacher was able to connect instantly with her and seemed to just "know" her.

I really liked the distinction - knowing the world versus knowing the person. Both are important but very different.