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Make Peace with the Stranger Within You

Here are two ways you can begin to access G-d as G-d IS…beyond us…beyond even the paradigms of finite and infinite: Let Go of your Hold on Distinctions Bind yourself with someone else without making distinctions. WHO you TRULY are is more like others than unlike them. At the core, we are one (albeit (mystery)…

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Every Fact Originates in Mystery

Yesterday I posted a comment to Facebook about how important being in nature is for our spiritual growth. I’d like to share a meditation you can practice while gazing at the waves. But first…a story. The story is about my children and the ocean. It is also a story about understanding the limits of our…

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Healing from the Holy Land

This letter from a friend of mine touched me in a way that moved me to share it with you. Rina Shoshana and I met over 20 years ago and she and her husband are the impetus behind our upcoming Israel Women’s Retreat in Bat Ayin. She’s authentic, refreshing, inspiring. As you’ll get to see…

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Secrets from Gaza and Landmark Forum to Improve your Life

When I think back, the beginning of the madness was hearing others rave (or rant) about their experience at Landmark Forum.  Later it was Byron Katie’s notion of everything being “a story” that got my irritation juices all astir.  In the beginning I couldn’t quite formulate why it irked me so much.  Looking back, that was…

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The Kabbalah of Sunlight

There’s a duality within the sun, in that it provides light but its light can also be blinding. We, too, contain opposites within ourselves, and our most powerful inclinations can also become our greatest weaknesses. How can we direct our energies positively? Here’s a video from the “Beyond the Zodiac” series for the month of…

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Have You Been the Victim of Sexual Abuse?

I ask it with trepidation: Have you been the victim of sexual abuse?  My guess is the question itself is enough to turn your stomach. According to Dr. Frank Putnam, professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the cortisol levels (of some participants in a study he worked on) “wound up…

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How to Heal Through Meditation

The Power of Mindfulness Meditation Below are two perspectives on meditation.  One is a (very) brief YouTube video and the other an excerpt from a (rather lengthy) letter written by a Rebbe to a young woman seeking answers in 1939. The YouTube video is called, “How to Meditate in a Moment.” (Just scroll down to watch.) Beneath that you’ll…

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This marriage thing is my one big failure

How many people do you know who’d (albeit tacitly) agree that their lives are on track – except for their romantic relationship?  They may be happy with their career (or at least feel they’re on the ladder to success;) work out; eat right; have even managed to kick a bad habit. But… The marriage thing…