Last week I asked my friends on Facebook a question: Have I ever shared some words of wisdom that you remember and use in your life?
I’ve been thinking about one of the answers I got all week - it was about a cure for constipation.
Spiritual constipation, that is.
I once told a friend that I was feeling “spiritually constipated” and that a book of personal prayers, called Likutei Tefillot, written by Rebbe Natan of Breslov (the main disciple of the Rebbe Nachman the Chassidic master of Breslov) helped my prayer to flow again. Turns out it worked for him as well!
It was amazing to be reminded of a powerful tool that I hadn’t thought about in a very long time and it got me wondering… What exactly did I find helpful about this book?
The answer that I arrived at was - start where you are.
The basic format of Rebbe Natan’s prayers is this, “G-d! This is where I am in my life! This is the direction that I want to go! Can you help me, please?”
I think that so often we get stuck because we want to skip over that that first part of taking an honest look at and fully accepting, “this is where I am in my life”. Why is that so important? Well, that’s because that’s actually where you are!
You can’t get directions to where you want to go unless you know your starting point!
Tonight starts the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the Trees. It is said, on this day, the sap begins to flow in the trees. For many of us, the ground and trees are covered in snow - it’s hard to see any movement, let alone, growth out there!
But the trees know the secret of starting where they are - and the slow movement of the sap today will lead to the beautiful growth that we will see this spring and summer.
Now I want to hear from you!
Where are you?
Where do you want to go?
What kind of support would be most helpful?
Speaking of support - Look out for a very special offer on Tuesday (February 14, 2017) for 10 coaching sessions at an unbelieveable price!
Many blessings to you!