person talks to himself. Even when he does not speak out
the words, still, he listens to his thoughts; he obeys the voice
of his mind. His imagination recalls different memories; it projects
future. It plans and dreams. It directs his body.
is however, another
role that a person’s
thoughts play. They set his attitudes,
his moods. They decide whether he feels good or bad. They fix whether
If a person’s
thoughts are so important, should he not make the effort to direct
he not try to control them? Should he not check the messages they send
living beings, the mind may be trained. It may be
taught to broadcast good thoughts, positive thoughts, encouraging
thoughts that help and do not hinder, that build and do not destroy.
affirmations a person makes, the ideas he commits himself to, are tools
create such thoughts; they are tools that build a person’s
recognizes affirmations in a powerful way. It
places them at the centre of our Torah life-style. One example of this
daily duty to recite “Shema Yisrael,” a
most powerful commitment.
Another example is the historic affirmation Yisrael made
book of the Covenant and read it to
the people; and they responded, “All Hashem has said, na’aseh
– we will do, and we will obey.” (Shmos
further, the effect of this commitment...
taught: At this time, six hundred
thousand angels came down amongst the children of Yisrael and attached
crowns of glory to each one, one for na’aseh,
one for nishma. (Shabbos 88a)
These crowns were
a luster of glory that shone from
their faces. (Tosephos, there)
children of Yisrael committed themselves to a lofty
life-style. This pledge raised them to the Heavens, to the level of
They shone with a new sheen, a gloss of loveliness, a gleam of victory.
glowing faces reflected the heights they had reached.
is the power of a commitment. This is the force of
an affirmation. What a person says already changes him. It rockets him