|Examine Your Life
Question Four : How do my thoughts and yearnings help me reach my goals?
(see Rabbi Schwartz's answer at bottom of this page)
A. Silver :
thoughts and yearnings are the key and the foundation of truly
succeeding at anything good. The more we think good thoughts and yearn
for those thoughts, the more we are transformed into new and higher
beings. The lower our thoughts, the less we are capable of doing and
the lower the quality of those few things we are capable of doing. The
higher our thoughts, the more we are capable of doing and the higher
the quality of those many things we capable of doing. The strength and
frequency of our yearning is to: a). think good thoughts and b). fulfill
these good thoughts determine the very essence and quality of life.
“Place within us a yetzer tov, to serve You in truth and with awe and
with love.” “A pure heart create for me O G-d. And a proper spirit
renew within me.”
truth that Hashem doesn't demand anything that a person is not capable
of is the key to yearning inner peace. The fact that Hashem is
righteous and his decisions are just. These thoughts help me to reach
my goals by constant reviewing the principles of emuna.
Anytime something happens that upsets us, we should let emuna precede our intellect.
First, we remember that anyone or anything that
influences our lives for the better or worse is Hashem's messenger of
Divine will. When we stand on the basics of emuna ready to activate
thoughts according to Torah and attempt to understand Hashem's message
that's hidden within an occurrence or mitzvah we can have the comfort of
knowing everything Hashem does is for the best. Daily teshuva and
gratitude, are some stepping stones to getting closer to Hashem and the
quality of our happiness. Thoughts of emuna arouse the spark within us
which kindles a bright flame that not only warms our soul but liberates
the darkness within and invokes Divine compassion.
am always revising my opinion. At this time in my life, I believe
the following: Once persistence is the core thought in a
person's mind, I believe the goal is within reach. Once
failure becomes a welcomed teacher, that failed way is eliminated, and
the variables to success become fewer and more direct. A
combination of those 2 qualities in thought is a powerful compass to
achieving a dream.
I believe we are all engaged in a inner Sumo
battle. Sometimes our Yetzer Tov gets pushed out of the circle,
sometimes the Yetzer Hara, but they are always pushing against each
other. The key is to 'psyche-out' the Yetzer Hara with a
continuous stream of positive ideas, affirmations, and creative problem
From what I have read, I agree that everything
begins with thought. There is a great video interview on YouTube
with Bob Dylan. He talks about the grand self image he held for
himself, without telling anyone. And, to me, he
really 'held' it. He never let doubt or fear creep in, and
ultimately become Bob Dylan. Powerful lesson.
I thought they both go into 2 different categories:
How we think affects our actions; through thoughts, you can control how
focused you want to be on your goals, they also help you prioritize,
and enable you to always re-analyze your actions and aid you toward your
goal(s) or perhaps even change your goal(s).
We all have something powerful within us, something that will always be
pushing us to be great. its called the neshama. it does this because the
neshama is great and godly. the trouble is channeling our yearnings
correctly. if we constantly use our thoughts to question ourselves and
see if whether were heading in the right direction or not (sometimes its
too difficult to do alone), we can use our yearnings as our engine to
think that thoughts are the first step to conscious awareness By become
conscious of what I am thinking I can start monitor my thoughts
It is then possible to filter and clarify the insight/s received
through my thoughts- the chochma bina process.
The next stage is
to reach is daas where an intergration takes place This is an
internalisation process Choice becomes operative and if at the
deepest level of keter and ratzon a goal is fixed and
my desire then becomes to achieve the outcome of the
selected goal, the process of yearning is commenced At the point where
Hashems will intersects with my will Hashem can bless my
efforts and help me acccomplish my goals
Thank you, Robyn
my goals are decided upon preferably in writing I find that my thoughts
automatically drive to meet the goal or goals that I set. The clearer
my goals the more my thoughts can feel, see, touch, and smell the goal.
The greater my desire to meet the goal or goals the more I desire or
yearn to reach he goal(s). My thoughts combined with my yearning for
the goal are the wind behind the sail in getting me to the goal(s).
Rabbi Schwartz :
on the Torah (Breishis 1.10) teaches that the Heavens (Shamayim) are
composed of fire (Aish) and water (Mayim). The heavens, at a
symbolic level, represents our goals and potential. As such we should
ask, what then is "water", what then is "fire"? One idea is that water
in being cool and fluid represents our best thoughts, the ones that
move through our heads in a cool detached way, without getting
emotional and heated, flowing in one direction and then another.
Accordingly, fire, being hot and dry, represents our yearnings and
desires powering on like a missile. Once our thoughts can identify what
we should be aiming for, we may "fire" them at our chosen target. As
such, water and fire together represent the integration of the mind and
With our minds we need to research and study the
data, think through and weigh up the options, consult with the wise,
and finally, reach a decision. With our hearts, we need to set on fire,
inspire, hurling our focus and energy to reach our goals as powerfully
as we can. Thus our thoughts and yearnings carry us to our every dream.
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