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Day Seven of Week 2: Malchut of Gevurah

Day Seven of Week 2: Malchut of Gevurah

14th Day of the Omer

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Discipline, like love, must enhance personal dignity (see week one day seven). Discipline that breaks a person will backfire. Healthy discipline should bolster self-esteem and help elicit the best in a person; cultivating his sovereignty. And that does not compromise the discipline; on the contrary it fosters and enhances it. Does my discipline cripple the human spirit; does it weaken or strengthen me and others?

Exercise for the day: When disciplining your child or student foster his self-respect.

From A Spiritual Guide to the Omer by Simon Jacobson
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Anonymous mi May 6, 2016

thank you for your perspective Reply

annie April 8, 2013

Thank you for reminding us/me....
As He is so patient with me... may i be so patient with my own... Reply

Claire Seattle, WA April 20, 2012

Day 7 week 2 I do coaching at work to get people to improve in thier job. I love this meditation Reply

BA Kress Austin, Texas April 20, 2012

Discipline With all respect, I believe that your inclination this week has not been strong enough in portraying the role of discipline. Virtually every day the expressed concern has been as much about over-disciplining as bringing discipline to bear.

Yes, discipline must be appropriate, respectful, loving, and indeed itself disciplined, but there must be firmness and strength to the discipline.

I would have wished for more reflection on the actual requirements of discipline itself to living a life of Torah and a little less on "self esteem" and "sovereignty."

Having said all that, I'm extremely grateful for Chabad's providing this spiritual guide and helping our families spend this time of the counting of the omer so beautifully. Reply

Kay Aberglasslyn, Australia May 3, 2011

What a treasure. I was once a musician that practiced four to six hours a day, and in reality it backfired. Correct disciple produces worthy results, not negative ones. Than you Chabad.org for sharing your knowledge. Reply

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