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Tanya Bits: A Little Dose of Wisdom for Daily Living

Tanya Bits: A Little Dose of Wisdom for Daily Living

Bite-sized nuggets inspired from the Tanya

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We like when expectations are realistic. When things seem accessible. And we often feel so helpless when they are not.
I feel the need to be altruistic, coupled with the need for self-preservation.
Each of the four elements spiritually symbolizes a core character trait of the animal soul.
What really is the secret to a strong self-esteem?
Do other people or situations actually cause our feelings? Or is it something internal that produces them?
It is love of G‑d that drives the fulfillment of His commands, and the awe of G‑d that allows one to refrain from doing what is forbidden.
Can you imagine approaching G‑d and hugging Him? Like, really embracing His essence? Is such an encounter even possible?
When one learns Torah, the mind is absorbing G‑d’s will and wisdom.
90 percent of our thoughts, speech or action can go either way, expressing the G‑dly soul or the Animal soul.
Fruits and nuts aren’t the only things with a shell that has to be removed. Much of reality is covered in a shell, a layer that conceals the G‑dliness found in the world.
As soon as you discover that you have derailed—and decide to get back and on track in serving G‑d with every physical act—you can retroactively insert a holy intention into any permissible action done without the express intention of serving G‑d.
You may have all the good intentions in the world and may sincerely wish to make someone happy, but if you go against their express desire, they most definitely won’t be pleased.
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