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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.
Your G‑dly soul tries to assert itself over your body. Your animal soul swoops in like a medieval king fighting for territory, desperately trying to win over those very same thoughts, speech and actions. It’s an endless battle, and you are the battlefield.
In order for us to understand which level we can strive for, we need to understand our limitations.
You could punch it, kick it, ignore it or wrestle with it, but it will never be defeated. This is the personality of the G‑dly soul, which never gives up the good fight against the animal soul.
My mind can control my heart, and therefore, it is my greatest tool to assist me in the battle against the animal soul’s wants.
We sometimes find ourselves swinging from feelings of grandiosity to feelings of incompetency.
Just because he does not fully succeed in his emotional perfection, that does not render his service of G‑d “untrue.”
How could I contemplate eating something that my brain perceives as being repugnant?
“Just five more minutes,” I told myself, yet every turn of the pedal was strenuous, disproportionately harder than the entire 30-minute workout. The struggle was real.
Even if you don’t experience the kind of results you anticipated, if you follow the Torah’s protocol for serving G‑d, you need not feel frustration over not seeing tangible results to your efforts. The results are G‑d’s department.
Isn’t it difficult to generate feelings of love and awe of G‑d?
Your soul is spiritually predisposed to something of a spiritual nature—an inborn faith and love of G‑d, inherited from your forefathers.
The thicker our sense of self, the dimmer our connection to this light in our soul.
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