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Aligning Thoughts & Feelings

To you:

I hope you have had a blissful week full of abundance and love. As we enter the weekend, spend time with those you love and express kindness and compassion with them.

Also, a meaningful conversation can always liven the mood!

Here's a rundown on my weekly 6:

Quotes I’m pondering:

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

~Henry David Thoreau

“People will forget what you said, they’ll forget what you did, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.”

~Maya Angelou

“The meaning of life is to find your gift and the purpose of life is to give it away.”

~Pablo Picasso

Lessons from my dad (the most interesting man in the world):

*The picture to the left was taken by my brother Benny*

Sitting at dinner my dad asks me firmly, "You want a lesson for this week?"

"Of course, I don't have enough to choose from" I replied jokingly.

"You have one brain. Either you decide what to put in it, or others will. Don’t pollute it.

Whether we are watching TV, scrolling through social media, or listening to music, we are all surrounded by a mass of information that constantly fills our brains. It is up to us to discover the right tools in order to control what we listen to. This is why I really appreciate my father’s advice. It reminds me to consciously be aware of what information I am taking in. Plus, it is truly amazing what the mind can accomplish with the right tools, quality information, and a little bit of practice.

Thanks Papa B!

Who I am learning about:

Dr. Joe Dispenza

A new habit I am starting is researching an author before I read his or her book. After receiving the recommendation that I must read Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, I went online to get background about Dr. Dispenza to get a good idea about what I will be reading. In part, this has to do with Jim Kwik’s technique with reading technical information. I found that researching the author invites curiosity to my mind, so I ask more questions and, therefore, find more answers.

Dr. Dispenza is a well-known speaker, researcher, consultant, and NY Times best-selling author. In this short review, I will focus on his mission and intention behind the book I am reading and the interviews I have seen. Dr. Joe Dispenza is a huge advocate for mind-body connection and how we can rewire our brains and recondition our bodies to change our lives in the way we imagine. However, the key is getting the body and mind in coherence.

Book I am reading:

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, by Dr. Joe Dispenza

At the time of writing this, I have read, highlighted, and journaled through three chapters. After a little research and some reading, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself is about liberating your energy in the form of emotions. How you think and how you feel create your state of being. And it is only when how we appear is who we are, do we feel truly free.

In a future post, I will be able to give a full book review. Until then, knowing that how you think and how you feel can affect your life, what thoughts would you want to fire and wire in your brain? What behaviors would you want to demonstrate in a day?

Torah Portion, Ki Teitzei:

One of the daily wisdom for this week’s Torah portion is about the power of words. Looking back at what I wrote about for journaling and writing things down last week, this lesson fits right in (especially with my caution section).

Moses reviews with the Jewish people what G-d did to his sister, Miriam, for merely voicing her disapproval of her brother’s divorce with Tziporah. Miriam did not lie or criticize, yet she was punished for speaking negatively.

When we are told to “remember what G-d did to Miriam,” I think we can take this as a reminder to be careful how we speak and write about others (and ourselves). Rather than spread words of gossip behind someone’s back, we should discuss our concerns with the other privately.

Daily Habits:

Putting on Tefillin:

The picture to the right is from a year ago with my brother, Jonathan.

A couple years ago my parents got me my own pair of Tefillin. I have used it every morning, except on Shabbat and high holidays, ever since. In an earlier post, I mentioned my passion for morning routines and setting aside time for myself. Including time to connect with G-d is undoubtedly a pivotal part of crushing the day.

According to a cute little pamphlet that came with my Tefillin, the Torah calls Tefillin a visible emblem of our relationship with G-d. I truly believe it is like a badge of honor that binds Jews to G-d and unto each other.

This next week is going to be filled with miracles, breakthroughs, good news, abundance and love. So, enjoy your weekend, get some rest, and crush it!

Your friend,

Solomon Ezra

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