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CLear & Focused

Dear Friends,

I have been home this week in complete solitude, peace and quiet, and bliss. My head has never felt clearer, and my heart has never spoke louder. It has really been a meaningful time to sit back and reflect on how I have been thinking, speaking, feeling, writing, and doing.

I always knew I would be grateful for the experience of a concussion. Truthfully, that faith above all helped me recover.

I feel Good and I hope you do too. Enjoy meaningful conversations with others and go love someone exactly as they are.

Here’s my Weekly 6 and a bonus 1 for Shabbat:

Quotes I Love:

“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

~ Thomas Edison

“Perseverence is stubbornness with a purpose.”

~ Josh Shipp

“Crises precede transformation”

~Barbara Marx Hubbard

Lessons from Papa B (the most interesting man in the world):

Look after what is best for your self-interest

It is easy to get caught up in wanting to be around friends or near places that are fun, but these things should come secondary to what will help you live in an opportune way. My dad continues to remind me of this one and I believe it to be true, and I trust that things usually work out better than I had imagined ;)

Torah Portion, Tavo:

This week’s parsha concludes Moses’ second farewell address to the Jew people. With Rosh Hashana, the new year, just around the corner, this portion addresses a common question for Jews.

As a Jew, I have always been taught that on Rosh Hashana, G-d decides how my livelihood and health for the new year will be. Well, if He decides how our life will be, then why do I need to pray daily?

To my surprise, the Daily Wisdom addresses this question in parshas Tavo. The insights from The Rebbe in this book inform us that on Rosh Hashana all the blessings G-d gives us “descend” to a “certain level of reality.” Our daily prayer and devotion to G-d is our “vehicle” for bringing those blessings down to you and me.

A Vital Nutrient:

One ingredient I add to my break-fast bone broth is a quarter size lemon with the peel. While it may seem strange to eat the peel of a lemon, it actually contains key vitamins like Vitamin C, calcium, and potassium. In fact, the wrote in an article that “lemon peels contain about 5 to 10 times more vitamins than lemon juice.”

Another key part of the lemon peel is beta carotene. Beta carotene is not just responsible for making the lemon yellow, but it is also an antioxidant that converts to Vitamin A which is very good for health. In addition, provided a study that showed “long-term consumption of beta carotene to a slowing of cognitive decline.” I won't just take a squeeze, I'll take the whole peel.

Mindful Practice:

It has been popular to work on being mindful and present with the things we do. One thing I hear about often is being mindful when eating. I think it is very important to be present when I eat a meal, rather than look at my phone or computer.

However, what is the intention behind being mindful when eating? I like to be mindful and present during my meal so I can appreciate G-d for the blessing of the food I get to eat. So, before and after I eat I try (as often as I can) to say the Brachah, preceding blessing, and the Birkat Hamazon, grace after meals, respectively.

Improving my French Pressing skills:

I came across a new method to French Press and my coffee has never been brewed better! I used to leave my coffee in the French press for about 10 minutes thinking it would make it stronger (lol).

Thanks to the help of my brother, Benny, I looked into a better way to French press. I came across the following method by Howcast on YouTube and has made my coffee in the mornings much, much better… And I don’t have to wait as long.

1. Heat up the glass of the French press with the boiled water