my shift-keys are not working.
thus i type lower case.
it makes things easier.
there are ways to get around it. copy capital letters from other places. PUT ON CAPS LOCK. change the case in the word processor.
everything is good. even this.
i’ll deal with it eventually.
but now i’m happy. no need to shift.
G-d is good. He feeds the whole world. He sends our income and sustenance. He also sends difficulties and challenges. but all is for the good.
some people act like donkeys – not in the pejorative sense – but they take one problem and put it on their back. another one comes along. they hold on to the other problem. another. until the straw comes and breaks the ‘camel’s’ back. they snap.
it’s not supposed to be that way. G-d sends us challenges for our ultimate good. problems are like detours in the road that ultimate lead you to the good path.
a person should generally be happy with life. that should be their general mood – be happy. don’t worry – be happy is a Torah concept in 4 words.
so how does a person lighten up. bills are piling up. no job. no spouse. no income. no friends. what now. [the period should be a question mark. sorry – the shift problem.]
lightening up is easy. there are three venues – the physical, the emotional and the spiritual.
why be concerned about the physical. when one is in good health and shape they feel better. here are some tips.
physical lightening up
- eat a balanced diet
- don’t eat till you are hungry
- don’t eat till you are full – save some space
- walk a bit after a meal – it helps the digestion going.
- sleep on your left side – it helps digestion
- eat light meals.
- eat a good breakfast – before midday – with bread, preferably more than an ounce of whole wheat bread – without sugar or sweeteners in the bread – eaten within a span of less than 7 minutes. having a solid breakfast – with bread – will prevent you from snacking meals.
- eat healthy snacks.
- eat fruits and vegetables before meal.
- eat in moderation
- chew well
- eat in a calm, relaxed setting
- avoid too much meat [like Maimonides – the rambam – who was a doctor and rabbi, says]
- exercise. stay in shape.
- do needs regularly. [remember to say asher yatzar – prayer for good health]
- fast once a week – from morning to evening. [even if you have breakfast]
obviously, you must know your own constitution. what your own body needs. consult a doctor if necessary. some people avoid salt. others need salt for their constitution.
emotional and psychological lightness
a person’s emotions have an effect on their health. thus being emotionally healthy, helps a person to be physically healthy.
- avoid anger. if one is temperamental – it befits them to read books on the subject – like anger, the inner teacher by rabbi zelig pliskin.
- look at the positive in every situation.
- look at all the good you have in life
- don’t talk badly about others.
- don’t watch, read and listen to negative tidings – news, etc.
- avoid negative people.
- know that G-d is good and does good for us every moment – like a loving father.
- keep calm – Hash-m / G-d is in control
- believe it will be good and it will be good
after Yom Kippur – i feel lighter – not only because of the fast but also because i let go of a load of sins that kept me down. i relieved the load from my back. at times a person feels depressed because of the spiritual. they have everything they need physically, emotionally and psychologically – but they still feel sad. this could be a sign of spiritual deficiencies. i myself know, from experience, that transgression brings a person down emotionally. so if one wants a lift – and to lighten their load – the first step is to know the proper path to spirituality.
some think that spirituality is found in exotic places like the far east, or thailand or india. sorry – wrong address. why. because spirituality is closeness to G-d. G-d only appeared once in the history of mankind to an entire nation – composed of millions of people. they heard Him speak directly to them at the revelation at mount sinai about 3,300 years ago. G-d doesn’t change his mind. so, obviously the Torah is the law that G-d gave to achieve ultimate spirituality. if a person took this to paragraph to heart – they would save thousands of dollars and much time and effort – by knowing that the address to spirituality starts with Torah. first one must find the right path, then pursue spirituality. if they do not, they end up churning water.
i tell you this from experience. i sinned. i ate non kosher. i didn’t observe the shabbat [a Gentile does not have to eat Kosher and does not observe the Sabbath]. i didn’t keep many other laws. when i transgressed i felt heavy. down. out of it. saddened. when i put my act together – and did teshuva / repentance – i felt lighter and happier. holiness and happiness are synonymous.
lightening up spiritually
- remove yourself from transgression – Jews follow the Shulchan Aruch – code of Jewish law and Gentiles follow – the seven Noahide commandments – given to the Jews at mount sinai in the Torah for all humanity to follow.
- do teshuva / repentance – the steps to teshuva include – 1. cessation – stopping doing the misdeed. 2. commitment – firm resolve never to repeat the deed. 3. regret – sincere remorse for wrong one did. 4. confession verbally admitting to G-d / Hash-m the wrong one did and asking forgiveness.
- learn torah – have a regular schedule to learn Torah through attending lectures, reading books, listening to audio etc. see the links sections
- eat kosher – eating kosher purges negative spirituality from one’s system. guard the mouth.
- avoid transgressions involving desires of the body. – ie, guard the eyes, the heart, the touch. celibacy is good to purge negativity and desire from one’s system. a person celibate can make a better decision for a marriage partner.
- purity in thought – think pure thoughts allows you to lighten your attachment to the physical.
- avoid listening and talking badly about others
- physicality can be used for spiritual or holiness. one should choose to use it the proper way. physicality can be used to bring a person up or down. a person eats Kosher food – brings himself up. a person who eats pork and non-kosher food brings themselves down spiritually.
- go to the mikve – purifying waters
- for married couples – keep family purity laws
- women – keep laws of tzniut. tzniut is loosely defines as modesty. it entails laws of how a Jewish daughter dresses. today’s society’s motto is dress to impress. to tell you the truth – i don’t need that pressure. remove that pressure – you remove a load. you would rather have a person appreciate you for your innner quality and beauty – rather than your outer garments – that have nothing to do with your inner self.
- do kindness with others – when you do you feel better about yourself and feel purpose in life
- know your purpose and pursue it – you have a particular purpose – find it out and go full speed ahead to achieve it
- keep yourself occupied with doing good for others. actively pursue doing good – according to Torah. If you are not sure if an activity you are involved with is good according to Torah – ask a competent, reputable orthodox rabbi.
- have a close relationship with G-d – call out to Him for anything. ask Him for all you need. express yourself to Him. ask Him to direct you, guide you, show you the proper path in life, protect you. He is your loving father. you always have someone who loves you, will listen to you, and will help you through any ordeal or concern – no matter how big or small. you can never ‘bother’ G-d / Hash-m. He always answers anyone who calls out to him sincerely.
- solve your problems – don’t complain. take action to improve your lot. at times G-d sends difficulties for a person to become closer to him. resolving to follow in His ways can solve problems two-fold. one – G-D no longer has any reason to send you difficulties – if you are following his path. two – following the torah path helps a person avoid difficulties. a example is a person who eats Kosher will likely not get swine-flu. or a person who is celibate will not likely not get herpes. or a person who keeps Shabbat – will have better family relations – because they eat meals together at least once a week.
- be happy with what you have.
- be thankful to G-d and to people around you
- have a positive attitude
- Have emunah and bitachon in Hashem – having faith that G-D is good and does only good to you – is one way to lighten your load. read the book ‘living emunah – a guide to serenity in daily living’ – first and second edition – by david ashear is an excellent book to help a person built this attitude.
G-d wants you to be happy. you just have to believe in Him and yourself and your half-way there to lightening up your load.