Saturday, November 29, 2008

Staying afloat

Dear JLI Student,

Congratulations- we have come a long way! In theory, we’ve learned pretty much everything we need to know to live as a beinoni. We started with an overview of our internal workings and then proceeded to outlines the three possible spiritual compositions of a Jew. In our last lesson, we mastered the two main techniques through which we affect deep, internal change.

Yet there is often a gap between knowing how to achieve a goal, and being motivated enough to do it. What happens when life gets us down? Daily life is replete with challenges, obstacles and difficulties, which can derail even the most dedicated spiritual seeker. And even the most refined individual can sometimes suffer from spiritual burnout.

How can we create the joyful, upbeat attitude that is the critical requisite for personal growth? In this next lesson, we will discuss ways of radically re-framing our perspective on life so that we can avoid the pitfalls of negativity, apathy, and depression.

I look forward to seeing you next week and continuing our study of the Book of Tanya.

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