Depression and anxiety are the hunger pangs of your soul. Much like pain in your body is a warning to you that there is a physical problem for you to take care of, depression and anxiety are your soul’s way of flagging your attention. They are warnings telling you to do something. Unfortunately, when people experience depression, they often don’t recognize it as the soul calling, and they try to alleviate their feelings in self-destructive ways. Depression is the soul saying, “I’m not satisfied.” If you’re not doing what you are supposed to be doing with your life, your soul is going to cry out to you.
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Every moment of time is an opportunity. We are now about to enter a most powerful time of the year: The Hebrew month of Elul. A month which signifies love.
Many lessons can be gleaned from Parshat Behaalotcho, three of which I learned from my father: light, independence and perseverance.
Avoiding the wrong thing is better than doing the right thing; protecting is better than serving (Samech Vav) as seen in Parshat Naso and the wilderness.
Say these three life-changing declarations every morning and be confident that slowly, but surely, you too can change.
“Thank you so much for opening my eyes to my personal mission in life. Every day, indeed every occurrence, now represents an opportunity to better myself. My life has been completely transformed, and I am forever grateful”-Denise Martens