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MARCH 2015  • BALANCE/SHEVIL HAZAHAV

MARCH 2015

BALANCE/SHEVIL HAZAHAV


A Mussar Gem

“We are accustomed to think that a person’s path of growth is a direct ascent on a vertical line. This, however, is a mistake. Rather, the pattern of growth is more accurately described as the oscillation between two extremes. This can be likened to an electric motor, the movement of which is generated by the constant push and pull of the magnetic force caused by the tension between the positive and negative charges. So, too, man’s spiritual growth is generated through the harmonious movement that results from the interplay of opposing forces that are active in his/her being.”
– Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler, Michtav M’Eliyahu, Volume 3, p. 33


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Greg MarcusThrough a Mussar Lens: Striving for Balance

I live in the heart of Silicon Valley. Never before in history has there been such a hotbed of innovation. Within 30 minutes from my house, I can visit Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Genentech, Apple, Zynga, Electronic Arts, Salesforce, Evernote, and Tesla. Each of these great companies succeeded through people’s hard work and personal sacrifice, but also with exhaustion that is accepted with resignation as the way it has to be.

I know these rationalizations well. I am a recovering workaholic, and there was a time that I worked 90 hours a week as a “successful” marketer here in Silicon Valley. The long hours harmed my health, my relationships, and ultimately my career.

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Ask QuestionsInquiring Hearts and Minds: Equanimity

A monthly question from readers. Send your question to newsletter@mussarinstitute.org.

This month’s question: “As I pursue the beautiful trait of equanimity, won’t I be giving up on experiences of joy? My experience of joy is totally unbalanced, tipping toward a wonderful extreme. Should I aspire to give that up in favor of equanimity?”

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TMI is offering a half day of learning in our Mussar Caravan in various cities. The Mussar Caravan may be coming to a city near you:

  • April 26 – UCLA Hillel, Los Angeles, Calif. Register now.
  • May 3 – location TBA, Manhattan
  • May 17 – Stanford University Hillel, San Francisco Bay Area
  • TBA – Houston, Texas

Save the date for Kallah XIII – Nov. 12 – 15, 2015, Zion, IL


Glasses on railingPractice Corner

A key to developing the middah of balance is heightening awareness of our everyday actions. This includes bringing attention to habit and everything around us.

At five moments each day, call yourself to be aware. Set an alarm, on a phone or tablet or computer, if need be. Schedule five times— perhaps 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

At those times, become fully aware of all the sensory experiences in that moment. What do you see? What sounds do you hear? Is there anything to smell or taste? What is your skin in contact with that gives you sensations of touch? A repeated and regular inventory of your sensory experiences like this makes you more aware.

Journal your experiences and take note of how your awareness increases.


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A Mussar Gem

“We are accustomed to think that a person’s path of growth is a direct ascent on a vertical line. This, however, is a mistake. Rather, the pattern of growth is more accurately described as the oscillation between two extremes. This can be likened to an electric motor, the movement of which is generated by the constant push and pull of the magnetic force caused by the tension between the positive and negative charges. So, too, man’s spiritual growth is generated through the harmonious movement that results from the interplay of opposing forces that are active in his/her being.”
– Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler, Michtav M’Eliyahu, Volume 3, p. 33


Chevrah members access the HomeSite here


MUSSAR PRACTICE RETREAT 2015

May 31 – June 3, 2015
Pearlstone Conference Center
Baltimore, MD

Register Now


With Heart in Mind

Available now! Order

 


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Study Mussar

Course registration for fall is open

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Thanks to these generous donors:

Become a member of The Mussar Institute.

Donations are gratefully accepted.

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THE MUSSAR INSTITUTE

For further information on The Mussar Institute, visit www.MussarInstitute.org
Email address: info@mussarinstitute.org
Phone: 778-300-6174