Tag Archives: gratitude

Why the world needs logotherapy

If I was conscious, every minute of every day, that every moment of my life has unconditional meaning… I would have the same zest for life as my two year old grandson, running with abandon towards the music eager to … Continue reading

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Spiritual closeness and distance

Stop and think for a minute. If you didn’t feel absolutely obligated to fulfill whatever religious obligations or responsibility you’ve taken on, and suddenly for whatever reason you no longer have to do it would you stop doing it or … Continue reading

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Love and fear of God: Prerequisites to happiness

How is happiness a function of love and fear of God? Fear is an emotion of contraction; love is an emotion of expansion. The statement “I have enough” indicates fear of God because the conscious recognition of our limited ability … Continue reading

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The infinite in the finite

Some more thoughts came to me after writing yesterday’s post. Instead of rewriting it I thought to write an alternative version. Perhaps one day I will merge the two pieces. Two blessings in the Jewish prayer book have been a … Continue reading

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The art of gift-giving

If you want to give someone a gift is it important that the person know about it? Why or why not? In the book Ein Aya Rabbi Yitzchak HaCohen Kook focuses on explaining the Talmudic ambivalence over whether or not … Continue reading

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Gratitude beyond words

There are two types of gratitude experiences. One is recognition of (and the flip side of not denying) kindness done to us. The other is acknowledgment of having received more than our due. The first, recognition of a kindness done … Continue reading

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Denial of favors

Why would we deny a favor done to us? In earlier posts I wrote about trying to shirk responsibility, feeling everything is our right and thinking the world revolves around us. Another reason is that we don’t want to feel … Continue reading

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