ilovetorah Mindfulness, by Reb Moshe, is a form of Jewish Meditation that combines classical western & eastern meditation methods (which are diluted methods of original Jewish, Kabbalah meditation) based on Jewish Torah values and Kabbalah. The main difference between regular mindfulness and ilovetorah Mindfulness by Reb Moshe, is the idea of tikun, rectification. While the non-Jewish method of mindfulness would be to simply observe thoughts, Reb Moshe teaches that no thought is there by accident and thereby must be given a tikun, elevated back to its source. We understand from Kabbalah that man was put on this earth in order to elevate all mankind and the world. Combining his knowledge in Jewish Meditation, Talmud, Kabbalah, Hypnosis and NLP, Reb Moshe seeks to give a new direction into mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present moment. When you’re being mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. When practicing mindfulness, one becomes aware of one’s “stream of consciousness”, and instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment. You come to realize that thoughts come and go of their own accord; that you are not your thoughts but thoughts are given to you by Hashem to challenge you. They come and they go, and ultimately, you have a choice about whether to act on them or not. The Baal Shem Tov says, “A person is where his thoughts are”. By just observing thoughts that come to you, choosing only the good ones, and elevating the negative, harmful thoughts back to their source in the Sefiros (upper worlds), you thereby elevate them and the world. You release yourself from thought patterns before they tip you into a downward spiral. It begins the process of putting you back in control of your life.
Mindfulness training may:
- Improve memory and academic performance (PsyBlog). In this study, students who did attention-building exercises had experienced increased focus (or less mind-wandering), better short-term memory, and better performance on exams.
- Help with weight loss and a healthier diet. Mindful eating means paying attention to each bite and eating slowly while paying attention to all your senses (Harvard Medical School, Womens Health). Participants in mindfulness studies ate fewer calories when they were hungrier than the control groups.
- Lead to better decision-making. A couple of experiments saw a natural tendency to be more mindfully aware with being less prone to the sunk-cost bias, our tendency to stick with lost causes—such as a bad relationship or deadend job—because of the time and energy already invested (BPS Research).
- Lower stress and help cope with chronic health issues. A meta-analysis of 20 empirical reports concluded that mindfulness increased both mental and physical well-being in patients diagnosed with chronic pain, cancer, heart disease, and more (Elsevier).
- Improve immunity and create positive brain changes. Researchers measured brain activity before and after volunteers were trained in mindfulness meditation for eight-weeks finding positive changes in brain activity (Psychosomatic Medicine).
- Other brain benefits we’ve seen from mindfulness meditation. Having Better focus, more creativity, less anxiety and depression, and more compassion to others.
Here are some steps often done in mindfulness training:
(a) Using a consistant posture or place of meditation
(b) Trying to distinguish between naturally arising thoughts and elaborated thinking
(c) Focusing on a current feelings of the body in order to release tension
(d) Following your breath as an anchor for attention during meditation
(e) Repeatedly counting up and down to 10 consecutive inhalations and exhalations
(f ) Labeling the thoughts that come to you instead of suppressing the occurrence of thoughts.
Kabbalistic Mindfulness, ilovetorah Method:
(a) Combining Rebbe Nachman’s hisbodidus methods with Mindfulness
(b) Trying to gently let go of thoughts and to elevate them for their tikun, rectification in the Sefiros
(c) Adding Emunah, faith that all thoughts and all tests in ones life come from Hashem and are there to help us grow
(d) Using Hypnotic Anchoring to train our subconscious
(e) Carefully using kabbalistic names that are permitted in order to increase fear of Hashem and healing (like focusing on YKVK)
Mindfulness and Stress Relief
Most of us experience stress in our life through one way or another. Studies show that mindfulness can be helpful in stopping you focusing on things that cause stress. It prevents you from dwelling on negative thoughts over and over. Mindfulness can also be used to decrease anxiety in the present as well as over the future. It can provide a break from stressful thoughts and allow you to take a mental break and gain perspective which will lead to better health.
Regular practice of mindfulness meditation leads to a complete change in your prospective of life. Mindfulness becomes more of a way of life then just a simple meditation technique. After much practice, you will find yourself practicing mindfulness subcousously while your gardening, listening to music and even cleaning house. If you take the right approach: focus on the present, and quiet that voice inside — the one that offers the running commentary on what you’re doing, what you’ve done, and what you will be doing, you can start living a life of true perspective. It truly is time to take our lives back and not to overthink anymore everything we are doing.
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