Wake Up a Champion (WMELooza)

This essay was written for the purpose of  WriteMyEssayLooza contest

Does this sound like a familiar story?  You wake up at 6, turn off your alarm and think of hitting the snooze because this time you just feel like you need more sleep.  You hit the snooze and lay back down, falling back asleep in exactly one second.  The alarm wakes you again in what seemed like only a moment when it was really 10 minutes.  You think of doing the same thing again, but you wonder if you have enough time for the shower, breakfast, chores, and the like before heading off to work.
You stumble out of bed and head for the coffee machine, hoping the moment lasts forever while drinking your cup because dealing with today is just going to be too hard.  A million thoughts go through your head as you savor your one moment of tranquility.  You think about life, your job, your relationships, everything you could change and what chores there are to do after work.  Your mind goes off into a million directions.
Guess what?  There’s no more coffee in your mug and you are so sick of gulping down so much in the morning because you lose the good taste.  You think of getting another cup, but you look at the watch again.  Just one more moment.  You decide to bargain and take a cup of coffee with you in the bathroom, take a few gulps and then hop in the shower.  During the shower, you wish the shower would last forever, because you can’t stand feeling cold, and the shower is the only thing saving you from the cold now.  Then you decide to stay in the shower a little longer.  Just one more moment.  Hopping out of the shower would mean you would have to be cold for a few moments, then stumble around, maybe in the dark with the light of your cell phone, to find the clothes to wear today.  Where is my shirt?  You start to look through your clothes but can’t find the one you were looking for.
All those moments before when you hesitated now sucked up enough time for you to worry about being on time.  You now hustle through the rest of getting ready, hoping to God you don’t forget something essential like your wallet or your keys like you did last time.  As you continue to get ready you realize you forgot to do one small chore for work.  You look at your watch and realize you don’t have enough time to do this small thing for work, which makes it feel even worse because it is so small.
And that is only the start…
Now think about how your life would be if you could feel like this:
You go to sleep feeling refreshed, accomplished, calm, but at the same time, excited to wake up the next day, because there is something you are so interested in doing that sleep almost feels like an inconvenience.  No, it is an inconvenience.
You wake up the next day before your alarm.  You are so excited to be awake.  The whole day stands ahead of you – you are going one step further to your goal.  The first thing you think about is that you don’t really need coffee because you are already fairly awake.  So instead, you put on some shorts and a t-shirt and take a 15 minute jog around the block, just enough and not too much.  When you get home with a healthy sweat, you decide to have a little tea, however, because it is something you really enjoy in the morning.  You gulp down the tea with a smile, because you are happy.
You look out the window at the rising sun and smile again.  Today is going to be yet another good day.  You walk upstairs to go hop in the shower.  Your shower takes exactly one minute, because there is no reason to waste time in there.  You brush your teeth and shave to feel good.  Your clothes are already there waiting outside the door, arranged like usual for the next day.  Shirt, pants, socks, underwear.  It’s so easy.
You still have half an hour before you need to leave for work.  You turn on the computer quickly to shoot a few emails as you wait for the opportunity to go to work.  You open your inbox and, to your happiness, but not really amazement, your boss has complimented you on what a good job you have been doing at work.  You quickly send a reply email, and, in the spirit of keeping the good feelings alive, you send a few emails to some of your family or coworkers saying how much you appreciate them and how amazing of people they are.  After getting done with these emails, you decide to leave for work anyways so you can be there a little early.  No need to waste time.
These two ways you can wake up are based entirely on how you see the world.  Notice that I never said anything about the kinds of jobs these two viewpoints had or any real details.  But they are two very different ways of approaching your day.  And they are both very easily accomplished by focusing the mind and visualization.  While typing out the first story, I relived moments when I felt exactly like this, and actually felt like I was living in that world once again.  I had to get out of it.
When I started writing the second story, I felt instant relief.  I felt instantly better and more aligned with having this routine in the morning.  I honestly is just that easy.  The person you are during the day is either formed by the first story or the second story – or another viewpoint.  You become your viewpoint during the day.  I hope these stories have served their purpose to make you more conscious of how your thinking in the morning affects the rest of your day and the rest of your life.  It really is that important.


Asifa Lahore

There is a serious miscommunication going on. Many people and Rabbi’s see guys going to Shofar and only hear, “I want to feel good” when in reality, guys are saying, “I want to feel” period. They are scared to even feel any emotion. By feel, I mean to reflect on it, give it space and honor it, instead of shutting it down since it doesn’t fit with toxic notions of bittul or kabbalas oyel that they were taught.

In fact, some guys are simply saying, “I want”. Forget about feelings, they’ve never allowed themselves to just be and exist without constant berating and beating of themselves.

Lastly, some guys, by going to Shofar, are simply saying, “I”. They can’t even conceive of having a desire. They are battul be’metziyus. Of course, they’re not emotionally (or intellectually but that’s a different story) resonant with that bittul bemetziyus so they suffer as do their families and friends.

It saddens me to say this and I know this will make some people mad, but it must be said. The Rabbanim last night wasted a wonderful opportunity. Instead of showing up receptive and listening they showed up talking and lecturing. I was hoping to hear, “Ok Chevra, you got our attention. We obviously (as evidenced by over 1800 men going to Shofar) failed to provide for your needs and wants via Chassidus. So help us understand what you feel is missing, help us understand your pain so that we might come to appreciate your suffering and perhaps begin to help you recover.

I thought there might be a hat going around so that people could put in anonymous comments, real questions and burning issues that bother them.
I thought perhaps, there would be an all night marathon of learning and study groups to begin the process of placing various Maamarim and sichos into different slots of issues.

One Example: If a guy has trouble saying “I love you” to his wife, what Maamarim might address that by talking about the properties of chessed and yesod, the sefirot corresponding to love (chessed), vulnerability, connection and sexual intimacy (yesod). Once those Maamarim were identified, I thought they might begin to figure out different experiential exercises that can inculcate these concepts and values (articulated in the Maamarim) into the person. After all, people are not brains walking around on bags of meat and very often, emotional pain and trauma that is lodged in the body will only exit by engaging the body.

But none of this happened. Nothing close to it. It pains me deeply but there it is. Many people refused to even go because the Rosh, a wonderful human being and incredible Talmid Chacham (someone who has shown me incredible kindness) has serious anger and communication issues. Others messaged me they won’t go because some of the Rabbanim won’t talk to the other Rabbanim outside of public functions and scheme against the others. Hardly the paragons of healthy happy Jews. Personally, while I hear that, the value of “accept the truth from those who speak it” would outweigh this if not for the fact that there was no attempt at listening and receptivity to people’s needs nor any attempt at articulation or systemization of Chassidus to address people’s needs.

I feel it prudent to point out that Chabad has never been one to tout Daas Torah and intellectual subservience to Torah Scholars. Think Zalman Moshe and Reb Mendel – need I say more? Therefore I feel it wise to address the Asifa’s points substantively, as I just did above.

Biggest proponents of using powerful techniques that all sorts of unsavory groups used. The Rebbe didn’t care who created them or how they were currently being used.

Read also:
https://www.meaningfullife.com/mlc-tv-channels/mylife-chassidus-applied/


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