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Daily Lift #223

Building a Spiritual Perspective

Building a spiritual perspective about life and its challenges will free you from self-pity. You'll realize that everything in life is meaningful and purposeful. Even if you don't yet know the true meaning of events, you know that all is for an ultimate beneficial purpose. This awareness makes it easier to cope.

Self-empowered people live meaningful lives. Their suffering makes them kinder and more compassionate. They understand life more profoundly.

People who have experienced difficulties and rough challenges can become the most heroic. Their life stories can be told as heroic models from which to learn.

Even if you have already engaged in many hours of self-pity, you can now think the thoughts of self-empowerment. You are always in the present, so you can select an elevating and empowering pattern of self-talk right now.

If it is difficult to speak to yourself in an empowering way, it's great to make a sincere effort to do it anyway. It is an important step in the right direction. You can have great self-talk about the current effort.

(from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin's book: "Conversations With Yourself", pp.180) [Artscroll.com])

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NEW BOOK!

Rabbi Zelig Pliskin's new book has just been published by ArtScroll: ENCOURAGEMENT: Formulas, Stories, and Insights.

We're human. We need food. We need meaning and connection. And we most definitely need encouragement.

Now, in this wise and charming new volume, we learn how to effectively use the massive power of encouragement, to encourage ourselves and others, particularly when we feel overwhelmed or depleted.

In Encouragement, Rabbi Pliskin shares meditations and affirmations, inspirational true stories, and his trademark wise, practical advice. He shows us how our words can help others - and ourselves -- become more confident, optimistic, and upbeat people.

Rabbi Zelig Pliskin is the author of 25 books with his specialty in mastering happiness and other positive inner resources.

His last 15 books include such titles as: "Taking Action", "Happiness", "Kindness", "Courage", "Serenity", "Building Your Self-image" "Conversations with Yourself" and "Marriage." These books are available at: Artscroll.com.

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) mysteries, January 3, 2010 1:05 PM

Self talk is a good way of self help. It makes one feel better instead of taking on negative and harmful sterotypes, characteristics and habits from the medium in which one lives i.e. ones own ideas take precedent over those of others.

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