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Daily Lift #919

Wake Up With Joy

What are your first thoughts when you wake up in the morning? Regardless of the past, from here on choose thoughts of gratitude. The more joy you experience in your life, the more gratitude you will have and the easier this will be for you.

When you first wake up in the morning, express your profound gratitude for the gift of life. Getting off to a good start sets the tone for the rest of the day. This is the power of saying the Modeh Ani prayer the first moment you are awake: "I express my gratitude to You, the King Who is alive and always exists, for returning my soul to me, with compassion. Great is your trustworthiness."

(From Rabbi Pliskin's "Happiness", p.21-2)

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) mysteries, July 4, 2010 6:38 PM

How marvellous to suggest that when at sleep the soul somehow leaves the body and roams around to return at day break in a planned manner. The fantasies that occur in the mind when dreaming or asleep can have a true effect because in the awoken world deja vu happens and also the folk with whom one may have had a dream about seem to be in a changed state i.e. slightly calm. When in the body the soul should use the apparatus to perform useful tasks that are beneficial for the upkeep of the body, for the upkeep of the status of the body, and that are good for other items that have a soul in them animate of inanimate. Unless there is another dimension in which the soul wanders when one is asleep then if no detectable trace or mess is left beind similarly when awake one should not leave any sort of mess behind anywhere and should tidy up.

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