Thursday, October 31, 2013

Keep it Simple


This amusing story illustrates how simple faith made Rabbi Shalom Arush what he is today. 



With Blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Seeing Through Darkness


King David says in Psalm 92, "To tell of Your loving-kindness in the morning, and of Your emuna at night." Rabbi Arush explains that the good times - "morning" where we  see Hashem's compassion and blessings clearly and apparently, as in broad daylight - it's easy to thank Hashem. But at "night" - times of darkness when we can't see or understand how Hashem is doing everything for our ultimate benefit - then we must have ways of searching for emuna and finding the ray of light within the darkness. How we do this and how we teach this to our students is the topic of today's broadcast. 

G-d Willing we'll be broadcasting today's lesson live from the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva in Jerusalem at 5:00 PM Israel time. The broadcast, as well as my lessons posted are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in as follows: 11:00 AM in NY; 8:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 9:00 AM Denver, 9:00 AM Mexico and Central Daylight; 3:00 PM in the UK, 5PM Johannesburg and Capetown.

G-d willing, we'll post a link to the broadcast for all those who couldn't see it live by 12:01 AM  Sunday (Israel time). If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. If you have any questions or comments regarding today's lesson, please write to me at: zevballen@yahoo.com. 

I hope you enjoy it!

With blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Invisible "Force"





Rabbi Nachman says something amazing. He says that there is a powerful force in the world that is gradually pulling everything back to it's Source in Hashem and when a person lets himself or herself flow with and become aligned with that invisible force, you will make your soul very happy.

When we take a minute to think about nice stuff, we're also jumping onto that path that is carrying us and all created things back to our Source. 

Hashem is everything that ever was is or will be. Hashem is joy, calmness, nostalgia, warm memories, pleasant feelings and much more! Remember, Hashem also loves to 'hide' in the mundane. So the next time you feel a bit of pleasure from seeing your kid doing something silly in the mirror, or you hear your spouse humming a tune while doing a chore. STOP AND THINK: "This is Hashem!" The next time you feel nostalgic while you flip through some old photographs: STOP AND THINK: "This is Hashem!"

Now is the moment that your loving Creator is beckoning to you to join Him as he leads His whole creation back to it's perfected state of bliss.

With blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Monday, October 28, 2013

How to Think Correctly


There's been so much written about how to improve people's attention span, and help them think more positively and have a better quality of life. There have been thousands of studies and numerous books written about these subjects. Yet how much has all of this scholarship actually helped people? 

Today we have more people being treated in psychotherapy, more people being treated in psychiatric hospitals, and more children taking stimulant medications for "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" than ever before.
 
In recent years, many mental health professionals and researchers have been looking to spirituality and religion to compensate for what is missing in their secular scientific theories and interventions. This is a laudable change when you consider how many of the people they are trying to help have spiritual and religious aspects to their lives that have been ignored.
 
The general thrust of this new wave in psychology has been to help people find their personal and spiritual strengths in order to build on them rather than focusing on their deficits and trying to "fix" what is "wrong" with people. From an emuna coaching perspective this is certainly a move in the right direction, and yet our approach to emotional and spiritual well-being is still very different than any of these "new" therapies.
 
Here's an example of what is different about emuna coaching as compared to other therapeutic approaches even those than mention spirituality. As you will see, although there is some overlap between their methods and ours, our system is based on foundational concepts that the field of psychology does not yet know about or utilize in their  therapies. These "concepts" are actually the spiritual truths upon which the world operates. 
 

The following is a paradigm for how to think about yourself, others and the world from an emuna coaching perspective. This method is not just for someone who is experiencing a challenge or difficulty in his or her life, it is also for people who just want to use more of their potential to experience the beauty of life through a connection to G-d and the Truth.  
Just remember the 5 "P"s. Continue right here...

Hungry for more wisdom? Here are my picks for this week:

By Rabbi Shalom Arush - The Book and its Cover

By Rabbi Lazer Brody - Back on your Feet

By Rivka Levy - The Merciless

By Racheli Reckless - Stealing Beauty

Blessings for a great day!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Helping Others

The enrollment for our foundation 25 Emuna Coach Training Program is now open. Satisfactory completion of the program leads to a certificate from Breslev Israel and from Chut Shel Chesed, the yeshiva of Rabbi Shalom Arush.  In this lesson I describe the program as well as the various time-limited incentives that are being offered to people who enroll now. One incentive is the opportunity for a one-on-one personalized training with myself. 



Blessings for a great week,
Dr. Zev Ballen


Friday, October 25, 2013

Feeling the Future


Do people who learn about spirituality and practice extensive personal prayer sometimes know what's going to happen before it happens? Check this out. 



Have a wonderful Shabbos,
Dr. Zev Ballen


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Only Positive Thoughts



In this classic footage of Rabbi Shalom Arush that was filmed and translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody. Rabbi Arush reveals here how he worked on himself to become a person who enjoys only wonderful wholesome thoughts and has no negative thoughts whatsoever. In these precious eight minutes, Rabbi Arush reveals the essence of Emuna Coaching and how it differs from secular therapy. 

Based on a teaching of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev, Rabbi explains that a person is essentially made up of his thoughts and that the goal must be to overcome unwholesome thoughts with good thoughts.  The failure of secular therapy results from people trying to battle against bad thoughts on their own while they know deep down that by themselves they have no way to stay optimistic without G-d. 

Rabbi Arush says that we can only succeed in remaining happy in every situation by inputting a large amount of new positive and truthful information from outside of ourselves (the Torah). Then we will start thinking differently. Rabbi Arush admits that when he first started out, as a young baal teshuva (person new to Torah Observance) that he too had many bad and unwholesome thoughts but that he didn't confuse himself and pressure himself about this. Instead, he accepted that this was the level that he was on and simply decided that he had to study and work hard to put more good data into his brain. He was successful because he programmed himself like a computer with a large amount of "new data" about emuna. 

By immersing ourselves in learning about emuna and talking to Hashem, Rabbi Arush says that we too can be completely free of negativity. Enjoy!

Wishing you Blessings Always,
Dr. Zev Ballen




Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Today's Live Broadcast: Helping Others



People who devote their lives to caring for others often say that they themselves benefit most from their own effort.

G-d Willing we'll be broadcasting today's lesson live from the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva in Jerusalem at 5:00 PM Israel time. The broadcast, as well as my lessons posted are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in as follows: 9:45 AM in NY; 6:45 AM in LA and the West Coast, 7:45 AM Denver, 9:45 AM Mexico and Central Daylight; 2:45 PM in the UK, 4:45 PM Johannesburg and Capetown, 5:00 PM Israel. G-d willing, we'll post a link to the lesson for all those who couldn't see it live by 12:01 AM  Sunday (Israel time). If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. Enjoy the broadcast!

With blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Three-Minute Stressbuster


You are about to steal 3 minutes for yourself. Don't worry - you're worth it! 

Do you have a timer on your phone? Set it for one minute intervals. 

Focus for one minute on each of these three items:

Positive Emotions - Let G-d direct your mind to anything at all that gives you a positive feeling of well-being, self-esteem, calmness, joy, reminiscence. This may include things in the present that you can see, hear, feel, taste or smell; ideas that come to you; positive memories from the past or premonitions that may come to you about something nice in the future. 

Gratitude - Think only about things that you have that you are grateful for in your life. They can be large things like your family, job, health, home, friends, accomplishments; or they can be "small" items such as the sky, birds, trees, or certain possessions that are yours.

Confidence and Faith - Use the next period of time to refuse to worry about or doubt anything that comes into your mind. Just breath your Faith into each moment that comes or into whatever thoughts that come to your mind. Focus strongly on your belief that G-d is with you and that you can trust that He can and will help you with anything and everything that comes up. 

That's it! Have a great day!
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Mental Excellence


Studies on mental toughness began about a decade ago. At that time, the research focused mainly in the area of sports psychology. The researchers wanted to know what was going on in the mind of athletes who were peak performers. These were men and women who on a daily basis consistently performed on a very high level under all kinds of challenging, distracting and difficult circumstances. By coming to understand the mental ingredients that characterized top performers, sports psychologists sought to develop coaching tactics and strategies to enable other athletes who were not performing up to their potential to improve their performance.
 
The researchers found that the peak performing athletes excelled in five areas which I will review here. This paradigm is so helpful that Emuna Coaching has incorporated it in a modified form for the benefit of those who may not be aspiring Olympic champions but who want to "perform" better in their lives. Continue reading here...


Looking for more to read?

By Rabbi Shalom Arush - "I" Stands for "Input"

By Rabbi Lazer Brody - Choosing Your Life Goal

By Rivka Levy - The Erev Rav

By Racheli Reckles - The Lighthouse

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen






 




























































































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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Resilience


There are hundreds of studies that show the inherent resilience of the human spirit to bounce back from all kinds of challenges and adversities but there is nothing that helps people more in this area than a spiritual orientation to life. Please make yourselves comfortable and enjoy this, cherished friends - I made it just for you!



G-d bless you!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Friday, October 18, 2013

Get Connected Now


 This rapid technique that I adapted from NLP (neurolinguistic programming) can very quickly center you back into a state of emuna and connectedness with G-d in the present.



Have a wonderful Shabbos. Abundant blessings!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Thursday, October 17, 2013

How to Survive


Question: What do all of the following have in common?

1. 85% of adult children of alcoholic parents are able to resist drinking alcohol.

2. 90% of the children who grow up with a schizophrenic parent do not become schizophrenic.

3. 70% of children who were abused do not become abusive to others.

Answer: Each of the above shows the strength and resiliency of the human spirit. The same is true for the children of parents with substance abuse problems, other forms of mental illness, chronic marital difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder, paranoia, depression, as well as those who were victims of racial discrimination and anti-semitism. An overwhelming majority of people who were exposed to even these major life challenges somehow managed to survive and become normally functioning successful people. 

Unfortunately people are told that if they were exposed to a particular trauma or to one of the above conditions that there is a high likelihood that they will "get it" too. This is simply not true. This is why it's critically important to only seek help from someone who looks for what is right about you and not G-d forbid the opposite. 

There are large cultural and societal forces that actively work to prevent people from knowing their true strength and ability to bounce back from adversity. Don't them them fool you. G-d has given you everything that you need to creatively cope and deal with any situation that arises be it large or small. You'll get much further in life by learning to be proud of what you do that's right rather than just focusing on "what's wrong." 

G-d bless,
Dr. Zev Ballen




Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Today's Live Broadcast: Resilient Kids



What enables some kids to stay emotionally healthy, make friends and do well in school despite having been exposed to very challenging even threatening circumstances?

G-d Willing we'll be broadcasting today's lesson live from the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva in Jerusalem at 5:00 PM Israel time. The broadcast, as well as my lessons posted are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in as follows: 9:45 AM in NY; 6:45 AM in LA and the West Coast, 7:45 AM Denver, 9:45 AM Mexico and Central Daylight; 2:45 PM in the UK, 4:45 PM Johannesburg and Capetown, 5:00 PM Israel. G-d willing, we'll post a link to the lesson for all those who couldn't see it live by 12:01 AM  Sunday (Israel time). If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. Enjoy the broadcast!

With blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Spiritual Mindfulness


Here's a neat form of spiritual mindfulness meditation that you can do either prior to or as part of your personal prayer sessions. Only before starting the meditation take some time to really think about these foundation principles - since the meditation is based on these principles the more you can internalize them the better your results are likely to be.

Foundation Principles for Spiritual Mindfulness

1. All of your positive, constructive thoughts come from G-d.

2. G-d sends us a constant flow of positive potentially useful thoughts, memories, images, and sensory perceptions as part of His Divinely determined providence.

3. The healthiest place to be is in the present, in the NOW.

4. Good questions are better than mediocre answers. The essence of spiritual meditation is for us to humbly ask questions and wait patiently for G-d to provide the "answers." G-d is not likely to speak to you but he does frequently communicate to us though the thoughts that He sends us. Since all of our good, constructive thoughts come from Him we can ask questions and then patiently wait to receive the next thoughts that G-d sends us. If the "answer" is truly from G-d, we'll experience a sense of wholeness, oneness and joy upon receiving G-d's response. When the answers to our questions are from G-d we experience a reduction of anxiety, tension and depressive feelings. Almost the moment that one asks a good question to G-d there is a sense of relief that is followed by positive emotional states of calmness, serenity, increased sense of purpose and energy to either spring into action or to ask G-d more questions.  

Spiritual Mindfulness Meditation (sample questions)

1. G-d, what subject, topic, personality characteristic, or happening should I be speaking about with you right now?

2. G-d, it there something that I have been missing in my prayers to you lately?

3. G-d, have I forgotten to thank You for something or not expressed my gratitude to You for something?

4. G-d, is it true that you want me to ask you questions like this?

5. G-d, I am wondering why you caused "X" to happen to me?

6. G-d, will you please help me to realize my strengths?

7. G-d, will you please open my eyes to see the direction that You want me to take with regard to "X."

8. G-d, I know that you want me to find the good in "X" but how can I?

As you become more used to asking G-d questions, He will send you the very questions to ask Him. Once you have attuned yourself to this type of meditation, you will experience yourself to be in  a "receiving mind-state." Questions and answers about all kinds of things will be flowing through your mind and your predominant mood will be ecstatic. 

Wishing you huge success!
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Monday, October 14, 2013

The Right Kind of Happiness





Sometimes people ask me: "Isn't it possible to be happy without G-d?" Or: "I know healthy people who are living normal, happy lives and they have nothing to do with spirituality or religion." Or: "Why search for the meaning and purpose of our lives when we can just do things that make us feel happy and fulfilled - couldn't that be the purpose of life in itself?"
 
In order to answer these questions we need to understand that there are two types of "happiness" but only one of them is defined by the Torah as real happiness. We'll soon find out why. 
 
A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined this very question. 80 people were interviewed about what makes them happy and their responses fell into two basic categories: activities that left them "feeling good" and activities of "doing good."  "Feeling good" could result from buying yourself a new car or treating yourself to a lavish vacation; "doing good" was the type of happiness that resulted from pursuing noble goals, finding meaning in life, or doing acts of kindness for others. What the researchers found was that on the conscious level most people could not tell the difference between the first type of hedonistic, self-gratifying type of "happiness" and the second type of happiness based on what we might call more spiritual values such as doing good deeds for others. In other words the researchers found that the two types of happiness felt equally good to those people who were studied.
 
The 80 people who were studied were certainly not rated on their levels of spiritual awareness, but if they had been I'm sure that their levels of spiritual awareness were very low.  People who feel strongly connected to G-d can easily differentiate between the pleasure of physical gratifications and the more lofty satisfaction of the soul that comes from fulfilling the Will of G-d.  In any case the researchers discovered something fascinating...Continue reading here...


Here's more great reading:

By Breslev Israel Staff - Meet Emuna Outreach

By Rabbi Shalom Arush - Miracles and Medicine

By Rabbi Lazer Brody - Confusing Paths

By Rabbi Eli Mansour - Blessings on Forbidden Foods

By Rivka Levy - The Dare of Truth 

By Racheli Reckles - The Happy Husband

With Blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen

































































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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Mental Toughness

How would you describe someone who is mentally tough? Is mental toughness a desirable quality to develop in ourselves, and if so what's it's connection to spirituality and faith? 



Have a great day!
Dr. Zev Ballen




Friday, October 11, 2013

He Knew it All

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, of saintly and blessed memory, was more than just a genius. He was spiritually attuned to the needs of people everywhere as this short story shows. May we consoled for the loss of this giant of kindness, holiness and Torah scholarship and may his great name shield all of us in the future.



With blessings for a good Shabbos,
Dr. Zev Ballen


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Breakthrough and Empower Your Life



Yeshiva Chut Shel Chessed is still offering a no-cost complimentary 15-minute consultation with yours truly, Dr. Zev Ballen, on the phone or over Skype. It has the full endorsement of my teacher, Rabbi Shalom Arush. Please take advantage of this limited offer. I'm looking forward to speaking with you personally.

1. Quickly identify strengths
2. Develop mental toughness
3. Strengthen attentional control
4. Develop unshakable self-belief
5. Develop an achievement mindset
6. Beat stress
7. Empower your life
8. Defeat panic and phobias
9. Lose weight
10. Enhance joy and happiness
11. Enhance spirituality and emuna
12. Rivet your focus and concentration
13. Resolve trauma
14. Treatment for bed-wetting
15.  Deep Relaxation Training
16. Alleviate pain
17. Raise healthy children
18. Achieve an Ultimate Marriage (see program);
19. Stop smoking
20. Improve your health
21. Enhance your memory
22. Heal the inner child
23. Emuna-based NLP
24. Emuna-based hypnotherapy and meditation training  
25. Emuna Coach Training

Attention Therapists: Become An Emuna Coach
If you are interested in integrating emuna coaching principles and interventions into your existing practice now is your chance to speak to Dr. Zev about how to get started.
As an Emuna Coach, you will have the merit to spread Rabbi Arush's teachings in the deepest and most personal way there is - in live personal coaching sessions. This is the only Life Coach training program in  existence that is based on Breslev teachings and that has the endorsements of Rabbi Shalom Arush and Rabbi Lazer Brody. There is nothing in the world that is as conducive to positive change and personal growth as emuna is. This training will both strengthen your emuna and provide you with the skills you'll need to help people in many areas of their lives. You will have the satisfaction and fulfillment of deeply touching people's lives and of making a good livelihood at the same time.

Dr. Ballen has the wholehearted endorsements of Rabbi Shalom Arush and Rabbi Lazer Brody


For more information or to schedule your confidential meeting  call us:

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