Sunday, April 30, 2006

Little and Huge Pesach Lessons

(I scribbled these in my mini-notebook throughout Chol Hamoed)

- Meditation and self-prep is important.

- Pesach is serious. It's a soul matter.

- Giving truly allows one to experience everything on a higher, more internal, level.

- Redemption exists everywhere on some level. We just have to uncover it.

- The spiritual and physical are ONE, totally connected and dependant on each other. Peeling a million cucumbers in the kitchen can change someones life.

- Simcha (happiness) breaks all boundaries.

- Matza is the most powerful food. Kavana and concentration are important.

- The Jewish people are alive. Like, you have no idea.

- Everyone wants Moshiach. Not only Lubavitchers. Not only Jews. The world is thirsting.

- Chabad Rabbis are, um, crazy. They just tell it like it is, and get away with it.

- Every emotion, every experience, has its place in G-d's light. It all leads to the same thing. G-d gave us eclectic experiences as a gift, for different types of people and revelations.

- Everybody has a different story, a different approach, that colors their every moment. All are just as amazing and extraordinary as the next.

- We are a family. You're not a guest at a Chabad House.

- Nothing makes sense in a Chabad House. The way things are run, why people come, hurdles passed over...something higher is so clearly running the show.

- It aint over 'till it's over. Don't work on the schedule. Suck all the juice out of every moment.

- There are some very strong basics that keep all us randoms together. There are no types or levels when it comes to straight up soul-living.

- Don't say, "I'll dance soon." It's all about NOW.

- True lamplighters must be able to see the light in the OTHER person. You have to see the electricity that's <em>already there</em>.

- Great moments happen when you just listen and let it in.

- Be a leader, always. But realize that you're just a passenger on the ride.

- A person doesn't need best friends and this and that friend. Whoever you're with at that moment...they are your best and only friends. They are the world.

- Don't change the way you think for your "guests." Share it like you live it. They want the real thing, straight up realness.

- You can be the busiest Rabbi on the scene and still be gently cradling your 1 year old in your arms.

- The Rebbe is more alive than ever. Not only is he guiding and directing everything, but people want to know about him more than ever. It's almost shocking.

- Share what you can of your experiences, for you don't actually own them.


Ilana said...

This was delightful! I agree with pretty much everything you wrote.

My experience:
One year old children can do anything. Pull down, get into, climb over or under, anything.

Seders should be dragged out as long as possible. Rushing through any part of it because its late is extremely detrimental.

Social maturity doesn't necessarily come with age.

No matter how many coverings and wrappings you put on a highchair, they can and will be ripped off.

Having long conversations with yourself can be the most rewarding activity in the world, and at the end they usually end up including G-d.

wandering said...

where WERE you for pesach?

Yettel said...

Mims, you are completely right, and thank you for sharing all that you observe for all of us (ahem, me) who sometimes look past things like that. You are a real light in the darkness.