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Chapter 1 | Tanya in Real Life | by Shterna Ginsberg
The Sefer HaTanya is known as a clearly defined process for service of Hashem. What about emotional wellness? How can we develop inner security, healthy marriages, strength in parenting and authentic joy? It's all in the Tanya. In this series, we'll discover the Baal HaTanya's prescription for a secure, energized life. Chapter one presents us with the opening questions: What makes us good or bad? What is the ideal way to view ourselves? When I find messy or ugly emotions in my heart, what does that say about me?
Chapter 2 | Tanya in Real Life | by Shterna Ginsberg
Resentment, insecurity, anxiety, misery, traumatic relationships, unhealthy habits... If you'd walk into the Baal haTanya's office with any of these in your bag, what guidance would you get? And... Does respect need to be earned or is it our birthright? What makes us worthy even when we fail?
Q & A on Chapters 1-4 | Tanya in Real Life | by Shterna Ginsberg
This class addresses these questions before moving onto the next chapter. - It's nice for a mitzva to be called a "hug," but it doesn't feel like a hug for me -- how can I benefit from this awareness? - I feel like I am back to square one, being "judged" by my mitzvas instead of being worthy just for having a Neshoma. Please explain. - Can you please clarify what "da'as" is? Is it a long and extensive meditation? Or is it about a personal connection?
Chapter 5 | Tanya in Real Life | by Shterna Ginsberg
With billions of dollars, we could acquire many things of comfort and pleasure. With our spiritual wealth, we could acquire so much energy and joy. Spiritual wealth is a gift we are born with. But it’s up to each of us to actively take ownership of it – and benefit from it. In this class, we’re going to tap into our spiritual wealth and come away with a greater sense of ownership along with keys to access it.
Chapter 6, Part 1 | Tanya in Real Life | by Shterna Ginsberg
Our Animal Self is our human dimension, because it's what drives us every time we are not consciously putting our Neshoma into the driver's seat of our minds and hearts. Are emotions good or bad? What makes a person emotionally developed? In this class, we explore the workings of our Animal Self so that we can "work it" with greater skill and effectiveness. Please note: this class has just audio and not video
Chapter 6, Part 2 | Tanya in Real Life | by Shterna Ginsberg
For the past few weeks, we've been exploring our limitless spiritual wealth - our Neshoma, our Nefesh Elokis. Now we are learning about our human dimension, known as our Nefesh HaBehamis. When we engage in our lives from the place of our Neshoma, we are aware that we are here in this world, "By Hashem, with Hashem and for Hashem." From the place of our Nefesh HaBehamis, we think we are here "by myself, with myself and for myself." What makes this mindset "bad" for us? In this chapter, the Baal HaTanya gives us one of the most important keys to emotional wellness: the ability to differentiate between truth and delusion.
Chapters 7 & 8 | Tanya in Real Life | by Shterna Ginsberg
In every moment, in everything we do, we are in one of two states of being: We tend to be driven by our Ego, and with that, we are concealing Hashem's Light from ourselves and the world. By contrast, when we are driven by our True Self, we are drawing Hashem's Light into our lives and into the world around us. How do we know when we are driven by our Ego? What does it look like? How can we help ourselves live from the place of our True Self and not get lost in our Ego?
Review on Chapters 1 - 11 | Tanya in Real Life | by Shterna Ginsberg
We are pausing to review and clarify all that we learned from chapter 1 through 11. This class is a great opportunity for you to gain a broad understanding of the Baal HaTanya's advice for developing emotional wellness and dealing with challenges.
Chapter 12, Part 2 | Tanya in Real Life | by Shterna Ginsberg
While we are getting ready for Pesach, it's wonderful to be learning how to do a personal "cleanup" of clutter - our beliefs and habits that are not in our best interest. Join us, as we study more of the Baal HaTanya's guidance for how to let go of thoughts and actions that are getting in our way.
Healing From Trauma | Tanya in Real Life | by Shterna Ginsberg
We haven't learned Tanya in a long month... Before we jump back into the text, I want to take this opportunity to address a question that came up. The question is: How does all that we are learning relate to healing from trauma? This question is answered based on where we are up to in our learning... and b'ezras Hashem this will be an ongoing part of our discussion as we go forward.
Chapter 12, Part 1 | Tanya in Real Life | by Shterna Ginsberg
In Chapter 12 we learn how to be a Beinoni. On a spiritual level, a Beinoni never sins. On an emotional level, a Beinoni never gets stuck in any toxic or unhealthy thoughts or behaviors. How can we be a Beinoni? How can we be that person who is absolutely free of all limiting beliefs and behaviors? Today we review the beginning of Chapter 12 and keep moving through it...