There was a long period of time in my life where my heart was empty and my mind was at war. Why does not have any bearing on this message. For those of you that have been in that place, you know what I am referring to. We each have journeyed our own paths to arrive at a place of emptiness and hopelessness. It is a painful place to be.
Like you, I have had my shares of upsets and obstacles and somewhere in my journey, my heart began to fill and my mind began to quiet down. It was not that I stopped thinking, but rather, I started trusting and knowing. This was a powerful and unsettling time for me as I had spent nearly 40 years of my life with an empty heart, a head filled with knowledge and a mind at war. My life was filled with the notion that drugs, food and alcohol would make it better. For a while it probably did, bur ultimately I was taken down into an abyss of self loathing, anger, resentment and despair for me and for you.
To now be in a place of quiet, hope, trust and faith was new, exciting and calming, but I had to move through this portal slowly. Like many of us, it ebbed and flowed until I finally arrived in a place where my heart is full all the time and my mind is quieter now than ever before. My attitude still needs adjusting regularly, but having a full heart has given me the willingness to see myself as I am and make the changes I need to make.
As a Rabbi and Addictions Counselor, I have been blessed with the opportunity to help others find a spiritual path of healing and renewal. Using my experience, strength and hope along with my professional training, I have had great success helping clients and congregants find serenity, faith, hope and peace of mind.
My prayer for you to day is that you fill your heart with hope and let your faith speak to you while your mind rests.