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calmness
middot calmness

"The words of the wise are stated gently." --Rabbi M.M. Lefin of Satanov, Cheshbon HaNefesh

In the middah of calmness, we savor life in a very reflective way. We take in the sensory stimulation, process it, absorb it, and make it a part of us.  People who have calmness are able to be thoughtful and contemplative, respond to the world in a gentle way, and allow the world to go about them but not be overturned by it.

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quotes

“But I tell you that whoever is enraged against his brother baselessly is liable to a beit din, and whoever says to his brother, “reka” is liable to a sanhedrin, and whoev...
daily living

“Show me the goodness, the beauty, the kindness in every one I meet.”  – Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, The Gentle Weapon Harsh words and attitudes rarely come primarily...

torah

It would seem that the world is becoming decreasingly calm as the years go by. At the same time, there is rarely anything new under the sun and a sense of disequilibrium has covered...

besorah

I find that one of the most enigmatic stories in the Besorot for the modern reader is that of Yeshua quieting a storm. The account is found in Matthew 8, Mark 4 and Luke 8. Though t...

mesorah

In Cheshbon HaNefesh, calmness is not spoken of in terms of an internal state. In fact, it is equanimity that serves as the middah to deal with internal equilibrium. Calmn...

stories

In a conversation among R. Israel Salanter's disciples, the discussion turned to saintly individuals whose influence extends on high. One of the disciples told about a certain ...

meditation

The Hebrew word for calmness is nichutah.  Nichutah translates to ease, serenity, tranquility, or gentleness. Out here in Seattle, we live in an earthquake zone.  For th...
accounting

Use these questions to evaluate your day: What were the "seeds" that started to erode your calmness today? If an event caused you to lose your calm spirit, what was it and how...
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