Your Own Bundle

I heard this old Yiddish proverb from my grandmother when I was very little. Whenever someone started kwetching (complaining) about life in general or anything in particular, she would gently smile and pronounce, “Eyder mentsch ot a peckeleh” – every man has a bundle. When I finally pestered her enough about the meaning of it, she told me this parable.


Since time immemorial, people have complained to the A-mighty that their bundles, or their burdens, were too heavy. Now, their friends’s and neighbors’ bundles – oh no! – those were so much lighter and more comfortable to carry through life. Why couldn’t I have his, and he should struggle with mine, for a change!

pile of packages

The Creator got tired; He had better things to do than listen to this eternal kwetching. “Fine, – He said, – you guys don’t like your own bundles and you prefer those of other people? No problem. Throw all your burdens in one pile and then go pick up whatever you like. Good bye!”

heavy burden

They did just that, but when they made their choices, they have discovered that they selected… their own bundles!

We all have our own bundles and heavy burdens, and they are nothing but results of our own choices! Tell yourselves the truth, Beautiful People, are you consciously, mindfully starting every day with the Serenity Chant: Love, Joy, Courage, Serenity? The only constant thing in life is that stuff happens (today’s word prompt is CONSTANT ), to every person, all the time. We can’t always get out of situations, but we certainly can – and should! – switch emotional gears and deal with every situation from position of emotional strength.

Here is some happy music for your morning coffee.

Happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!

We are getting ready to GOTOMEETING live next Tuesday, February 27, at 5:15 EST. Sign up instructions coming up tomorrow, as well as a list of ingredients for those of you, Beautiful People, who are planning to make those delicious and decadent no-bake chocolate treats with us! See you on the screen!




Give Yourself a Present – Live in the Now

“As you read this, you are here (wherever you are) and now (whatever time and day it is). This is your present day and time. And this will always be true for your space and time at any moment: you will always be “here and now ” (Z. Pliskin, Taking Action).

You’ve heard this before, I am sure: you can delve into the past, but it has already happened, and you can’t change anything; you can contemplate the future, but all kinds of unexpected events may throw it out of your control; PRESENT is a gift, and that’s why is called PRESENT (today’s word prompt is PRESENT ).

“I have confidence in me,” – joyfully proclaims exuberant young Maria (Julie Andrews), ready to face challenges of the future.

Give yourself a present, Beautiful People, a gift of confidence in the here and now. Keep repeating the happiness formula: Love, Joy, Courage Serenity, and, as we are moving closer to our February get-together, do your homework: remember – and try to relive! – an experience when you felt calm and relaxed. You can share this experience in comments or privately to me by e-mail, or share it by remote access on Tuesday, February 27.

Instructions for remote access will be provided. I promise that we will not only talk and share and have fun, but also make something deliciously chocolate!

Happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!



Recipes for Joy

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Lasting Joy. Last Tuesdays.
Second Event. Recipes for Joy.

Book Tour with Dr Dolly Aizenman.

Event will include Cake Pop Hamantashen Making with facilitator Dr. Dolly Aizenman 

Tuesday, Feb 27, 5:15pm
Chabad Chayil, 2601 NE 211 Ter. Miami, FL 33180
Being Happy Starts With You!
This series is based on Rabbi Pliskins book: Life is Now!

Image result for Rabbi Dr Zelig Pliskin's curriculum developed in his book Life Is Now: Creating Moments of Joy, Courage, Kindness, and Serenity.
It’s All About Happiness!

  • You can be Happy right now and for every moment
    to come for the rest of your life.
  • Being Happy is the most powerful skill you can learn.
  • Happiness empowers greater insight in each of us
    to further a collective vision of world peace.
  • Unconditional Happiness spreads incorruptible
    Love, and brings authentic freedom to all of creation
    sharing this beautiful planet.
  • It is all up to you. Happiness becomes you!

There will be remote access, Beautiful People, for those of you who cannot join us in person. Instructions are under construction and will be revealed shortly.

P.S. I love Lucy, but I think here she is engaged in a suspicious activity, eating our chocolate cake pops before we had a chance to make Hamentachen! (today word prompt is SUSPICIOUS

Practice Makes Happy

How much time are you willing to spend every day to practice being happy? Yes, Beautiful People, learning to shift emotional gears to a joyful state will not happen just because we want to get there.


You can only learn walking by practicing walking, step by baby step. You can only learn swimming by practicing swimming – in water, not on dry land! And you can only learn being happy by practicing happiness habits. Here is Rabbi Dr Pliskin with the shortest lecture you have ever heard in your life (today’s word prompt is LECTURE

Next Lasting Joy club get-together is on Tuesday, February 27. 

Instructions for joining us by remote access will be provided soon.

As we share and practice Love, Joy, Courage, Serenity, and the Nine Happiness Habits, we’ll be making chocolaty delicious treats! 


The Magic of Love

Something magical happened today! As I came to work, I found a lady responsible for coordinating class schedules and assignments being exceedingly overwhelmed with all kinds of issues that converged, as challenging issues are wont to do, suddenly and at the most inopportune time. Normally calm and controlled, she was almost tearing hair off her neatly coiffed head. Even though Dr Pliskin recommends to practice Serenity Chant in the morning, I decided right there and then to try it with her. I had her repeat after me: Love, Joy, Courage, Serenity.  I asked her to focus her eyes in the proscribed manner (for detailed instructions, please click here), and – MAGIC!


No, I didn’t manage to conjure up an instant solution to her predicament (today’s word prompt is CONJURE By shifting emotional gears, she was able to regain her usual highly efficient and extremely intelligent identity, and the pesky schedules magically snapped and clicked, and assumed their appropriate slots.

It works, Beautiful People! It may seem silly, if not crazy, to engage in this little exercise every morning, but it works like magic! To show you that there is nothing crazy – or everything crazy! – about love, I am leaving you tonight with Dr Love himself, Dr Leo Buscaglia.

The next Lasting Joy club get-together is on Tuesday, February 27. 

While sharing and learning, we’ll be making something chocolatey delicious!

You don’t want to miss this!

Instructions for remote access are coming up soon. See you there, Beautiful People!

Upgrade Your Identity Mnemonic

I got news for you, Beautiful People: you have the right to feel frustrated, annoyed, hot and bothered. You have a full right to feel upset, angry, even steaming mad! So you cry, you scream, you get your blood pressure up and your heart racing, and you use every word in your vocabulary (not all of them acceptable in polite company). Now what?


Get yourself under control, keep your emotions bottled up, at the same time screaming inside and getting your blood pressure even higher? Meanwhile, your brain is overloaded with negativity, preventing you from approaching the issue at hand rationally and resolving it to your satisfaction.  Now is the time to switch emotional gears! Granted, it’s not easy to do, so Zelig Pliskin gives us The Four Finger Button Technique and The Serenity Chant. Here is a link to his podcast.

In his book, Life Is Now, Pliskin also recommends “repeating this identity-creating affirmation: Right now I see myself as a person who is joyful, courageous, kind, and serene. This is how I am and how I wish to be. Even though I won’t always be in these states, the times that I am will strengthen my identity as being joyful, courageous, kind, and serene” (Chapter 60, p. 200).

Before I give you the MNEMONIC for Serenity Chant (today’s word prompt is MNEMONIC, I hope you spend some time listening to Rabbi Dr Zelig Pliskin explaining practical techniques for achieving peace of mind.

THE SERENITY CHANT consists of four words: Love, Joy, Courage, Serenity. Easy to remember: Lasting Joy Club Site.  Repeat this nine-step exercise every morning:

  1. Focus your eyes on your upper left. Chant the four words.
  2. Focus your eyes ahead of you, but higher. Chant the four words.
  3. Focus your eyes on your upper right. Chant the four words.
  4. Look to your left. Chant the four words.
  5. Look straight ahead. Chant the four words.
  6. Look to your right. Chant the four words.
  7. Look to your left, but lower down. Chant the four words.
  8. Look straight ahead, but lower down. Chant the four words.
  9. Look to your right, but lower down. Chant the four words.


Have a joyful, loving, courageous, and serene day!

Next Lasting Joy club meeting is on Tuesday, February 27.

Remote access instructions coming up soon. Stay tuned!



Token of Appreciation

I am honored and overwhelmed by being one of the three “chosen people” to receive this distinction. Thank you, dear Patty, for your kindness!

Read on, Beautiful People!


The Token of Humanity, brought to you by Humanity Lives On and Dreampack, is aimed at creating awareness on the impact of what an act of humanity could carry not only towards the life of another but your own as well.

It is in dedication to bring knowledge that by surfacing compassion, spreading kindness and caring for what surrounds one’s environment is what acts as breath for your soul to live on in this world.

Without souls, we are just a mind that gets busy over-thinking about a lot of ongoing relating to oneself, a body that on parallel terms goes by what our instincts asks us to and a heart that beats in silence.

Bring our Soul Back to Life

Every week, we will pass on this Token of Humanity to those who, no matter their circumstances, contribute to reviving Humanity.

With utmost appreciation the next three Beautiful Souls we selected:

  1. Deborah – Temenos of the Blessing Light
  2. David – David Snape & Friends
  3. Dolly – Kool Kosher Kitchen

We ask you kindly to help us spread Humanity by passing on this token to the beautiful souls across the blogosphere.

As a kind gesture, you could also pass this token of appreciation to anyone around your life, as we all unite in humanity, to create an enlightenment, awareness on how much of a fulfillment, satisfaction and true joy an act of humanity can bring unto your soul. It will be a great uplift to honor those going through tough times, as a reminder that humanity lives on and kindness can create wonders.

Let us come together, be part of the movement there is and conquer the world with Humanity. The world is in need of more of it. No beautiful soul should feel alone and our children ought to grow up towards a future where the atmosphere they may surround themselves with is filled with immense compassion, love and care.

Kindly we request all our readers: share this post and/or inform us you participated in passing on this Token of Humanity. Use on other social media platforms the hashtag campaign of #youarenotalone #humanityliveson and we will be looking into doing giveaways of printed humanity tees to as many as we can.

We hope the cycle continues and humanity be spread from then on.

Humanity Lives On – Your are Not Alone * Dreampack ~ where Beautiful  Souls thrive

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