What Your Mind Can Learn from Your Hairdo- Sephirat Haomer

From the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

What Your Mind Can Learn from Your Hairdo- Sephirat Haomer
May 17, 2017 Ron Caras
Whatever you do, don’t think about the green lizard. Think about anything, just not the green lizard. What are you thinking about? The green lizard of course! Just with the word “not” in front of it.
Now think about the pink butterfly. Where’s the green lizard?
Gone.
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“It is impossible for a person to think two thoughts at one time.” (1)
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Rebbe Nachman teaches that though you may feel like you are swept up in the main-stream carrying you in its current, In reality you have total control of your mind, if you dare to get behind the helm.
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“Your mind is like a horse” (2) Reb Natan says, who veers off of the straight path and heads toward a thick dark forest of doubt, depression, boredom, jealousy… Just grab the reins and force him back on the illuminated path toward your destination.
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“But,” You may challenge- “My mind is not like a horse, it is more like a bucking bronco and I don’t have the strength to tame it!”
“It is impossible for a person to think two thoughts at one time.”
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You see, that’s where hair comes in. Let me explain. Rebbe Nachman says that just in the same way that hair seems to be a unified thing (referred to in the singular) but in actuality it is made up of tens of thousands of individual strands of hair, each in its own follicle; so too, your mind. Every mood or attitude is actually made up of tens of thousands of thoughts.
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So, how exactly do you veer your non-stop mind-of-its-own in the right direction? Rebbe Nachman tells us the secret- a person is only capable of thinking one thought at a time. So if you simply replace the negative thought with a positive one, then the negative thought vanishes. If you are diligent and dish in to your one-thought-machine one good thought after another, each one an authentic expression of who you want to be in the world, then you tame your beast, and channel the power of your mind.
Every mood or attitude is actually made up of tens of thousands of thoughts
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The time that we are in right now, the counting of the Omer is an especially awesome time to grab the reins of your mind. Here Reb Natan says something amazing. The offering that was brought in the Beit Hamikdash every day of the Sephira was barley which in Hebrew is called “Seorah.” This word is almost identical to the Hebrew word for hair- Se’ar.
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Often we get swept up in the flow of our lives- weeks, months even years can pass us by and we wonder where the time went. During the Omer, at the very onset of the day we count it. We grab hold of it. We single it out and distinguish this day from the amalgamous flow of life, like isolating a strand of hair from the overwhelmingly uniform entity of which it is a part. We thus grab the reins of the wild stallion of our moods and reactions, and become slowly transformed into our highest self day by day, thought by thought.
Often we get swept up in the flow of our lives- weeks, months even years can pass us by and we wonder where the time went.
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“A person has to constantly remember this at every instant, every moment, every day.”1 Reb Natan warns us. Be on top of it. Don’t get stuck. Don’t become trapped in who you were yesterday. Today is a brand new day. So count it. Own it. Paint it. Sing it. Dance it. Clarify who you want to be, given the hand that G-d has dealt you; and stop trying to not think about the green lizard. Think about the pink butterfly.
Don’t become trapped in who you were yesterday
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1. Likutei Mohoran, 50
2. Likutei Halachot, Tefillin 5:32
3. Ibid
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Please note: We spent much time and effort to bring the inspirational teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov as accurately as possible in this article. If you find any mistakes in translation or have trouble understanding the article, please let us know! Feel free to comment below.
We bless the viewers to be connected to Rebbe Nachman and to his teachings, and to always be happy and inspired…

Na Nach Nachma Nachman Me’Uman 🙂

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