Stop. Think. Act: Jewish Mindfulness in Action

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It is easy to stumble around, not quite thinking
about your actions. Without realizing it, accidentally hurting
those around you. It’s difficult to always stop, think, and
act. In parshat shemini, there’s a fantastic example
of people not thinking first and paying the price. Two of Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu go to
make a sacrifice against G-d’s orders. “You know what would be great? What if we went into the holy of holies and
did a bonus sacrifice?” “But G-d said not to do that!” “But we’ll really do it up, come on, bonus
sacrifice!” “Yeah, I guess, sure.” Even the best intentions, if not thought out
can lead to trouble. What if they had thought it out first? “What if we went into the holy of holies–”
STOP! Think. Act. “Let’s go the non-smiting route.” Maybe Nadav and Avihu thought they were doing
the right thing. It’s tough when this happens, making the wrong
choice even though you’re convinced it’s the right one. But far more often, we make choices that we
know are wrong. Stop. Think. Act. “This time, I will pass up the bacon. I wish it was turkey bacon. Then I could have the best of both worlds:
kosher bacon.” It’s tough to always make the right choice. “Blah blah blah, blah blah–” STOP! Think. Act. Stop. Think. Act. Being intentional with our actions is hard. It forces us to question every little action,
every mini decision. How can we be more aware, and choose to think
before potentially doing the wrong thing? How can we avoid becoming Nadavs and Avihus? Remember – Stop, think, act.


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