Insights on Personal Growth

Creations Start With Love

According to physics, time and space began when the Big Bang occurred, which means that if anything existed before the Big Bang, it was not limited by time and space. It was limitless. What has no limits? What cannot be bound by time or space?

The Benefits of Meditation

I've written in the past in several blogs about the benefits of meditation. In my meditation today, I got some insights of the benefits that I got from meditating over time. I have been meditating for years but only in the last eighteen months thanks to Covid and Liudmila Vladova who gives me sittings every week I have been meditating without interruption.

Respect and Suspect (Kabdehu ve Hashdehu) 1

A Jewish sage prescribed the following behavior in interacting with others: “kabdehu ve hashdehu.” Translated, it means: “Respect and Suspect.” Let's try to understand this prescription. First, let's interpret the word “respect.”

How We Miscommunicate[1]

I was watching a mother soothing her crying child. The mother was holding her daughter close to her chest, kissing and caressing her lightly. The only sound I could hear were soft murmurs of love. No talking. No preaching. No judging. I thought to myself we are all children at heart. When we are in pain, all we want is to be loved, caressed, held close to the heart, comforted by someone we love, not words. At those moments of hurt and anguish, words only interfere with our need to feel and be felt. 

Love Is Not For Ever. Can it Be?

Everything we do in life is to feel love. The money we make, the career, the fame we chase, the painting we paint, the music we compose or sing, it is all to get or give love. And if you are a criminal, you probably didn't get enough love. You're trying to get attention, for love... criminally. Allow a prisoner to have a little puppy and you will see what happens: the murderer melts like butter in the sun. He feels love. Criminals in prison put out crumbs to attract birds to their cell windows. To feel a little bit of love.

On Keeping Young

We perceive the world in three different ways: What is going on, what we want to be going on, and what we believe should be going on. What is going on is simple. Right now, you are reading this blog. This is what is going on. But it might cross your mind that what you really want to do is go to the movies and what you should be doing is go to your desk and do some work you are behind on.

When Not to Keep a Secret

As the leader of the Adizes Institute, I insist that there are no secrets, save for proprietary information pertaining to our clients, which is sacred. What happens inside the Institute has to be totally transparent. This means if Joe comes to me and tells me something about Bill (perhaps something has happened that should not have happened), or he has some criticism of Bill which he puts in an email, I immediately forward that email to Bill—to let him know what Joe said about him.

What Does It Mean to be Jewish?

There’s a passage in the Jewish prayer that I never liked. I don’t pronounce it in my prayer. It is the Ata Behartanu, which translates as “You, God, have chosen us as your chosen people,” which could be taken to mean that we are better than anybody else—better than the people we live with, the Gentiles. It always bothered me, this superiority complex. So I always skipped reading it.

More on Happiness

Children run, jump, and look happy. Old people do not move much and feel cranky. Is there a message? I believe so. It has to do with energy. When we have no energy, we feel tired, moody, unhappy. What gives us energy and what depletes our energy? The answers might tell us what will make us happy or unhappy.

On Life and Death

We can love or hate someone, even after they die. Or sometimes, their love or hate continues in their disciples. Compare Jesus to Hitler. Jesus’s love continues. And Hitler’s hatred continues, too.