Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Power of a Single Good Deed

This short story is about a man that did a good deed that few people knew about and only one person acknowledged. Soon after he helped somebody out, the deed was all but forgotton about, that is until about 20 years later. Click on the clip below and find out what happened...

Blessings for a good Shabbos,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Please Join Us and Pray!

Shalom Rabbi Ballen,

I met you with my mother last year in NY with Rabbi Brody and I have been following your video blogs and articles since.  At the time, I had asked for a bracha because my mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  I have been playing your breathing meditation videos for her recently as it has been helping with her anxiety regarding her surgery.

My mother is scheduled tomorrow  for surgery to remove the brain tumor which is in a very sensitive and dangerous area.

I ask that you please pray for her complete refuah and forward her name to any Tehillim lists, students, and colleagues that are appropriate, especially Rav Arush.

Her name is חיה יפה בת אגדס שרה Chaya Yafa bat Aghdas Sara.

Thank you,
Dear Yehoshua, 

I posted your request to my blog and also to FB. Now, B"H there will be thousands of people praying for your mother. Rabbi Arush, our yeshiva and all of Israel stand with her now. May she have a complete and speedy recovery, Amen. Please keep me updated. Thank you.

Zev Ballen

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Never Say Never

Six years after a yeshiva teacher gives up on a student he is given another chance. What did he do this time?...

Wishing you the greatest blessings in your life!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


When it is time for a person to advance from one level to the next, he must first experience a fall before he can rise up. The whole purpose of the fall is to prepare for the advance.

Wishing you the greatest blessings in your life!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coping With Abandonment

I've recieved some good feedback about this short video. I hope it will help you or somebody that you care about...

Wishing you the greatest blessings in your life!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When Do Your Mental Powers Peak?

 It was once thought that all of our mental powers peak at about age 20, but a large-scale new study has challenged that old assumption.

Wishing you the greatest blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Who Can Guarantee Success?

Today, there are a lot of high-powered motivational speakers, who are very charismatic, and apparently very self-confident, and who have a seemingly endless number of self-help techniques to teach you.

Thousands of people - maybe even millions - listen to these self-help “gurus” every year; they attend their seminars; they buy the $1500 package of DVDs, and the truth is that a lot of these speakers say some things that make a lot of sense.

One of their favorite catch phrases is that they'll tell you “how to unlock our potential,” and “unleash your power.” Emuna Coaching can also help you “unleash your power” - but while there are similarities, there are many, many differences between our approach and the standard, conventional approach of the self-help gurus.

Let's start with some of the points we agree with. Typically, a person is told that he has unlimited potential - and we're not going to disagree with that. Who knows what your potential is? Who knows what things you can achieve, or what world records you can break?

Just think of Roger Bannister, the first human being to ever run a mile in less than four minutes. Before him, nobody else in history had achieved that, so people thought it was impossible to do. Along came Bannister, ran his four minute mile, and set a new world record in the process. How did he do it? Well there are only so many hours in a day. He couldn’t have trained that much more than the other athletes. There are also only so many fresh fruits and vegetables that a person can eat. Like the others, he also spent a lot of time seeing himself in his own mind crossing the finishing line at the four minute mark.

But it wasn't enough for Bannister to just visualize his success, he also had to do these things in a happy state of mind. If Roger Bannister had been training in a depressed state of mind, with all kinds of negative ideas in his head, like his strength's going to fail at the last minute; or that he's going to get nervous and seize up; or that he’s likely to trip and fall - then no matter how many hours he would have spent physically training, he would have still been conditioning himself to fail, mentally.

The mind has to be clean and focused on the right things while imagining success. In Bannister's case, interestingly, after he broke that world record, in the next two years, 37 other runners also became four-minute-milers, because all of a sudden, it wasn't so hard. They saw that it was possible.

It works that way in other areas of human endeavor, too. It only takes the first person to believe that something “impossible” is possible, and to just do it, to open the gates wide to other people who can emulate, and even surpass, their initial accomplishment.

This is all great when it works. But my question is this: what happens when all that positive visualization, and believing we can achieve amazing things, doesn't work? What if you go to the event, or the seminar, and you buy all the DVDs, and you pump yourself up, and you get into a “peak state” just like they recommend, and you're thinking positively, you're doing everything they recommend - but it still just doesn't go?

Let's say you start a new business, and it flops… How are you going to unlock your power now? Where is your power when you’re losing money?

This whole question of where your power is, is crucial. Because the “power” we have is not actually in our hands. The power we have to achieve or accomplish something, to make a lot of money, to grow in wisdom, or to have a great relationship with our spouse - that's not our power. We've been given that power from Above.

So there are two ways of looking at the world, two main choices we can make:

Also recommended:

By Rabbi Shalom Arush - Gate of the Conscience
By Rabbi Lazer Brody - An Email to Hashem
By Racheli Reckles - Pop Quiz
By Rabbi Shalom Arush - The Miracle Notebook

Blessings for a great summer!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Thursday, April 9, 2015

How to Make Good Friends

A new study unlocks the "secret" to making friends...

Wishing you a Chag Sameach (a Happy Passover)!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Hazards of Being Male

Data from almost a half million people across all age groups shows that males need more help in a specific area of emotional functioning than women do...

Blessings for a Happy Passover season!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Men, Women and Empathy

It was always assumed that stress causes everyone to become more self-centered but a new surprizing study shows otherwise...

Wishing you and yours a very happy Passover holiday season,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Cure for Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety is more than simple shyness, it can result in a crippling fear of social situations that cause people to lose out on career and social opportunities - but there is a fool-proof way to battle this condition...

Wishing you a very happy Passover holiday,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen