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Audio: The Unlocked Prison: Relief from Self-Induced Suffering

The Unlocked Prison - A substantial amount of our suffering in life is self-induced...
8/31/2012, 2:30 PM

A7 Radio's "Lazer Beams" with Lazer Brody
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NOTE: Mp3 link is now corrected. Confinement in a jail with an unlocked door is senseless. Yet, people confine themselves to a prison of needless inner turbulence every day. A substantial amount of our suffering in life is self-induced. Therefore, once a person realizes that certain actions induce trouble in life, and learns to refrain from those actions, the trouble disappears. No law says that you have to suffer so much! You can terminate a good portion of the anguish in your life with the ease of walking away from an unlocked jail.
The concept of self-induced suffering is easy to understand: A heavy smoker that suffers from shortness of breath, a chronic cough, high blood pressure, and frequent headaches, is daft to blame The Almighty for his or her ills. The Almighty didn't design the human lung to be tar and nicotine proof. If your car were malfunctioning because you gave it the wrong type of fuel, or used frying oil instead of motor oil, would it be fair to be angry with your service mechanic or with the auto manufacturer? Obviously not.
Today's show is a guide to relief from self-induced suffering. You'll be happy that you joined us...

Multi-talented author, speaker, composer and spiritual guide, Rabbi Lazer Brody came to Israel from the USA in 1970 after graduating from the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture. A decorated veteran of an elite IDF Special Forces Unit, he left his mountaintop farm in Samaria in 1982 and began intensive Torah studies that led to his rabbinical ordination in 1992. Rabbi Brody pens the award-winning Lazer Beams weblog , is the English-language editor of Breslev Israel web magazine , and the author of numerous books in Hebrew and English including the highly-acclaimed 'The Trail to Tranquility'.  His translation of 'The Garden of Emuna', written by his rabbi and spiritual guide Rav Shalom Arush shlit’a, has become an international best seller. In addition, Rabbi Brody’s original Calming Waters album is an exquisite collection of his soul-healing flute melodies. He hosts the Lazer Beams podcast every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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