What are the tasks that you are racing to do? The things that make you eager and get you fired up? If you find that you are lacking passion this week, here’s a simple way to get refocused, reinspired and re-energised.
Light some flames.
It’s as simple as that. Not necessarily literal candles (or cigarettes for that matter), but the flames of inspiration in others. One way to kickstart inspiration is to get other people inspired; to focus on what other people need to stay focused, and give it to them.
Aaron the High Priest was given the job of lighting the candelabra which would spread light out through his community, but an interesting facet of his task is that if he, or one of the qualified priests were not available, then anybody could light the flames.
From a spiritual perspective, the human soul is seen as part of the Divine Light. No matter what we are involved with – whether it is mundane work, business activity, serving in a store – there are always opportunities to reach out to other people and to help light them up. We do not need to be ‘qualified’ to inspire someone; we just need to do it.
Aaron’s job was to kindle the lights until the flames ‘rose up by themselves'(1) and this is true of our work with other people. How much effort should we put into helping somebody get inspired and motivated? As much as it takes until their flames are fully lit.
One of my business mentors often talks about ‘lending someone a vision’. In other words, you may have a vision for someone else – whether it is a relative, friend, colleague or employee – and although you can ‘lend’ them the vision that you see for their future, it will not be fully effective until they take over the vision for themselves.
Today, ascend the ramp and help to get someone else’s fire burning. We will all benefit from the light.
HOW TO APPLY THIS IN THE BOARDROOM: Who lacks inspiration in your organisation? How can you fuel the flames of inspiration?
HOW TO APPLY THIS ON THE YOGA MAT/MEDITATION CUSHION: Apply the yogic principle of ‘tapas’ – fire or heat to your practice. You can do this through directing your mental energy and focus in a certain direction during meditation, or holding a yoga asana until your body heats up and you feel the fire.
Based on the Torah reading ‘Behaalotecha’, with the teaching (1) inspired by Likutei Sichos, vol 2. p.316ff (quoted in the Gutnick Chumash). Rashi on Numbers 8:2 explains about the flames having to be fully lit, as learned in BT Shabbat 21a. I like this idea – it’s not enough just to spread around some ideas, but we have to make sure that the internal fires actually get started!