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Cass Carlopio
Sleep Expert, Psychologist & Meditation
This story is about the Baal Shem Tov, an 18th century magician, mystic and healer, who founded the movement of spiritual renewal that swept through easter Europe in the 1700s.  The story is of a fateful meeting between Jacob Joseph, a well known religious master of the time, and the Ball Shem.  Jacob had apparently heard of the Baal Shem before but had refused to join his ecstatic movement.  The following is a story of their meeting, a story of surrender, as told by Marc Gafni.  
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Tiffany
Fear & contril
When I am fearful I resort to controlling my environment. I control to avoid abandonment, disharmony, and emotional pain. I control because I believe that if I am perfect the world will treat me the way I want to be treated. When I am fearful it seems impossible to let go of the reins.
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Linda
Give up control
This was a good story for me. Giving up control used to never even occur to me! That was the first 30+ years. The last 40 years, I’ve thought about it many times and have even been able to just let things be the way they are a number of times. Practice, practice, practice!
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Linda
Give up control
This was a good story for me. Giving up control used to never even occur to me! That was the first 30+ years. The last 40 years, I’ve thought about it many times and have even been able to just let things be the way they are a number of times. Practice, practice, practice!
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Linda
Give up control
This was a good story for me. Giving up control used to never even occur to me! That was the first 30+ years. The last 40 years, I’ve thought about it many times and have even been able to just let things be the way they are a number of times. Practice, practice, practice!
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Linda
Give up control
This was a good story for me. Giving up control used to never even occur to me! That was the first 30+ years. The last 40 years, I’ve thought about it many times and have even been able to just let things be the way they are a number of times. Practice, practice, practice!
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bella
7.10.18
i learned that sometimes shit just takes care of itself😭🤷🏼‍♀️
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Justine
Relax
Control has its place but life is chaotic, you can bend and still be strong. Don’t sweat the small stuff and remember strength comes in many forms.
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Kate
I was reminded, again, that I am not in control
I am only in control of this moment, right now, and try as I might I cannot control what happens in the future. I can only control what I do, what I feel, what I think, how I choose to act right now. Only in this moment. I am also not in control of how I will react to some future thing in my life.... not until I get to that moment. How hard that is.
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Matthew
Not understanding
I do not feel like I understood this story, nor any deeper meaning within it, if one exists. Can anyone clue me in?
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Cyndee
You can’t force it...
Trying to force a situation doesn’t always work, sometimes you just have to step back and surrender to the situation for awhile until your mind clears and allows the answer to come to you!
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Matthew
I don’t wanna!
If the moral of this story is to basically give up any control over the situations in your life, I choose to keep fighting! Maybe that’s counter-productive, but I’m a fighter! A fixer of problems, usually for other people, but with enough effort, I SHOULD eventually get things fixed up for myself too!
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Tom
Give Up Control
I really liked this story, it’s an interesting way to make a point. I only see one real ending, the farmer, with more knowledge of livestock, told the man to untie the horses. There was no way to save the carriage and the horses together, you have to lose control of the situation in order to not lose everything. The man was going to be able to keep his carriage, but the horses were going to run away or die in the mud. They had a greater chance of survival if they were free from the reins though. But it’s about learning to let go and what’s best about the situation
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Chris
Truth
This story is somthing I already know and it is extremely difficult to do at times, to let go. I’m in the process of letting go and day by day it gets easier
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Brooke
My experience
I learned that you can take time out of your day to just let go of control and just focus on breathing.🙃
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Joyce
Loosen the reins
The horse know the way to carry the sleigh... We need to put trust in our helpmates. Namaste
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Patrick
Short
Sometimes the shortest stories, the simplest stories, are the most revealing and rewarding.
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Susan
Give Up Control
Perfect story for me! I need to just let go. No matter how much I worry and stress, it will not change anything. Just allow things to happen as they will.
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Laura
Loosen the reins
Sometimes ,especially when I’m stressed I attempt to micromanage this situation which is stressing me out. This story reminds me that it is impossible to control every little detail of the given situation. That’s a result stop trying to control our facts of what’s happening around me , and let some things run their course. It is better to control a few things affectively then struggle to control multiple things and watch them all fall apart. You will just drive yourself nuts. You can’t control everything.