The Duties of the Heart
Gate Eight: "The Gate of Introspection"
We came upon a number of profound realizations about ourselves in the last
gate that touched upon who we are, how much we matter and all that we
well as what we're capable of being (see Ch. 3 there). So it should be
to us just how important reflection and introspection are, given all the
insight they provide us.
But there's a difference between reflection and introspection. For as we
discovered in the gate that discusses it (Gate Two), reflection focuses
broad and abundant world around us; while as we'll soon learn,
focuses upon the deep and teeming world *within* us and upon our spiritual
standing. We'll also discover how important it is to practice it if we
want to come
to true spiritual excellence and to realize yet other vital truisms. And
there's yet another important element to it: it always takes G-d's
So we'll start off by defining introspection, then explore whether there's
only one way to do it, in what instances we're to practice it (and
prove to be a *world* of them), what it does for us, if there are times we
avoid it, and what we're to do after engaging in it.
Text Copyright © 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org