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Levi Ben-Shmuel
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Levi Ben-Shmuel blends his intimate knowledge of Tai Chi Chuan and Kabbalah to create a unique, uplifting spiritual voice. He is the author of Living Wisely, a book that provides inspiration and keys to live a wise and balanced life based on his experience of two of the world’s great wisdom traditions – Judaism’s mystical Kabbalah and Taoism. Levi is the co-creator of Sulam Chi, a graceful and powerful movement form that integrates the energies of Tai Chi and Kabbalah’s mystical Tree of Life. (Sulam Chi means Ladder of Life Force Energy.) A DVD called, Sulam Chi: A Dance of Life, is a beautiful introduction to the movements and what is behind them.

Levi is also a singer-songwriter and writer. His CD, Take a New Road, is a joyous celebration of the inner journey toward freedom. He contributed an essay to the book How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, a collection of 101 insightful essays from some of the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders, and writers.

While pursuing a career in software development, he earned a master’s degree in economic development from MIT in 1989. Levi studied Yang-style Tai Chi intensively during his years in the Boston area. He moved to Israel in 1991. During his ten years there, Levi became a dual citizen of Israel and the U.S., taught Tai Chi, met his Kabbalah teacher, and co-created Sulam Chi. He returned to the States in 2001.


Websites: http://www.levibenshmuel.com

Entries by Levi Ben-Shmuel

Fight With Love as Your Primary Weapon

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:57 AM

Recent headlines remind us all too well that conflict is very much a part of life. An important question we need to ask ourselves, whether a conflict is personal or on a larger scale, is how can we best resolve them in ways that serve life for the greatest good?

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3 Biblical Tips to Stay Sane in Our Overloaded World

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 10:40 AM

In Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough's excellent biography of John Adams, he shares a correspondence with Adams' granddaughter Caroline in response to her being distressed over how little she felt she knew about life. This letter was written towards the end of Adams' long and illustrious time on earth (he...

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Are You Living Life as a Champion?

(7) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 11:36 AM

I saw the much-acclaimed movie Rush during its opening weekend with my wife. For me, the film had an epic aspect. It portrays two polar opposite ways of living via the racecar champions James Hunt and Niki Lauda's approach to driving and life. It led me to reflect on how...

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What Do You Really Really Want This Rosh Hashanah?

(5) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 9:47 AM

My son Jacob has been playing the Spice Girls 1996 hit "Wannabe" a lot lately. In a flash, the connection between the song and preparation for Rosh Hashanah came to me a few nights ago.

The lyric, "So tell me what you want, what you really really want" speaks to...

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Having Trouble Reducing Anxiety? Play!

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 11:15 AM

A reader of my blog suggested I revisit a topic I explored last year in a two-part series titled "Are You Ready to Stop Working and Start Playing?" but with a different twist. He requested I explore how play can be a powerful tool to reduce anxiety, an...

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The Price of One Negative Thought

(11) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 12:15 PM

In a post I wrote a few weeks ago, I explored what genuine justice means. I found the timing synchronistic that last week, I was given the chance to see justice in action through being called for jury duty. Close to 150 of us were interviewed to be...

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Are We Playing God? The Wisdom in Bringing Back What Is Gone

(12) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 8:13 PM

I missed seeing a lot of movies in the 1990s. The 20th anniversary of Jurassic Park gave me the chance to see this modern-day classic on a big screen (an added bonus was seeing it in 3D!). Going to the movie was part of our son's 11th birthday celebration. Seeing...

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Are We Demanding Justice or Retribution? The Search for a Just World

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 11:36 AM

From President Obama on down, the call for justice in the wake of the Boston bombing has been unwavering. In the aftermath of such a horrific crime, isn't it natural to demand that justice is served? I think it is. Yet one question I have been thinking deeply about since...

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Crossing Your Own Red Sea: How Will You Get Through?

(12) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 12:14 PM

While living in Israel, one of my most cherished Passover experiences took place in Haifa the night before the last day of holiday. The seventh night of Passover marks the crossing of the Sea of Reeds, popularly known as the Red Sea, the event where the Israelites were definitely freed...

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Will Your Heart Go On?

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 12:54 PM

Last week, I needed to visit the New Mexico Heart Institute (it was not to check out my own heart). Soon after I arrived, a woman walked in with a small harp. She set up her music stand and began playing for the patients and staff in the reception area.

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Want More Than the Academy Awards? Introducing the Kabbalah Awards

(11) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 9:24 AM

The idea of recognizing excellence serves many purposes. Inspiring others to reach for the best within them is one of my favorites.

This coming weekend's Academy Awards ceremony inspired me to create the Kabbalah Awards. Based on Kabbalah's mystical Tree of Life -- a map of Divine energy flowing...

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Brother, Lay Down Your Arms

(4) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 11:23 AM

The carnage in Newtown ripped my heart. But the HuffPost's reporting of the continued slaughter of young and old across the nation -- the last count I saw was estimated at more than 100 dead since Sandy Hook -- is simply shocking. I know the problem is complicated...

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Time For The Changing Of The Guard? Some Lessons From 007

(21) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 6:22 AM

My wife and I saw the new James Bond movie, "Skyfall," this past weekend. I was surprised to see that the movie tackles the tension between the roles of aging boomers and a new generation of young people who want to make their mark in the workplace which, in this...

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Is Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem a Waste of Time? Absolutely Not

(85) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 8:44 AM

When I read Jerusalem was a target for Hamas rockets, the sadness I felt was deep. For me, Jerusalem is not an abstraction; I lived there for nine years. It is part of my heart and soul. During those special years, I spent time in Arab, Christian, Armenian and Jewish...

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If You Are Not Your Body, Who Are You?

(13) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 11:10 PM

Growing up, I viewed my body as a trusted friend. No matter what was going on or how I was feeling, I felt that I could always count on it to not let me down.

As the years rolled on, this sense stayed with me. One night while practicing an...

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Walking on the Right Side: How Stable Is Your Gait?

(15) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 12:20 PM

Early on in my years as a student of Tai Chi, I attended a personal growth workshop. At one point during the multi-day event, I volunteered to go up on stage to do an exercise with the facilitator in front of the 150-200 participants in the room.

At the time,...

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Spiritual Leprosy: Are You Afflicted?

(13) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 11:32 AM

The month of Elul, which precedes Rosh Hashanah on the Jewish calendar, is a time devoted to looking back on the previous year to examine one's heart and soul. It is a time to ask for forgiveness for mistakes made and making the commitment to not doing them again in...

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Are You Fighting Yourself? Here is a Simple Way to Bring Yourself Together

(7) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 12:20 AM

Nowadays, I don't get to many rock concerts. When I read about the resurgence of Jimmy Cliff (a reggae music legend) in a recent issue of Rolling Stone, I said to myself, "If Jimmy comes to Santa Fe, I am going to see him." A few weeks later,...

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The Return of the Dark (K)Night: Can We Avoid It?

(4) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 12:10 AM

In my last two posts, I have been exploring themes related to my DVD, titled Sulam Chi: A Dance of Life. In this post, I will use some thoughts about the last of the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, to continue the discussion about Sulam Chi, a...

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Laugh and Be Strong!

(4) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 7:40 AM

In my last post, I introduced the mind/body/spirit practice I co-created called Sulam Chi. It is a beautiful, easy-to-learn integration of tai chi-like movement and Kabbalah's mystical Tree of Life. In this post, I will briefly explain what the Tree of Life is and how it is integrated...

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