Slipping On An Invisible Banana Peel

Banana_PeelWhile learning Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s most famous lesson, Azamra (LM 1, 282), with a newish learning partner, we came across the section which says when a person begins to take a good hard look at herself, she is liable to find that she has so many flaws, and such an absence of good deeds, that the forces of negativity hijack her self-condemnation and use it to push her into a bleak depression (G-d forbid).

And in fact, depression is a real pitfall of examining oneself with too much harshness. But, we still must examine ourselves if we want to grow. Continue reading

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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov is well-known for his stories, his teachings, and the incredible ability he has to touch and lift-up the deepest part of us. Continue reading

A Breslov Yom Kippur With Heart

PikiWiki_Israel_30958_Cities_in_IsraelYom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, contains all days and gives life to all days.

On this day the heart is quieted.

Our desire is for God alone. 

All kinds of disputes, spiritual or material, are resolved.

Peace comes bringing happiness and joy. 

—Likutey Eitzos, The Advice Book

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov makes a chain from five links of the inner Yom Kippur experience.

The first insight the Rebbe gives us is one of wonder: he tells us that the holy fast day of Yom Kippur is so charged with vitality that it actually gives life to all the other days. On this dynamic day our heart, however, is quieted, subdued. The lifeblood pumping heart is may be gentled, but the day itself gives life.

Feelings of the Heart

In popular culture when the heart pumps most fiercely, it is celebrated in music, art, and literature. The nations’ hearts spark and flare over intimate relationships, politics, war, and sports. Passion, intensity, and desire are admired. The general world ethos of the role of the heart fuels a multi-billion dollar music industry, from indie to Latin to opera, not to mention other art, entertainment, team sports, politics, and war.

Judaism values the the intense feelings of the heart, but in the form of Continue reading

Suffering, Depression, Faith, Joy, and Rosh Hashana

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A conversation about the basics of returning to your true self, you can’t have humility without healthy self-esteem, shame, making sense of pain, loss and suffering, sadness and depression, the work of joy, achieving faith, and Rosh Hashana. With pertinent questions from class participants.

Breslov Basics MP3

 

Image by Meinolf Wewel

Even You Are Dear To God

Camille Pissaro The Little Bridge“…you must have faith in yourself. Believe that even you are dear in the eyes of God. A measure of God’s goodness is every individual’s importance to Him.” —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

How can you pray if you don’t believe that God is listening and that you are important to Him?

You can’t. Continue reading

Being Honest About Honor

869097_70856057Rosh Hashana is the Day of Judgment for all humanity. But despite its profound ramifications, Rosh Hashana is actually a very down-to-earth day.

On the New Year, we are judged and awarded (or not), all the ‘stuff of life’ in this world—life, health, wealth and sustenance for the coming year.  What we’re given depends not only on our actions during the past year, but also on how effectively we judge ourselves on this day, and open our hearts to God. Continue reading