We’re warming up for Purim with some Joy-filled Chassidic teachings* from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov—and a smattering of Chassidic teachings from Chabad-Lubavitch, too!
Joy is the Radiant Countenance! Joy is Truth! Joy is Emuna (Faith)!
Try to be as happy as you possibly can. Search for your good points in order to make yourself happy.
Hearing the music of one who is truly in awe of God, can help you be happy.
Music and joy can help you pour out your words like water before God. (Creating within yourself a state of constant happiness is the key to achieving true meditation and true prayer.)
A person who is always happy, succeeds.
Joy is a vessel with which to draw upon the wellsprings of Jewish wisdom’s vitality and freshness.
If you immerse yourself totally in a holy task, giving it all you’ve got, to the point that you literally sweat, you will be able to experience True Joy.
Joy is freedom. (Depression is exile).
Clapping your hands and dancing can bring you to experience joy, even if you don’t feel like it.
Special to Breslov Woman from Gitty Stolik:
The Lubavitcher Rebbe says we have to add more joy than the day before.
In the Talmud we can find the idea of mosif v’or—adding in light—as we do, according to Beis Hillel on Chanuka. In matters of kedusha (holiness) there is no status quo, you’re either ascending or declining. Especially [when it comes to] simcha (joy). Simcha is chayus (vitality); chayus is life; life is defined by growth.
At this point it’s so logical you don’t even need a source to prove the point!
The tricky thing is, you can’t do this scientifically. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use a measuring cup to measure out a cup of joy for starters, and add 1/4 cup daily [like you do with sourdough starter!]? We’d be floating like helium balloons at the end of the month of Adar.
This post is sponsored by Miriam bas Tzipporah Fayga
*These teachings are based on the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov culled from a few sources. If you’d enjoy learning more about Breslov in English, visit the BRI bookstore
Balloon Photo by Eric Ward, Wikipedia