Tonight, Thursday July 30th through Friday, July 31, is Tu B’av, the 15th of Av, a very special time for Jews.
Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing. —Vince Lombardi
If you want to find Truth you must rid yourself of the desire for victory. —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Rebbe Nachman teaches that the urge to be victorious is a trait that cannot co-exist with truth. He says that a person who yearns to understand and experience truth, must discard her desire for winning.
But competition is what drives this world (and the economy, nations, and many individuals.) Besting others, at sport, politics or war, seems to be what this grand race called life is all about. Isn’t it?
In the phone class on how to take control of our thoughts, you asked us to choose lines from Tehillim (Psalms), the siddur (prayer book), or even our own thoughts. We would use these as “replacement thoughts” anytime we’re having a negative thought.
I know what kinds of negative thoughts I have frequently. But I can’t decide what kinds of thoughts I need to replace them with. I’ve looked in books and tried to write my own, but it’s not working.
I want to stop the repetitive negative worried thoughts I have every day. Please help me – I need some new thoughts!
Aren’t there any Breslov sayings I could use?
Worried in NJ
I love the Change Your Thoughts; Change Your Life workshop because it gives easy, practical Breslov tools you can use to make your life better.
But I’m always up for making things even simpler.