Always With You

Our souls are a part of G-d; it is His “breath,” as it were, that breathes life into us at all times.

Being aware that you are in G-d’s Presence can give you that extra lift in times of need and imbue you with the necessary strength to forge ahead.

This is as Rebbe Nachman said, “G-d is always with you. He is near you! He is next to you! Do not be afraid!” (Siach Sarfey Kodesh III, #661).

Chaim Kramer, Rebbe Nachman And YOU

Overcoming Negative Thinking

During stressful moments in life, remember to stop and ask yourself, “Where am I?”

This will help you keep a perspective on things and prevent you from sliding further down the trail of negative thinking.

You will be more easily able come to your senses, as you realize that the spiraling effect of negative thinking will only lead to morbid thoughts and dysfunction.

Furthermore, by staying focused on the higher purpose of life, you will be able to transcend the bitterness and suffering of the moment and stay with joy.

Life is too precious to waste or shorten by being depressed and sad.

Where Are You?: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov

Inner Strength

Develop a thick skin to all the inevitable hurtful remarks and stinging comments that people are prone to say. Inhibit your natural tendency to cower from every insult, real or imagined, by laughing it off as one big joke. Develop inner strength by not taking the snide comments of others so seriously and stop being so intimidated by people around you no matter how loud their bark.

You must make the conscious effort to stop placing your faith in people and start placing your faith exclusively in G-d.

Don’t Take It Personally: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov

Pessimism

Our ultimate purpose in this world is to come close to G-d, which is measured by our ability to maintain a continuous level of joy and contentment. The secret behind achieving and sustaining joy is not to lose perspective on life, by asking, “Where am I?” This technique is particularly important since most of us are prone to pessimism.

The minute something goes wrong in life and we’re faced with a problem or dilemma, we lose heart and begin to view our whole future in a negative light. We begin to panic and our imaginations run wild with thoughts of doom and gloom.

You must train yourself to nip the cycle of negative thinking in the bud, before it takes root in your mind and makes you depressed.

Where Are You?: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov

Each Person is Unique

On some deep level, relatively harmless comments touch a raw nerve that exposes our insecure self. While on the outside we may overreact defensively with indignation, or clam-up and withdraw in silence, inside we become an emotional mess. As simple as it may sound, there isn’t a more effective remedy to the emotional complications caused by being overly-sensitive than to stop taking oneself and life so seriously.

Humor is your best weapon against the insults, imagined or real, that others may level at you. Be rational! What does it matter what this one whispers about you, or what rumors that one spreads behind your back?

Rebbe Nachman revealed in Likutei Moharan, (Vol. 1, Chap 34): every single person possesses a unique trait or talent not shared by anyone else.

Furthermore, when you celebrate your own individuality, by taking pride in this unique quality and going with it, your confidence level automatically rises to such a healthy degree that rejection and criticism by others just slide-off you. How empowering!

Adapted from Don’t Take It Personally: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov