Rebbe Nachman of Breslov repeatedly emphasized the importance of being happy. “It is a great mitzvah to be happy at all times!” (Likutei Moharan II: 24).
Azamra! – “I will sing!” – is his teaching about the way to happiness by always seeking the good points in ourselves and others (Likutei Moharan I: 282).
Azamra! – “I will sing!” – by Rebbe Nachman, Breslov Research Institute
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
The Day starts off Dark and depressing, but it ends with Light. Thus, trouble should not be seen as a chance happening, nor as an excuse for depression. It should rather be viewed as an opportunity for a new beginning. If we can understand that this trouble is only temporary, just another stage in life, we can face it better.
Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge, Breslov Research Institute