Power of Thought

Human thought has tremendous potential. When we concentrate our thoughts on something and really imagine it to be, we can actually force the thing to happen.

To accomplish this, we must visualize every step of the desired result in great detail. Diffused and generalized thought will not work.

But when every faculty of the mind is intensely focused on that which we wish to see happening, we can genuinely exert great influence on all sorts of matters in the world (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #62).

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

Be Grateful

Make a real and honest effort to focus on what you have, instead of what you don’t have.

Of course it’s not easy. We typically whine and complain about how terrible our lives are.

Stop the pity party and start singing a different tune. Turn to G-d, and be grateful for all that He’s given you.

If you feel the need to grumble just stop and think of one thing to be grateful for.

Forget About It!: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov

How To Be Happy

Someone once asked Reb Noson how he could be happy when he had so many problems and difficulties. Reb Noson answered, “Borrow the happiness!” (Siach Sarfei Kodesh 1-736).

When it comes to money, we rarely hesitate to borrow against future earnings. Well, sadness makes a person feel he’s missing something. The thing to do, as Reb Noson advises, is to borrow from whatever you can think of that makes you happy.

Besides, there’s a big difference between owing money and owing happiness. When money is paid back, it hurts a little. But with happiness, when we pay it back, we have happiness again!

Chaim Kramer, Rebbe Nachman And YOU

Believe

If you believe that you can
damage, then believe that
you can fix.

If you believe that you can harm,
then believe that you can heal.

Rebbe Nachman (Likutei Moharan II: 112)

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Forget About It!

Most people think of forgetfulness as a defect.

I consider it a great benefit.

Being able to forget frees you from the burdens of the past. (Rebbe Nachman, RNW #25)

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Refining Our Receivers

If we want to experience contact with the Creator, we have to invest energy in refining our receivers.

To allow the Divine into our lives, we align our own ways with the Creator’s way – we straighten out what’s bent, and expand the good. It’s the work of a lifetime.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned