Inner Peace

Inner peace is a truly remarkable achievement. The person who is comfortable with himself and feels at ease with whatever situation he finds himself in can accomplish tremendous things during his life.

Just examine the fellow who is comfortable with himself: he exudes self-confidence, is a pillar of strength, and emerges as a sea of tranquility amid all the tumult around him.

Because he is willing to avoid combative situations, even when it might seem to be to his detriment, he emerges from every fracas unscathed.

As he radiates that inner peace outwards, influencing those around him, eventually he can spread peace far and wide.

Chaim Kramer, Rebbe Nachman And YOU

The Ultimate Goal

The ultimate goal of the entire creation is Unity: This ultimate goal is entirely good. For oneness – unity – is entirely good.

Whatever evil and suffering you endure, G-d forbid, if you just look at the ultimate goal – God’s purpose – you will not experience it as suffering at all.

The pain that people endure when they suffer is only because they cannot focus on the ultimate purpose, which is entirely good. It is then that they feel the pain and sorrow of their suffering.

But when understanding is present and one keeps one’s attention on the ultimate goal, one feels no pain and suffering at all.

Avraham Greenbaum, The Essential Rabbi Nachman

Our Personal Redemption

The great lesson we learn from Adam is that although it seemed like it was too late, he did not give up. He did not give in to the natural human tendency to allow guilt and shame to keep him from trying to repair whatever he could.

The roots of redemption lie in refusing to despair, and believing in ourselves and in the possibility of repair.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

When Things Are Very Bad

“When things are very bad, make yourself into nothing.”

“You close your mouth and eyes, and you are like nothing!”

Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed.

You must then make yourself like nothing – you no longer exist, your eyes and mouth are closed. Every thought is banished. Your mind ceases to exist. You have nullified yourself completely before G-d.

Reb Noson of Breslov; Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom #279, Breslov Research Institute. Kindle Edition.

Suffering

Pain and suffering are with us in so many different ways. For many people, the fact of suffering is a major obstacle to faith.

Rebbe Nachman himself suffered intensely during much of his life. He had to confront the difficult questions face to face. But he was not afraid of them, because as he said, “I am a ‘Know what to answer the non-believer'” (Tzaddik #418).

Garden of the Souls, by Avraham Greenbaum, BRI

 

Shame

G-d wants us to stay connected and aligned, but guilt keeps us separate.

Shame over the past keeps us from reconnecting with our Source.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

A Sweeter Life

When you raise your voice and to speak to the Creator in your own words, life becomes sweeter, you gain clarity, wisdom, patience, insight, and sweetness in the renewed and expanding awareness that G-d was there listening to your sweet voice your whole life!

Rav Dror, Talk to Him: The Beginners Guide to Finding the Real You (Sparks Book 1)

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