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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Strength of Desire

If your desire is very strong, you will certainly be able to accomplish what you want and bring it from potential to actual. For the main purpose of the obstacle is to strengthen the desire. When the strength of your desire matches the strength of the obstacle, the obstacle becomes surmountable. (Rebbe Nachman, Likutei Moharan I: 66)

Avraham Greenbaum, The Essential Rabbi Nachman

Hidden Inside of a Body

You can begin to see that your life is all Hashem’s mercy. You are a spiritual soul that is hidden inside of a physical body. The soul is Hashem’s infinite light and goodness, but it’s light is hidden within its physical connection to the body.

Rav Dror, Finding Your Good Points

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