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
Everything in the world—
whatever is and whatever happens—
is a test, designed to give you
freedom of choice. Choose wisely. (RNW #300)
Nachman of Breslov, Rebbe. The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Yesterday and tomorrow are a person’s downfall.
Today, you may be aroused towards G-d. But yesterday and tomorrow pull you back.
No matter where a person stands, one suffers reverses. The one who dwells on yesterday and tomorrow will surely fall away.
Reb Noson of Breslov; Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom #288
“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.
A person might endure terrible suffering and not be able to express what is in his heart. There is no one to whom he can unburden his heart, so he remains deeply pained and worried. If you come to such a person with a happy face, you can literally give him life. (Rebbe Nachman, RNW #43)
Happiness is so important, it can actually bring a person to life. If you see someone who is so sad and completely dejected, and refuses to continue living because of the bitterness of suffering, when you bring happiness and make the person happy, you bring new life to that person.
This is the same as bringing a dead person back to life.
Adapted from Rebbe Nachman’s Soul, Vol. 2, BRI
You must be very worthy to be able to meditate for a given time each day and regret what you must.
Not everyone merits such mental tranquility each day. The day may pass and go without time to reflect. A person’s whole life may pass without one ever once having time to really think.
Therefore you must make sure to set aside a specific time each day to calmly review your life. Consider what you are doing and ponder whether it is worthy that you devote your days to it.
Reb Noson of Breslov; Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom #47
Most people think of forgetting as a serious drawback. But to me, it has a great advantage.
If you did not forget, it would be utterly impossible to serve G-d. You would remember your entire past, and these memories would drag you down and not allow you to raise yourself to G-d. Whatever you did would be constantly disturbed by your memories of the past.
The past is gone forever and need never be brought to mind. Because you can forget, you are no longer disturbed by the past.
The best advice for this is simply to forget. As soon as an event is over with, forget it completely and never think about it again. Understand this well, for it is a very important concept.
Reb Noson of Breslov; Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom #26