A Harmonious Whole

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…

“When earth and heaven kiss” is a description of a person finding peace within himself. Earth is like the body, and heaven is like the soul… When they exist in harmony, it is possible to pray fully and also be blessed with an abundant livelihood.
(Likutei Moharan I:14)

 

What does this mean to me?
In this lesson, Rebbe Nachman teaches about the dynamics between the body and the soul; how they are brought into harmony and the further-reaching effects on the world when our physical and spiritual selves are at peace with one another. One of the elements that he discusses in the lesson is the relationship between prayer and earning a living. In the proper balance, they become like two interlocking halves of a whole; we pray not only for our spiritual needs, but also for our physical needs. At the same time, our focus on our physical needs is all about how the material is in the service of the soul. In this way, the body serves the soul, and the soul serves the body so that it can, in turn, serve the purpose of the soul.

 

A prayer:

 

Please, G-d,
Let my body and soul
Act in harmony.
May my body become holy and pure
Until it is at one with my soul
And I can truly fulfill all of Your mitzvot.

Then I can achieve
Everything You desire of me,
Willingly and with great happiness.

My body and soul will be united
In love and peace
To do Your will in joy.

Then I will be able to reach a unity
Which is complete,
And present my prayers to You
In perfect peace and joy.

(Between me and You, p. 34)

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Author: Yehudis Golshevsky

Yehudis in her own words: When I first began learning Rebbe Nachman’s teachings with my husband and other teachers, I felt as though I had come home to the personal and vital relationship with G-d that I’d always sought. Today, a large part of my inspiration comes from helping other Jewish women discover their own spiritual potential through the meaningful teachings of Breslov Chassidut. Yehudis Golshevsky has been teaching Torah classes to women and working in Torah publishing for nearly twenty years. She’s a graduate of Yavne Teacher’s Seminary in Cleveland and holds a degree in Judaic Studies from SUNY at Buffalo. Currently, Yehudis is a contributor to Breslov.org and “Pathways”, the Breslov Research Institute’s weekly publication. Since 2006, she’s been taking women’s groups to Uman and other sites in Ukraine for prayer and study. Yehudis lives with her family in Jerusalem.

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