Beware of Burnout!

Inspiration is such a precious thing, and I’m always seeking those teachings, people and situations that can help fire me up in my service of G-d. But I also have to acknowledge that sometimes my fervor can trip me up.

That’s also a kind of yetzer hara, to get so swept away by my passion for Divine service that I lose sight of the balance that I need in my life, in my emotions, in my relationships.

I want to be on fire…without getting burned.

Beloved G-d,
Please help me to seek and discover the inspiration
that I really do need,
and to know my own limits so that I can act with passion
without causing harm to myself or anyone else.
Please help me to live in balance,
so that I’ll be able to serve You with a constant flame
without burning out.
(Based on Likutey Moharan I:72)

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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