Just Sight Tight

Hold On! Just Sit Tight
Meshivat Nefesh #40
If I catch myself in a negative behavior or thought pattern, what do I do?

Rebbe Nachman offers simple advice: Don’t do.

The sages used a term, “Sitting and doing nothing is preferable.” Sometimes, my deeply-seated need to act in this world of action can lead me astray. If I find that I’m in a negative cycle, I don’t need to act my way out of it. Sometimes I just need to stop doing. Let go of the negative act, let go of the negative thought. To learn how to just leave off of it.

Rebbe Nachman explains that this is really the essence of teshuvah—learning how to be in the same place, the same situation, and this time around…sit tight and not do.
Beloved Creator,
You have formed me and made me
a person of action in the world of action.
Please help me to act with self-restraint when necessary…
to think with thought-restraint when necessary…
so that, at the very least, I don’t dig myself deeper
into negative thought and action when I’m already there.
Please help me to, sometimes, not do;
because, occasionally, that is the best path of action to take.
(Based on Likutey Moharan II:49)

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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