Spiritual Seff-Defense

Hold On! Spiritual Seff-Defense
Meshivat Nefesh #20

Sometimes the circumstances of my life brings me into contact with people who can act as negative influences on me. They might not be interested in living lives of spiritual integrity, or they might be coarse and unrefined in their thinking, speech and action. But if my Creator has brought me into contact with them—whether it’s for business reasons, or family reasons, or because of where I live or any other cause—it was His intention that I hold my own no matter what influence they might bring to bear on me.

The main thing, then, is to always remind myself of the unique, beautiful, and precious holiness of my Jewish soul. And to always pray that G-d preserve it, no matter where He sends me.

Beloved Creator,
Please help me to always feel
the beauty and glory
of my own soul.
Please give me the strength
to protect it and empower it
in every situation,
and guard it like the apple of Your eye.
(Based on Likutey Moharan I:244)

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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