Lighten Up!

Hold On! Lighten Up!
Meshivat Nefesh #30
Joy is the source of spiritual strength, so keeping myself in spiritual health means knowing how to stay in a positive state of mind with a happy disposition.

Rebbe Nachman taught that we need to have “a variety of joy-making tools at our disposal”—and that’s an art all by itself.

Does music put me in a good state of mind? Do I make sure to dance every day (this was always the practice in Breslov)? Am I comfortable being a little ridiculous sometimes? As long as I don’t violate Rebbe Nachman’s three golden rules of humor (no profanity, no ego-tripping, no insulting other people), I should do as he said and, “Go ahead and joke around!”

Spiritual strivers run the risk of taking themselves too seriously and depleting their energy with self-criticism. Rebbe Nachman wisely advises…“Lighten Up!”

God of Joy,
Please fill me with a spirit
of genuine Jewish joy.
Uplift my heart and energize me
and help me to make happiness a priority in my life.
Please keep heaviness and melancholy far from me
because I need all of the vitality I can get to serve You!
(Based on Likutey Moharan I:261)

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 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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