Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…
You are wherever your thoughts are.
Make sure your thoughts are where you want to be.

(The Empty Chair, p. 20*)

What does this mean to me?
In Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom, Rebbe Nachman explains that, physically, every faculty in the body that is higher on the vertical plane can “reach further.” One can reach higher than he can kick; one can hear from further away than his voice can project; one can see to a further distance than that from which he can hear; and the horizon of a person’s thoughts are truly endless. Thought is our highest faculty (other than the will that propels them), and wherever it goes, it takes us with it.

A prayer:
Help me, dear G-d, stay calm
And settle my thoughts.

Shine down upon me
The light of Your holiness
So that I can have a clear mind
To direct my attention to You,
As You desire.

Help me control my mind
And steer clear of confusing, immoral
Or unholy thoughts.

My sins have hidden You from me,
So I beg You, please forgive me, heal me
And rebuild the temple of my mind.

Work wonders for me,
That I focus always on You.
May I experience the joy of Your highest lights,
And may they illuminate all of my life.

(Between me and You, pg. 194-196)

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*“The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy – Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov” by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Adapted by Moshe Mykoff and The Breslov Research Institute, 1994. Permission granted by Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT,

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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 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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