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Emotional Well-being

Are You Hearing Your Soul’s Song?

Was positive psychology actually discovered in 1807?

In that year, a powerful teaching called Azamra was revealed.

Azamra is a foundational lesson taught by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, often called the Doctor of the Soul. He taught this lesson three years before his death. Rebbe Nachman told his students to carry Azamra with them their entire lives and to review it often. Every day still, people around the world learn and review this life-changing teaching.

Azamra has much in common with...
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Emotional Well-being

Spiritual Health

A Story

A renowned doctor, an award winning professor of medicine, was in residence for a few months at the fortress. There he examined and treated the countess and other members of the noble family.

One day at tea, the countess said, “We have a local healer in our village, a righteous man whose medical expertise is indisputable.”

The doctor hid his sneer behind his handkerchief. “Oh, I’d love to meet him.” So, the countess sent for the Baal...
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Clever Skeptics Vs. Foolish Believers

It's better to be a fool who believes in everything, than to be a skeptic who believes in nothing—not even the truth.


—Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

You can train your brain to be skeptical. And being a skeptic sometimes has value.
For example, when it comes to analysis of data, it's actually good to be skeptically analytical. That is the basis of quality research.
It's good, for example, to be thoroughly skeptical about
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Don’t Be Afraid, Your Life Has Meaning

Many years ago, I first began to explore the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. At once, I experienced powerful feelings of déjà-vu.

On the one hand, I felt like I was remembering ancient truths, deeply buried primal memories.

On the other hand, the teachings were utterly fresh, unlike anything I’d ever heard.

Breslov wisdom contains hidden koan-like truths combined with hammer-over-the-head obviousness. Some of these teachings are complex spiritual puzzles. Others are simple, but deceptively so, because to live with Breslov consciousness is challenging, to say the least.

I began...
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Nine Teachings To Challenge Your Life

From the wisdom of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov:

Joy is not a sidebar on your spiritual journey, it's necessary to your spiritual journey. (Cultivate joy.)

2. If you believe you can destroy, believe you can repair. (You have the power to make things better.)

3. People believe forgetting is a bad thing. I say it is a good thing. Forget the troubles of your past. (Don't let them inhabit your mind and rule your inner world.)
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Choices–Basic Training For The Soul

Among the thinking classes there is the general assumption that black and white thinking, that is thinking that assigns ideas and things into simple polar opposites, is the mental refuge of riff raff—political, psychological, and otherwise.

It doesn't allow for nuance, isn't sophisticated enough, and is the mark of a dull mind.

However, black and white thinking is surprisingly common, even among the thinking classes who deride it. For example, think about your personal viewpoint on these oppositional pairs:
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Emotional Well-being

Positivity Is 3 Dimensional (Negativity Is For Flatlanders)

It can be hard to keep your outlook positive–all kinds of obstacles arise for all kinds of reasons.

In America, for all our political correctness, there is often an embrace of snarkiness, mockery, shaming and especially labeling.

Don't like a political point of view? Slam it. Label it evil.

Don't like a person in the public eye? Slam them. Label them rotten.

Disagree with a friend or family member? Pigeonhole them in any number of unpleasant categories.

Labeling is different than constructive...
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