When things are going wrong, when unbearable negativity is pressing in on every side, take a few moments and make yourself empty. Nullify yourself, take a breather from the weight of your ego.
How do you make yourself empty and nullify yourself?
You close your mouth and you close your eyes and you close your ears and you are empty.
Emptiness is peace and there are times when this is the only action you need to take.
Emptiness can be a place you go to you each day, a few seconds or a few minutes at time.
Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed by very negative thoughts or feelings. You are racked with confusion and negativity, and feel like it’s impossible to overcome them. You feel like other people, situations, or your very own thoughts are out to get you.
This is when you should make yourself into nothing and experience the peace of non-action.
It sounds hard but anyone can do this, says Breslov wisdom.
Here’s what you do: Close your mouth and close your eyes and close your ears and don’t think about anything at all. Imagine your mind is like a peaceful canyon, empty, devoid of all thoughts.
Don’t worry about yourself. Don’t worry about other people, either. Whatever you must endure in life – and there is much suffering each of us endures – if you keep your eyes on the end goal and purpose of life, you’ll find the suffering becomes bearable.
Close your eyes. Spend time in meditation. Talk to your Creator. Ask God to open your heart. Ask God to help you understand your life’s purpose.
This is the essence of prayer, just talking to God and asking Him for help with everything, even help with self-understanding and peace of mind.
Your thoughts can fill your mind like runaway horses, but you, your true self, your soul, has the power to grab the reins and say, “Whoa, there! I need some time where i am quiet inside. So, I am not listening to you, racing mind and racing thoughts. I am listening only to my soul’s needs.”
Based on the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Photo of Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon near Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland from Wikipedia, pjt56