In Rebbe Nachman’s famous teaching, Azamra, he asks us to look for people’s good points.
Look for them in others.
And especially look for and focus on the good points in yourself.
This brings us to joy, the Rebbe tells us.
The joy washes over us and we begin to yearn to feel the connection between us and the Creator. This is the essence of Azamra.
When we choose and collect these good points, we create a melody, much as a musician creates a melody when he chooses and then plays several notes. The sounds of the notes he does play were plucked from the sounds of the notes he chose not to play.
This is a conscious, even cognitive process, but also a spiritual one.
Azamra is the playing of our own soul-melody, the singing of the song of our soul.
A Spiritual Positive Psychology
When we identify and appreciate our genuine good points, this will bring us to joy. Yet, we must also be humble. The Rebbe teaches that the Creator’s constant Attention and Flow sustains our existence.
The joy we attain from recognizing our good points frees our consciousness and gives us the head and heart space to connect with the Creator through prayerful meditation,
If a person takes pride in good points such as his amazing talents, athletic prowess, beauty, wealth, power, or even his creativity, intelligence and knowledge, without acknowledging their deepest source, then this pride can devolve into arrogance, even narcissism.
It’s only when you choose to harness the energy of your talents and other resources to fuel personal growth, psycho-spiritual growth, kindness to others, and so on, that they become true good points worth the recognition of a soul like yours.