Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master

Where there is not truth there is no grace.

While praying, listen to the words very carefully.
When your heart is attentive,
your entire being enters your prayer
without your having to force it.

Grant me the ability to be alone.
May it be my custom to go outdoors each day
among the trees and grasses,
among all growing things,
and there may I be alone,
and enter into prayer to talk with the one I belong to.

Prayers truly from the heart
open all doors in Heaven.

Just as your hand, held before the eye,
can hide the tallest mountain,
so this small earthly life keeps us from seeing
the vast radiance that fills the core of the universe.

For the true believer,
believing is seeing.

Rely on nothing and no one but God.
This is true simplicity.
Anything else means pursuing
a complicated course of action.

To be a person of truth,
Be swayed neither by approval nor disapproval.

Affirm your faith in yourself:
▪ I believe that I am very important in God’s eyes.
▪ I believe that I can return no matter how far
I have strayed.
▪ I believe that I have the inner strength to change.
▪ I believe that I can become truly devoted and
close to God.

– Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, 1772-1810