"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

We Are Endowed With Both Positive and Negative Emotions

July 13, 2011

in Jewish Jems,Judaism:,Talmud - Oral Torah,Tanach (Old Testament),The Torah

L’zecher nishamos Rav Yochanon Motel ben Rav Ephraim and Moras Esther Leah bas Rav Yehudah Yoseph B”H

The Salant Center

 

Mussar – A Healing Spirit for the Heart and Soul

Sefer Mitzvoth HaBitachon/The Book of the Mitzvah of Faith

We are endowed with both positive and negative emotions. The purpose-and challenge-of our existence is to master the feelings of our hearts. This is accomplished by neutralizing and cleansing ourselves from the unfavorable inner forces that lay within our heart; while activating and strengthening the favorable ones.

On of the most pervasive-and counterproductive-negative tendencies is the trait of worry. In fact, worry is detrimental both to one’s spiritual and physical health. Thus, on the spiritual plane, the worry syndrome weakens our capability to interact pleasantly with others, impedes our ability to Torah study, and diminishes the level of our Mitzvah performance. What’s more, undue worry damages the heart.

Indeed, Rav Yisrael Salanter once remarked, “The only worry that is permissible is to worry about being worried.”

The greatest cure-and motivation-to liberate oneself from worry is reflection upon the powerful influence of tranquillity and happiness. Indeed, the Sages of Mussar teach the following axiomatic principle: When a person is joyous- (i.e., the opposite of worrisome)-HaShem blesses him with all manner of good!

Indeed, once some people asked the Tzemach Tzedek to pray for a member of their family. The Rabbi replied, “If you think positive thoughts, all will be good!”

Thus a happy heart generates positive energy that awakes-the abundant love and boundless kindness of HaShem-to surround us with countless blessings of good. May our hearts be filled with joy so that ‘rivers of good’ flows into our lives-and the lives of the entire Klal Yisrael.

TODAY: Release yourself from worry; fill your heart with joy.

 

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