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You can help yourself! The Depression Itself Should Turn Into Joy!

Turn The Depression Into Joy

On the subject of joy – illustrated through a parable:

Sometimes when people are happy and dancing, they grab someone from the outside who is sad and depressed, and drag him in forcibly into the dance circle,

and they force him he too should be joyful together with them;

In the same manner regarding joy, when a person is joyful, then the sadness and suffering are moving to the sidelines and waiting there,

but its a greater level, to run after the sadness and depression, and drag that itself into the circle of joy, in a way that the sadness itself will turn into joy, he should turn all his suffering and sadness itself into joy,

as if its coming in inside the joy, for then from the great joy and happiness he turns around all of his worry, sadness, and depression into joy.

(Likutei Moharan II, Lesson 23)

Thus every person has things that darken his life and make his joy weaken down or turn off completely.
Rabbi Nachman says that one should put this sadness and depression into the circle of joy and dance and make them part of one's joy at every moment of life.

But how to really do it because it seems like a thin and not easy job, the great righteous of the generation know it – so if it is difficult for you, talk to us, your Breslav hachidim


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הַמָּרָה שְׁחוֹרָה בְּעַצְמָהּ תִּתְהַפֵּךְ לְשִׂמְחָה

בְּעִנְיַן הַשִּׂמְחָה עַל פִּי מָשָׁל: שֶׁלִּפְעָמִים כְּשֶׁבְּנֵי אָדָם שְׂמֵחִים וּמְרַקְּדִים, אֲזַי חוֹטְפִים אִישׁ אֶחָד מִבַּחוּץ, שֶׁהוּא בְּעַצְבוּת וּמָרָה-שְׁחוֹרָה, וּמַכְנִיסִים אוֹתוֹ בְּעַל כָּרְחוֹ לְתוֹךְ מְחוֹל הַמְרַקְּדִים, וּמַכְרִיחִים אוֹתוֹ בְּעַל כָּרְחוֹ שֶׁיִּהְיֶה שָׂמֵחַ עִמָּהֶם גַּם כֵּן.

כֵּן יֵשׁ בְּעִנְיַן הַשִּׂמְחָה: כִּי כְּשֶׁאָדָם שָׂמֵחַ, אֲזַי הַמָּרָה שְׁחוֹרָה וְיִסּוּרִים נִסְתַּלְּקִים מִן הַצַּד,

אֲבָל מַעֲלָה יְתֵרָה לְהִתְאַמֵּץ לִרְדֹּף אַחַר הַמָּרָה-שְׁחוֹרָה דַּוְקָא, לְהַכְנִיס אוֹתָהּ גַּם-כֵּן בְּתוֹךְ הַשִּׂמְחָה, בְּאֹפֶן שֶׁהַמָּרָה שְׁחוֹרָה בְּעַצְמָהּ תִּתְהַפֵּךְ לְשִׂמְחָה, שֶׁיְּהַפֵּךְ הַמָּרָה שְׁחוֹרָה וְכָל הַיִּסּוּרִין לְשִׂמְחָה, כְּדֶרֶךְ הַבָּא לְתוֹךְ הַשִּׂמְחָה, שֶׁאָז מִגֹּדֶל הַשִּׂמְחָה וְהַחֶדְוָה מְהַפֵּךְ כָּל הַדְּאָגוֹת וְהָעַצְבוּת וְהַמָּרָה שְׁחוֹרוֹת שֶׁלּוֹ לְשִׂמְחָה.

(ליקוטי מוהר"ן תנינא, תורה כ"ג)

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