Rebbe Nachman explains that there is a huge difference between depression—that heavy, dark sadness that hangs like a heavy cloud around you—and a broken heart. A broken-hearted yearning—to make things better, to come closer to God, to fix one’s life—is a healthy response to a difficult world. Rebbe Nachman’s deep understanding of the many feelings and emotions that make up our psycho spiritual reality are essential for life. Chaya Rivka Zwolinski explains.
Get Rid of Depression (But Keep Your Broken Heart)
Chaya Rivka in her own words: What do we want? To feel less pain and more optimism. To be happy and lead meaningful lives. This all requires healthy relationships. If we learn, share, and live his teachings, Rebbe Nachman gives us real, practical tools to improve all our relationships—with Hashem, with ourselves, and with each other. Chaya Rivka Zwolinski “discovered” Rebbe Nachman decades ago and credits his profound wisdom with helping her develop her life path. She loves sharing Breslov teachings with women in her classes and workshops, so they too, can benefit from these exciting, life-changing ideas. Chaya Rivka has written books (Therapy Revolution-HCI, The Parent-Child Dance-Feldheim, and otehrs) writes articles for Breslov.org, BreslovWoman.org, PsychCentral.com, HealthyJewishCooking.com, and numerous other publications; is a consultant to Breslov Research Institute and director of BRI Women it's women's program; and is the director of curriculum and program marketing at BreslovCampus.org. She leads tours for women to Uman with the BRI Uman Experience, and speaks in a variety of venues. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.