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Rebbe Nachman recommends that we cultivate the trait of azut d’kedushah, holy boldness. This trait can be expressed in a few ways. We can express holy boldness by articulating what’s on our mind and in our heart to our spiritual mentors.

If we have someone that’s guiding us, it’s important to be able to speak without embarrassment. We should feel able to ask them questions and even share worries and doubts. We can ask them how to correct and fix the serious issues in our lives, and what path we should head down in the future. If we’re embarrassed, we won’t be able to truly express ourselves and we’ll be missing out on what could be advice that’s essential to our spiritual growth.

In the same way, we can make hitbodedut with azut d’kedushah. We can really open up to Hashem and to tell him our fears, our worries, even the things that we’re ashamed of. Even though we have uncomfortable feelings, we can do this by embracing the holy boldness inside. We can stick to our guns and speak—even if it’s difficult.

Something undeniable happens when we open up, when we seek guidance. We find the answers are going to come to us. It may not happen the first time you speak to Hashem in hitbodedut, it may not happen the second or third time, but if you keep at it you will eventually begin to find the answers to your problems, and peace in your heart.

May you have a day in which you’re able to be open and honest and bold.

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Chaya Rivka Zwolinski
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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 G-d, with ourselves, and with each other. Chaya Rivka Zwolinski “discovered” Rebbe Nachman in her late thirties and credits his profound wisdom with helping her make a 180 degree-turn in life. She loves sharing Breslov teachings with women in her classes and workshops. Chaya Rivka has written books; writes articles for Breslov.org, BreslovWoman.org, HealthyJewishCooking.com, and numerous other publications; is a consultant to Breslov Research Institute; and is the director of curriculum and program marketing at BreslovCampus.org. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.

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