The Baal Shem Tov once said that he would rather be buried in the ground and return to the earth than rise to heaven in a fiery chariot like Elijah.


Because through an initial dip downward, you can reach much higher. And the lower the dip, the higher the reach.

So if it seems to you at times that life is pulling you down, burying your soul in mundane, earthly matters rather than letting you soar freely to the heavens...

...know that in all these mitzvahs here on earth you are gaining the power and momentum to rocket upward beyond the heavens, higher than you could imagine.

In the view from above, everything is always moving only upward.

Torat Menachem Hitvaduyot, vol. 5, pg. 192.