In order to develop the correct perspective, one should begin one’s reflection not with a monotonous recitation on the theme “I am wicked, I am a sinner” but with a meditation on the grandeur of God, to create the proper perspective.
Once he has contemplated the greatness of God, he can evaluate himself within this context.
And then he will truly come to a broken heart.
He will arrive at a sadness that is not generated by his evil inclination but that is genuine bitterness–which has its time and place.
–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From The Long Shorter Way