What constitutes regretting a mitzvah: Does one have to write down a regretful statement, speak the regret, think it explicitly, or is a tinge of fleeting regret enough to qualify as regretting a mitzvah?

As a contextual example (also pertinent to Chaye Sarah parsha viz Avraham and Sara's death and Akeida mitzvah) https://www.dailyhalacha.com/WeeklyParasha.asp?ChumashID=1&ParashaID=5&ParashaClipID=469

"If a person struggles to wake up early to attend the Minyan, but attending the Minyan causes him to miss a lucrative business opportunity, if he then regrets going to the synagogue he forfeits all the benefits of that Misva"

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    what about regretting "regretting a mitzvah?"...would that offset the regretted mitzvah back into the status of a mitzvah again? – code613 Jul 10 '15 at 19:57

Rambam Laws of Repentance Ch.3 states that a formulation of the heart suffices

Rambam, Laws of Repentance, Chapter 3

(1) If someone regrets the commandments that he has performed and wonders regarding his merits and says in his heart, "What did I gain by doing them? I wish that I had not done them," this person loses all of them, and no merit in the world is mentioned for him.

  • You came back to answer you own question; that's awesome!! – MTL Dec 31 '14 at 22:16
  • ......I wanted to do you a favor and link to the Rambam directly, but I can't seem to find it here. Which halacha is that, in that perek? – MTL Dec 31 '14 at 22:17
  • It may sound like from those words that it may have to be a deep type of regret since it says he says in his heart which his emotions – user9749 Jul 10 '15 at 15:09
  • @Shokhet it is halacha 3 – hazoriz Jun 10 '16 at 20:16
  • @user9749 heart is not sposific emotions but anything inside as can be seen in the naming of the book "duties of the heart" – hazoriz Jun 10 '16 at 20:25

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