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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Strengthening Kavana

For many of us, it is hard to have kavanah sometimes while praying. And sometimes we have it more than other times.

I think that inorder for us to improve in our kavanah, we need to work on strengthening our relationship with Hashem first. We should each find our own thing to help us with this. For example, it can be working on personally talking to G-d while in your room or somewhere else, or we can use song and sing from the heart which helps to lift us up, or we can make a list of things we're grateful for having, etc. This way we strengthen our connection to Hashem and improve our kavanah.

What so important about this closeness? It's because deep down, this is what our soul needs. It doesn't want to be caught up in the sea of materalism. It wants to be connected to it's Source. Thus we have Torah, mitzvos, and prayer to do that. And there are, within Jewish law, many different ways to do it. - Growth is not meant to be easy, but take effort, because then it is internally rewarding. It's kind of like receiveing an A in calculus.

Our mission here in this world is to spread goodness in the world and connect to Hashem. Of course, sometimes we mess up because we're human. However, we can and should pick ourself back up and go forward.

Speaking of what I mentioned above about music, here's a video below of a kumzits. It reminds me of when me and my girlfriends to use sing together at my friends house. This vid is of the Yaakov chesed band and their friends.

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Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

It's nice to see how their really singing from the heart. Cool how they have sifrei Torah in the house.

Those are great ideas to help us strengthen our relationship with Hashem.

Freeda said...

I b'h don't really have a problem talking to Hashem throughout the day- but when I open up that siddur- it's just so hard, anyone experiance s/t like this or have any ideas?

Lvnsm27 said...

JS, yea it's a very nice vid

Freeda, I know what you mean, it's sometimes hard for me too to concentrate because of thoughts distracting me.

What I try to do is think about the meaning of the words and picture what the prayer is talking about. Like with the blessings in the morning, I imagine Hashem providing us with what we need.
And in shemonah esrei, I try to feel what it's saying and say it from the heart (refaeinu, sim shalom...)
It happens sometimes that I just say straight through. But then I try to encourage myself to say it with feeling.

Freeda said...

Thanks Lvsm for the encouragement- I'll try that

הצעיר שלמה בן רפאל לבית שריקי ס"ט said...

"...used to sing together at my girlfriends house."- That obviously doesn't sound so right. : P

Lvnsm27 said...

Okay, my friends house :)