Sunday, November 22, 2009

How to Pray, an Introduction

Welcome to our first installment in the series, "How to Pray."

Our first lesson comes from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Poland, who was a great-grandson of The Baal Shem Tov, (the illustrious founder of vibrant, spiritual, and mystic Chasidic Judaism). He pioneered the practice of 
hitbodedut (secluding oneself in meditation and prayer, preferably surrounded by nature's beauty).

Rebbe Nachman once directed his pupils:

"Talk to God as if you would talk to your very best friend. Tell The Holy One Everything."
In this way, our relationship with God is one of friendship, with whom we can share anything, at anytime, in anyplace. "How to pray?" Start by being honest. 

Lesson One, concluded.

[Mykoff, Moshe, Naḥman, and Breslov Research Institute. The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy: Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Woodstock, Vt.: Jewish Lights Pub., 1994.]

1 comment:

Paul Kipnes said...

Hard to start doing that. But once you let go and do it, its very cool.

God and I shmooze all the time. Great to have someone who listens.