Hitbodedut is best done outside the town in a place where grass grows, because the grass will awaken your heart. ~ Rabbi Nachman

One may seek to enter directly into Hitbodedut by meditating on nothingness (ain), however, such meditation is very advanced and should not be practiced alone, but one should have an experienced teacher and guide, and prepare oneself before hand. Generally speaking, it is better to seek to enter Hitbodedut through Hitbonenut, which is filling the mind with something, and thus consciously directing the mind and concentrating the mind. Hitbonenut is contemplation which becomes meditation when the mind is completely concentrated – completely filled with the subject or object of contemplation.

~ Tau Malachi

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Set aside time each day to meditate and pray alone in a room or some meadow and express your innermost thoughts and feelings and personal prayers to God.

If at times you find yourself unable to speak to God or even open your mouth, the very fact that you are there before Him wanting and yearning to speak is itself very good. You can even turn your very inability to speak into a prayer. Tell God that you feel so far away that you cannot even speak to Him!

There is another advantage in expressing yourself to God in your own words. One can recite existing prayers and supplications, but these are already known to the destroyers and maligning forces that lie in wait along the paths of these prayers. They know these paths only too well. But when a person goes on a new path that is as yet unknown, they are not there to ambush him. Similarly, when you talk to God in your own words, this is a new pathway, an original prayer that springs directly from your heart.

Is it beneath your dignity to pray even for something minor? You must pray for everything, even the most minor things.

No matter what happens, it is always good to make a new start each time and say, “Today I am beginning…” If things were already good, now they will be even better! And if they were not good before, then you certainly need to start anew.

~ Rabbi Nachman

Be still and know that I am God,
be still and know that I am God,
be still and know that I am God.

I am the Lord that healeth thee,
I am the Lord that healeth thee,
I am the Lord that healeth thee.

In thee, O Lord, I put my trust,
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust,
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.

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Generally just Being. Nothing in particular, no claims to fame. I like gardening and the sea, nature, art in all forms from poetry to films and everything in between, and being in the company of my family.

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