|Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…|
“Even when no words come, do not despair. Come back day after day to your secluded spot and wait. Just wanting to speak to G-d is in itself a very great thing.”
|What does this mean to me?|
|The sages taught that the early tzaddikim would spend three hours in prayer—the first in silent preparation, the second in actual prayer, and the final hour in expressing gratitude. What was the silent preparation that they did? One element was certainly the building up of longing and yearning; wanting is generated by the waiting. When we wait for something, anticipation builds; when we just jump into prayer without allowing ourselves to first feel a yearning for G-d, the prayer lacks vitality. Prayer is the way in which we bind ourselves to G-d, but the bond is only as strong as the longing that animates it. There’s a world of difference between a quick hug when you run into someone that you see all the time and the heartfelt embrace when you finally have a chance to hold someone you love that you haven’t seen in a while. Just because G-d is with us all the time doesn’t mean that we can take Him for granted! Every meeting is important enough for us to yearn and long for it.|
“Master of the universe,
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*“The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy – Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov” by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Adapted by Moshe Mykoff and The Breslov Research Institute, 1994. Permission granted by Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT, www.jewishlights.com.