Prayer, to me, has always been the most vast and overwhelming form of communication. I see speaking to G!d as talking into the most universal portal. When I speak to G!d, I communicate with myself, my true inner reality. I connect to the people I pray for, tapping to the universal reality—I discuss who I was, who I am and who I will be. I know G!d isn’t bound by time, so I find it elevating to know He is listening to my pleas for redemption while simultaneously celebrating my songs of gratitude.
Prayer articulates our soul’s reach for holiness; it actualizes the connection to G!dliness.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעולָם. אֲשֶׁר נָתַן לַשּכְוִי בִינָה לְהַבְחִין בֵּין יום וּבֵין לָיְלָה.
In the morning we thank G-d for allowing us to see the difference between light and darkness. I learned a beautiful message by Rav Yonny Sack, that with this Bracha we thank G-d for allowing us to feel hope—feel moments of redemption even among our struggles, our darkness.
When we say the nighttime Shema, I find it beautifully fascinating how when we cover our eyes, we proclaim a deceleration of faith. We cover, and usually close our eyes, submitting ourselves into a vulnerable darkness. We subject ourselves into an unknown, and what do we do this obscure reality?
We whisper, in the most intimate way with G!d and ourselves. We praise G!d and say May His name be blessed forever and ever. We bring the most comforting and clarifying light into our souls. We remind ourselves that among darkness, light is eternal.
Conversations in any context are defined based off of various factors. Prayer is simply communication; it is a way for anyone to calm and collect their thoughts, experiences and emotions. Whether the communication between “me” and G!d be through the linking of ancient holy words or through meditation, song, dance, art, etc. All serve as grand vehicles to higher levels and overall fulfillment. I truly believe in the overwhelming power of prayer, and recommend prayer, however this conversation may be created for you.
As we enter prayer, we enter an ark of opportunity. A closed capsule to regroup and reinvigorate both our psychological and spiritual selves. We then actualize our prayer with direction and an ignited purpose.
I pray, I hope and I bless everyone to experience as well as create a moment of light, a moment as precious as prayer (whatever that means to you).
Cover your eyes,
the eyes that see insecurity, difference and hate.
Cover your eyes that have seen pain, suffering and hopelessness.
When the world finally stands silent
We hear the beams of light and hope
We whisper our deepest and truest self back into the world
With G!d’s help, our whispers will elevate
And down will pour the ringing of redemption.