HESCHEL: Feeling becomes prayer in the moment in which we forget ourselves

The focus of prayer is not the self. … It is the momentary disregard of our personal concerns, the absence of self-centered thoughts, which constitute the art of prayer.

Feeling becomes prayer in the moment in which we forget ourselves and become aware of God. …. Thus, in beseeching Him for bread, there is one instant, at least, in which our mind is directed neither to our hunger nor to food, but to His mercy. This instant is prayer. We start with a personal concern and live to feel the utmost.

As quoted in Judaism (1998) by Arthur Hertzberg, p. 300.

Variant: “It is the momentary disregard of our personal concerns, the absence of self-centered thoughts, which constitute the act of prayer.”

RP The core of all Traditions and the three actions they ask of us are : Awaken more; Detach more;Serve others Better. This is both mysticism and everyone’s day to day spiritual challenge.

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