While some people connect to Judaism and spirituality through traditional prayer, many find connection through other practices, such as meditation.
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It is said that Jewish contemplative techniques can help develop compassion and wisdom, and that cultivating this meditative state can lead to an expanded perception of the world and the possibility of feeling divine presence or intervention in our day to day. Jewish meditation has long been part of Jewish tradition and practice.
There are a number of biblical references to meditation, as well as Jewish mystics who used meditation to practice Judaism. Kabbalah, a branch of mystical tradition, features all kinds of meditative practices based on each individual’s goals or preferences. In Jewish prayer, many strive to have a sense of kavanah, which can be defined as strong intention or meditative focus. Visualization and deep breathing techniques can serve as powerful, calming, and healing meditative practices. Examples of these include imagining Hebrew letters, focusing on an object or candle while breathing deeply, or inhaling and then exhaling prayers and healing words.
There is no right or wrong way to meditate. However you choose to meditate, it can decrease anxiety, and provide emotional healing and a sense of peace. When seeking a method of prayer for healing and connection, for both yourself and your loved one, meditation can help you feel centered when you otherwise feel surrounded by chaos, and send positive vibes, thoughts, and prayers for healing of the body, heart, and spirit.