An Isolation Meditation
(For When Feeling Boxed-in or Sheltered in Place)
by Yonatan Gordon
I'd like to share a meditation for anyone who is feeling boxed-in, whether in general, or currently due to the Corona pandemic restrictions.
The meditation herein presented is based upon the Six Constant Mitzvot of the Torah.(1) These six are central to Jewish life in that they embody many of the fundamental teachings of Judaism. Applying to all Jews, in all places, at all times, and considered "duties of the heart," these six commandments are a prime example of the purpose of Jewish meditation: to meditate upon the oneness of God at every moment of our lives. In some prayer books they are recited at the end of the Morning Prayer.
The Six Are:
1. To believe in the existence and providence of G-d.
2. Not to believe that there are any other gods.
3. To believe that G-d is an absolute, non-composite and all-encompassing unity.
4. To love G-d.
5. To fear-be in awe of-G-d.
6. To guard oneself from foreign thoughts.
Instead of viewing oneself as confined, view your surroundings as a sanctuary, a force field, or cube around you. Place yourself at the center with the side at each of the six directions corresponding to one of the six constant mitzvot that are incumbent upon all Jews at all places and all times. Wherever we're going (or wherever we're staying), these six are incumbent upon us.
What we will now discuss is based on the meditation explained in the book Living in Divine Space by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh.
ABOVE: The first of these constant commandments is to believe in the
existence and providence of G-d; this corresponds to the top of the cube
Source: Based on the meditation explained in the book "Living in Divine Space" by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh. Available for purchase at: //inner.org
(1) See the Biur Halachah in Mishnah Berurah on the opening statement of the Rema to the Orach Chaim 1:1, the beginning of the Shulchan Aruch, the code of Jewish law.
Yonatan Gordon is a writer with 20 years of Jewish marketing experience.
His "Kabbalah and Technology" blog can be found at //CommunityofReaders.org