May 15, 2014

Sefer Yom Leyom, Seclusion

Filed under: Blog Torah,Sefer Yom Lyom — Reb Moshe @ 7:46 pm

Sefer Yom Leyom, Seclusion

1. With practice you can seclude yourself with Hashem, even in a situation where you are surrounded by groups of people.
2. Going to the forest helps a person to seclude their thoughts with Hashem.
3. It is important every day to have some seclusion with Hashem where nobody else is around and it is quiet.
4. Doing hisbodidus meditation is the best form of seclusion with Hashem.
5. Too much seclusion isn’t healthy for a person.
6. Seclusion practiced with extremes can lead to depression and anxiety
7. Even if you seclude yourself, you can do this without separating yourself in your mind from the community of Israel. In fact, you can bind yourself even more strongly to others if your intentions are pure.
8. Your personal connection to Hashem should be more important to you then your friendships and be your main pursuit.
9. There are many levels of seclusion. Even simply staying away from politics, news, shopping and other unnecessary gatherings is a form of seclusion with Hashem.
10. To be close to Hashem, you have to give up many friendships and gatherings which you know will lead you to sin and wasting precious time.
11. Shabbos and Yom Tov is the best time to reap the benefits of seclusion.
12. The Yetzer Hara doesn’t want you to seclude yourself with Hashem because the benefits to your soul are unfathomable.
13. Practicing deep breathing from the diaphragm can help you clear your mind from confusions that want to keep you away from Hashem.
14. Placing your body in positions that close up the senses is beneficial for seclusion. For instance, having your arms cross and against you body closes more senses. Closing your fists, eyes, mouth and folding you legs.
15. Wearing tefillin, if worn properly, helps a person to connect to Hashem with all their mind and heart.
16. If your body is clean, (through showering or better yet, the mikvah) it is easier to connect to your soul.
17. The Prophets first played music and increased their joy before pursing meditation and seclusion. This is because joy helps in this elevation.
18. If you tense all your muscles and then release them with a deep breath, you remove anxiety and confusions, thereby simplifying your thoughts enabling you to seclude yourself with Hashem.

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