written June 21, 2002
By Moshe at ilovetorah.com
It is a very difficult task for us, as physical beings, to be in tune with our soul. Caring for our bodies consumes a major part of life, and makes it almost impossible to serve Hashem as a completely spiritual individual. Therefore we must find ways to elevate our tedious daily routine by bringing Hashem into the picture. After all, the mitzvos themselves are about doing actions with our body. The entire concept of a mitzvah is to take something physical, such as food and going to the restroom, and sanctifying it with a blessing and holy intensions. These actions will in turn draw our souls closer to their source, while at the same time fulfilling the tachlis (purpose) of our being created, to elevate the mundane to spirituality thereby bringing the world to perfection.
Chazal teach us that the performance of a mitzvah leads to many more opportunities to do mitzvos. Therefore, we have to be on the lookout for chances to perform mitzvos. The performance of Hashem’s will, should fill up an entire lifetime.
Humans are creatures of habit, and this fault can be transformed into a powerful tool. If we train ourselves to constantly think about doing mitzvos then it will become second nature, and something we cannot live without. Everywhere you go, look and absorb what is happening around you. You will be astonished at all of the possibilities there are to do mitzvos, that you were unable to see before. After you are in the frame of mind to always spot the opportunities to do mitzvos and carry them out, then you will desire more. You will crave the sweetness and purity each of these simple acts will bring, and lapses in the performance of mitzvos will bring an empty feeling. You will soon see the importance of putting your heart into even the smallest mitzvah.
This mundane world, though appearing to be lacking holiness, is in reality overflowing with it. The physical world is a vessel for the spiritual. Instead of seeing a world so absorbed in materialism, see it as a place filled with the potential for performing mitzvos. Find within yourself how you can give over your life to performing acts of kindness. Learn halachos and study the 613 commandments regularly. Do not fight the world in an endless battle. Instead use it for it’s real purpose, to draw close to Hashem and to sanctify His holy name.