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Meditation Coupled with Prayer

The early pious ones would meditate (shohim)for one hour before “the prayer” (ha’tefilla). Mishnah Berakhot 5:1 Most mornings, for close to twenty years, I have sat for a designated period of time observing my breath mindfully (shohim) before commencing my traditional daily prayers. Meditation and formal prayer are complementary. Through meditation, I gain deeper calm and hone my concentration. I become more…