Standing grounded and self-aware to be able to have a conversation heart to heart with one’s emotions and making a connection to the core of one’s existence is all that is contained in praying. It takes practice and discipline.
Praying with the community adds to the sense of belonging. We are essentially social beings. The other is also our mirror. But not only. Sometimes the energy that the others are releasing is just what we need at that moment, to escape a moment from the intense solitude that is also what the human condition can be. The burdens that our heart feel can be lifted just because we pray with others.
There is a quality of vibration in the Hebrew words, in their scansion and the music of the liturgy adds to the feeling that something that is not rational is happening.
It is a very delicate balance to find the right place to pray in a world that has become intensely noisier, or so it feels. The silence that is necessary to achieve a meditative space that leaves room for the prayer has become a very rare instance. It is our responsibility to re-create that space and time of silence to reconnect with oneself to be able to genuinely pray.