Enter into prayer slowly

Enter into prayer slowly

Enter into prayer slowly.
Do not exhaust your strength,
But proceed step by step.
Even if you are not aroused as your prayer begins,
give close attention to the words you speak.
As you grow in strength
and God helps you to draw near,
you can even say the words more quickly
and remain in The presence.

Adapted from Arthur Green and Barry W. Holtz (editors and translators),
Your Word is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer.