You are about to eat something. WAIT!!!
Close your eyes. Think "I am about to do the mitzva of blessing Hashem".
Then say very deliberately "Baruch" - You are the source of ALL blessing!
"Atah" - I am speaking directly to the Master of All Being!:)
"Hashem" - He was, is and will be, the eternal source of mercy and love.
"Elokeinu Melech Ha'olam" - You RUN THE SHOW. The King. Not a flesh and blood king with countless human foibles but PERFECTION.
"Borei Mi'nei Mezonos" - You create cookies, cakes, crackers, pretzels. You are the BEST!!
I LOVE YOU HASHEM!!
Now eat the food. It will taste better than it would have had you not made the bracha because you APPRECIATE it.
But the bracha will be yet tastier.
Do this a hundred times a day - and you will NEVER be the same.
[Based on the Rebbe in BMT and the Alei Shor]
Inspired by Reb Kalonymos Kalman's ideal of a group of people coming together with the common goal of enhancing their service of God, increasing their sensitivity to all things spiritual, strengthening their love of acheinu kol beis Yisrael, and unlocking the enormous potential that we all have to cleave to the Almighty.
Interaction and discussion of practical ideas and concepts toward this end, culled from any Torah true source is welcome and appreciated.
Observations and personal experiences are also welcome; the point is to grow!