When I was a seminary (and immediately post-seminary) girl, I spent a lot of time preparing for the different holidays that arise during the Jewish year. I would attend classes, read books, refresh myself on the laws of the specific holiday, and, in general, imbue my experience with as much meaning as I could. I remember thinking that it would ALWAYS be like that and I would NEVER do the mitzvos without massive amounts of concentration and intention.
Hahahaahahhahahaaaahahaha. Aahhhhhhh. Whew.
This morning we burnt whatever chametz that was leftover before the start of Pesach. I said the phrase which nullifies my possession of chometz. But I said it kind of as an afterthought, and, frankly, I didn’t even remember that we said it until I was saying it. This seems to have become a sort of entropic trend in my life as of late – do the mitzvah first, think about it later.
So, here’s my question: How does one stay focused on the mitzvos when the mundanities of life loom large? What are your strategies for keeping the mitzvos in mind?