How to recapture that intensity of communion and purpose in our daily lives of “ordinary” time? The early Hasids offer help. Try to keep before you at all times the unity of the One, which means God is present everywhere and there is nowhere where God is not. One way to do this is to repeat to yourself through the day the words of the prophet Isaiah, ”The whole earth is filled with God’s glory” (6:3).
As the Baal Shem Tov teaches:
We say, “Here O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One” (Deuteronomy 6:4).And also:
When we say that “the Lord is One,” we mean that nothing other than God exists in all the universe. It is thus written, “The Whole earth is filled with God’s glory” (Isaiah 6:3).
The main idea here is that a person should consider himself like absolutely nothing. He should realize that he has no essence other than his divine soul, and that this is a “portion of God from on high.” Therefore, nothing exists in the world except the absolute Unity which is God.
The main idea of this unity is that “the whole earth is filled with His glory.” There is therefore absolutely nothing that is devoid of God’s essence. (The Light Beyond, ed. Aryeh Kaplan, p. 37).
God is present in every movement. It is impossible to make any move or speak any word without God’s power. This is the meaning of the verse,”The whole earth is filled with God’s glory” (Is. 6:3). Kether Shem Tov 273 (The Light Beyond, ed. Aryeh Kaplan, p. 42).And this:
It is written, “The whole earth is filled with God’s glory” (Is. 6:3). This means that even the physical world is one of God’s garments. The verse therefore says that “the whole earth is felled with God’s glory”—even the physical. “Glory” alludes to a garment. Likutim Yekarim 17c. (The Light Beyond, ed. Aryeh Kaplan, p. 43).What would our days be like, our lives be like, if at every moment, in every circumstance, in every situation, with every movement we made and every person and creature and place we encountered—on the bus, stuck in traffic, arguing with a friend, holding our babies, sweating after a run, cooking dinner, watching clouds drift by—we said to ourselves, “The whole earth is filled with God’s glory” and saw through these the garments of the One?
Try it for a day.