This Facebook comment is a good example of how and why I practice hisbodedut, which means praying out loud to God in my own words, in my own way. It's a blessing to have a role model, teacher and mentor in hitbodedut, and my role model is Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz, who lives in Jerusalem. We've met weekly on Skype for about 10 years so far.
Rabbi Schwartz wrote the following about hitbodedut in a recent blog post: "Hitbodedut - dialogue with Hashem: Connect to the answers you receive from the Beyond by speaking or writing what is on your mind to Hashem, The more that you speak/write, the more clarified you will become. Speak about anything and everything that you are dealing with in life. Speak every day."
Working with Rabbi Schwartz is the reason I am so comfortable and confident speaking out loud to God about anything, anytime. My prayer is to encourage other people as I've been encouraged, to "pay it forward"in this world and beyond!