Following is one teaching of Moses Maimonides, the great thirteenth-century physician and philosopher:
What is the way to love and fear G-d? When a person contemplates (hitbonen) His great wondrous deeds and creations, seeing through them His boundless, infinite wisdom, he immediately loves, exults, and is ecstatic with a passion to know the great Name. This is, what King David meant when he said, ‘My soul thirst for G-d, for the living Deity.’ (Psalms 42:3)
When one thinks about these things, he immediately becomes awed and abashed. He realizes that he is but an infinitesimal creature, lowly and unenlightened, standing with his diminutive, deficient mind before the Perfect Mind. David thus said, ‘When I see Your heavens, the work of Your finger … what is man that You consider him?’ (Psalms 8:4-5)
--Kaplan, A. (1978). Meditation and the Bible. New York: Samuel Weiser, 132-138.
In other words, Maimonides suggests, by pausing and seeing beyond what appears on the surface a person can become aware of the various ways that God is or might be present: in any created object, in an event, in any experience of life. When he is able to do this, he will be filled with an awareness of God, and will realize his own minuteness relative to the magnificence of the Great Mystery of the Divine. His sense of self will recede, and his awareness of God will move to the forefront.
To help imagine this state of consciousness, we might invite our directees to close their eyes and see themselves against the backdrop of the mystery of all life. We might ask if they are aware of God’s role in that mystery, as well as their own place in it. Often they sink into silence, and we sit quietly together, humbly aware of the Mystery of Life of which, they, and we, are a part.
--Zari Weiss and David Levy, “‘The Eternal is with Me, I Shall Not Fear’: Jewish Contemplative Practices and Well-Being”— Zari Weiss, David Levy in Contemplative Practices in Action by Thomas G. Plante, Editor