Question & Answer With Rabbi Nasan Maimon - V'Sartem
A Simple Jew asks:
In Degel Machaneh Ephraim, Parshas Kedoshim, the Degel teaches in the name of his grandfather, the Baal Shem Tov, that immediately when a person turns away from his state of deveykus and his consciousness of Hashem it is considered as if he is serving other gods.
What advice does Rebbe Nachman of Breslov provide to the simple Jew on how to attain and constantly retain such consciousness?
Rabbi Nasan Maimon responds:
The Baal Shem Tov put great emphasis on "Bechol Derochecha Da’ai’hu, In all your ways know (be conscious of) Hashem."
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov put his greatest emphasis on Hisbodedus, personal, private communication with Hashem in your own words and language on a daily basis at a fixed time and place. This applies to all Jews on every level.
I once saw in a sefer (I believe it was written by the Chida Zal) that a person who has "hisbodedus" regularly will always be conscious of Hashem.
This can be seen in that the first letters of "Bechol Derochecha Da’ai’hu" spell the word "Badad" which is the root of the word "hisbodedus".