The hardest part for me in Judaism is praying, I can start to get to a state of kvannah and then it's gone, my mind is gone, to other places. So I'm wondering, if this has happened to you, how did you overcome it? Did you overcome it? Any books, tips, suggesting? Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2 using proboards
I daven best in the company of others who are deeply spiritual. Many members of my minyanim daven in the traditional style where they murmur slightly audibly through the "silent" parts and "shuckle" in the traditional way. I hear their prayers and watch some of them who know the Amidah by heart (I'm guessing because they do pray three times a day) daven intently swaying with their eyes closed and mouthing the words (I think of the story of Hannah davening and being thought drunk). I can feel their devotion and am inspired.
I also have an academic approach to things, so I found that Rabbi Reuven Hammer's explanation of the liturgy and commentary is helpful because knowing the background and history behind the liturgy gives me an appreciation for it. Try this book: Entering Jewish Prayer Or this one with the commentary right along side the siddur text: Or Hadash: Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom
Much of my conversion studies also involved this kind of learning because my sponsoring rabbi felt that the liturgy could better be used to create a connection with God if it was understood not just in the meaning of the words, but also its historical context and in the traditions related to it.