First and foremost be careful that every motion in the Divine service be without ulterior motives, Heaven forbid. 1 This requires profound wisdom “exceedingly deep, who can find it out?” (Ecclesiastes 7:24) There is then no alternative but to retain constant awareness of this principle. Do not divert your mind from it, even for a moment, for it is a matter that is flawed by distraction.

Secondly, you must also be scrupulous with [ritual] immersion, and to concentrate in the mikveh on the appropriate kavanot (devotions) for mikveh. 2

For the “three-fold cord that is not broken quickly” (Ecclesiastes 4:12): remove yourself from depression and let your heart rejoice in God. 3