A "Shma Yisrael" Meditation
An excerpt from
Kitvei HaAri, Gate of Meditations
Behold at the time of exile, there is no ability in Rachel (the Shechina) to ascend Therefore, we need to surrender our lives in the sanctification of the [Divine] Name in [expressing the letter] dalet of Echad. One needs to intend [through visualization] to accept upon himself the four [numerical equivalent of the letter dalet] modes of executions of the [Torah] court [these being]: stoning, burning, decapitation, strangulation When you surrender your life by imaging suffering these four deaths [for the sake of sanctifying G d's Name], you sanctify the [Divine] Name with all your heart and [genuinely] accept upon yourself the Yoke [of union] of the Kingdom of Heaven.