Emptying the heart is not rejecting all things in this world, it is prioritizing and removing those false attachments or false gods that we think we could never give up or live without. This place of reverence is to be reserved for Allah, this attachment is the only real attachment, and everything else is temporary.
There are many people who love virtue. They love to pardon those who have wronged them. They love acquiring religious knowledge, exhibiting good manners, and behaving ethically. It is the way they are, even without formulating any conscious, deliberate intention to be that way.
Face the qiblah, which is the direction of the Ka‘bah (the Holy House of Allah in Makkah). For the qiblah in your town, consult the local mosque or www.islamicfinder.com.
A person must also have the feeling of humbleness and thankfulness to God that He helped him or her perform this good deed.
The waseelah (the means by which Allah has asked us to take it to approach Him only means that we should perform obligatory and extra works, it means nothing else.
Matters of the heart should be the focus of spirituality as this is the engine of faith.