Join Rabbi Myriam Klotz for a relaxing period of embodied spiritual practice. Experience restorative yoga – a kind of yoga that involves gentle, passive stretching, allowing the nervous system to quiet down and experience deep rest. Explore how, in stressful times, we can find our ways to the waters of quiet and repose, restoring the soul to a place of ease and well being. Find renewal in slowing down, letting the body rest in stillness and quiet – experience a deep place of rest in the body and the breath. (12:05)
This meditation is from Preparing the Heart: Meditations for Jewish Spiritual Practice. Rabbi Sheila Weinberg describes walking practice as a way of paying attention to the sensations in the body, gathering our attention and focus in the body.
Walking practice is based in bringing awareness to each step as it manifests in sensation through the entire body. Walking is its own practice when it is, itself, an opportunity to gather our attention into this present moment, in the felt experience of the body so that we have a place to rest, a platform in which to see distraction and settle down. As with other meditative practices, it provides us with a focus to aim the attention when the mind wanders, it allows us to focus back on the direct sensations of walking as they are experienced in the body, reconnecting to intention, and sustaining our attention. (11:46)
Join Rabbi Marc Margolius for a podcast on the period of S’firat HaOmer – counting the Omer – a period marking our spiritual journey from Egypt to Sinai – moving from breaking the bonds of slavery on Pessach to developing our capacity to open ourselves to the divine on Shavuot. …Read the rest of this entry →
Listen to Rabbi Sheila Weinberg as she gives an overview introduction to mindfulness practice on an IJS retreat this January; looking at understanding the nature of the mind and developing a quality of alert, stable attention again and again.You can also listen to Sheila teaching at a Jewish Mindfulness retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center (6/25/09) [http://dharmaseed.org/retreats/836].
Join Rabbi Sheila Weinberg for a meditation on, and exploration of, what it means to experience life as b’tzelem Elohim – created in the divine image. We return to the beginning, to where it all starts, Chapter 1 of Genesis; recognizing that there can be no liberation from bondage without the affirmation of the inherent dignity of the human being. This understanding is articulated in this verse – And God created Adam b’tzalmo – in God’s image, male and female, the one being was created in the divine image. This might be the most important text in Torah. This might be the root core out of which all else emerges. What does it mean? What does it mean to you?