Jewel of Elul – Searching for Enlightenment

from Jewels of Elul VII Elul Day 7 – Searching For Enlightenment by Alison Laichter When I was a teenager, I read every book I could find on meditation. Almost all of the books talked about enlightenment, which fascinated me. I thought it meant that if I meditated enough, something would suddenly change. I would […]

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Walking Meditation Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Tonight (7pm, meet us on the Manhattan side of the Bridge) we’re walking, mindfully and meditatively, across the Brooklyn Bridge with the Brooklyn Zen Center. The Brooklyn Bridge, iconic and beautiful and fun to walk across, is sort of a perfect physical metaphor. Bridging traditions, connecting mindfulness to daily life, and if you haven’t been […]

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Impermanence: Jewish Style

Sukkot is coming.  One of the hallmarks of this holiday is the flimsy homes we move into-temporary booths that we erect in a few minutes-with insubstantial roofs that allow in the sun and rain, and walls that shake as the wind buffets them. At the end of the holiday, in just about the same time […]

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Awareness and Big Emotion

All these years I’ve meditated and been committed to a truly noble path, supported by extraordinary teachers and spiritual community, I kept waiting to calm down. Not to get so worked up– to have my big emotions and wild mind gently subside. I think I’ve finally stopped expecting that to happen, and started believing in […]

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My Meditation Beginning

Now that we’ve started the JMC, a lot of people have been asking a lot of questions about meditation, which is great. We included a quick summary of how we define Jewish meditation on the site, Yael wrote a brilliant post about the reasons for meditation, and I’ve been answering the questions in conversations with […]

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