Standing With All of Ourselves – Parsha Nitzvim-Vayelech

This week’s Torah portions, Nitzavim (standing) and Vayelech (and he went) detail the covenant G-d makes with the people of Israel before Moses passes along his leadership prior to his death. When looking at these portions in the context of the Jewish calendar and the upcoming High Holidays, we can glean some inspiration for our […]

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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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Integration over Oatmeal

A few weeks ago, I was at the Garrison Institute for the Awakened Heart Project and Institute for Jewish Spirituality Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program’s first retreat. After a week of teachings, practice, and silence, we were going to have a “talking breakfast.” We were told that another group was beginning a conference at the […]

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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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Ask JMC

Dear JMC, Although I don’t currently meditate, I wonder how people who do meditate take the sense of peace into their daily lives. I think that especially in the city, life moves really fast, and it is hard to slow down in crazy moments like rush hour subway rides or long days. I feel like […]

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Sitting Together

This morning was our second morning sit (thanks for your dedication, early birds!), and last night was our second evening sit (this is where I remind you that “Brownstone Enlightenment,” our weekly sitting meditation, is every Monday evening at 8pm and Tuesday morning at 7:30am; the first Monday of each month is geared specifically for […]

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Showing Up

Since starting a daily practice (although in the past few weeks, it’s been more like weekly), I’ve been thinking a lot about the benefits of just showing up.  After months of meditating regularly, there were no lightening bolts, no miraculous epiphanies, very few fireworks. I’ve had those sorts of ecstatic experiences in the past, and […]

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