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Abraham Joshua Heschel (rabbi, philosopher, theologian) wrote: “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement… get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted…To be spiritual is to be amazed.”
Judaism has a tradition rich in guidance, wisdom, and inspiration. Mindfulness meditation cultivates concentration, awareness, and compassion. Jewish meditation is about awakening our attention toward the sacred in everyday life and experiencing a deeper connection to the presence of the holy around us and within us. When we infuse meditation practice with Jewish language, understanding and perspectives, we are engaging in meditation through a Jewish lens.
This 6-session course brings together meditation practices with Jewish teachings. This is not a course in traditional Jewish mysticism or Kabbalah. This introductory level course is open to people from all (and no) religious and spiritual backgrounds. No prior meditation experience is required.
Lisa Halberstadt, M.S., began her professional career as a psychotherapist and then spent 20 years as a research specialist at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at VCU. Lisa’s interest in exploring the intersection of mindfulness meditation and Judaism led her to complete the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project. She offers drop-in Jewish meditation sessions at Congregation Or Ami, teaches Mindful Self Compassion through Chrysalis Institute, and will soon begin facilitating Wise Aging groups.