The past year has been a year of transition for me. On March 23, 2017, I awoke to find that my dear husband of 31 years—a vibrant, energetic 63-year-old man—had passed away during the night. Though David was being treated for heart disease, his death was unexpected. My life was headed in one direction when I went to sleep on March 22; on the morning of March 23, it took a sharp turn.
One of my processes over the past eleven months has been grappling with and beginning to accept that while the final stage of David’s life included me, the final stage of my life will not include him. The future we had planned is no longer available to me as my future. A basic part of my life’s purpose—to be my partner’s partner—is gone.
Register Now for Practice Retreat
Could your spiritual practice use a charge? Looking for ways to connect to a greater good? Seeking community with other souls on your path?
Awakening Hearts and Minds: A Mussar Practice Intensive Retreat is a three-day workshop for both new and experienced students that will boost your spirit and send you home with new practices to sustain your growth for months to come.
Join teachers Alan Morinis, Avi Fertig and Cyndee Levy and participate in a va’ad designed to support your Mussar practices. Learn more about chanting, meditation, journaling and kabbalot.
The dates are May 6–9, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. Registration is now open. Prices go up after April 4.
The Ayeka Haggadah: Pesach is soon. TMI is pleased to offer this special Passover Haggadah from our friends at Ayeka. Everyone at your Seder table can feel fully present, personally engaged and active. Filled with questions and activities that encourage self-reflection, this haggadah helps guests of all ages to come to the Seder ready to share, participate and connect with one another. You’ll want to grab a copy for everyone at the table!
WEBINAR SERIES: The Mussar Institute kicked off its 2018 webinar series Calming the Storm: Mussar Practices for the Heart and Soul in Troubling Times. In March, we will offer our third webinar, “Calming the Storm through Mussar Yoga: Experiencing Equanimity and Trust in the Body,” with Edith Raphael Brotman. All webinars will be recorded, so you can watch them all! Click below for a playlist for this year:
The Practice Corner
Identify one thing in your life that you feel is important to your overall well-being, to your ability to have more clarity and energy for the “right” things. It might be meditating 10 minutes a day, walking in the woods in the early morning, praying with extra concentration, or writing a to-do list each morning that highlights what is most important.
Give yourself an assignment to do this one task—the one you feel will help you have more enthusiasm for the right things. Then do it every day for one week.
Reflect in your journal on what you have noticed during the day. Did excuses or rationalization or busyness or laziness or inspiration come up for you?
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