Calming the Storm: Mussar Practices for the Heart and Soul in Troubling Times
Theme: We are living in stormy times. The political and economic climate is troubling. Terrorism and senseless hates crime lurk around the corner. Nuclear war threatens. Relationships with those closest to us are strained. Many people struggle with the challenges of modern parenting or the demands of caring for aging parents.
Though our world often has us spinning out of control, the wise King Solomon tells us, “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Despite feelings that we might be ill-equipped to deal with today’s challenges, deep down we know that our situation is not new. Many previous generations have dealt with challenges that have threatened to overwhelm. Some simply survived, while others rose to life’s tests and lived life fully and joyfully.
In our webinar series, we explore centuries-old, traditional Mussar practices that have been developed by masters and tested by generations to reveal how Mussar can be applied to today’s chaotic modern world.
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View this year’s recorded webinars, below, anytime.
Webinar #1: Meditation as Mussar Practice with Alan Morinis. Alan sets the tone for this series by presenting Mussar practices for the heart and soul in troubling times.
Webinar #2: Visualization & Contemplation with Chasya Uriel-Steinbauer. Chasya presents her own emergent practice, based on centuries-old Mussar practices of visualization and contemplation of the weekly parasha that are actualized through chalkboard drawings.
Webinar #3: The Art of Internalizing through Mussar Chanting with Chaim Safren. Rabbi Safren answers the question, ‘Why is chanting and essential Mussar practice?’
Webinar #4: Calming the Storm through Mussar Yoga: Experiencing Equanimity and Trust in the Body with Edith Raphael Brotman, PhD. The physical practices of yoga are a mirror through which we can see how we react to difficult situations (the storm) and then practice new techniques for staying calm and experiencing trust. We’ll begin our Mussar Yoga session with a brief discussion about the neurobiology of change and then move into the physical and spiritual practice of Mussar Yoga.
Webinar #5 Journaling or Cheshbon HaNafesh/Soul Accounting with Rabbi David Jaffe. Journaling is one of the most time-tested of Mussar practices. This session will explore the role of the Cheshbon HaNefesh in Mussar theories of growth and will include models and suggestions for practice. Rabbi David Jaffe is the author of Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change, winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life.
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