Quote of the Week 329 - Dream Luminosity
In a dream I am walking joyfully up the mountain. Something breaks and falls away, and all is light. Nothing has changed, yet all is amazing, luminescent, free. Released at last, I rise into the sky…This dream comes often. Sometimes I run, then lift up like a kite, high above the earth, and always I sail transcendent for a time before awaking. I choose to awake, for fear of falling, yet such dreams tell me that I am a part of things, if only I would let go, and keep on going.
In recent dreams, I have twice seen light so brilliant, so intense, that it “woke me up,” but the light did not continue into wakefulness. Which was more real, the waking or the dream?
-- Peter Matthiessen, Nine-Headed Dragon River
Meditation (Click your selection, scroll down to view it)
- Audio Link: A Foundation for a Fruitful Meditation Practice: Science of Breath/Pranayama/Relaxation - Theory and Practice
- Meditation Basics - Expanded Version
- Meditation Basics - Condensed Version
- Mantra Meditation Basics
- Jewish Yoga Meditation
- Hebrew Mantras
- Hebrew Mantras, Part Two
- Hebrew Mantras, Part Three
- Hebrew Mantras - Adonai Hineni
- Healing Meditation: Ruach El Shaddai/Breath of Balance
- Meditating, Eating and Sleeping
- Shortcuts to Spiritual Development?
CURRENT TEACHING SESSIONS
TISH-SATSANGS OCT. 17 AND DEC. 12
In the spirit of inter-spiritual adventure, you are invited to attend Tish-Satsang gatherings:
Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Time: 11 AM to 1 PM
This is the Saturday after Succot, and will be at Mitch Cohen's house in his Succah. Contact me to RSVP and for directions.
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Time: 11 AM to 1 PM
This is Hanukah Saturday, will be at Elaine and Steve Gold's house, with latkes-enhanced pot lunch. Contact me to RSVP and for directions.
While “tish” is a Yiddish word related to a table, its historic meaning relates to a communal gathering of the spiritually-inclined around a table. “Satsang” is a Sanskrit word with a similar connotation of a gathering for spiritual inspiration, “sat” meaning “spiritual truth” and “sang” coming from a root connoting community.
This is an opportunity for communal sharing with the goal of building a spiritual community. Each person is asked to share something meaningful with the group.
We will assemble in some semblance of a circle and begin with twenty minutes of silent meditation, so bring a meditation cushion, chair or blanket. Following the meditation period:
1) A hat containing numbers will be passed around, with each participant taking a number.
2) A facilitator will call out a number. The participant holding that number will “have the floor” for 30 seconds to 5 minutes to do anything legal, with the idea to share with the group something of a spiritual/inspiring nature, loosely and broadly defined. There are no limits on what the participant can do while they “have the floor”, and they can enlist participation by others. Examples: sing a song, lead a chant, drum (including inviting others to drum), play an instrument, play a cd, dance, read (poetry, fiction, non-fiction), tell a story, share a piece of art, deliver a dvar, enact a play, tell us about your week, roll a ball around, play duck-duck-goose or musical chairs, show and tell, do nothing, guide a meditation, etc.
3) When your number is called, you can “pass”, but the idea is to come willing to participate. Nothing much will happen if there are too many “passes”.
4) No-one is to interfere while somebody else has the floor, although, as described above, that person can enlist participation by others. Even if you might elect to pass when your number is called, you should come expecting that somebody else might seek your participation when their number is called.
5) After each period, there will be a short period for comments/discussion, followed by the next number being called.
Afterwards, there will be a potluck Shabbat lunch. Please bring something to share.
Bring whatever else you want, including musical instruments, drums/other percussion, books, art, etc.
Please RSVP to me by June 10, so we have some idea of how many people are coming.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Two New Audio Links: (1) Abstraction, Form and Meditation Presentation at Vedanta Center of Atlanta; (2) A Foundation for a Fruitful Meditation Practice: Science of Breath/Pranayama/Relaxation - Theory and Practice
For those who have been looking for an audio file from me containing a guided meditation practice, here it is! The links will allow for you to download the presentations as mp3 files.
Abstraction, Form and Meditation
Meditation Workshop: A Foundation for a Fruitful Meditation Practice: Science of Breath/Pranayama/Relaxation - Theory and Practice
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
Nice Jewish Boy Meets Rabbi Jesus