A spiritual path asks its adherents to walk their talk. Yet that is easier said than done. Most of us are challenged by the obstacle of Strange Fire. Meditation, and in particular the practice called “Withdrawal of the Senses,” is a helpful (if not essential) tool for addressing this challenge.
This second video on Jewish Meditation gives useful tips and incentives. Hopefully you have been experimenting with the meditation from the Code of Jewish Law presented in Lesson 1. Before moving to more advanced techniques it is good to have some practice under your belt. The next lesson will suggest ways to deepen the experience.
This THIRD video teaching on Jewish Meditation, called LABELING AS MEDITATION TOOL explains how to use the meditative calm for a different kind of inner work. It is possible to use the negative spaces–the distractions from focus–to gather precious information about our personality.
This FOURTH video teaching on Jewish meditation, explains how meditation expands our field of awareness to include (at least parts of) our unconscious self. And it provides an opportunity to clean out the self-destructive thoughts that pervade this layer of psyche. The practice is simple; it is called SPEAKING TRUTH TO LIE.
This FIFTH video teaching on Jewish meditation explains how meditation, and in particular the practice called Speaking Truth to Lie, is a powerful agent of Tikun Olam (mending the world). This illustrated video teaching describes the kabbalistic underpinnings of this discipline.
Our break from work on Shabbat creates an atmosphere of rest that permeates both body and soul. But if we also meditate we harness the principle of resonance to bring the peace of Shabbos into the deepest reaches of our soul. In meditation, we touch the inwardness of Shabbat, and Shabbat touches the inwardness of us.
One of the most difficult and subtle challenges of a spiritual path is the matter of “strange fire” which we’ll define as: “taking pleasure from something that violates one’s own moral code.” It makes sense to avoid temptation whenever possible, but that’s a strategy that needs to be augmented with an equal (perhaps even greater) measure of inner work, i.e., meditation.
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