A Terrible Case of the 

Lisa Goldstein
Rabbi Lisa Goldstein
The other day I was sitting in meditation with a terrible case of  shpilkes , the kind of restlessness that feels like agitated energy all through the body. It was interesting to observe what was going on. One part of me was obsessively checking the clock: could I get up yet? How about now? Another part was noticing how strong the desire to get up was and also the fact that I had a decision to make: to return to my intention of sitting or to give in the restlessness.
We often teach about the importance of "holding the pose," of staying present despite the fact that things are getting uncomfortable. It could be remaining in warrior pose as the legs start to tremble; it could be getting up to pray despite the desire to hit the snooze button; it could be continuing to speak up for a cause you believe in even if the pendulum seems to be swinging more and more decisively in a different direction. The Torah speaks of offering a  tamid sacrifice, a continual sacrifice, every day, morning and evening (Exodus 29). There is something important in
hatmadah, engaging in a regular, disciplined practice regardless of whether we feel like it or not at any particular time. 


by Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell

Cedar and Reed: Guided Meditation
by Rabbi Jordan 

by Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

Focus Chant for Savlanut
by Cantor Richard Cohn

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Cedar and Reed: Talmud Study
Jordan Bendat-Appell
Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell

In the passage that follows from the Talmud (Ta'anit 20a,b), two models of strength are offered. These are two approaches for holding the pose when "all the winds in the world come..." Notice, as you read, how you manifest as being cedar-like and reed-like. 

Jordan Bendat-Appell
Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell

Our meditation practice can be understood as a way of training in how we hope to be in the world.  This can be especially helpful as we face an unpredictable world.  In this guided practice based on a passage in the Talmud (Ta'anit 20a,b), we will enter into the model of the reed as the paradigm for how we might flourish - and hold a pose of practice in a chaotic world.

Sheila Weinberg
Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

Take a comfortable seat.
Be sure your spine is straight.
Scan your body for places of tension and take a few deep breaths into those areas.
Prepare to sit for five to ten minutes without moving at all.
Be sure to set a timer for the number of minutes you choose.

Recorded by Cantor Richard Cohn
Et Hakol Asah Yefeh vIto
The Eternal One makes everything beautiful in its time