Think that only the Buddhists have mastered mindfulness? David Gottlieb wants to challenge your thinking on that. How has Judaism decluttered the mind and soothed the soul--even in the middle of the chaos of... preparing for Shabbat? Find an authentic mindfulness practice without abandoning your tradition. Filmed at the William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta, Georgia in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.See lessSee more
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As a practitioner and teacher of Jewish mindfulness meditation, I often meet new students who confess sheepishly to me that they are just beginners, as if that would be a handicap. What they may not understand is that more seasoned practitioners aspire to be just like beginners, cultivating a mental stance toward their moment-to-moment experience that we call "beginner's mind."
Just as healthy foods nourish us through the blood stream, so Jewish meditation nourishes our "soul stream." Meditation can transform Judaism from the purely intellectual process most of us grew up with into a spiritual practice that links us to Judaism in the most profound way.
Sam Feinsmith has been immersed in the world of Jewish contemplative living, learning, and teaching for over a decade. He seeks to transform the landscape of Jewish life in Chicago and beyond by teaching mindfulness in a Jewish framework to promote self-care and a deepening of wisdom and compassion.
Teacher of Jewish Mindfulness Practice | Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning, Chicago
David Gottlieb is a student and teacher of Jewish mindfulness practice. He began studying meditation in the Zen Buddhist tradition in 1998, and in the Jewish tradition shortly thereafter. David is co-founder of Full Circle Communities, a Chicago-based nonprofit developer of affordable housing and provider of supportive services. He is also currently a PhD candidate in the History of Judaism at the University of Chicago Divinity School.