Rabbi Shefa Gold: An Exploration Of Gratefulness

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BETH YESHURUN'S MEDITATION GROUP GOES TO THE JCC

AN EXPLORATION OF GRATEFULNESS THROUGH HEBREW CHANT, MUSIC, AND MEDITATION WITH RABBI SHEFA GOLD

Scientists report that the acknowledgment of gratefulness can have physical and psychological benefits. In this workshop with popular teacher Rabbi Shefa Gold, we will explore this quality in our lives and learn practices that cultivate, nurture and refine our ability to feel and express gratefulness. We will use the practices of text study, chant, meditation and holy conversation to uncover the obstacles to gratefulness.

Gratefulness is the foundation of our spiritual practice. Jewish liturgy teaches us that the very first words uttered each morning are to be words of thanksgiving. Our morning prayer of gratefulness is designed to open our hearts and energize us to step onto the path of Holiness.

Yet so often we get caught in the habits of complaint. We lose sight of the miracle of each moment. Our enthusiasm, inspiration, receptivity, and generosity are eclipsed by the stresses of Life. When we fall prey to the cynicism and jadedness of the dominant culture, we lose the opened-eyed innocence and radical amazement that is necessary for the Life of Gratefulness.

Rabbi Shefa Gold is a leader in ALEPH: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and the author of The Magic of Hebrew Chant. She is also a recording artist and the director of the Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in New Mexico. She teaches workshops and retreats on the theory and art of Chanting, Devotional Healing, Spiritual Community-Building and Meditation. Rabbi Shefa composes and performs spiritual music, has produced ten albums, and her liturgies have been widely published in prayer books.
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By: Congregation Beth Yeshurun