Mindfulness and Jewish Meditation

A Practical Workshop

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Mindfulness and Jewish Meditation: A Practical Workshop

Frumma Rosenberg-Gottlieb discusses her background as a meditator, and how she sought an authentic contemplative tradition within Judaism. The session concludes with a practice meditation.
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r November 5, 2013

Thanks 4 having shared this Reply

Anonymous Arizona, USA April 10, 2013

I watched this video in January, Mrs. Gotlieb, and also wrote a comment. I needed this vision today again. For a while I kind of found myself in a place where I asked Hashem, blessed be He, to guide me, to let me know what is it He wants me to do. As I struggle with loneliness and separation from my loved ones. But I think is Hashem who told me to forget about my father's house. He is a Righteous Judge, I know why He told me so. Meanwhile, I tell Him that wherever I go I feel the need for my family. But this need is mostly the Family of G-d. Those who serve Him truly. Thank you once again. I guess I need to take action. May He bring me where I need to be where there is Shalom in Him. Thank you. Reply

peter white donegal, ireland April 10, 2013

This lady reminds of my mum, may G_d rest her. This is the second talk of Mrs. Rosenberg Gottlieb I've watched and I think they are great. I am a teacher in Ireland and I had a free period and decided to watch her talk about time. I was so stressed out with personal issues I thought I was going to have a break down. This lady is so calming and so good in her advice. By the time her talk ended, I was a new man and calm and ready to face the world afresh. Many thanks. Reply

Anonymous USA January 31, 2013

Midfulness and Meditation This section was wonderful. I once was hipnotized, but it is not the same thing. Here is not suggestion, but meditation. Into a Higher, Supreme, G-d who surrounds us all the time. This is what I feel when I pray. I ask Hashem, blessed be He, not to leave me. I am not afraid of Him, I am afraid to lose Him. I feel that if I lose Him, I would be lost. Like a lost sheep who would be in danger, but not of who might hurt me, but lost as to where I would go and do without Him. I do not know if this is the way you feel Mrs. Rosenberg-Gotlieb. Many years, and many hurts have been my life in the past. But that sense of awareness of the Mighty G-d was there. I did not know how, until I pleaded to him with Psalm 119, to teach me His ways and statutes. He heard, as He always do to those who call upon him with a sincere heart. Our G-d is a good G-d. Thank you for your teaching. I would look forward to listen to you further. Blessings to you and yours. Reply

Gideon Benavraham January 31, 2013

written text Shalom,
is a written text of your lecture available?
Gideon Reply

Anonymous UK November 10, 2012

unhealthy Are we all in perfect spiritual health? Reply

Simcha Gottlieb Miami, FL November 6, 2012

To Chaim in S. Monica Yes, there is a distinction between simple therapeutic forms of meditation that serve to release stress and calm the mind, and contemplative meditation - referred to in the Chassidic literature as "hisbonenus" - that engages our intellectual faculties in deep deliberation on a spiritual, G-dly concept or idea. The Rebbe has encouraged the development of the first type as a method of healing, and as an alternative to certain non-Jewish meditation techniques that are rooted in idolatrous practices. He also encourages the practice of hisbonenus in order to internalize the teachings of Chassidut in meaningful personal character development. The guided visualization Frumma demonstrates in this workshop is primarily an example of the first type of mediation, although it does have some conceptual aspects as well. She also refers to the "Living in Divine Space" meditation, which is more intellectually challenging, and therefore calls for deeper contemplation - i.e. hisbonenus. Hope this helps! Reply

Anonymous San Diego, CA November 5, 2012

Much appreciated! A deep appreciation for this gift so freely given. And it fits! Reply

Patricia Arcadia via chabadpasadena.com November 5, 2012

This is very beautiful and you are a wonderful teacher. Your voice is as soothing as your meditation.
I remember the next day after Rosh Hashanah the first person I spoke with I noticed the presence in front of me, looks like a clear bubble if I had to express it.
Feels very magnificent. Reply

Melinda Bonita Springs November 4, 2012

Yes!! I love how she speaks of long hallways with many doors...but the calm being one door...one right way to go. At my most anxious times i feel just like that....like there's too many doors and i don't know where i'm going....like the world is a big vast ocean and i'm not sure which direction to swim in...and so i'm doggy paddling...and drowning....and then i find my calm when everything stands still...for just a moment...in meditation...or in peace in general. Love this lecture. Reply

Sonia Aber North Miami Beach, Florida October 28, 2012

aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh............. She's my teacher( bum-bum-bum-bum-bum), and I love her! another scuccessful meditation has me feeling amazing, almost like i just finished lighting shabbos candles! Thanks so much! Reply

Anonymous UK October 27, 2012

I liked your talk very much. I would like to add something of great value. It is fine to visualise but it is as you say imposible for the mind to distinguish between imagination and reality. This is because reality is also something we see from our specific view point in life and is coloured by this inability. Visualisation can also be disappointing in the end. I would like to give you a meditation which I have practiced for over 12 years. This is the meditation I wish to pass on. Sit comfortably but upright with your thighs sloping downwards from hip to knee, neither trying to think, nor trying not to think - just sitting with no deliberate thought. Every time you notice deliberate thought just come back to the moment and sit. Do this for long enough and you won't have to imagine Hashem before you, you will KNOW he is right there, in you, of you, around you as Frumma says all is oneness. You can do this anywhere any time - at the airport, in a waiting room, in a spare moment. Shalom. Reply

Bracha Meshchaninov spring valley, New York October 26, 2012

yasher koach Frumma, keep bringing the expansiveness in... A great contribution!! Reply

chaim t. s. monica October 25, 2012

continued... in the beginning of your talk you speak of Yitzchak going to talk/pray/meditate in the fields... Is there perhaps two things; 1. prayer with deep intention and focus on connecting to Hashem 2. a seperate pactice of calming oneself to be used by a person who is suffering from anxiety etc. and that is done by closing the eyes, feet firmly on the floor etc.? I am not trying to make trouble... i really want to find the answer to this question. in SIE Healthy in Mind body and spirit vol. 3 the Rebbe repeatedly talks of meditation as a form of healing a sick person... we were doing the types of meditation you suggest but are questioning it based on this talk of the rebbe... Reply

chaim teleshevsky s. monica October 25, 2012

is this for everyone? in the video on this site called the Rebbe pushes for a form of kosher meditation the Rebbe gives the condition that the person must be "unhealthy" i.e. already in need of this type of practice so it should be done in a kosher way vs. an idolitrous way Chas V'sholom. n Now i must say that that this for of meditation shown in this video, definatly looks kosher and could definatly fill that need that one may have. But i think it seems like there should be a disclaimer that this is only if you are feeling anxious and in need of relaxation etc. but not to make this a practice if you are not already predisposed to it... Please Mrs. Gottlieb can you add more insight to what else the Rebbe has said in this regard? Reply

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