Shabbat and Meditation: Just Be It

How Mindfulness Can Deepen Your Shabbat Experience...and Vice Versa

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Or even when you're taking a walk: save the marathon for another day. Walk more slowly than usual, noticing how your perception shifts when you move a little slower. Make oneg shabbat part of your weekly practice, in whatever form makes sense for you: not adding more cherries onto the sundae, but deeply, sensuously enjoying the scoops you've already got.

Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav said, "the world is full of light and mysteries both wonderful and awesome, but our tiny little hand shades our eyes and prevents them from seeing."  Shabbat is a day for moving away the hand; the desiring, the small self; the relentless pull of the ego. These are very simple meditation practices--no chants to remember, no postures to master--but they do the trick. Good Shabbos!

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Jay Michaelson

Jay Michaelson is a writer & teacher. He is a columnist for the Forward, the chief editor of Zeek, the executive director of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture & Spirituality, and the author of God in Your Body. He is a Ph.D candidate in Jewish thought at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and holds a J.D. from Yale.