The Boulder JCC will host a Conscious Matinee from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 3. This in-person event will provide opportunities for silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, learning, and community connection in an inviting outdoor setting. All are welcome – those with established meditation practices and those new to mindfulness, or just curious about Jewish meditation. For those unable to attend in person, there will be a Zoom option for the 9-9:30 a.m. portion of the event.
The Mindful Morning hosts will be Lori and Monte Dube, and Suzanne Weiss, all regular leaders of the Boulder JCC’s daily mediation session. Lori and Monte are Certified Teachers of Jewish Mindfulness Meditation by the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, and Suzanne Weiss is a Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor.
If you’re wondering how mindfulness and meditation can benefit your life, here’s some of what participants of Boulder JCC’s Daily Morning Meditation have to say about their experience with the practice.
Morning meditation through the Boulder JCC has been a constant source of comfort, community, and insight for me in the face of the challenges the past few years have presented. The group has become tightly knit but are always keen to welcome newcomers as well as the occasional visitor. I highly recommend trying it out if you have availability between 9-9:30 MF. A lot of people stay away because they think, “I’m not good at meditation,” to which I reply that if you can spend 18 minutes quietly thinking, even if your mind is constantly wandering (like is the case for all of us!), then you are a meditator!
Mindfulness meditation taught me to be more centered. I feel stronger, more focused, and better able to respond to stress and enjoy everyday pleasures. I am grateful for the shared wisdom that a group brings, whether focused on Jewish teachings or more generally, and I am grateful for the friendship and support between people who come together regularly to explore life together. .
Meditation has offered a connection to others during the social isolation of much of the past two years. Meditation protected a time to focus on myself rather than the many tasks and responsibilities of my life. So many suggested themes resonated and got me thinking and growing.
Every morning, no matter how I wake up when I join our close group, I feel soothed. The meditation group offers calm and reflection. I have learned a lot about myself and with the practice of mindfulness I am learning to worry less.
As much as I can’t wait to add a Jewish touch of meditation to my morning rituals during the pandemic, I can’t wait – if not more – to see the faces of the people I sit with, the people who have become dear to me. . Many have lost parents – or grandchildren or aunts and uncles or siblings – since we started gathering; others have been ill or suffered intense medical crises. Some say Kaddish, many say a healing prayer for the world or for the people they love. I learned to love these faces that I only saw on Zoom and to suffer from their losses, illnesses and loved ones. I celebrate their joys and their triumphs. I sit in silence with these people, most of whom I have never met. In silence we sit, and in gratitude for how we hold each other up each morning, for the wise teachings and courage, for the open hearts.
These days of meditation allow me to experience the various ways in which we approach meditation. Also to discover the nuances of this experience. All in a spirit of community.
Right now I’m sitting quietly outside, feeling the wind on my face, hearing the sounds of the birds and the brook, seeing the new leaves on the aspens, smelling the new flowers on the stems of the lilac bushes and listening to my body which is filled with peace and calm and warm, flowing energy. Meditation has given me the ability to be aware and present in my life and to be open to whatever is offered to me.
Here is the link to register for the Mindful Morning event at the Boulder JCC.