Wisdom & Conscious Living
(edited 5 Oct 21)
My teaching in the area of "Wisdom Work" is offered through our synagogue Ohr HaTorah, but will eventually become the focus on our envisioned "Institute for Wisdom and Conscious Living." The goal of Wisdom Work is to improve and deepen the lives of those who practice a life of wisdom and conscious living. We understand wisdom to be, minimally:
The ability to understand the self
The ability to understand others and their inner lives
The ability to understand human relationships from dyads to organizations – marriage, family, friendship, communities, businesses, etc.
To understand the processes in time that all the above go through
To find the moral compass that can provide direction in all of our inner work and produce a life of virtue and moral growth
The ability to take all the above and apply it to our lives in meaningful and measurable ways, to create lives of meaning and transformation
A key to wisdom is conscious living, that is, the ability to live with constant awareness that nearly all moments in life are filled with the potential to apply all of the above.
We offer classes, seminars and other programs that will teach the various aspects of wisdom, spiritual formation (forming life around the concerns of the spirit) and moral psychology (psychology that is directed not only to relieve suffering but also leads to moral growth).
"Wisdom Work" and "Spiritual Formation and Moral Psychology" is shaping the inner-self for spiritual, moral and emotional growth. In class, we learn to identify the processes of our thoughts, emotions, feelings, drives and impulses that create our state of mind, and therefore our behaviors. We learn how to look objectively at the field of consciousness, where various ego-states appear.
The focus on spiritual psychology helps us create a contemplative practice where we can better understand our inner processes with an eye toward transformation and moral growth. Each month we focus on a few specified themes.
During my Friday night teaching, 7 PM PST, and Shabbat morning teaching, 9 AM PST, I always touch on some issue of wisdom and spiritual psychology.