Sunday, 16 November 2014 10:19

equanimity and adrenaline

Written by rabbi russ resnik

rapellingA few years ago, I took up rappelling, the art of descending sheer cliffs by rope and harness, so that we could explore the red-rock canyons of Southern Utah. After I had begun to learn the basics, Steve, our guide, said to me, “You’re one of those people who wants to speed up when your adrenaline starts to flow.”

Sunday, 07 April 2013 11:04

restlessness of the soul

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-anxietyIn my work as a professional counselor (my side job) I sometimes help people suffering with  Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This diagnosis indicates excessive anxiety or worry more days than not for at least six months, which the person finds it difficult to control, accompanied by symptoms like restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbance. In short, if equanimity is menuchat hanefesh, rest or calmness of soul, GAD is the opposite, restlessness of soul.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:29

calmness in the midst of chaos

Written by rabbi michael schiffman

art-birdsnestWhen I was a young rabbi,  my time was consumed by people who were constantly in a state of anger, frustration, and offense.  I was not usually the cause of it, but they contacted me to express their emotions over whatever it was that upset them.

Sunday, 26 February 2012 17:23

equanimity vs. complacency

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-hand-raisedEquanimity—what’s so great about it? Aren’t we supposed to be passionate, fired-up, and zealous for what’s right? Isn’t the problem among Yeshua-followers, at least in the western world, that we’re too complacent? And if that’s so, what’s the difference between equanimity and complacency?

Sunday, 26 February 2012 17:13

be anxious for nothing

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-front-seatsBe anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Messiah Yeshua. (Phillipians 4:6, 7)

Control can be a very powerful human motivation. On the one hand, maintaining control of a given situation can be healthy and vitally important.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 11:51

the serenity prayer

Written by rav carl kinbar

art-grantG-d, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. (The Serenity Prayer, Kosher Version).

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 11:01

being even tempered

Written by rabbi michael schiffman

art-kindness-mattersWith the pressures of the modern world, Equanimity, or even-temperedness is a rare commodity among people. In Jewish life, it is a virtue, because it is an issue of character.

Saturday, 26 November 2011 20:04

storms within and without

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-wavesMy maternal grandfather is the calmest man I have ever known. This was probably why he was selected among all other family members to give me my first driving lesson.

Friday, 01 July 2011 17:48

the solution of Pinchas

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-spearAt the tail end of parashat Balak we read of one of the most violent incidents of the Jewish people’s journey in the desert. In spite of all that had transpired up until that point, the people were still drawn to idolatry of a most heinous kind: the idolatry that objectifies the other (divine and human).

Friday, 01 July 2011 17:14

if I'm only for myself

Written by rabbi paul saal

art-selfishJust this morning as I was finishing a Yoga session I casually overheard an interesting and perhaps telling conversation. As I was coming out of the locker room I passed a common area where one of the instructors was “holding court” with a few students.

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