Quote of the Moment

…It’s not that our outward lives are unimportant or unessential, but the real meaning [of our outer lives] we haven’t yet really appreciated. We think we live in this one dimensional, small space between the moment of birth and the moment of death, which especially as you get older you realize what a small space of time that is and how little of that is left. It becomes more clear if ‘that is all there is’ then somehow none of this makes sense. — Norman Fischer


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The mission of the AHP is to promote Jewish contemplative techniques that develop a heart of wisdom and compassion. We believe that cultivating an awakened heart can lead to an expanded perception of the world and a knowing of all beings as manifestations of the Divine.

The AHP aims to refine such techniques while also creating opportunities for intensive Jewish meditation practice.

What is Jewish meditation?

The Awakened Heart Project’s approach to Jewish meditation comes out of a desire to cultivate an awareness of the Divine Presence along with the particular qualities of wisdom, compassion and kindness from a Jewish perspective.

The practices we include under the rubric of Jewish meditation are designed with this direction as our reference point. The wisdom accessible through Jewish meditation supports the understanding that the Divine Presence is the ground of All Being, and the ground of All Being is part of a singular interconnected web of being.

Jewish meditation also provides the wisdom to understand the nature of mind including those factors of mind that tend to obscure clear seeing. The practice teaches us how to direct our attention into the present moment of experience, which is the only place the Divine Presence can be experienced.

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