Sylvia Boorstein

Talks & Articles

Sylvia Boorstein Why Are We Here

Sylvia explains that she comes on retreat in order to open her heart, be free of judgement, and develop happiness.  Our motivation is to discover that it’s possible in this life – inevitably challenged – to live with delight, to be part of life, to be appreciative of life and grateful for life.


Sylvia Boorstein Not to be so Startled in our Lives

Sylvia points out that we find events in our life to be either pleasant or unpleasant, and suggests that our work is to not be startled by them.  Our practice allows us to act in response to events with a clear mind, not a mind filled with startle or negativity.


Sylvia Boorstein It Could Have Been Otherwise

Sylvia talks about being thankful for the grace that sustains us though difficult times, and about gratitude for both the simple things in life, and for life itself.


Sylvia Boorstein How to Integrate the Practice

Sylvia teaches us to pay attention to the climate of the heart.  This attention allows us to notice how the unfolding events of our lives are affecting us.  This is my understanding of practice – that everything is porous and everything has moments.  And moment to moment, we make a decision.  We are captive to a mind state, a thought process, but you can get out, you can stop, you can end the turmoil.


Sylvia Boorstein How to Feel That We Have Enough

The premise of an awakened mind is creating the kind of peace that people can have when they are content, regardless of circumstances. We cultivate a mind that focuses on the fact that life itself is happening, rather then on the myriad complex details that arise. This is taking the larger view: that everything is lawful, the unfolding of natural causes.


Sylvia Boorstein Morning Chants, day two (part one)

The first part of a morning chant service from the March 2006, Discovering the Divine retreat, Sylvia Boorstein introduces Modeh Ani, speaking of the power unleashed by gratitude.


Sylvia Boorstein Understanding the Practice

In this talk given in March of 2006 at Discovering the Divine: a week-long Jewish meditation retreat, Sylvia Boorestein speaks of the merits of a meditation practice and the ways that this practice improves the quality of our relationships and our lives.