Workshop: An Exploration of Gratefulness

Shefa_Gold_photoTuesday, November 29, 2011
7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Monumental Chapel
$10.00 admission; reservations recommended
Rabbi Shefa Gold, Director of the Center for Devotional Energy and Ecstatic Practice and faculty member of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality

Gratefulness is the foundation of our spiritual practice. Our liturgy teaches us that the very first words uttered each morning are to be words of thanksgiving. Our morning prayer of gratefulness is designed to open our hearts and energize us to step onto the path of Holiness.  Yet so often we get caught in the habits of complaint.  We lose sight of the miracle of each moment. Our enthusiasm, inspiration, receptivity and generosity are eclipsed by the stresses of Life. When we fall prey to the cynicism and jadedness of the dominant culture, we lose the opened-eyed innocence and radical amazement that is necessary for the Life of Gratefulness.

In this workshop, we will explore this quality in our lives and learn practices that cultivate, nurture and refine our ability to feel and express gratefulness. We will use the practices of  chant, meditation and holy conversation to uncover the obstacles to gratefulness and each learn how to deal with our particular challenge.

Rabbi Shefa Gold is a leader in Aleph: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal.  She received her ordination both from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. She is the director of C-DEEP, the Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Shefa composes and performs spiritual music, has produced ten albums, and her liturgies have been published in several new prayerbooks. She teaches workshops and retreats on the theory and art of Chanting, Devotional Healing, Spiritual Community Building, Meditation, and trains Chant Leaders in Kol Zimra, a two year program for rabbis, cantors and lay leaders. She is also on the faculty of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Shefa combines her grounding in Judaism with a background in Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Native American spiritual traditions to make her uniquely qualified as a spiritual bridge celebrating the shared path of devotion. She is the author of Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land, and In the Fever of Love: An Illumination of the Song of Songs, published by Ben Yehuda Press.

For information about how to order CD’s and about Shefa’s teaching schedule, visit her website

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