Each of us is assigned to master something in our lives. We get hints of our unique soul curriculum through the situations that repeatedly challenge us, the mistakes we keep making over and over again, and the suffering we cause ourselves and others. Mussar, a centuries old Jewish practice of spiritual self-examination, provides guidance in identifying our personal path of spiritual growth and the transformational practices we can use to encourage that growth. While rooted in Judaism, the teachings of Mussar are applicable to everyone who seeks to come closer to his/her spiritual potential.
This Online Retreat is an introduction to this highly practical set of teachings. The word Mussar means "correction" or "instruction" and also serves as the simple modern Hebrew word for "ethics." But Mussar is more accurately described as a way of life. It shows us how to understand specific soul traits and to assess the state of those qualities in ourselves. We then work with practices — some of which are contemplative and some of which focus on how we relate to others in daily life — to help us heal and refine ourselves.
This retreat focuses on a sampling of six soul traits and what indicates a deficiency in those qualities:
You will receive 12 emails, each containing:
• An essay by Alan Morinis and Shirah Bell on key Mussar concepts.
• Reflection questions to deepen the learning and specific practices to apply the concepts to everyday life.
• Access to short audio programs of guided practices by Alan Morinis or Shirah Bell.
This Online Retreat has been developed by Dr. Alan Morinis and Dr. Shirah Bell. Morinis founded The Mussar Institute in 2004. For the past 12 years the nearly lost Jewish spiritual discipline of Mussar has been his passion, a journey recorded in the book Climbing Jacob’s Ladder. His guide to Mussar practice, Everyday Holiness, was published in May 2007, and Every Day, Holy Day: 365 Days of Teachings and Practices from the Jewish Tradition of Mussar has just been released. Dr. Shirah Bell, a Certified Spiritual Director, directs the Mussar Institute's basic course offering, Everyday Holiness and leads Mussar classes in Seattle, Washington, as well as mentoring individuals in Mussar and spirituality.
(4 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
(choose your own start date and frequency)