We are told often about the importance of diet and exercise in our lives. I’d like to think about diet and exercise in a spiritual-religious context.

With physical diet and exercise, we know that even if you aren’t on a specific diet, you still eat. We know that even if you don’t have a set (or even healthy) exercise routine, you still have an exercise practice.

Similarly, even if you don’t have a prescribed spiritual practice, you still have a spiritual practice.

For example, you have gratitude practice. Your gratitude practice is made up of the number of times a day you complain and the number of times a day you are thankful. It might not be a consciously chosen gratitude practice. It might not be a beneficial gratitude practice. But, it still is a gratitude practice.

Are you curious about your spiritual fitness?

I’ve created a spiritual fitness self-assessment to help.

In the coming months, I will be offering programs oriented towards helping you become more spiritually fit. I will be offering you a spiritual-diet and spiritual-exercises to help your spiritual practice.

It’s a rough time for many in this country right now. I believe a healthy spiritual practice can help lift us in the midst of fear and dread.

In the meanwhile, notice what you do in the face of your anxiety. Notice (not judge) how you find yourself comforting yourself – surfing the web, social media, checking email, binge watching shows, getting riled with the media, making plans, and keeping yourself busy. Those are all aspects of your current spiritual practice. Nothing that is super harmful. Just things that we do to self-sooth. And self-care is important.

 

More Excitement. Less Anxiety.

Rabbi Brian answers a question of HOW DO I FEEL LESS ANXIOUS AND MORE EXCITED. A spiritual fitness exercise.

I did nothing wrong, yet I did. And, apologized.

Rabbi Brian talks about "The meaning of communication is in the response elicited, regardless of intention." How rB offended a man. And apologized.

Upstairs, thought different

Rabbi Brian talks about how he "scripts" his children... how our perceptions of someone will change how they perform.

Hammock a Mistake

Rabbi Brian talks about the mistake he made in getting a hammock and how OBVIOUS mistakes are in retrospect – and how natural they feel when we are doing them.

Mourning. Memories. Blessings.

Mourning. Memories. Blessings. Aaron Panken was the rabbi at my home synagogue when I graduated from Tufts University. He jumped me through the hoops necessary to get into rabbinical school.  He died. Suddenly, in a plane crash. I am shaken, thrown off. Confused. When...

Soul. (A few thoughts.)

  Rabbi Brian answers a question, "What is the Jewish notion of a soul?"...

Authorized, or not?

Clown-walking with fins After scuba diving for the first time around the age of 15, I became a bit of an aficionado. Consequently, when I was vacationing and saw a friend in snorkeling gear, walking, horribly awkwardly, towards the water with fins on, I called out,...

5-elements of a spiritual life, sermon

Five Elements of a Spiritual Life. A brilliant talk I gave. Give a listen. iTunes and GooglePlay Or, listen below.       ...

Acceptance: better get used to it.

Michelle is driving me back to her house, where I left my car. We just had a lovely dinner. Conversation with her just flows; she is one of my no-filter-required friends. The 84-Freeway here in Portland is doing its impression of Los Angeles traffic. The right lane is...

She is (kinda) helping.

Rabbi Brian talks about the difference in perception between his view of what helps is and his daughter's actions – in terms of cleaning up the kitchen.