9Adar is February 18 – 24, 2018

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Mindfulness in Constructive Conflict

How do we make conflict productive rather than destructive, how do we use our noticing of a problem as a way to create growth rather than enmity and how do we work with our anger to heal rather than destroy?

The Torah commands us, “You shall not hate your kinsfolk in your heart. Reprove your kinsman but incur no guilt because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your countrymen. Love your fellow as yourself: I am YHVH.” (Lev. 19:17-18). We are commanded to rebuke from love, not hate, to challenge without creating a situation of enmity and sin. Yet how do we do this?

For 9 Adar, the Jewish Day of Constructive Conflict, we at Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation, would like to offer some concrete techniques that help us respond wisely to our anger and make our conflicts productive rather than destructive. The technique we offer is one piece of teshuvah (literally return) our return to who we really are rather than being lost in anger and self-protection. Read more from James Jacobson-Maisels…

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