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4 Ways to Increase Your Empathy

“Empathy will not heal the hurt world overnight, but can at least make life more interesting. Try these strategies.”

A New Way to Worship

I am all about being a human awake to God manifesting as all life.

A Ritual For Welcoming Moon Season

Fall is the perfect season to release that which no longer serves us. Try this moon ritual to help you let go and move on.

Are We Really as Useless as We Feel?

“When we feel useless, we wish we could be instead brilliant and brawny, angelic and fierce, valiantly taking action. But inaction—or what looks like it—is often useful, too.”

Asking for Forgiveness

Rabbi Rami explains why he encourages everyone to take part in asking for forgiveness during Elul, whether they practice Judaism or not.

Battle On! Embracing Your Hero's Journey

Difficulties in life are inevitable. But how we perceive our challenges directly determines the extent to which we suffer, and ultimately, whether we succeed or fail in overcoming …

Body as Compass: A Meditation for Decision Making

When you are trying to make a difficult decision, there are often many and complex factors to take into account. Our minds are intelligent, but they can also easily get tripped up on things like what other people want from us and what we think we should want. Tap into what you truly desire with this meditation that honors the mind, the heart, and the pelvic floor as valid sources of information.

Breath-Focused Meditation for Deep Sleep

Follow your natural breath to help relax your mind and your body. Gently switch into the parasympathetic rest-and-digest state by effortlessly allowing each exhale to drop you deeper into relaxation so that you can sleep sweetly.

Can God Sue for Unauthorized Use of the Rainbow?

Rabbi Rami claps back at the idea that the rainbow can't be used for gay pride.

Cooling Sleep Meditation for Hot Summer Nights

Use this guided meditation to cool off the body and mind and prepare for rest.

Do Horror Films Serve a Spiritual Purpose?

Is the appeal of horror films deeper and more ancient than simply wanting to get scared?

Does Your Religion Bring You Joy?

“Ask yourself: What in your religious and spiritual life brings you joy?”

Guided Meditation: Floating Above the Clouds (For Playfulness and Creativity)

In this meditation, imagine yourself playing and dancing with the wind high above the clouds. Remember your sense of playfulness and creativity as you explore the lightness and freedom of the element of air. This can be done as a seated meditation or to help you fall asleep at night.

Guided Meditation: Progressive Relaxation for Deep Sleep

Move through a guided relaxation process for your mind, your nervous system, your muscles, and your bones to help you calm down, slow down, and get the rest you need—whether you actually fall asleep or not.

Healing Body Image Through Belly Dance

As we evolve towards more gender equality on the planet, communities that cultivate the divine goddess and celebrate the sacred feminine become more important. On this episode of C…

Honest Feasting: Mourning and Celebrating within Jewish Traditions

Weddings and funerals: Rabbi Rami has an honest conversation about traditions and how we honor them.

Honoring Sacred Sexual Energy

Connect to the sacred sexual and erotic energy living in your low belly, pelvis, and genitals. This energy is related to our desire, our connection with others, our pleasure, playfulness, and the possibility of personal growth. It is a powerful part of who we are, whether or not we share that energy sexually with anyone else. Breathe into this space to honor and listen to it, inviting its guidance in our lives. This is a very simple mindfulness-based meditation, there is no explicit material here.

How (and Why) to Feel a Feeling

“The problem isn’t the depth of sadness or anger that we feel. The problem is our resistance to them.”

How Now, Brown Cow

“The fact that I am not among the 16.4 million Americans who think chocolate milk comes from brown cows is sheer luck!”

I Am Not a Robot ... I Think

“I love shouting into the phone screaming Agent! Agent! Agent! It never works.”

Is It Okay to Grieve for a Pet?

A comforting prayer to use when releasing a pet from this life.

Kippah Calm and Carry On

After a German official warned Germany’s Jews against wearing kippot in public, Rabbi Rami revisits his long-ago decision to stop wearing one.

Leaving Your Religion

If you have left or are considering leaving your religion for something spiritual, consider seeking out the renewalists in your religion.

Limits to My Liberalism

Rabbi Rami warns of the slippery slope of rat-aardvark marriage.

​Luciferian Meats: We Answer to a Lower Authority*

Is fake meat the work of Lucifer? Hmm, probably not a spiritual emergency.

Meditation for Emotional Healing: Transformative Fire

This guided meditation allows the listener to release unwanted emotions.

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Gemstone Staircase

This guided meditation will lull you to sleep as you walk down a beautiful staircase encrusted with healing gemstones like amethysts, rose quartz, sapphire, and amber.

Mindful Scrolling

How to create social media boundaries to stay connected without getting sucked in.

Mother Knows Best

Rabbi Rami shares his views on the Alabama Fetal Heartbeat legislation.

Muggles Strike Back

“What to do with all these evil books? Expelliarmus!”

Not My Problem: A Compassionate Mantra

“Becoming clear on what is our problem and what is someone else’s is revolutionary.”

Overcoming the Tyranny of Victimhood: 100% Accountability

You can’t turn on the news these days without witnessing the aftermath of one violent crime or another, often involving an angry assailant, firearms and innocent bloodshed.From rac…

Science & Spirit: Acupressure, Cannabis and Scorpions for Pain Relief (eek!)

Chronic pain—that’s pain that lingers for at least 12 weeks or longer—afflicts about 20 percent of the American public. Managing that pain emotionally and physically isn’t easy, and is the focus of intense scientific study. For the latest news in pain management, read on.

Science & Spirit: Faking Extroversion, Politics Causing Illness, Self-Esteem Boosts Friendships

Should you pretend to be an extrovert? It can be surprisingly effective, a new report claims. Meanwhile, another published paper says that toxic politics are making Americans ill … surprising no one. For these stories, and a bonus story on self-esteem, read on.

Science & Spirit: Healing Light

Let the light shine! That’s the message researchers are finding about the powers of light to treat medical, mental-health, and cosmetic issues. There are even new ways to use light imagery to battle autoimmune diseases. For all the illuminating news, read on.

Science & Spirit: Jogging Fights Genetics, Optimistic Sleep, Emotional Support Animals

This week in research, a good reason to try jogging. Also, optimism has been linked to better sleep. And finally, people are getting serious about figuring out what the heck an emotional support animal really is. Read on for more.

Science & Spirit: Matcha for Anxiety, Cultured Meats, and Soy Is Redeemed

This week, the focus is the latest news in nutrition. Discover how matcha tea helps with anxiety; why “clean meat” is a label you’re likely to soon see; and how soy has gotten a thumbs-up for heart health claims. Want the details? Here we go!

Science & Spirit: Pink Noise, Testosterone Boosts, Super Short Exercise

This week, discover pink noise for better sleep. Also, find out why testosterone supplements probably aren’t the best idea; and how just a bit of exercise is enough to boost brain power. Ready? Let’s do this.

Science & Spirit: Purpose, Envy, Exhaustion

This week, learn about why you should stop at the point of fatigue instead of pushing through; find reasons for clarifying your life purpose; and read some good news about envious feelings. Curious? Read on.

Science & Spirit: Spending Habits, Alzheimer’s, Cancer

What do your spending habits reveal about your personality type? Find out in the latest news from the world of science. Also discover ways to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Ready? Let’s go.

Science & Spirit: Travel Tips, Cool Off Pitta, and Circadian Weirdness

This week discover advice for summer travelers, ways to cool the Pitta Dosha in hot months, and the fun fact that your liver can keep time. Want to know more? Read on.

Stockpiling Nonsense

Rabbi Rami compares and contrasts some of the Trump/Cyrus coins being hawked these days, to hilarious effect.

Teaching a Stressed System to Relax: Living in the Gaps

“The more I practice cultivating the gaps and being really present for them, the more my nervous system gets the message that I’m okay.”

The Anxiety of Intuition

Is intuition a useful tool or will it lead you astray? Julie Peters weighs the answers.

The God Gap

It isn’t that Generation Z is godless, it’s that they no longer buy into (literally as well as figuratively) the God of the baby boomer generation.

The Healing Power of Celebration

Nudge your nervous system out of the stress habit through the act of celebration.

The Spiritual Ego Trap

Though many of us may have a love-hate relationship with our ego, it’s necessary to remember that it serves an important spiritual role. In the positive, it gives us a distinct per…

Toxic Anger vs. Healing Anger

“It’s certainly toxic to express our anger without thought, acting out with cruelty, meanness, or pettiness. But it’s also toxic to swallow that anger down.”

What Astrology Really Tells You

“You may be among the millions of Americans who are curious about, if not seriously engaged with, astrology. Me too.”

What does science fiction tell us about the future of organized religion?

“Can it be that Judaism will cease to evolve? Yes. The same is true of Christianity and Islam and any other religion that imagines a golden age that privileges the past over the present and the future.”

When Your Calling Doesn’t Call: What Do You Do Without a Life Passion?

“If we don’t know what we want to be when we grow up, is there something fundamentally wrong with us?”

White Supremacy and Judaism: A Response

After the terrorist attack in El Paso, Rabbi Rami is asked about the Tree of Life Synagogue murders.

Why I Find the Death Penalty Problematic

“Seeking the death penalty and securing the death penalty should not obligate us to implement the death penalty.”

Why We Don’t Want State Religion

“To put it bluntly: the more power a religion has, the more power a religion wants, and it gets that power at the expense of human freedom.”

You Say Potato, I Say Pogrom

Garden City, Idaho looks pretty picturesque. Not so pretty: A candidate for the area’s city council has been spouting anti-Semitic ramblings.

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