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Hello

Thank you for donating to The IOWA Project yearly fundraiser!

Your gift makes our work possible. We're grateful to be building this community alongside you. 

Upcoming IOWA Offerings

Mussar and The Work of Racial Justice Series

Join us on Thursday, November 18th from 7 - 8:30pm ET / 4 - 5:30pm PT

The webinar will include teachings about how Mussar can actually be key tools for undermining the biases and empathy gap created by racism. The session will also include personal reflection, small group discussion and guided practice.

The Inside Out Community of Practice

Throughout our fundraising campaign, we'll be sharing spiritual practices from our stellar IOWA community. Check back in the coming days for more practices. 

Enjoy this practice from Megan Madison, an educator, researcher, author, organizer, and member of our inaugural Ovdim cohort.

Evening Gratitude: A Practice from Rabbi Robin Podolsky

Before going to bed, try this evening gratitude practice from Rabbi Robin Podolsky, who trained with IOWA in 2021 during our 3rd facilitator's cohort.

Nekudah Tova Practice with Rabbi Mimi Micner

Rabbi Mimi guides us through a Nekudah Tova Practice to enter a space of joy for Sukkot.

Finding Stillness with Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife

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Keshira leads us through a practice:

A spiritual practice which supports my engagement with Mussar, no matter what middah I’m working on, is to notice when I’m reactionary or agitated and to find stillness before responding. 

 

Sometimes this means coming to silence and allowing a minute for all of my thoughts and feelings to settle. Other times, humming can help to settle my nervous system and help me find a more calm place from which to respond. And, of course, I know that I can always return to the breath, slowing down our inhalation and exhalation to a deliberate pace which reminds me to put space between stimulus and response. 

 

By engaging one of these (or other) methodologies, I often find that I’m able to soften, whether into deeper listening, into a more reflective mode, or even into the kind of vulnerability that breeds the kind of cheshbon hanefesh (lit: soul accounting) that opens up new possibilities for growth and depth.

 

Almost all situations benefit from slowing down; from a place of stillness, we can then attune to next action and move from there.