Rabbi Pesach Scheiner, co-director of the Boulder County Center for Judaism and author of “Finding the Joy in Everyday Living” is offering a one-day seminar, Taking Control of Your Life and Living Joyously, on Sunday, March 18, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm (note new date!).
Here are his answers to four questions about the seminar:
What inspired you to write the book, “Finding the Joy in Everyday Living?”
Our society struggles with the concept of a joyous life. We are inundated with the idea that we need something external to make us happy, be it some new gadget or some special experience. This is in contrast to the way I was raised. In Jewish tradition, we learn that joy is something that comes from the inside, and it’s something we can have at all times. It was seeing this dichotomy that made me want to look into the subject and try to bring this outlook to more people.
What is one specific thing you do, that you will teach in your seminar, when you are feeling down or overwhelmed that helps you to get into a better mood?
We are actually not going to be teaching about what to do when you are in a bad mood. The point of this seminar is that when a person finds him/herself having bad moods often, it is usually a sign that changes need to be made in the way s/he is living every day. We will focus on what kind of changes a person can make in their life that will give them access to more joy all the time.
What are some of the tools you will be sharing in the “Tools You Need to Overcome Life’s Challenges” section of the seminar?
We all have problems – that’s a fact of life. The first thing we can do to minimize their impact is to create the right perspective with which to consider each specific problem as it comes along. This usually leads to lightening the weight of the problem. After we talk about that, we will look at how not to carry the problem with us at all times.
What do you think will be the most important thing people will take away from your seminar?
I think people will realize that, although the level of difficulty or challenge we face is not in our hands, how happy we are is within our control. This understanding should help people to acquire the tools and the motivation to work on making their life more joyous.
The cost: Only $50 – and that includes a copy of Finding the Joy in Everyday Living and Lunch.
Go to boulderjudaism.com/registration
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