Late-Stage Pandemic Is Not Messing With Your Brain, It Is Showing You The Nature of The Self

Having been practicing meditation on retreats and doing solo hermitages, I find there is something very familiar, and precious, in the months of social isolation due to the coronavirus. Having so few reminders of who I am, I forget to self-refer to myself. …

Reflection on the One World Bearing Witness 2020 Vigil, Personal Lineages, and Planetary Ancestral Peacemaking

Painted at Machu Picchu, Peru, May 2019 © Rami Avraham Efal

Early December 2020, I participated in guiding a 24-hour global meditation event called One World Bearing Witness: One Humanity, Belonging to Earth. OWBW is an annual vigil organized by One World in Dialogue, Dr. Elizabeth Debold and Thomas Steininger.

Each 2-hour section started with guidance, reflection, or prayer by a…

Dr. Ahmad Jaber, I sat next to you in an interfaith dialog circle for several years. “Brother Rami, you are one of us.” Whether it was at your mosque in which you taught and led the prayer, at a church, a synagogue, or your own living room in Bay Ridge…

Last Sunday I pulled into the parking lot of Congregation Beit Israel, the local synagogue in Northampton, Massachusetts USA. I found a parking spot in the full lot and walked towards the entrance. No one was there, either in the lot or at the entrance. I was fifteen minutes late…

Particles of headlight casing from an SUV that rear-ended a Triple-A van showered my front window. I considered stopping. I looked to my left through the driver’s window and saw Big-Guy in the Yukon cursing over loud music. The Triple-A van hovered into the juncture softly to a stop and…

Rami Avraham Efal

Israeli-American artist, dharma holder in the Zen Peacemakers lineage, Rabbinic Fellow at Lab/Shul and Mensch in training.

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