We can support our mindfulness practice with what neuroscientists and other biophysiologists will tell us, and also what spiritual traditions tend to appreciate, which is that we are wondrously made, or magnificently evolved, as, in a way, self-healing organisms.
Rabbi Arielle Hanien is the Founding Director of The Source: Gathering Waters, and in private practice at the Lifespan Psychological Center affiliated with UCLA. She is a Senior Research Scholar for the Pardes Center on Judaism & Conflict Resolution, Chair of the Clergy Education Committee of the International Trauma-Healing Institute, and Co-Founder and Director of the Neshama Center, dedicated to deepening the study and practice of healing wisdom within Jewish tradition and to facilitating healing conversations between spiritual traditions. Rabbi Hanien’s research efforts draw upon her studies of interpersonal neuroscience, conflict resolution, and Jewish tradition, in the service of nourishing personal and collective healing and of cultivating healthy communal dynamics. Her recent projects include a large-scale collaboration across Greater Los Angeles on behalf of the Jewish Federation, a groundbreaking research and design effort that successfully generated L.A.’s new initiative on Jewish teen engagement within the Jim Joseph Foundation’s national collaboration, as well as smaller-scale collaborations throughout Los Angeles.
The only rabbi worldwide certified in both Somatic Experiencing and Integrated Somatic Psychotherapy, Rabbi Hanien is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology and a doctoral fellow in the executive doctoral program in Jewish Education at the Davidson Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Hanien was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies with honors in Talmud in 2006, and holds B.A. degrees with honors in Philosophy, Sociology, and General Science, from Brandeis University.
Amid the sweetness and celebration of Rosh Hashana, rituals like Yizkor and hearing the sound of the shofar open up access to emotions that we often bottle up.
How can the workplace and our other social institutions help dispel the myth that everyone is just in it for themselves?
When does questioning spark joy, and when does it lead to frustration?
What scientific and religious tools can we use to help us deal with trauma?
We are mindful of that web that connects all of us, and we will, God-willing, emerge to tread more softly, honoring one another in our shared human vulnerability.