16 Feb Reflection on Tomer Persico talk
You might think that meditation is a simple practice. Anyway, you don’t need a Ph.D. to meditate, just discipline and focus. It’s simple, but it’s also very rich, for it has the capacity to still the mind, at least for some time. Many people find this state of stillness extremely difficult to achieve because their minds are restless most of the time.
That’s fine. But when you realize how the Jewish people have been connected to meditative practices through time, you have the feeling that something more is going on. The talk that Tomer Persico gave at Mangalam Center was a precious moment of updating our knowledge: he revealed particularities of the main schools in Jewish meditation, from early mysticism to Kabbalah up to the spirituality movements in current-day Israel. After that, it was easy to understand that meditation is much more than just sitting in a lotus position, breathing regularly until the mind calms down. Meditation can be a deep experience with the divine.