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What do you think is the most important spiritual practice?

Sara Nesson is a spiritual leader and a bay area mystic who recently went to camp. I love Sara. She weaves many threads of art, creativity and practice. In her
she wrote:

During the retreat, Reb Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, skyped in to the center so we could ask him some questions. One person asked, “What do you think is the most important spiritual practice?”

Shiviti Adonai L’Negdi Tamid,” he said, which is a line from Psalms that means, “I place God before me always.”

What does it mean if God is always before me?  I see it as a reminder to look for God’s face in the face of every other person I encounter.  To see how I can release  “divine sparks” as I traverse through the day–when I am eating my toast and hamburger for breakfast, when I start my car and begin my day’s adventures, when I swim laps at the Jewish Community Center, when I have a conversation, when I arrive at my office.  What will it look like to have God in all of these places?  Perhaps a breath, a feeling of gratitude, a moment to notice “only once, this moment.”

I surround myself with wise friends who joyfully, humbly practice love in creative, contemplative ways. I have 100’s of teachers. You are probably one.


  1. Sara–Thank you; you have placed the Holy One before me! You must have been at Elat Chayyim, Reb Goldie told me that Reb Zalman had skyped in to answer questions. Which workshop were you in?

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