Who do you ask to join your group?
Olami programs are primarily designed for Jewish people aged 18-35 years old. The group is for anyone 18-35 who is interested in Jewish meditation, mindfulness and prayer and wants to learn it through a Jewish lens. Olami programs are often for those who have not grown up in a religious or observant household, nor those who went to an orthodox Jewish day school. The reason for this is that the needs are too different and it has not been helpful to join them together.
Please make sure there is an Olami educator in your group. This is essential and if you aren’t sure we can help match one. The role of the educator is to deepen the conversation, answer Torah based questions, bring added value with regards to the topics and follow up with participants.
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How to lead an Olami Connect group
Find approximately 10-15 appropriate Jewish friends and send them this flyer and this promo video to invite them. (It is okay if you get more or less participants in your group.) Olami programs are designed primarily for people who do not have a strong Jewish education/background.
Ask them to sign up at olami.org/connect and it will unlock their special Olami Connect Meditation Journal. This is a PDF they can download and fill out as they go (or print).
Start a WhatsApp group with this profile picture and join the Olami Connect Facebook group. PLEASE DON'T ADD ANY PARTICIPANTS TO YOUR WHATSAPP GROUP UNTIL YOU'VE RECEIVED CONFIRMATION THAT THEY ARE REGISTERED.
Olami will add you to a facilitators-only join the facilitators only WhatsApp chat so you have a community of facilitators to discuss the Challenge with, ask questions, or post highlights. Jackie Glaser will be moderating.
Olami will send you emails confirming which participants have registered for your group and then you can add those participants to your group.
Once you have received an email that a participant has signed up, then you can add the participant to your WhatsApp group. You can also add your educator to your WhatsApp group. If you are waiting for us to assign you an educator, we will be in touch shortly.
Post the content that you will find below on the appropriate day.
Asking for insights, observations and deeper Torah ideas on the topic from the Olami educator.
Encouraging sharing and comments daily from the participants.
Be a role model in the Olami Connect Facebook group to build community – share how it is impacting you to practice meditation/prayer as well as share your insights, challenges, questions and respond to others’ posts.
GET YOUR CONTENT HERE.
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Use the Shabbat entry as appropriate to what day it falls in your challenge.
Jackie has added personal "notes to facilitators" to each day. Only copy and paste the challenge and videos to your group, not the notes.
Hi everyone! My name is ____and I am facilitating an Olami Connect Personal Power Challenge to strengthen connection through Jewish Meditation, mindfulness and prayer. This meditation challenge is 7 days and today is day 0. The creation of the group and intentions.
????7 DAYS TO INCREASING CONNECTION AND HAPPINESS????
Guidelines to make this experience the most impactful for you:
- Our commitment is about 15-20 minutes per day which includes a guided meditation, mindfulness exercises or an action challenge. We hope to have some great discussions and conversations around the ideas both here and in the global Olami Connect FB group.
- No pressure at all – if you would like to leave the group, you may do so at any time and I don’t take it personally at all. If you miss more than a day, it is probably better to drop out and restart when you can again another time.
- After the posting of the meditation video, you have about 24 hours to complete it. After completing the meditation please text Day 1- Done, Day 2- done etc.
- People learn best from each other and process with more clarity when we articulate our experiences. I will be asking questions so that we can discuss our insights, observations and comments together. Please give some feedback that you are comfortable so we can all grow.
- Each day at least one person from each group will be asked to share a comment in the global FB group so a broader conversation can occur in the community.
- Each group ideally should meet once together live and know there are optional one on one coaching sessions with your Olami educator (on the chat) as well as with Jackie on FB LIVE
- There is no quick fix. These are little bytes of wisdom and ideas that lead us to a happier life – it will all depend on the effort we invest over a lifetime to ensure the happiest life we can possibly have. Looking forward to sharing the journey with you ????
ICE BREAKER ???? ????
Pick 3️⃣ of your frequently used emojis and introduce yourself using them! Feel free to touch on our theme of happiness ????????
My name is _____ and my top 3 used emojis are: ????✨????
(I guess you could say I’m a bit of an optimist ????)
NOTE TO FACILITATOR
Jackie has added personal notes to you every day. Only copy and paste the Challenge and videos to your group, not the notes.
Note to Facilitator : Today is just for getting groups finalized, making sure your group is also on FB and shares a comment or two. Would be great to introduce yourselves on your WhatsApp group and what you hope to get out of the initiative as well as on FB.
Discussion Questions :
What’s your intention for the challenge? What would you like to get out of it?
What are some group norms /guidelines that are important? Examples could be keep your commitment, no question is a bad question, confidentiality, share something.
There are nearly 500 people in the FB group. Also make sure your group is registered here olami.org/connect and that they know to text Day 0 – done when they watched the video as they will do this daily for a sense of accountability.
Please post early morning your time so people can fit it in conveniently in their day. You could also do it together, live with some or all of you if people choose.
Session 1 – Living from Soul
According to Judaism, true power comes from self mastery.
Ethics of our Fathers 4:1 says:
“Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations” אֵיזֶהוּ גִבּוֹר, הַכּוֹבֵשׁ אֶת יִצְרו
Choosing to live proactively rather than reactively is true self mastery. When we can make a choice about how to respond given all the data and information rather than give a knee jerk reaction from old habits, wounds and patterns. This ability to choose lives in the heart but the guidance comes from the soul. We want to be able to hear our higher voice and give that voice a stronger influence. That is the way we come into our own true power. Let’s learn more deeply.
Discussion questions: What are some examples of knee jerk reactions people would like to give up?
Q: How do you tell the difference between the YH vs YT voice? (let them respond)
A: Ask yourself : If I follow this voice… where will it take me? Does it motivate me to grow and take action or paralyze me and make me feel small and worthless. Usually we know immediately when we ask ourselves this question. YT is always about growth and improvement from a place of compassion. The YH is to stop that growth, self sabotage and makes us feel terrible
Session 2 – Fear
There are two types of fear. The Hebrew word yirah means both “to fear” and “to see.” Yirah – teaches that the essential choice of life is to open our eyes to available opportunities, and to fear the consequences of avoiding that reality.
This type of fear connects us to our power. To make the right CHOICE. On the other hand fear can come from the lower self and be self-focused. I’m scared to mess up, I’m scared I’ll be alone, I’m scared I’ll die. They are often things that are NOT in reality but we are scared they will happen, the “what if syndrome.” If we fuel these fears, they disconnect us and paralyze us. It is disempowering. Let’s delve into the difference.
Do you notice the difference between good fear and unhealthy fear? How can you tell the difference? What are some favorite ‘What if’s”? If anyone wants to share their triumphs it would be inspiring.
Session 3 – Self Worth
We can only access our personal power if we know our true worth. A lot of the time people give away their power because they don’t feel worthwhile. Others seem more important.
We know that everyone is intrinsically valuable on one hand but on the other society doesn’t act that way… in fact the more good looking, wealthy, smart, powerful and accomplished I am, the more I am worth? So where does this intrinsic unconditional self worth come from? How can we build it in ourselves? Let’s discuss.
What did feeling full of love/worth feel like to you? What did you experience when you saw yourself in the mirror? Do you have clarity of where/how you block this self love?
Session 4 – Jealousy
Jealousy is a big block to our power. It is in fact the 10th commandment: Do not covet. Why is it such a block? What happens when we are jealous? We tell a lie to ourselves. We say my life is not enough. If I had THAT life — THEN I would be happy. We literally crawl out of our space in life and want to be in someone else’s. It is a fantasy because we only ever see part of the picture. So we cannot possibly be in our own power because we are not even in our own life! How do we deal with this block to our power?
Let’s jump in!
Discussion questions: What are some examples of good jealousy? What is something we can tell ourselves when looking enviously into another’s life?
Session 5 – Anger
Anger is sheer power! It can build or totally destroy. According to Jewish spirituality, it is one of the few forbidden emotions because it’s so destructive and therefore crucial to work on. Like everything else though, there is negative anger and positive anger. Let’s explore the difference.
Discussion question: Which strategy for dealing with anger do you think would work best for you?
Session 6 – Speech
Speech is so powerful – it communicates what is inside. It can build or destroy. We have to be so careful with our speech as it’s a damage that is often not reversible.
At the same time words can touch the heart so deeply, they can move people, create worlds. Words are the expressions of thoughts. What we say to ourselves can also build or destroy us. Let’s dive in:
What is the attraction for speaking negatively about others? What’s the payoff? Why is negative speech so destructive?
Session 7 – Trust: Higher Power
The biggest POWER from a Jewish perspective is being partners with the Divine. This power is available to any Jew no matter whether they are righteous or not. It bypasses the system of reward and punishment. How do we access this spiritual reality? By ‘trusting’. Adopt the PEAT strategy and see how your life changes. Access unlimited power by being best friends with the Boss.
Which one of the 4 aspects of PEAT do you find the easiest -? The hardest? Why?