Shalom/Peace. I am Rabbi Yaacov Kravitz, Ed.D. For the last 30 years I have been working as a psychologist providing psychotherapy. I’ve been teaching about mindfulness and Jewish spirituality, as well as leading meditation chanting services. At this point in time I am winding down my psychology practice to focusing on teaching mindfulness, Jewish meditation and what I am calling Torah Relational Mindfulness. For about the last 10 years I have been involved with learning and teaching a practice called Insight Dialogue (ID). ID consists of this study and practice of Buddhist teachings in an interpersonal context. Essentially, one learns to be mindful while in dialogue with other individuals. This is a practice which assumes that you have a grounding in standard silent Insight meditation (mindfulness). ID then takes mindfulness to a more practical level. Using a set of guidelines you practice engaging in a mindful dialogue while contemplating various teachings about how the mind body works and how to reduce personal suffering. I have been using these techniques and applying them to teaching Jewish traditional ethical and spiritual texts. I’m convinced that the ID techniques along with core Jewish teachings about the mind-body, behavioral science and neuropsychology are effective tools for helping people deal with pain and trauma as well as for personal growth and engaging with texts on both emotional and intellectual levels. I have also been integrating behavioral science and Hasidic teachings to address the question of the issue of spirituality for those who have questions about traditional concepts of God. The Center for Spiritual Intelligence is my vehicle for utilizing my skills and experience to bring these healing modalities to others through speaking, workshops and an online presence.
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE?
Our approach to spirituality is guided by the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, a road map for spiritual and emotional happiness. Spiritual Intelligence refers to the ability to understand and use the spiritual disciplines of intuitive wisdom, discernment, mindful awareness, practical knowledge, love, inner strength, compassion, determination, humility and creativity. The goals of practice include the development of mindfulness, awareness of the divine, choosing an ethical path and acting in accordance with one’s chosen values of for the benefit of self, others, community and the world.
The Center offers a variety of educational services including classes, individual and group instruction via live meetings, teleconference and other electronic formats. Print resources about Spiritual Intelligence, mindfulness, Torah Relational Mindfulness and other topics about human growth and development will be available on this site.
ABOUT RABBI YAACOV KRAVITZ
Rabbi Yaacov J. Kravitz, Ed.D. is President and founder of the Center. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and received his doctorate from Temple University. He received his rabbinical degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1979. Rabbi Kravitz has been working on the integration of spirituality and psychology for over 35 years. The Spiritual Intelligence website was first published in 2000.