Good afternoon, #SHECommunity.
As part of this week’s theme, “Faith and Healing,” we are going to start out with a book by Rabbi Evan Moffic, “The Happiness Prayer.” Though the premise of the book is rooted in a specific Jewish prayer, the Eilu Devarim, the book is open to all religious and non-religious readers, providing insight on how to live a happy and healthy life through the foundations of faith, community, and commitment.
What IS faith when looking at it from an inclusive perspective that is both religious AND non-religious? Moffic describes faith in Chapter 2 as such, “Faith is universal… Faith is like love… Faith is poetry… Faith centers on the individual… Faith is the universal feeling of connection to something larger. Finding ways to cultivate that feeling is essential to the pursuit of happiness. Happiness is a byproduct of living by our commitments to our faith. On a practical level, the faith mindset pushes us to do some things that may not feel great in the short term, but enhance our lives in the long term.” Throughout The Happiness Prayer, Moffic takes readers through his experience as a Rabbi, drawing connections between the Jewish religion, our world today, and the journey through life as an individual in constant interaction with other human beings and life forms. He touches on universal topics like birth, death, and illness, as well as more personal subject matters like forgiveness, self-intentions, and kindness.
The overarching idea that Moffic encourages in his book is that with FAITH, a belief that exists in ourselves, throughout world, and beyond, we can overcome hardships, we can heal from grief and loss, we can forgive ourselves and forgive those who have brought us harm, and we can grow from these experiences.
One of the most relevant chapters in The Happiness Prayer as it relates to SHE is “Why We Need Faith to Forgive.” Moffic explains that the main benefit of forgiveness is that it provides clarity, it pushes us to come to terms with the past, it encourages self-understanding, it lets us move on, it makes us stronger and more complete by acknowledging our...... MORE IN COMMENTS