Michele Tamaren

A journey to the Jewish soul

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A journey to the Jewish soul

Michele Tamaren
Michele Tamaren

MARCH 22, 2018 – As we go about our busy schedules, we don’t often have time to sit back and reflect on some of life’s fundamental questions.

Suddenly, in a quiet moment, and often when we least expect it, all the questions hit at once. We wonder if we’re living the life we really want to live, if we’re putting our God-given talents to the best possible use, and perhaps the most basic yet nagging question of all: who we truly are.

These are difficult questions to answer, but Marblehead author, life coach, and spiritual director Michele Tamaren is willing to help. From April 3 to May 8, Tamaren will teach a weekly course at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore called “Journey to your Jewish Soul: Exploring Your Soul’s Wisdom, Purpose, and Path,” aimed at helping women embark on a journey of self-discovery and greater fulfillment.

Tamaren will draw on her years of experience to create an interactive course that combines Jewish spirituality – starting from the Kabbalistic teaching that everyone must discover their spark and use it to illuminate their own path and light the way for others – and positive psychology, which is aimed at promoting well-being.

“The goal is for participants to discover their soul’s essence,” said Tamaren. “At the end, I hope that people will walk away with manageable and meaningful steps for their next journey.”

Central to the course will be the creation of an individual Tree of Aliveness, an original concept that Tamaren has developed over the years. Drawing upon the structure of a tree, participants will be able to physically map out who they are “from roots to fruits.”

“We’re going to be examining our inborn gifts, including talents, strengths, yearnings, and delights,” explained Tamaren. “Traveling up the tree, we’re going to identify personal values that hold us strong and steady even in the midst of turbulence, and then we continue into the branches, where we can discern what shines through our soul center.”

Tamaren has featured the Tree of Aliveness in a weeklong course at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshires, and plans to discuss it in an upcoming book. The model ‒ which came to her in a meditation – is the result of years of studying positive psychology, spirituality, and life coaching under various esteemed teachers, including Harvard psychologist and researcher Tal Ben-Shahar and psychologist, writer, and speaker Joan Borysenko.

“Michele is a dynamic speaker, thoughtful teacher, and wonderful individual to work with,” said Sara Ewing, director of adult programming at the JCCNS. “She has taught several workshops at the JCCNS over the years and never fails to inspire the audience with her innovative and personal teaching style.”

The six-week course will run Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. starting April 3 at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Cost is $75. Register by calling Sara Ewing at 781-476-9913 or emailing sewing@jccns.com.

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