Pedagogy of the Bridge explores Shema as a mantra for facing our fears and emerging more confident, courageous and whole. Through this resource, participants will learn about how Shema supports us in times of anxiety, transition and fear and engage in practices that utilize Shema as a tool for moving through trying moments in our lives. This resource’s Shema practice emerged from my development of the Narrow Bridge Project at Brown University (narrowbridgeproject.org). It’s modeled after how Jacob meets his fears in Genesis, and has his name changed to Yisrael, “one who wrestles with the Divine.” Through listening to, wrestling with, facing and embracing his fears, Jacob comes to internalize that he need not fear, because God is present with him. This resource offers four ways to experience Shema as a tool traversing the hard stuff: a writing exercise, a breathing activity, a mindfulness practice, and a visualization experience.