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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

  
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2017-06-28 Part 1: Refuge in the Wilderness – Coming Home to Embodied Presence 52:20
  Tara Brach
When we live from our mental control towers, we are in a trance that confines our life. These two talks look at the primary ways we are conditioned to leave embodied presence, and the consequence of unlived life—being cut off from our vitality, intelligence and compassion. We then explore the teachings and practices that guide us to reconnect to our senses, and the sacred presence that underlies all lived experience.
2017-07-05 Part 2: Refuge in the Wilderness – Coming Home to Embodied Presence 52:40
  Tara Brach
When we live from our mental control towers, we are in a trance that confines our life. These two talks look at the primary ways we are conditioned to leave embodied presence, and the consequence of unlived life—being cut off from our vitality, intelligence and compassion. We then explore the teachings and practices that guide us to reconnect to our senses, and the sacred presence that underlies all lived experience.
2017-07-05 Brief Meditation: Entering the Wilderness 6:00
  Tara Brach
We open to our full naturalness as we awaken the senses. This brief meditation guides us to open all the sense gates, and in that openness, experience the pure aliveness and awareness that is our essence. NOTE: listen to the full talk: Part 2: Refuge in the Wilderness – Coming Home to Embodied Presence.
2017-07-12 Meditation: Relaxing with a Smile into Living Presence 14:59
  Tara Brach
This meditation guides us to awaken to sensation using the image of a smile and scanning through the body. We then open to sound and to the entire changing flow of experience. When we connect with the changing flow of sensations, feelings and sounds, we also discover the formless awareness that is our Source… and home. We end with a prayer that includes our own being and all beings.
2017-07-12 Radical Self-Honesty: The Joy of Getting Real 48:40
  Tara Brach
Our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt, resisted parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can deepen self-honesty and reconnect to a wholeness of being that enables us to live with spontaneity, confidence, wisdom and love. A quote by Elizabeth Lessor from the talk: “My prayer to god every day: Remove the veils so I might see what is really happening here and not be intoxicated by my stories and my fears.” NOTE: Tara was away this week and asked for this favorite talk from 2014-11-05 be posted.
2017-07-19 Love is Always Here 55:27
  Tara Brach
One expression of suffering is forgetting that we are intrinsically lovable and worthy. This talk looks at the pathway to trusting our belonging, and focuses on the healing that comes from letting in love and mirroring others goodness. Talk includes quotes from Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming.
2017-07-26 Meditation – Relaxing into Sleep (no bell at end) 14:27
  Tara Brach
This meditation can help us to access a relaxed attentiveness, or alternately, serve as a pathway to ease-filled sleep.
2017-07-26 Meditation: Living Presence – Awakening with a Smile 18:45
  Tara Brach
This practice uses the image and felt sense of a smile as we scan through the body, include sound and relax back into the awareness that is the source of all experience. By letting life be just as it is, we become pure living presence – wakeful, open and tender.
2017-07-26 Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part I: Forgiveness 49:15
  Tara Brach
This 3- part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of “who am I” that reveals our deepest nature.
2017-08-02 Meditation: Open Awareness – Relaxing Back into Presence (19:22 min) 19:20
  Tara Brach
This practice brings attention to the continuous space within and around the body, and the aliveness of sound, sensation and feeling that lives through us. While it’s natural for attention to get distracted, the pathway home is a relaxing back into the awake space that is aware of this changing life.
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