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Dharma Talks
2017-12-19 Feeling Emotions 41:31
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine discusses the importance of developing mindfulness of emotions and mental states. Human beings have the capacity to experience a wide range of emotions—they may be subtle or intense, unwholesome or wholesome. Working with emotions requires energy and courage to be willing to face the raw fact that this mental state is present. We can become aware of, and work skillfully with, any emotional state including anger, hate, gratitude, fear, sadness, calmness, insecurity, contentment, grief, tranquility, lust, compassion, loneliness, jealousy, envy, restlessness, peacefulness, faith, love. Emotions are changing mental states that arise in conjunction with every perception. When we are mindful of emotions we drop the conceptual narrative of the story line and investigate how the mind operates. What conditions nourish each mental state, and what conditions cause them to end? How do these mental states affect the clarity of our perception? We can observe the dynamic interaction of emotions and the body, and learn to work with emotions in conjunction with their somatic manifestations. We might gather ideas for investigation by reviewing the detailed Abhidhamma categories of mental states and the factors that constitute each state, or we might simply observe the arising and ceasing of mental states in activity and our meditation.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley

2017-12-19 Practicing with Darkness at the Time of the Winter Solstice: Five Metaphors to Guide Practice 61:19
  Donald Rothberg
Inspired by the darkness of the earth, we are guided by a sense of the darkness as suggesting: 1) stopping and stillness; 2) being with difficulties; 3) opening to unknowing and mystery; 4) generativety, creativity and fertility and 5) luminosity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat

2017-12-19 Meditations on the four elements 54:28
  Bonnie Duran
Morning Instructions on the four elements and Q&A
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Heartfelt Wisdom: Insight and Lovingkindness Retreat

2017-12-18 Monday Night Meditation Talk (Drop-in at Spirit Rock) 2:19:53
  Jack Kornfield
Qualities of the awakened heart - topic of love
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2017-12-18 Beyond Appearances 58:56
  Zohar Lavie
Sangha Seva Dharmalaya Silent Retreat

2017-12-18 Joint Dharma Talk on Generosity 56:47
  Chris Cullen
This talk also includes Kirsten Kratz
Gaia House Remembering and Awakening the Heart's Potential

2017-12-18 Happiness Of The Paramis 43:22
  Bonnie Duran
Exploring a deeper happiness with the cultivation of the paramis
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Heartfelt Wisdom: Insight and Lovingkindness Retreat

2017-12-18 Being With and Working With Difficulty 0:00

2017-12-18 Guided Qi Gong and Metta Practice 63:07
  Chris Cullen
Gaia House Remembering and Awakening the Heart's Potential

2017-12-17 Shaping Citta – Shaping World 51:05
  Kirsten Kratz
Gaia House Remembering and Awakening the Heart's Potential

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