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A pervasive but often invisible source of suffering in our culture is self-aversion. We are a busy culture, and we move through our life feeling anxious and dissatisfied, but not fully conscious of how we neglect or judge our inner experience. We suffer from a lack of belonging: to our own bodies, to each other and to the earth. When we practice Buddhist meditation, we learn how to listen deeply and hold our life tenderly.
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2015-02-25 From Dragons to Schmoos - Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence 1:13:23
The trance of unworthiness is sustained by our aversion to the dragons - the difficult emotions and related behaviors that are a deeply conditioned part of the human experience. In this talk we explore the awakening that is possible as we recognize our reactive patterns and instead of judgment, offer a loving and healing presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-02-18 Part 2: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice 1:26:51
This two-part series offers a clear and fresh understanding of practices that cultivate mindful awareness. The first class examines our attitude towards practice and gives guidance on posture, establishing an anchor for attention, and learning to concentrate and collect the mind - “coming back.” The second class focuses on the practice of mindfulness - “being here,” and the component qualities of clear recognition and an allowing non-judgmental presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-02-11 Part 1: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice 1:11:42
This two-part series offers a clear and fresh understanding of practices that cultivate mindful awareness. The first class examines our attitude towards practice and gives guidance on posture, establishing an anchor for attention, and learning to concentrate and collect the mind - “coming back.” The second class focuses on the practice of mindfulness - “being here,” and the component qualities of clear recognition and an allowing non-judgmental presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-01-28 Inhabiting Our Bodies with Presence 1:18:26
Our conditioning is to pull away from our physical experience when it is difficult. When we regularly dissociate, we are removed from the source of our power, intuition and capacity to love in a full way. This talk looks at the ways we leave our body and the path of homecoming to living loving presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-01-21 Listening to the Calling of Our Hearts 1:21:46
In any moment, our intention - what we are energetically wanting - shapes our life experience. While our deepest intention may be to realize and live from loving awareness, we are often driven by egoic fear and grasping. This talk explores how mindfulness can recognize our prevailing intention, and by staying present, kind and accepting, we can reconnect with the deeper longings that carry us to awakening and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-01-14 Refuge in Loving Relationships 1:23:32
Bringing presence to our relationships reveals our connectedness and essential Oneness. This talk explores two domains of this awakening with others: Realizing our shared vulnerability - that we’re in it together - and recognizing the inherent goodness or sacredness that lives through everyone.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-01-07 Taking Refuge in Your Own True Nature 1:26:42
The three classic refuges of Buddha (awareness), Dharma (truth) and Sangha (loving relatedness) are each expressions of our deepest essence. This talk reflects on the refuges and includes guided meditations and a closing ritual that helps us remember the pathway home in our daily life. (note: to participate in the ritual you will need a piece of red string about 28 inches long)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-12-31 Guided Heart Meditation with Instruction: Forgiving Ourselves and Others 33:05
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2014 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2014-12-30 "Landlocked in Fur" - Three Domains of Formless Presence 65:45
While we have evolved to experience a defining sense of separate self, our potential is to awaken to the formless dimension - the pure awareness is our shared source. This talk explores how we can undo the identification with thoughts, emotions and feelings that keeps us landlocked and unable to trust and live from our naturally loving and radiant essence. NOTE: beginning poem is "Landlocked in Fur," by Tukaram, from “Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West” (Ladinksy, 2002)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2014 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2014-12-30 Meditation: The Luminous Space of Awareness 28:24
This meditation shifts attention from form to the formless source of all Being. Discover and rest in continuous space, filled with the light of awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2014 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

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