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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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2015-08-26 Awakening from Trance - Embracing Unlived Life 1:15:02
When physical or emotional pain is too much, our conditioning is to pull away and avoid direct contact with raw feelings. The result is a trance - we are split off from the wholeness of our aliveness, intelligence and capacity to love. This talk explores how this dissociation shows up in our lives and a powerful way that mindfulness enables us to integrate cut-off parts of our being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-08-19 Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO 1:13:31
There are two common fears that can block us from our full potential - fear of failure (FOF), and fear of missing out (FOMO). This talk explores how to meet these fears with mindful presence, and discover within them the essence energies of loving awareness and full aliveness. Note: This talk is dedicated to Tim Ferriss, who turned me on to the phrase FOMO. Tim exemplifies the creative aliveness of FOMO energy when it’s living through someone who’s dedicated to being awake, caring and real. (check out his podcasts, http://fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-08-12 Radical Acceptance Revisited 1:15:27
One of the truths we most regularly forget is that if we are at war with ourselves, we can’ t feel love and connection with our world.  This talk looks at the genesis of the “Trance of Unworthiness” and how the wings of mindfulness and heartfulness can dissolve the trance and reveal the loving awareness that is our essence Being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-08-05 The Sacred Art of Listening 68:42
Deep listening - the kind of listening that brings intimacy and understanding - takes intentional practice. This talk looks at the societal and inner obstacles to an undistracted presence, and the mindfulness strategies that nourish our capacity to listen in a way that heals and connects.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-07-29 The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachment and Addiction 49:13
In Buddhist cosmology the torment of intense desire that can never really be satisfied is depicted as the realm of Hungry Ghosts. This talk explores the attachments and addictions that so many of us struggle with, and the teachings and practices that can liberate us.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-07-22 That Bird Got My Wings 1:17:46
This talk looks at how we are imprisoned by a limited sense of who we are, and how the wings of mindfulness and heartfulness enable us to realize the spirit that is our essence. We then look at how we can bring the wings of freedom to our engagement with others. The talk’s title is the name of a book written by Jarvis Masters, a deeply wise and inspiring African American man currently on death row at San Quentin prison.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-07-08 The Dance with Pain 1:15:38
“Pain is inevitable and suffering is optional.” In this talk Tara explores the difference between pain and suffering and examines the most common, yet often unconscious, ways we resist pain. She then shares practices that help us find balance, equanimity and awakening in the midst.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-07-01 Part 2: Devotional Practices 1:18:28
The sacred feminine expresses the realization of our belonging, our innate interdependence with all of life. These two classes explores inner practices that help us open to our longing to belong, and awaken the power of prayer.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-06-27 Heart Meditation: Three Domains of Forgiveness 34:13
Instruction and guided meditation on the three domains of forgiveness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2015 IMCW Women's Retreat - The Heart of Buddhist Meditation
2015-06-26 Unfolding of the Sacred Feminine (retreat talk) 60:01
The sacred feminine expresses the qualities of heart that emerge as we open beyond identifying with the egoic, separate self. In this talk, Tara tracks a series of challenging experiences in her own life that catalized an awakening of heart, and explores how for each of us, the places of difficulty can help us realize our belonging to life and the loving awareness that is our true essence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2015 IMCW Women's Retreat - The Heart of Buddhist Meditation

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