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2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

Vipassana, or Buddhist Meditation, is a way of opening to life and seeing clearly the totality of one’s being and experience. The practice is based on cultivating a present-centered mindfulness, leading to an unfolding of our natural wisdom and compassion. The focus of this retreat is to enhance intimacy with ourselves and the world. In order to help participants discover a sense of stillness and deep listening, silence will be maintained throughout the retreat except during question/answer periods and interviews with the teachers. In addition to sitting and walking meditation practice, there will be sessions of mindful movement led each day.

2018-04-27 (8 days) Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2018-04-28 Leap and the Net Will Appear: Trusting Ourselves and Our Practice 57:50
La Sarmiento
2018-04-29 Self-Compassion and Metta 36:55
La Sarmiento
2018-04-29 After the RAIN (retreat talk) 69:49
Tara Brach
This talk offers an in-depth exploration of RAIN, applying the wings of mindfulness and compassion to painful domains of trance. We bring special attention to the fruit of RAIN, the realization of who we are beyond any limiting identity.
2018-04-30 Short Talk & Meditation: Forgiving and Freeing Our Hearts 36:52
Tara Brach
Forgiveness for others becomes possible when we’ve held our own being with great compassion. This short talk and guided meditation brings forth our most awake and tender presence as we ask for forgiveness, offer care to the woundedness within us, and then extend forgiveness to another who has hurt us.
2018-05-01 Meditation – Spring Morning on Retreat 33:46
Tara Brach
In this guided meditation, we include an overview of different components of mindfulness practice. The reflection includes a body scan, establishing a home base for attention, and care in how to arrive in full presence after being lost in thought. We then explore opening mindfully to different experiences and the simple and liberating practice of “being here,” letting life be just as it is.
2018-05-01 Forgiveness and Compassion 37:08
La Sarmiento
2018-05-01 Equanimity 60:47
Pat Coffey
2018-05-03 Meditation: The Silence That’s Listening 27:15
Tara Brach
Listening to sounds is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and connect with the natural openness of awareness. In this guided meditation, we begin by opening to sound and then listening to and feeling the whole changing flow of life – allowing whatever is here to be just as it is. In the foreground, we notice the dance of sensations, thoughts, emotions…rising up and falling away. And in the background, a wakeful, receptive presence – the silence that is listening. When we let go of all doing and relax back into this alert stillness, we sense our true nature…our home. In words from the Tibetan tradition: “Utterly awake, senses wide open. Utterly open, non-fixating, allowing awareness.”
2018-05-03 Disarming our Hearts: Letting go of Blame 63:29
Tara Brach
Anger, judgment and blame create separation—from our inner life and our world. Only by releasing chronic blame can we free our hearts to truly give and receive love. This talk looks at the difference between healthy anger and the trance of blame, and through a set of reflections, teachings and stories, guides us in healing and freeing our hearts. (from the Spring 2018 IMCW 7-Day Silent Retreat – previously unpublished)
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