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Retreat Dharma Talks

Stillness Moving - The Play of Opposites

This was an online retreat.

2021-03-03 (5 days) Gaia House

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2021-03-03 Opening Evening of Retreat: Stillness Moving 59:57
Kirsten Kratz
Laying out the Territory: Exploring the tendency to perceive in simplifying dualities, the potential limitations of this way of seeing and how this plays out in a bigger context.
2021-03-03 A short guided meditation on the opening evening of the retreat. 14:05
Jaya Rudgard
How steadying and rooting into our contact with the ground can help us to open our awareness to the currents of life moving through us.
2021-03-04 Morning Practice 1:12:32
Jaya Rudgard
Jaya reflects on how when we playfully notice the ambiguity of our inner and outer worlds, it can enable us to feel our aliveness with richer textures. This is further explored in a guided meditation.
2021-03-04 Guided Meditation 28:43
Jaya Rudgard
Guided Meditation on Equanimity.
2021-03-04 Evening Practice: The Middle Way - The Liberating Art of Avoiding Extremes 67:20
Kirsten Kratz
Guided meditation and reflections exploring different ways of conceiving and understanding the important and potentially liberating concept of ‘middle way’.
2021-03-05 Chanting Practice - Om Mani Padme Hum 8:01
Jaya Rudgard
Jaya leads some chanting, and talks about how chanting can be a meditative exercise, a way to give voice to our aspirations, and offer protection for the heart and the mind.
2021-03-05 Morning Practice: How we Construct Dualities - The Dukkha of ‘Either- Or’ 63:51
Kirsten Kratz
Reflections on how aversion and grasping play a crucial role in the fabrication of dualities. Looking closer we discover that often our ‘either-or’ way of looking does not reflect how experience is unfolding. Followed by a guided meditation.
2021-03-05 Guided Meditation 33:03
Kirsten Kratz
Widening and Expanding our Awareness
2021-03-05 Dharma Talk 69:56
Jaya Rudgard
Reflections on how life is in constant motion, with everything arising and then falling again, and how we can find ourselves jamming things up with our grasping and aversion, rather than trusting that things can come back into balance without needing to control it all. Can we learn to flow with this natural waxing and waning of states of mind, pleasure and pain, loss and gain, and renounce the belief that there is a particular thing that will give us permanent happiness ?
2021-03-06 Morning Practice 1:12:33
Jaya Rudgard
An exploration of our understanding of and relationship to kindness, and how to de-couple the up-welling of kindness in the heart from any result which may come from it. Guided meditation - uisng the imagery of cradling ourselves as we would cradle a small vulnerable bird who needs our care.
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