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Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom

Traditionally, the New Year is a time to take stock of our lives, to let go of what no longer serves, and to reconnect more fully with our deeper aspirations. This eight-day retreat provides a precious opportunity to settle into silence and with the support of sangha/community, attune more fully to the heart and mind.
Through this process of deep listening to ourselves and others, we can then better understand how to live our lives with more kindness, compassion and clarity.

2021-12-30 (9 days) Sydney Insight Meditators

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2021-12-30 01 talk: retreat opening, dana and sila 35:29
Jill Shepherd
2021-12-30 02 meditation: mindfulness of breathing 14:37
Jill Shepherd
A short meditation settling in to the body, and bringing awareness to breathing
2021-12-31 03 instructions: mindfulness of breathing 14:34
Jill Shepherd
Beginning instructions for developing mindfulness (sati) and steadiness of mind (samadhi) using the breath as our primary object
2021-12-31 04 meditation: mindfulness of breathing 20:14
Jill Shepherd
Beginning with mindfulness of the body sitting, then simple awareness of breathing
2021-12-31 05 instructions: standing and walking meditation 11:59
Jill Shepherd
The importance of continuity of mindfulness, plus instructions for standing and walking meditation
2021-12-31 06 instructions: mindfulness of the body 14:05
Jill Shepherd
An introduction to the First Establishment of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Body
2021-12-31 07 meditation: body scan inviting release of tension 25:16
Jill Shepherd
Bringing awareness to areas of the body where we commonly hold tension and inviting it to soften or release, as a support for both physical and mental ease
2021-12-31 08 talk: six supports for the retreat container 38:03
Jill Shepherd
How safety, silence, solitude, simplicity, slowing down, and stillness support the deepening of our meditation practice on retreat
2022-01-01 09 instructions: sati and samādhi p2 8:08
Jill Shepherd
How the qualities of sati / mindfulness and samādhi / stability of mind work together to support deepening insight NOTE: this talk was given at a different retreat but the content is similar to what was covered on this retreat
2022-01-01 10 guided meditation: sati and samādhi 24:52
Jill Shepherd
Using the breath to strengthen both sati / mindfulness and samādhi / steadiness of mind NOTE: this talk was given at a different retreat but the content is similar to what was covered on this retreat
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