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Recognizing Natural Awareness

Meditation can be seen as the process of learning to recognize and trust a natural quality of awareness that is available to all of us in any moment no matter what is happening in our experience. This awareness allows us to open to and connect with the truth of each moment.

As we gain confidence in the mind's ability to recognize this natural awareness we begin to release the burden of trying to control, manipulate, or fix experience so that it meets our ideas of the way it should be, and relax into the truth of the way it actually is.

Clear seeing and wisdom arise naturally and we see directly for ourselves what leads to well-being and freedom and what leads to suffering, both in our own life and in the world around us. Through this process we begin to live our lives from a place of greater balance, integrity, confidence, and connection.

2023-04-21 (8 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2023-04-23 The two darts 55:27
Carol Wilson
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Devin Berry
Reflections on faith, through personal stories of the practice.
2023-04-25 The four noble truths 48:19
Tara Mulay
Following the noble eightfold path is caring enough to truly live. This talk also touches on the three kinds of dukkha, and the three kinds of craving.
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