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2023-07-21 Morning Reflections #18: Liberating the Mind (Step 12) 35:58
Sayadaw U Jagara
Three ways offered to practice this step; (1) Receiving the Dhamma as the most priceless gift, illustrated in the story of King Bimbisara to Pukkusati. (2) Seeing the six sense bases as they really are without clinging. (3) Time - the present without me, myself and mine.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge July, 2023

2023-07-21 Friday's Early Morning Meditation 46:00
Roxanne Dault
Spirit Rock Meditation Center July Insight Meditation Retreat

2023-07-20 Morning Reflections #17: Concentrating the Mind 44:45
Nikki Mirghafori
A guided practice to center, calm and collect the mind by abiding with clear comprehension and mindfulness, without desire and grief for the world.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge July, 2023

2023-07-19 Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence 11:34
Tara Brach
When we are stressed, our body and mind contract, and energetically we resist the life in the present moment. This meditation helps de-condition the stress reaction by guiding us to relax open from thoughts, relax physical tension, and gently relax back over and over into living presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2023-07-19 Intimacy with Life (Part 1) 54:23
Tara Brach
Zen master Dōgen teaches that enlightenment is intimacy with all things. These two talks explore teachings and practices that cultivate intimacy – a liberating experience of relatedness and oneness with our living world.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2023-07-19 Liberation Through Non-clinging 46:28
Greg Scharf
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2023-07-19 Allow Your State of Wonder to Stay Open, Without Always Trapping It into Meaning 46:30
Ayya Santacitta
Short Reflection & Guided Meditation | Wednesday-Mornings | 9
Aloka Earth Room

2023-07-19 Talk #8: Anapanasati & Satipatthana Comparisons (Steps 11 & 12) 46:38
Sayadaw U Jagara
Critical text analysis of how Anapanasati practice fulfills the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Discussion of the samadhi (step 11) and liberating the mind (step 12) from hindrances and self.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge July, 2023

2023-07-19 Cultivating Wise Speech 2: A Review of Three Foundations of Wise Speech and An Introduction to a Fourth: Empathy Practice 64:50
Donald Rothberg
We first focus on the importance of the practice of wise speech and then review three foundations of such practice: (1) developing presence in the midst of communication; (2) working with the four guidelines for skillful speech developed by the Buddha; and (3) integrating our practice to be mindful and skillful with thoughts, emotions, and body states with our speech practice. We then introduce a fourth foundation, empathy practice, aiming to understand and connect with another, exploring the roots of such practice in the innate capacity of empathy. We then identify a simple yet basic practice of tuning into someone's emotions and "needs" (or what matters to someone), based on the work of Nonviolent Communication (developed first by Marshall Rosenberg). A discussion follows, particularly examining bringing these practices into challenging interactions. (Materials on emotions--or feelings, needs, and an "empathy map" are given below, under "documents.")
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
Attached Files:
  • Feelings Inventory from NVC by NVC (added by Donald Rothberg) (PDF)
  • Needs Inventory from NVC by NVC (added by Donald Rothberg) (PDF)
  • Empathy Map by Donald Rothberg/Oren Jay Sofer (PDF)

2023-07-19 Morning Reflections #16: Concentrating the Mind (Step 11) 37:54
Sayadaw U Jagara
A guided practice for bringing the participation of all aspects of our lives, physically and mentally. The simile of a symphony conveys the essence of centering and gathering with the conductor's baton bringing together all musicians - Holistic approach.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge July, 2023

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