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2020-02-14 Vedana-The 2nd Foundation of Mindfulness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 64:34
  Tempel Smith
In every moment of subjective experience there is a quality of pleasure, displeasure or neutrality. Bring mindfulness to the quality of Vedana trains us how not to add suffering when pain arises or pleasure fades.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-11 Day 10 Afternoon Instructions: Practicing Forgiveness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:54
  Tempel Smith
As we further open our hearts to include even difficult people, it is very helpful to learn how to practice forgiveness. Often when deeply hurt our hearts hold resentments and yearn for accountability before it would be willing to risk opening again. And yet when others feel out resentment, judgment and the need for accountability they too shut down defensively. Starting with a good friend whom you have a history of love and trust, or even your companion animals, you can build a path of forgiveness. Some times we will never get full accountability, yet we can move beyond the pain of resentment to heal ourselves here and now.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-08 Day Seven Morning Instructions: Resting Wakefully in Breath & Body (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:01
  Tempel Smith
With the further settling of the mind we can deepen our intimacy with the breath and body. From a wakeful connection to the body and a sense of happiness we can explore areas of pain and mental activity. With the calming of mental activity we open to deeper samadhi.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

2020-02-05 Embodied Presence (Part 2) - Planting our Roots in the Universe 48:22
  Tara Brach
In describing our human predicament and dis-ease, D.H. Lawrence says we are like a great tree with our roots in the air. We need to replant ourselves—in our bodies, hearts and spirit. These two talks are guides to replanting ourselves. In Part 1, we explore how we are so often dissociated from the life of our body, and the pathways home. Part 2 looks at the challenges of pain, fear and trauma, and how we can gradually and skillfully reconnect with a wholeness of being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2020-01-22 Embodied Presence (Part 1) - Planting our Roots in the Universe 47:40
  Tara Brach
In describing our human predicament and dis-ease, D.H. Lawrence says we are like a great tree with our roots in the air. We need to replant ourselves—in our bodies, hearts and spirit. These two talks are guides to replanting ourselves. In Part 1, we explore how we are so often dissociated from the life of our body, and the pathways home. Part 2 looks at the challenges of pain, fear and trauma, and how we can gradually and skillfully reconnect with a wholeness of being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2020-01-11 The Four Ennobling Truths 61:30
  Yuka Nakamura
The teaching on the four ennobling truths speaks to our lived experience. It addresses the existential fact of facing suffering, pain, stress, and conflict in our lives and offers a way to understand the causes and conditions that lead to suffering and to the end of suffering. The four ennobling truths can guide us in our practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Foundations of Mindfulness-Based Approaches: Insight Meditation Retreat

2020-01-11 Morning instructions on body 56:50
  Chris Cullen
Review of first day instructions, suggestions about deepening and sustaining connection with anchors and practicing with discomfort and pain.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Foundations of Mindfulness-Based Approaches: Insight Meditation Retreat

2020-01-04 Freeing Ourselves From Anxiety About Non-Perfection 54:07
  Sharda Rogell
We can easily believe that perfection truly exists and if we can work hard enough we may reach it, until we see the pain in our striving and let go.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Embodying the Heart of Wisdom: New Year’s Retreat

2019-11-16 We Are Here To Forgive 42:16
  Ayya Medhanandi
Digging deep through the pains we experience with compassion enough to free ourselves from life's trials, we discover the way beyond harming, the way beyond anger. Finally we forgive all the monsters of the mind, all causes and conditions of our suffering, letting them go, setting them free so we can devote ourselves to living harmlessly.
Satipaññā Insight Meditation Toronto SIMT Fall Monastic Retreat

2019-11-05 Mudhita Meditation:Joy and Pain: Like Sunshine and Rain 38:32
  Sebene Selassie
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life

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