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2019 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

Vipassana, or Buddhist Meditation, is a way of opening to life and seeing clearly the totality of one’s being and experience. The practice is based on cultivating a present-centered mindfulness, leading to an unfolding of our natural wisdom and compassion. The focus of this retreat is to enhance intimacy with ourselves and the world. In order to help participants discover a sense of stillness and deep listening, silence will be maintained throughout the retreat except during question/answer periods and interviews with the teachers. In addition to sitting and walking meditation practice, there will be sessions of mindful movement led each day.

2019-05-03 (8 days) Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

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2019-05-03 Opening Retreat Talks - 63:19
Tara Brach
Introductions, Orientation, Instructions Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, La Sarmiento, Kate Johnson
2019-05-04 Meditation - First Morning 16:58
Tara Brach
2019-05-04 Finding Common Ground Metta 33:05
La Sarmiento
From my teacher Thea Elijah, through establishing our connection to the earth, we create common ground upon which we realize our interconnectedness. This meditation guides us through this process so that we can offer lovingkindness to ourselves, a beloved, a neutral person, a difficult person, and all beings.
2019-05-04 Making Friends With Your Body 59:37
Kate Johnson
Working with common meditation obstacles through embodied awareness...
2019-05-05 Meditation: Retreat Instructions, Day 2 34:56
Tara Brach
2019-05-06 Meditation: Equanimity (Upekkha) 29:41
Kate Johnson
Cultivating a wise heart on the path to societal transformation...
2019-05-06 Going Against the Stream: The Gift of Being Real 51:54
La Sarmiento
Through stories and songs giving a talk on the fly models vulnerability, judging mind, acceptance, and healing.
2019-05-07 Meditation: Releasing the Armor of Blame 35:22
Tara Brach
We can’t will forgiveness, but we can be willing to bring presence to our wounds, and gradually let go of the blame that contracts and dulls our hearts.
2019-05-08 Meditation: Forgiving our Humanity and Offering Compassion 38:25
La Sarmiento
In this guided meditation, we forgive or at least intend to forgive ourselves and others for being human and clearing the way to offer kind and gentle compassion.
2019-05-08 Trusting the Gold (retreat talk) 62:06
Tara Brach
This talk looks at how our upbringing and culture lead us to mistrust who we are and become identified as a separate, deficient self. We then explore the practices of presence and self-inquiry that turn us toward the openness, tenderness and wakefulness of our Being. Our trust grows as we increasingly glimpse, embody and live from our natural Being. NOTE: This talk was given at the Spring 2019 IMCW 7-day Silent Retreat.
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