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Diana Winston's Dharma Talks
Diana Winston
My work since 2006 through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (uclahealth.org/marc) emphasizes making mindfulness teachings accessible to all, regardless of background, yet without losing depth practice. In recent years I have been teaching on Natural Awareness— the effortless, objectless, and spacious side of awareness practices. Socially engaged Buddhism is a thread woven through many of my talks-- how can we end suffering both internally and externally? Having worked with teens and young adults for many years, some of the talks are geared to young people. Finally as a mom of a tween, I'm deeply inspired by the transformative power of daily life and family practice.
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2022-09-15 Lake of Lovingkindness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 23:25
This playful guided meditation invites us to jump into a lake of kindness and bring our friends, acquaintances, and difficult people along.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness for Everyone: The Basics and Beyond
2022-09-15 Recipe for Freedom: Concentration, Insight, Love, and Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 52:28
This talk includes the ingredients needed for deepening practice and finding freedom. It explores how our practice can begin with concentration, add insight into the mix, requires a sprinkling of self- love, and when cooked, opens to the nature of awareness itself. Added bonus: A few quotes from Ted Lasso.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness for Everyone: The Basics and Beyond
2022-09-13 Lovingkindness Meditation for Beginners (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 43:29
This recording includes a 51 minute overview introducing the theory and practice of loving-kindness. Then a 20 minute guided loving-kindness meditation focusing on easy person and self.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness for Everyone: The Basics and Beyond
2022-09-13 Getting Started with Mindfulness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 68:34
This meditation is excellent for beginners, establishing them in their anchor or focus point, with several options of breath, sound, and body.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness for Everyone: The Basics and Beyond
2022-07-28 Self-Care for Parents Dharma Talk (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:04
Most parents are exhausted, over-committed, guilty, and burnt out. This talk explores how to increase our capacity for self-care using principles of the dharma. We explore the challenging voices that prevent us from being self-compassionate, and how we can work with them. We then talk about how to increase "outer self-care" -- practical things parents can do, and then "inner self care"-- increasing joy as a radical act and finding a depth of well-being no matter what is happening in life.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center The Family Retreat
2022-07-27 Guided Mindfulness Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 21:08
Spirit Rock Meditation Center The Family Retreat
2022-05-31 Equanimity Stories and Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 40:13
This session offers an overview of equanimity, the quality of even-mindedness, balance, and non-reactivity. We discuss how it is cultivated, hear some stories about it, and do a guided equanimity practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy and Wellbeing
2022-05-30 Cultivating Self Compassion as a Path to Joy (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:21
Since so many of us struggle with self-judgment, what practices and tools will help us find more self-compassion and cultivate more joy? In this talk we explore the roots of self-judgment, and the ways in which mindfulness, loving kindness, and the recognition of our shared humanity and inner goodness can work together to alleviate the critical mind and promote joy and resilience.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy and Wellbeing
2022-05-28 Getting Started: Learning the Basics of Mindfulness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:05
This first day instructions guides students who are just starting out with their practice. We learn to find our meditation anchor and work with distraction.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy and Wellbeing
2022-03-29 Guided Sit--Metta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 66:52
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Living with Awareness Retreat

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