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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
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2018-04-30 The Body is the Doorway (Retreat Talk) 58:40
  Jonathan Foust
This talk explores why intimate awareness of your body is a portal into seeing clearly into the nature of reality. You’ll learn how to fully arrive in the Here and Now through conscious relaxation and receiving sensations as they arrive, how to work with challenges as they arise and what you may discover when you embrace this practice. This talk is from the 2018 IMCW Spring Retreat.
2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-04-30 Short Talk & Meditation: Forgiving and Freeing Our Hearts 36:52
  Tara Brach
Forgiveness for others becomes possible when we’ve held our own being with great compassion. This short talk and guided meditation brings forth our most awake and tender presence as we ask for forgiveness, offer care to the woundedness within us, and then extend forgiveness to another who has hurt us.
2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-04-29 After the RAIN (retreat talk) 69:49
  Tara Brach
This talk offers an in-depth exploration of RAIN, applying the wings of mindfulness and compassion to painful domains of trance. We bring special attention to the fruit of RAIN, the realization of who we are beyond any limiting identity.
2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-04-29 Self-Compassion and Metta 36:55
  La Sarmiento
2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-04-28 Leap and the Net Will Appear: Trusting Ourselves and Our Practice 57:50
  La Sarmiento
2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-04-28 Welcome to Loving Kindness (Retreat Talk and Guided Meditations) 45:19
  Jonathan Foust
This talk explores the art and practice of cultivating kindness (metta) for yourself and others. You’ll learn why the practice is so critical to the development of heart and mind, the importance of improvisation and customizing your practice so it resonates for you and you’ll be guided through a variety of techniques that can help you open and sensitize your capacity for kindness and compassion.
2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-04-25 Meditation: Cultivating a Clear and Relaxed Presence 22:00
  Tara Brach
This guided meditation begins with a calming breath to quiet the mind and relax the body. Following this, we establish our presence with an anchor – the breath, sound or sensation – and practice “coming back” from distractions, and including whatever direct experience asks for our kind attention. The meditation ends with a short loving kindness prayer.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2018-04-25 Responding to Change with a Wise Heart 54:48
  Tara Brach
An intrinsic part of spiritual life is facing the truth of impermanence. When we open to the changing flow without resistance, we naturally cherish this passing life, and realize the timeless, changeless awareness that is our true home. Yet we are conditioned to grasp on to the passing pleasures (and all that we love) and resist the inevitable arising of stress and unpleasant experience. This talk includes teachings and guided reflections that help us identify the ways we are reacting to major changes in our life. We explore how to shift from reacting to meeting impermanence with an allowing presence, and then responding to our circumstances with wisdom and compassion.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2018-04-18 Meditation: Mind Like a Vast Sky 18:12
  Tara Brach
This meditation opens with listening and discovering the sky-like awareness that includes changing sounds, thoughts, feelings and sensations. The sounding of bells and chimes assists in connecting to and resting in the boundless and loving awareness that is our true home.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2018-04-18 Listening with an Awake Heart – Part 2 58:35
  Tara Brach
Deep listening – to our inner life, each other and our world – is an intrinsic expression of our awakened heart. Yet because we have strong conditioning to be caught in wants and fears, there is often much interference in the field of communications. These two talks are an opportunity to intentionally deepen your capacity to listen in a way that leads to increased understanding and connection. You’ll have the opportunity to investigate what gets between you and deep listening, and to practice the key elements that nurture receptive presence. The second talk includes questions and responses that focus on having an agenda instead of listening, the feeling that we don’t have enough time, listening when we feel reactive (hurt, defensive, intimidated, angry) and the need to feel heard.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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