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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
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2017-12-29 Taking Refuge in the Body (Retreat Talk) 62:20
  Jonathan Foust
This talk explores the importance of embodied awareness in waking up to who you truly are. You’ll learn how the body is the perfect vehicle for seeing into the nature of reality, how your entire experience arises from the field of the body and strategies for intimately engaging in the body not just in meditation practice, but in your life.
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

2017-12-29 Heart meditation: Cultivating self-compassion 45:51
  Hugh Byrne
This talk and guided meditation includes reflections on how cultivating compassion towards ourselves is essential for our own well-being and happiness—and a key to opening our hearts to the suffering of others. It concludes with a guided self-compassion meditation.
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

2017-12-29 Meditation and Short Talk: Basic Elements of a Mindfulness Meditation Sitting 34:29
  Tara Brach
This short talk and guided meditation offers an overview of what many people find is a natural unfolding within a meditation sitting. It includes the process of arriving in an embodied presence, learning how to come back from thoughts, and then opening the attention mindfully to the changing flow of experience. The meditation provides generous space between prompts for practice.
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

2017-12-28 Remembering and Choosing Loving Presence (retreat talk) 63:09
  Tara Brach
We are conditioned to go into a limbic trance—an emotional reactivity to life within and around us—that keeps us identified with a limited, separate sense of self. This talk helps us to identify the flags of trance, and to bring a healing attention that frees us to live our moments with creativity, wisdom and love. Includes the RAIN of Self-Compassion. (from the 2017 IMCW New Year’s Retreat)
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

2017-12-28 Meditation: Loving Kindness for Ourselves 39:00
  Kaira Jewel Lingo
In this meditation, we begin by visualizing benefactors offering us kindness, care and acceptance. We practice to truly let this in, and fill our bodies and minds. Then we begin to generate it for ourselves. (Gratitude to John Makransky for inspiration from his "Receiving the Healing, Liberating Power of Love" meditation.)
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

2017-12-28 Meditation: Basic Body Scan 20:00
  Tara Brach
From the first morning of the IMCW 2017 New Year’s retreat, Tara offers an introductory meditation with a body scan, bringing focus to the breath, sounds, then resting in awareness.
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

2017-12-27 Meditation: The Five Precepts 7:43
  Kaira Jewel Lingo
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

2017-12-20 My Religion is Kindness – Part 2 32:38
  Tara Brach
Authentic kindness must include the life within us. These two talks examine the movement from an armored to a free and loving heart. The first looks at how we can awaken from the trance of unworthiness and establish a genuinely caring relationship with our inner life. In the second we explore how self-kindness awakens us to the heartspace that naturally includes all of life. This talk is dedicated especially to youthful listeners on this solstice evening.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2017-12-20 Meditation: “Yes” to Life 13:00
  Tara Brach
This guided practice awakens a relaxed and friendly attention that rests in the breath and opens to whatever is arising. We deepen that presence with the intention to truly say “Yes” to experience, allowing life to be just as it is.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2017-12-13 Meditation: Boundless, Loving Awareness 21:05
  Tara Brach
Learning how to recognize and rest in spaciousness, allows us to discover the love and wakefulness that is our source. This meditation guides us to discover interior space, exterior space, and then the continuous space that is suffused with awareness. We then explore how that awareness is experienced as heartspace—vast, illuminated and tender.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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