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2018-10-17 Meditation: Relaxing Back into the Mystery 18:26
  Tara Brach
All true meditation guides us back to presence, and the mystery that is our source. In this guided meditation we awaken the senses, collect with the breath, and when lost in thought, practice relaxing back into the aliveness and awareness that is always here. We close with a beautiful poem from poet Danna Faulds.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2018-10-17 Part 2: Rewiring for Happiness and Freedom 51:10
  Tara Brach
The Buddha said, “I would not be teaching this (a path of awakening) if genuine happiness and freedom were not possible.” While this is our potential, we each have deep conditioning to get stuck in feelings of fear, deficiency and separation from others. These talks explore the two interdependent pathways of undoing the conditioning that blocks our potential. In Part I we will look at how we can intentionally arouse states of well-being, and with practice, develop them into ongoing traits that bring presence and joy to our lives. In Part II, we will investigate how to cultivate an unconditional presence, and the radical acceptance and love, that are the grounds of true happiness and inner freedom.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2018-10-11 Dharma Talk - With Tara & Ruth: Awakening to Racism through the Heart of Compassion 68:24
  Ruth King
We each have the capacity for true compassion—including all beings in our heart. This requires facing the ways we create separation, holding our inner life with great kindness, and learning to recognize the vulnerability in others. This talk includes a reflection allowing us to bring these teachings to a situation in our own life where we would like to live from our full potential for love and wisdom.
2018 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-10-11 Heart Meditation - Mudita (Joy) 34:35
  Sebene Selassie
2018 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-10-10 The Stars in Our Scars: Opening to Mystery on the Path 58:48
  Sebene Selassie
The Buddhdharma invites us not to believe anything but to come see for ourselves: the practice transforms our lives and through practice we come to understand the power of this path firsthand. But knowing that the practice works is not the same as knowing how it works. This talk explores the truth of mystery in our practice and in our lives. It invites us to open to the mysteries of the universe as a portal to a deep faith and wisdom on the path.
2018 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-10-09 Meditation: Amplify the Wholesome and Open Focus with Loving Kindness 38:41
  Jonathan Foust
In this guided heart meditation from the fall IMCW retreat, you’ll explore two separate practices: 1. Investigating ‘wholesome states’ when they arise can be a powerful way to increase your capacity for kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. You’ll be guided into the ‘felt sense’ of a positive state to explore particular qualities that can deepen its presence and significance for you. 2. In the second experience, you’ll be guided into feeling or imagining space in and around the body infused with a quality of loving kindness. (Note: If you feel spacey, ungrounded or the experience feels like it’s ‘too much,’ open your eyes or move to another technique.)
2018 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-10-08 Intimately Embodied and Seeing Clearly 57:01
  Jonathan Foust
This talk explores how the more intimately you are aware of your experience in your body right now, the more clearly you can see into the nature of realty. You’ll learn why in this practice your body is your ‘home base,’ how your ‘issues are in your tissues,’ how to work with challenging issues when they arise and how awareness of your body can reveal insights into three essential characteristics of reality.
2018 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-10-08 Meditation: Awareness of Thoughts (morning instructions and meditation) 41:56
  Jonathan Foust
In these morning instructions from the third day of the IMCW Fall Retreat, you’ll practice arriving fully and intimately in the senses and notice the quality and movement of thoughts, reinforcing a sense of who you are as the one who is aware.
2018 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-10-07 Worrier Pose – Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear 59:35
  Tara Brach
While fear is a natural part of our make up, many of us suffering when the “on” button gets jammed. This talk looks at how our fears generate habitual patterns of physical tension, anxious thinking, emotions and behaviors; and how this constellation prevents us from inhabiting our full wisdom and love. We then explore two interrelated pathways of healing—unconditional presence, and resourcing, or cultivating access to safety and belonging (from the 2018 IMCW Fall Retreat).
2018 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2018-10-06 Chant: Buddam, Dhamman, Sangham 11:20
  Sebene Selassie
2018 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life

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