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Retreat Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

  
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2019-05-29 Meditation: Opening to Life 20:48
Tara Brach
This guided meditation includes a mindful body scan, and awakening all our senses to our moment to moment experience. We relax open to the presence that is unobscured by thoughts, letting life be just as it is.
2019-05-29 Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame – Part 3 52:57
Tara Brach
Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and to open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part I focuses on chronic self-judgment; Part 2 on the places of deep self-condemnation, and Part 3 on where we have locked into anger, blame or hatred of others. Each includes guided reflections that can support us in directly awakening beyond the confining thoughts and feelings of blame.
2019-06-05 Meditation: Breath by Breath – Relaxing with Our Life 18:10
Tara Brach
The breath can be a powerful portal to presence. This meditation guides us in relaxing with the breath, including the breath in a body scan, and then allowing the breath to serve as an anchor when the mind gets lost in thoughts. As we settle with the breath as a home base, we find we can then open to the changing waves of experience with increasing balance, clarity and ease.
2019-06-05 An Appropriate Response: Living from an Awake Heart 51:00
Tara Brach
Much of our suffering comes from reacting to stressful situations with fear or aggression, rather than responding with wisdom and care. This talk explores the pathway of shifting from reacting to responding: this includes learning to pause, awakening the wings of mindfulness and kindness, and reconnecting with our deepest intention.
2019-06-12 Meditation: Effortless and Wakeful Presence 16:57
Tara Brach
Striving in meditation only creates more tension in our psyche and a solidified sense of self. This meditation invites us to awaken our senses and relax back into the presence that is always and already here. From presence we spontaneously notice and allow the changing flow of experience, and sense the openness and wakefulness of our natural awareness.
2019-06-12 The Courage to Love – Part 1 53:36
Tara Brach
The gateway to full intimacy and love is our capacity to open to vulnerability. These two talks look at our ways of avoiding vulnerability, and offer guidance in learning to contact and transform our fears into awake and loving presence.
2019-06-19 Meditation: Wakeful, Open Awareness 19:38
Tara Brach
When we awaken our senses, we can sense in the background a wakeful openness that is our true home. This meditation guides us by first attending to the space, aliveness and awareness that fills the body, and then by sensing how interior and exterior space is continuous, and suffused with the light of awareness.
2019-06-19 The Courage to Love – Part 2 51:40
Tara Brach
The gateway to full intimacy and love is our capacity to open to vulnerability. These two talks look at our ways of avoiding vulnerability, and offer guidance in learning to contact and transform our fears into awake and loving presence.
2019-06-26 Meditation: Awakening Our Full Aliveness 20:23
Tara Brach
We cut off from our aliveness when we are lost in thoughts and on auto pilot. This meditation arouses a receptivity to sensation from “the inside out,” opens the awareness to sound, and then invites a full resting in receptive, dynamic presence (from the archives).
2019-06-26 How Hope Can Heal and Free Us – Part 1 44:47
Tara Brach
The mature expression of hope includes three elements: the aspiration for manifesting our full potential, a trust that this is possible, and an energy that engages to serve this unfolding. In this talk, we explore the importance of hope on the spiritual path, its shadow side, and how we can nourish hope through these three elements in a way that serves inner freedom and the healing of our world (a special favorite from the archives).
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