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A pervasive but often invisible source of suffering in our culture is self-aversion. We are a busy culture, and we move through our life feeling anxious and dissatisfied, but not fully conscious of how we neglect or judge our inner experience. We suffer from a lack of belonging: to our own bodies, to each other and to the earth. When we practice Buddhist meditation, we learn how to listen deeply and hold our life tenderly.
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2016-05-18 Happy for No Reason - Part 1 1:11:01
These two talks explore the two different kinds of happiness, the blocks to happiness, and the ways that mindful presence and intentional gladdening the heart (positive neuroplasticity) can open us to our full potential for true happiness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-05-11 Conscious Prayer - Finding Refuge in Loving Awareness 66:25
Prayer is a communing with our enlarged being. This talk examines less conscious forms of prayer, and how we can evolve the power of our prayers by opening into the depth of our longing, and reaching toward our true belonging.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2016-05-11 Meditation: Space of Awareness 35:22
Awake awareness includes both the foreground of bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings and sounds, and the background of open, still presence. In this meditation we explore discovering interior space and aliveness, and the continuous space that all existence arises and passes in. Resting as a boundless sea of awareness, we are fully open to the changing waves of experience.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2016-05-07 Meditation: Basic Body Scan and Breath Awareness 12:17
- from the first morning of the IMCW 2016 Spring weeklong retreat, Tara offers a short introductory meditation with a body scan, bringing focus to the breath, sounds, then resting in awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2016-05-04 RAIN of Forgiveness 1:14:37
The capacity to release the armoring of hatred and blame is intrinsic to our evolving consciousness. This talk explores the process of authentic forgiveness, and how we can use the mindfulness-based tool of RAIN to heal and free our hearts.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-04-27 Listening with an Awake Heart 69:36
True listening both nurtures and expresses evolving consciousness. This talk explores our ego-based conditioning to have an agenda or defendedness that prevents deep listening, and the strategies that evolve our capacity to listen fully to ourselves and others. When our listening is openhearted and full, it enables deep understanding and connectedness, and provides a transformative healing space for those who receive our listening attention.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-04-20 Love is Always Loving You 1:12:27
Love is Always Loving You – This talk draws on Christian mystic Henri Nouwen’s book Return of the Prodigal Son. We explore the primary ways we leave home – leave presence, connection, beingness – and the pathways of deep attention and love that enable our return. The emphasis is on “letting in love” as a key and often missing element in practices that heal and free our hearts. Through the talk there are several reflections that lead to receiving the blessings of love and discovering that we are the source of that loving.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-04-13 Meditation - Vipassana - Practice of Seeing Clearly 18:38
Vipassana, also known as insight meditation, is training in bringing a clear mindful attention to our moment to moment experience. We begin by relaxing through the body and then resting attention with the breath - or some other sensory anchor - and allowing the mind to settle. Then we open to whatever is predominant or calling our attention - sensations, emotions, sounds - meeting each arising experience with a clear, kind attention. The gift of this process is discovering balance in the midst of the changing flow, and gaining deep insight into the nature of reality.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-04-13 Releasing Self-Blame - Pathways to a Forgiving Heart 53:44
When we are stuck in blaming, disliking or hating ourselves, we are unable to love our world. This talk explores what underlies our addiction to self-blame and the teachings and practices that loosen aversive self-judgment and help us cultivate a forgiving heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-03-30 Embodied Awareness – Pain and Living Fully – Part 3 1:13:26
The experiences we most value – feeling creative, loving, vital – require being awake in our bodies. Yet when faced with physical pain, our conditioning is to pull away from our bodies, and get lost in thoughts. This talk offers guidance in working mindfully with different levels of pain, as we cultivate our capacity to live from an embodied presence and open heart. After the talk, Tara offers a short period of question and response on embodiment.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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