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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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2016-07-06 Stress and Everyday Nirvana – Part 2 1:11:13
Our habitual view of stress is that it is a bad thing, an obstacle to healthy living and spiritual realization. These two talks look at how our way of relating to stress determines our happiness, and invites listeners to engage with practices that radically shift our response to stress and bring a healing and freeing evolution of consciousness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-06-29 Stress and Everyday Nirvana - Part 1 1:15:16
Our habitual view of stress is that it is a bad thing, an obstacle to healthy living and spiritual realization. These two talks look at how our way of relating to stress determines our happiness, and invites listeners to engage with practices that radically shift our response to stress and bring a healing and freeing evolution of consciousness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-06-22 Reconnecting with our Lives - Healing from Dissociation 1:14:29
Dissociation is the universal mechanism for pulling away from the pain of “too much.” While it’s necessary and natural for enduring certain situations, the ongoing habit of dissociation cuts us off from our full aliveness, creativity, and capacity for love. This talk explores the process by which we disconnect from our bodies and feelings - individually and collectively - and the practices that directly enable us to include the “unlived life" - the fear and shame, passion and loneliness - that we’ve pushed away. By including the raw energies we’ve been avoiding, we come home to a fullness that can embrace others and the whole of life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-06-01 Real but Not True: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs 1:11:30
Thoughts and beliefs are navigational maps that are not inherently true. Rather, some serve us and others cause feelings of separation, self-aversion and/or blame of others. We can free ourselves from harmful beliefs by investigating them with a dedicated, mindful and courage presence. This talk guides us in mindful investigation through an illustrative story, an outline of steps, and a guided meditation that addresses limiting beliefs surrounding interpersonal conflict.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
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
2016-05-09 Question and Response from Retreat 12:10
Question and Response from Retreat ~ After morning meditation, Tara responds to questions on deepening our meditation practice, working with unpleasant and pleasant thoughts, and forgiveness from the IMCW 2016 Spring Residential Retreat.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2016-05-08 Fear as a Pathway to Loving Presence - Night Travelers 62:42
Shifting our relationship with fear is central to the evolution of consciousness. Our suffering arises when our thoughts, feelings and sense of identity are shaped by fear. As we learn to attend to fear with mindfulness and care, we discover the vast tender presence that has room for the waves, and can fully cherish this life. Life’s waters flow from darkness. Search the darkness, don’t run from it. Night travelers are full of light, and you are too: don’t leave this companionship… The moon appears for night travelers, be watchful when the moon is full. - rumi
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

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