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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
2016-05-12 Meditation: Gladdening the Mind 18:04
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
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 Morning Question and Response 16:45
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 Meditation: Guided Heart Forgiveness 28:50
Tara gives brief instructions on the forgiveness practice, then guides us through a process of forgiveness of ourselves and others. “Forgiving is a movement of your heart not to carry aversive hatred or blame. That you can care about someone and still create boundaries… Each of you has this wisdom, heart, being place that intuits that there really isn’t freedom in the moments that you’re carrying blame and judgment.”
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
2016-05-09 Meditation: Mystery of Aliveness 27:40
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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