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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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2011-08-24 Wholehearted Living 1:15:07
What stops us from being wholehearted in our relationships and life? This talk explores the conditioning that keeps us from an engaged presence, and the key elements to manifesting heart and spirit in all that we do
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-08-10 Relating Wisely to Desire 48:43
Without desire, this world would not exist. While this universal energy is entirely natural, if we are not mindful of it, desire can become a narrowed fixation or addiction that creates deep suffering. This talk explores the ways we can pay attention that honor this energy without allowing it to cut us off from presence and possess us
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-08-03 Learning to Respond, Not React 1:11:08
When life doesn't go our way, we often launch into a chain reaction of obsessive thinking, blaming and unpleasant emotions. This talk explores how we can use meditative practices to step out of reactive patterns and respond to life's challenges from our naturally wise heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-07-27 Part 2: The Mystery of Who We Are 1:18:46
Everything we cherish--love, creativity, wisdom, aliveness-- arises out of our capacity to arrive in Beingness. This talk explores the stress that leads us to cut off from our natural state of being, and two key pathways home. Included are guided meditations that explore the nature of our awareness, the essence of who we are.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-07-20 Part 1: The Mystery of Who We Are 1:18:26
The Buddha taught that we suffer because we don't realize who we are. This talk explores two pathways of awakening from the insecurity and reactivity that arises from a narrow sense of self. Listeners are invited to investigate the nature of awareness through several guided reflections.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-07-06 Flow and Presence 1:17:43
In the moments when we are truly happy, there is a sense of both aliveness and presence. This talk reflects on three key ways we remove ourselves from living presence; and offers guided reflections that can re-open us into the flow.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-06-29 Compass of the Heart 1:17:04
Are you aware of the intentions that are shaping your thoughts, moods and life experience? This talk explores how mindfulness of intention allows us to open to our deepest heart's aspiration, and have that guide the unfolding of our lives.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-06-22 Presence and Empowerment 51:07
In the moments we feel threatened, hurt or dissatisfied, we often flip into controlling mode--our body, heart and mind become contracted and we disconnect from presence. This talk explores how we can shift from controlling, to an empowering presence. When we do, our deepest wisdom and compassion begin to shape and guide our life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-06-15 Soul Recognition-- Seeing Past the Mask 1:16:30
We each long to be true to ourselves--to live from the love, creativity and wisdom that is our essence. This talk explores how, by attending to three key domains, we train ourselves to see beyond ego conditioning. By deepening our attention, we can free ourselves and others to be who we truly are.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-06-08 The Art of Listening--Nourishing Loving Relationships 1:13:12
Deep listening is an essential ingredient in intimate, caring relationships. This talk reflects on the intentionality, presence and quest for understanding that create the grounds for a healing and loving listening attention.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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