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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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2010-09-29 Loving the Earth 49:15
How is it possible that we humans have wreaked such havoc on this planet, on the web of life that we belong to? This talk explores the ways that egoic consciousness can lead to violating life, and how evolving consciousness can move us toward healing this earth.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-09-22 The Power of Mindful Investigation 0:00
We each have a deep interest in reality--in understanding what is true and who we are. In Buddhist teachings, our interest, and its expression in wise investigation, energize the path of awakening. This talk explores how mindful investigation can free us from emotional suffering, nourish loving relatedness and create the conditions for deep spiritual realization.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-09-15 Be All That You Are 1:20:16
We are conditioned to live in stories that obscure the vastness, goodness and mystery of what we are. This talk explores the ways we construct a limited self-identity and the pathways to realizing and living from a fullness of our Being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-09-08 Equanimity 1:14:01
Cultivating equanimity means awakening our capacity to meet the winds of life with a non-reactive, open, balanced presence. The gift of this presence is that we can see clearly what is happening within and around us, and respond with wisdom, creativity and compassion. This talk looks at our habits of reacting, and the ways we can come home to equinimity in the midst of life's challenges.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-09-01 Joy 1:21:49
Joy is an innate capacity, one of the primary expressions of an awakened heart and mind. Yet because of our conditioned patterns of thought and emotion, this capacity for openness, happiness and full aliveness can be obscured. This talk guides us in how to nurture joy through a commited presence that unfolds into "loving what is."
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-08-25 Compassion - Responding to Suffering with Care 1:23:03
Our capacity to respond to ourselves and our world with compassion is the essence of all healing and spiritual awakening. This talk explores the trance of separation that blocks our natural compassion, and includes guided practices that enable us to directly cultivate a compassionate heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-08-18 Metta - Lovingkindness 1:19:21
This talk explores what gets in the way of loving presence and the training that awakens and frees our hearts.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-08-11 Blessings of a Forgiving Heart 1:18:19
The roots of peace and war are within these very hearts. In the moments that we release blame, we reconnect with the compassionate presence that heals ourselves and others as well. This talk includes a meditation that guides us in awakening our capacity to forgive.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-08-04 Self-Forgiveness 56:19
Holding ourselves with a compassionate, forgiving heart is the gateway to healing, and to intimacy with our world. This talk explores our deep conditioning to be at war with ourselves, and the insights and elements of forgiving that can carry us home to loving presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-07-28 Trusting Who We Are 1:17:55
If we investigate, we will find that much suffering arises out of mistrust--of ourselves, others and life. This talk explores the genesis of the great challenges of doubt and mistrust, and the pathway to trusting the goodness that is our essence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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