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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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2011-04-27 The Blessings of Embodied Awareness 1:20:15
One expression of our suffering is homelessness--feeling cut off from the presence and aliveness that is our source. This talk explores the existential and cultural forces that foster disconnection from our physical and energetic being, the practices that enable us to embrace our unlived life and the gifts of homecoming.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-04-20 Part 2 - Realizing True Well-being 1:23:21
Buddhist psychology and the Western oriented field of positive psychology agree: How we pay attention determines whether we live primarily in fear and judgment, or happiness and peace. This two part series explores the teachings, practices and attitudes that enable us to live a meaningful life with a heart that is "happy for no reason."
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-04-13 Part 1: Realizing True Well-being 1:15:51
Buddhist psychology and the Western oriented field of positive psychology agree: How we pay attention determines whether we live primarily in fear and judgment, or happiness and peace. This two part series explores the teachings, practices and attitudes that enable us to live a meaningful life with a heart that is "happy for no reason."
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-04-06 Realizing Truth--The Power of Wise Inquiry 55:37
The Buddha considered investigation to be a crucial capacity on the spiritual path. This talk explores how interest and wise inquiry serve emotional healing, intimacy with others and revealing the truth that sets us free.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-03-30 Part 2: The Healing Power of Self-Compassion 1:16:07
Learning to hold our own lives with a gentle compassion is a key element in all emotional healing and spiritual awakening. This two part series explores the suffering of being at war with ourselves and the pathway to freeing our hearts. Music at end is Libby Roderick, "How Could Anyone?"
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-03-23 Part 1: The Healing Power of Self-Compassion 1:18:30
Learning to hold our own lives with a gentle compassion is a key element in all emotional healing and spiritual awakening. This two part series explores the suffering of being at war with ourselves and the pathway to freeing our hearts. Music at end is Libby Roderick, "How Could Anyone?"
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-03-16 Impermanence: the Gifts of Facing Reality 1:22:46
Only by opening our hearts to change and loss can we live and love fully. Yet much of our life is organized around finding ground-- avoiding the insecurity of change, loss and death. This talk explores how our ways of grasping and resisting remove us from the spontaneity and aliveness, the love and wisdom, that is our human potential.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-03-09 Trusting Our Secret Beauty 1:20:58
When caught in emotional suffering, we sense that we are living from a reactive, contracted place, and don't trust or like ourselves. This talk explores the severed belonging that is the genesis of that doubt, and the two wings of mindful presence and love that carry us home to our natural wholeness and goodness of Being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-03-02 Healing into Life and Death 1:18:34
Given the universal truth that these bodies get sick and they die, what allows us to find freedom, happiness and peace in the midst? This talk explores how, when we get caught in the suffering that arises from physical sickness, we can take refuge in presence and love.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-02-23 When We are Lost 1:19:30
It's part of our make up to get lost in the trance of thinking-- to believe our thoughts to be real and to live in the story of a separate, endangered self. It is also our capacity to recognize our trance and choose presence. This talk explores how the practice of pausing and arriving in the aliveness of our senses opens us to our natural compassion and wisdom, and enables us to experience the great mystery we are part of.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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