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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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2010-05-19 Desire and Spiritual Freedom 1:18:31
The Buddha taught that becoming identified with "wanting mind" obscures our true nature and binds us in suffering. This talk explores a wise attitude in relating to desire, and offers three pathways towards freedom: Mindfulness of "wanting mind," trancing back desire to its source, and radical non-clinging.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-05-12 Relating Wisely to "Wanting Mind" 1:20:19
While desire is intrinsic to life, it can contract into the craving that traps us in suffering. This talk explores how we seek happiness yet become habituated to false refuges--substitutes like over- consuming food, dependent relationships, approval, achieving--that can never bring happiness. Our freedom becomes possible when we forgive the ways we get hooked, and offer a deep, mindful attention to the energies of craving and clinging.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-05-02 Self-Compassion 61:52
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2010 - IMCW Spring Residential Retreat: Intimacy With Life
2010-05-02 Meditation with Instruction 28:01
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2010 - IMCW Spring Residential Retreat: Intimacy With Life
2010-04-28 Embodied Spirit 1:12:55
The Buddha taught that mindfulness of the body is a direct path to the realization of truth, to peace and freedom. This talk explores how we leave a present-centered awareness of our body, and the pathways of homecoming.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-04-21 True Belonging - Refuge in Presence and Relatedness 1:23:31
We become homesick when our insecurity compels us to find refuge in exclusive affiliations, in over-consuming, in avoiding intimacy or grasping tightly to the approval of others. This talk explores how we come home to the truth of who we are by connecting with our moment to moment experience, and by developing the capacity to be wakeful, giving and receptive in loving relationship.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-04-07 Beyond Small Self 1:15:42
While we are conditioned to become identified with limited sense of self, we have the capacity to recognize and open to who we are beyond the self. This talk investigates our most compelling domains of getting identified, and the ways a purposeful presence can awaken us.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-03-31 Meditation and Healing Trauma 1:13:22
Spiritual awakening often involves offering a healing presence to the suffering of post traumatic stress or deep emotional wounding. This talk explores the three key elements that support this process: self-forgiveness, accessing a source of love and safety, and bringing a kind attention to the unlived life in the body.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-03-24 The Blessings of Deep Listening 1:13:01
Our capacity to listen deeply--to our inner life and each other--is the grounds of true understanding and love. This talk explores the challenges to listening and guidelines and practices that awaken a listening heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-03-17 Realizing Your True Nature - Four Reflections 1:19:43
This talk explores a Tibetan teaching through reflection and guided meditations: Our true nature--our inherent wakefuness, openness and love--is closer than we can imagine; it is more profound than we can imagine; it is easier than we can imagine; and it is more wondrous than we can imagine.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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