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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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2011-12-14 The Dance of Relational Trance 1:18:54
When we become emotionally reactive in our relationships, we often go into a trance that creates separation and locks us into a narrow sense of self. This talk explores how, by pausing and deepening our attention, we can reconnect with the wisdom of our hearts. (video available)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-12-07 The Backward Step 1:18:03
Our habit is to think we are on our way someplace else, and that our happiness is to be found outside ourselves. Yet realization becomes possible when we take the backward step into the formless dimension of our own being. This talk explores the two pathways that awaken us from our stories of self and reveal the love and awareness that is our true nature. (video available)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-11-23 Pathways to a Grateful Heart 1:21:14
When we are filled with gratitude, we are living from the most sincere, awake part of our being. This talk explores three pathways of practice that open us to serving and savoring this life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-11-16 Mindful Speech 1:22:57
Deception, gossip and aggressive speech are pervasive in our culture. This talk looks at the roots of these forms of communication, and the way they entrap us in a contracted and separate sense of self. We then explore the practices that help us speak from a courageous presence, wisdom and love. (video available)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-11-09 The Space of Presence 1:19:15
The perception of "there's not enough time or space" in life blocks our natural capacity for intimacy, creativity and wisdom. Pausing and connecting with the space of presence transforms our entire experience of being alive. This talk explores the pathways that reveal the space that is always here, the awake and loving space of our own awareness. (video available)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-11-02 Divine Abodes: Equanimity 1:20:55
Equanimity is the mental state of balance and non-reactivity that arises when we are resting in open, wakeful presence. This talk reviews the key pathways to equanimity in the face of difficulty. We also explore the blessing of equanimity: the freedom to respond to our life with wisdom, compassion and love. (video available)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-10-26 The Divine Abodes: Joy 1:25:13
Joy is an innate capacity, an expression of unconditional presence with life. Yet for many, it is blocked by our conditioning to grasp after life and to defend against loss. This talk explores how we can develop the selfless presence that allows for joy, and nourish that joy so it blossoms in our life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-10-19 The Divine Abodes: Compassion 1:20:56
We cultivate compassion by letting ourselves be touched by the suffering within and around us. Because our conditioning is to avoid vulnerability, the path of compassion requires courage and purposefulness. As we awaken to the truth of our connectedness, our hearts become increasingly tender and our actions serve the healing of our world.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-10-13 Thursday AM - Question and Response on Retreat 12:29
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2011 - IMCW Fall Residential Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2011-10-05 The Divine Abodes: Lovingkindness 1:25:21
Love is the most basic expression of who we are, and yet it is often obscured by the trance of separation and fear. This talk explores how we habitually armor our hearts, and the training of attention that awakens us to unconditional, all inclusive love. A classic form of the metta (lovingkindness) meditation is part of the talk.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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