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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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2014-04-23 Awakening Through Conflict 1:22:33
As long as we are identified as separate selves, we will inevitably experience conflict with others. If we learn to release blame and deepen attention to our embodied experience, conflict can become a portal for more loving, alive relationships and awakening into the fullness of our being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-04-16 RAIN - Cultivating a Mindful Awareness 1:22:24
The acronym RAIN is a powerful tool for interrupting habitual patterns of emotional reactivity and discovering the freedom of an awake, compassionate presence. This talk explores the components of RAIN, how it works, what makes it transformational and typical challenges people encounter. The teachings include a guided RAIN meditation.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-04-09 Loving and Losing 1:19:06
The way that we relate to impermanence and loss shapes our capacity to live and love fully. This talk, drawing on Mary Oliver’s poem “In Blackwater Woods,” explores three elements in our response to this fleeting, precious life that are integral to our healing and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-04-02 Stress and Our Evolving Consciousness 1:20:04
The universal experience of stress (in Buddhism, called dukkha) is a message that we are not realizing, trusting and living from our true nature. Our habitual reactions to stress - grasping, aversion, resistance - deepen emotional pain and lock us in a limiting sense of egoic-self. This talk explores how, with conscious intention and deepened attention, the stressful difficulties we encounter can become the very grounds of healing and spiritual awakening.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-03-26 Planting Ourselves in the Universe 1:15:51
When we are lost in the trance of thinking, we disconnect from the aliveness, awareness and love that is our source. Mindfulness, a key capacity of our evolving consciousness, awakens us from an identification with thinking and enables us to inhabit a wider realm of Being. This talk explores the confines of conceptual mind and the simple yet powerful practices that cultivate mindful awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-03-19 Return of the Prodigal Son 1:21:47
Drawing on Henri Nouwen’s book that interprets this famous parable, this talk looks at the ways we cut off from loving awareness, and the process of homecoming. Our inquiry, reflections and a guided meditation focus on an essential and often overlooked element of transformation: our capacity to trust in love, to let love in.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-03-12 Part 5: Equanimity - A Heart That is Ready for Anything 1:18:25
Equanimity is the quality of presence that is open, balanced and non-reactive. As this talk explores, when equanimity is lacking, we become easily lost in trance, identified as a defended and controlling egoic self. When present, the solidity and constriction of egoic self dissolves, and our heart is free to respond to life with love, compassion, forgiveness and joy.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-03-05 Part 4: Opening to Joy 1:19:08
Our innate capacity for joy is blocked by our habitual ways of paying attention. This talk explores three key pathways of presence that connect us with our full openness and aliveness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-02-26 Part 3: A Forgiving Heart 1:21:23
Anger is an intelligent emotion, a natural part of our evolutionary design that lets us know when we are endangered or impeded in our progress. But when it locks into ongoing resentment and blame, our heart becomes armored and we lose access to a wholeness of being. This talk explores forgiving as a process of relaxing our armoring and awakening a healing compassion for ourselves and others.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-02-19 Part 2: Heart of Compassion 1:24:50
Most of us consciously value compassion, but move through much of life without access to the full capacity of our heart. This talk explores the self-compassion that is the very grounds of loving our world.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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