Jonathan Foust is a guiding teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, co-founder of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute and a senior teacher and former president of Kripalu Center. He has been leading retreats and training teachers for more than 25 years. Jonathan is the creator of the “Year of Living Mindfully” program and teaches regularly in the DC metro area. You can listen to his talks and guided meditations through his podcast or online.
As you develop as a contemplative artist, cultivating the ‘middle way’ includes disciplines that require attention and focus as well as practices that call for relaxation and letting go.
This talk explores strategies that can help you cultivate that ephemeral internal experience that is ‘not too tight and not too loose.’
Wisdom tells you you’ve got to let go of everything. Compassion is the lubrication that helps you do it. What are the keys to accessing open awareness and an open heart? This talk dives in with some stories and guided reflections.
Transformation comes when you can actively and intimately turn your attention to what is arising. Asking the right questions can help guide you to what is not quite felt and seen. This talk explores fundamental inquiries that open new possibilities, no matter what your inner experience.
Unless you live in a cave and have concierge service, you most probably interact with people each day. Wisdom teachings tell us to 'see self in other and other in self.' But how? This talk explores some practical strategies for cultivating empathy, compassion and skill in how you relate to others and use your relationships to wake up.
Spiritual practice is a blend of willful effort and conscious surrender. When the sense of "I" and "mine" drops away, compassion arises effortlessly. Sometimes your capacity to live with an open heart is effortless. Sometimes it requires a clear intention.