My work since 2006 through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (uclahealth.org/marc) emphasizes making mindfulness teachings accessible to all, regardless of background, yet without losing depth practice. In recent years I have been teaching on Natural Awareness— the effortless, objectless, and spacious side of awareness practices. Socially engaged Buddhism is a thread woven through many of my talks-- how can we end suffering both internally and externally? Having worked with teens and young adults for many years, some of the talks are geared to young people. Finally as a mom of a tween, I'm deeply inspired by the transformative power of daily life and family practice.
This talk explores how we can counteract self-judgement through mindfulness, the cultivation of positive emotional states, and the recognition of our shared humanity. It also weaves in teachings of natural awareness, inner goodness, and the importance of stepping into our power in the world.
This talk introduces the basics of mindfulness. IT also explore different ways of being aware. We can view awareness practices on a spectrum from focused awareness, to flexible awareness, to natural awareness. The talk goes along with the July 9, 2018 Guided Meditation.
In this talk, Diana weaves together stories from her own spiritual journey with what she sees as universal aspects of the spiritual path. She talks about obstacles that arise on the path, learning to love ourselves more deeply, the power of liberating insights, and the journey to resting in Natural Awareness.