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Stories That Imprison Our Heart – Part 1


Stories That Imprison Our Heart – Part 1 –

Our suffering arises from fear-based stories that are often outside our awareness. These include stories of our deficiency or importance, of being a victim, of being unseen or unloved, of facing failure or rejection.  This is true collectively too.  We have shared stories of bad “others” that fuel wars, shared stories of the value of continued growth in consumption and production that destroy our earth, shared stories of our human right to enslave and violate other animals. We have the capacity to bring the stories that separate and imprison us into the light of awareness, and with great compassion, loosen their grip. These two talks look at the ways fear-based stories create suffering, and how awakening from them reveals the freedom of our true, and universal, belonging.

Includes a story from Frank Ostaseki’s new book, The Five Invitations – https://fiveinvitations.com/


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Meditation: The Breath – Portal to Presence (18:50 min)


Meditation: The Breath – Portal to Presence –

We start with breathing mindfully to collect and calm the body and mind. Then the attention opens to include the changing flow in a spacious natural presence.


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The Reality of Change: Embracing this Living Dying World


The Reality of Change: Embracing this Living Dying World ~

“What is it that allows us to open our hearts to every moment of our life? It’s the remembrance that it’s passing and it’s precious.”

Our true refuge is reality – only by opening to “things as they are” do we find true peace and freedom. This talk explores impermanence – a key feature of reality. We look at our habits of resisting change – including loss and death, the practices that awaken and open us, and the gifts of letting go into the ever-changing river of experience.

photo: Janet Merrick


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Sure Heart’s Release – “redux”


Sure Heart’s Release – a favorite talk from 2015

The pathway to our awakened heart includes deep recognition of our barriers to love, and as we open, the courage to express our love. This talk includes a reflection and practice that can support us in inhabiting our full capacity for loving presence.


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Healing Trauma: The Light Shines Through the Broken Places


  CC   ~ Most of us have encountered trauma either in our own direct experience or with someone in our immediate circle. This talk examines the shame and suffering that arise from trauma and how meditation practices can support a path to full spiritual healing. We focus on practices that help us access a sense of love and safety, and then increase our capacity to bring presence to the unprocessed, unlived life in the body. (Note: For many who suffer from PTSD, therapy is invaluable and these practices are not considered as a substitute.)

See also: Mindfulness Strategies for Working with Trauma and Strong Fear


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Your Awake Heart Is Calling You


Your Awake Heart Is Calling You ~

As individuals and societies, we are pulled by both the insecurity of our evolutionary past, and by our awake heart, our capacity for mindfulness and compassion. This talk explores the ways we can listen to and respond to the call of our awake heart, by training ourselves to open to vulnerability (our own and others) and widen the circles of compassion.


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Meditation: Inhabiting Awake Awareness with Intro (24:31 min)


This meditation begins with collecting attention with the breath, and awakens us to the experience of aliveness and inner space by scanning the body. We then open to receive all the senses in awake awareness, and to inhabiting that boundless receptive awareness that is our home.

photo: Linda Stapleton Olsson


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Meditation: Inhabiting Awake Awareness (21:40)


This meditation begins with collecting attention with the breath, and awakens us to the experience of aliveness and inner space by scanning the body.  We then open to receive all the senses in awake awareness, and to inhabiting that boundless receptive awareness that is our home.

photo: Linda Stapleton Olsson


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Secret Beauty – Seeing the Goodness – Solstice Talk


This solstice talk explores two pathways to realizing the Secret Beauty that is our essence.  One is through the compassion that arises when we stay with vulnerability and suffering, and the other is through love that arises as we learn to see the goodness that shines through all beings.

NOTE: “Say I Love You,” is from Christy Sharshel’s new poetry book – “Metta-Morphosis: Reflections on Becoming” – available at: http://amzn.to/1PoHegO.


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Meditation: Awake & Open Awareness (23:32 min)


 

This practice helps settle the mind with the breath and then opens to the changing flow of experience, letting life be just as it is.


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