Talks and Meditations from Retreats

Retreat


Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves
Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves (retreat) (26:55 min.)

We can’t truly open to the waves of life unless we recognize our Oceanness, the formless awareness that is...

From Judgment to Self-Compassion
From Judgment to Self-Compassion (retreat talk)

When we’ve turned on ourselves with blame and aversion, it’s very difficult to arouse self-compassion. This talk looks at...

Vipassana or Insight Meditation and Instruction: A Path of Practice from Retreat
Vipassana or Insight Meditation and Instruction: A Path of Practice from Retreat (31:15 min.)

Vipassana, also known as insight meditation, is training in bringing a clear mindful attention to our moment to moment...

Worrier Pose - Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear
Worrier Pose – Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear (retreat talk)

While fear is a natural part of our make up, many of us suffering when the “on” button gets...

Retreat Meditation: Loving Kindness - Awakening and Expressing Our Heart
Retreat Short Talk & Meditation: Loving Kindness – Awakening and Expressing Our Heart (36:50 min.)

This short talk and guided meditation remind us that we each have the capacity to awaken our hearts. We...

Landlocked in Fur – Three Domains of Formless Presence
Three Domains of Formless Presence – Landlocked in Fur (retreat talk)

While we have evolved to experience a defining sense of separate self, our potential is to awaken to the...

Meditation: The Silence That's Listening
Meditation: The Silence That’s Listening (morning on retreat) (27:15 min.)

Listening to sounds is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and connect with the natural openness of...

Meditation: Spacious, Loving Awareness
Meditation: Spacious, Loving Awareness (from retreat) (30:03 min.)

~ an Open Awareness Meditation ~ When our awareness is awake and open, we naturally respond to this changing...

Short Talk & Meditation: Forgiving and Freeing Our Hearts
Short Talk & Meditation: Forgiving and Freeing Our Hearts (36:53 min)

Forgiveness for others becomes possible when we’ve held our own being with great compassion. This short talk and guided...

Disarming our Hearts: Letting go of Blame
Disarming Our Hearts: Letting Go of Blame (retreat talk)

Anger, judgment and blame create separation—from our inner life and our world. Only by releasing chronic blame can we...

Short Talk & Meditation: Tonglen - Radical Compassion
Short Talk & Meditation: Tonglen – Radical Compassion (32:43 min)

We are conditioned to avoid suffering – our own and others. By pulling away, we also contract our heart...

Meditation: Morning on Retreat
Meditation: Spring Morning on Retreat (33:47 min.)

In this guided meditation, we include an overview of different components of mindfulness practice. The reflection includes a body...

After the RAIN (retreat talk)
After the RAIN (retreat talk)

This talk offers an in-depth exploration of RAIN, applying the wings of mindfulness and compassion to painful domains of...

Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk)
Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk)

The sign of spiritual freedom is a deep trust in our essential nature, and in the light of awareness...

Meditation: Basic Elements
Meditation and Short Talk: Basic Elements of a Mindfulness Meditation Sitting (34:30 min.)

This short talk and guided meditation offers an overview of what many people find is a natural unfolding within...

Remembmering and Choosing Loving Presence
Remembering and Choosing Loving Presence (retreat talk)

We are conditioned to go into a limbic trance—an emotional reactivity to life within and around us—that keeps us...

Forgiveness - Meditation - A Forgiving Heart
Instruction & Meditation: A Forgiving Heart (36:04 min) (retreat)

A forgiving heart clears the way for giving and receiving love freely.  This talk and meditation explores where we...

Radical Compassion - Part 1
Radical Compassion – Part 1 (retreat talk)

Radical Compassion – Part 1 –   CC   ~ Compassion is the medicine we most need as individuals and...

Relaxing the Over-Controller - Part 2
Relaxing the Over Controller – Part 2 (retreat talk)

We all have conditioning to do what we can to protect and promote our wellbeing. Our suffering arises to...

Instruction and Question-Response
Instruction and Question-Response during Retreat (9:44 min)

Topics include individualizing your meditation practice, working with the “tangles,” forgiveness practice, and using the “N-Nurturing” of RAIN. Given...