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2024-02-22 Contentment Through Mindfulness 52:23
Eve Decker
a look into a few of several practices that support us in deepening contentment.
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2024-02-15 Metta in Difficult Times 51:53
Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith
You'll appreciate what she shares.
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2024-02-08 Cultivating Resources for Well-being 58:49
Alexa Redner
"Cultivating Resources for Well-being". There are so many realms of support available to us on our spiritual path when we can remember them, open to them, and receive their care.
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2024-02-01 Sudden Awakening, Gradual Cultivation: The Process of Purification 52:56
James Baraz
Sometimes it feels as if our practice is taking one step forward and two steps back. Or two steps forward and two steps back. In this talk I want to explore the process of awakening in the context of understanding the trajectory of practice. Even though it might not seem as if much is happening or that you're truly growing, it's happening anyway. However, there are some things to know about how the process works that can help you develop patience, confidence and inspiration.
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2024-01-25 Two Paths to Self-Forgiveness 56:35
Eve Decker
There are often things about ourselves that can be hard to forgive: the ways we have caused harm to others, the way we have caused or chronically cause harm to ourselves, and the ways we perceive ourselves as imperfect. Join us for an exploration of two possible paths that can lead to a greater sense of self-forgiveness.
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2024-01-18 On Having No Head: A Simple, Effective Anatta Practice 53:07
James Baraz
We all know the unpleasant feeling of self-consciousness. It is one thought away from self-judgment, self-criticism and a whole spectrum of “Selfing” thoughts. This week I want to share with you a simple and effective practice to cut through this painful negative mental habit which, when utilized, takes the “self” out of self-consciousness.
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2024-01-04 Your Heart Was Made For This 55:30
Oren Jay Sofer, James Baraz
Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed an uplifting transition to 2024. I'm delighted to invite you to join me in welcoming author and Dharma teacher Oren Jay Sofer for an evening of online practice and exploration based on his new book, Your Heart Was Made For This: Contemplative Practices to Meet a World in Crisis with Courage, Integrity, and Love. What does the contemplative path have to offer our aching hearts in a rapidly changing world beset with challenge? What can our practice offer beyond personal benefits?
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2023-12-28 End of Year Reflection: Honoring this Moment Together 54:14
James Baraz
As we come to the last gathering of the year, join us online as we will reflect on this moment together--looking back at the past year, seeing where we are right now and getting in touch with our vision for the upcoming year. We will mark this time together with an end-of-year ritual and support each other in our intentions for the New Year. Please bring a candle, some pare and a writing implement.
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2023-12-22 The Light Inside the Darkness: A Winter Solstice Reflection 56:55
James Baraz
This Thursday our meeting will take place just as we arrive at this year's Winter Solstice (7:27pm Pacific Time). This longest night of the year has given rise to many holidays of light (Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Soyal, the winter solstice celebration of the Hopi Indians, and many others). We will explore accessing the light within as we experience the solstice and navigate the shadow within us and in the world.
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2023-12-14 Supporting our Peace with Mindfulness of Thoughts 58:13
Eve Decker
Join Eve Decker for an exploration of the why and how of increasing our capacity to experience and offer peace through mindfulness of thoughts. "As contemplation deepens, the seemingly solid, stable mind reveals itself to be a stream of mental acts flashing in and out of being, coming from nowhere and going nowhere, continuing in sequence without pause."- Bihhhu Bodhi "Watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love Born out of concern for all beings… As the shadow follows the body, As we think, so we become." - Buddha
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