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2024-06-13 Inspiring Motivation for Practice: The Four Mind Changers 55:26
James Baraz
I look forward to being with our community and exploring the teaching on the "Four Mind Changing Reflections." These four reflections become a great motivation reminding us to use our time wisely to deepen our practice. I hope it gives a boost to your own practice.
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2024-06-06 Motivating Yourself with Compassion Rather Than Criticism 54:00
Eve Decker
Many of us have learned to motivate ourselves with self-criticism. At what price? Negative criticism is a form of aversion - one of the three "poisons" to well-being taught by the Buddha. We can practice and get better at motivating ourselves with self-compassion instead. Join me for an evening of exploration and practice with self-compassionate motivation.
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2024-05-30 Knowing and Meeting Your Own Needs As an Act of Compassion 49:07
Eve Decker
Many of us learned, for multiple reasons, to ignore our own needs. While this may support being of service to others in the short term, in the long term we can burn out and become resentful if we don't know what our authentic needs are and endeavor to meet them. We are each our own primary caregiver, and how we meet and respond to our own version of Universal Human Needs makes a big difference in how consistently available we can be to others. Using the skills of mindfulness, interconnection, compassion, and more, we can bring awareness and warmth into how we take care of our own needs. Hope to see you! Warmly, Eve
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2024-05-23 Thursday is Wesak! Thursday is Wesak! Honoring the Life and Teaching of the Buddha 49:51
James Baraz
This Thursday, May 23rd is Wesak, the most special day in Theravada Buddhist countries (Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka). The full moon in May is said to be the day that the Buddha was born, became enlightened at the age of 35 and died at the age of 80. The three holiest of days all rolled into one! On this Wesak, we can reflect on who this person was, what he discovered on his journey and the legacy he's left us.
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2024-05-09 A Sword and a Lotus Discernment, Energy, and Wise Action 55:56
Eve Decker
Compassion for self, others, and the world is essential for well-being and freedom. This form of love often needs to manifest tenderly - and - just as often, needs to be fierce. Join Eve for a look at bringing together 'a sword and a lotus'.
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2024-05-02 The Power of Collective Intelligence: The Magic in Community 48:35
James Baraz
The Buddha spoke of like-minded friendship as "the whole of the spiritual life." He encouraged us to take refuge in the Sangha. What makes community so powerful? Have you ever been part of a group that felt quite magical, where it was more than merely a collection of individual members? What are the ingredients that make a group like that come together?
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2024-04-25 Tender and Fierce Self-Compassion: Two Essential Ways to Practice 57:28
Eve Decker
Self-Compassion requires us to cultivate capacities of presence with difficulty, kindness, and awareness of common humanity. But this doesn't mean that it always must be tender and internal. Often, our self-compassion requires us to be action-oriented and courageous. Join Eve for a look at these two forms of self-compassion and some ways to practice.
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2024-04-18 Loving the Earth through Joyful Connection 56:26
James Baraz
April 22 is Earth Day. How can we express our care and appreciation for life on this planet through meaningful action? I look forward to exploring this with you at our Thursday sangha. I hope you join us.
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2024-04-11 Supporting our Peace with Mindfulness of Feeling Tone 50:13
Eve Decker
During mindfulness practice, we might anchor our awareness through a focus on breath or body. We can also become mindfully aware of vedena, or feeling tone: whether we experience something as pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. Becoming mindful of this mental function helps us interrupt our own reactivity, in order to both experience and offer greater levels of equanimity and peace.
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2024-03-28 Practices to Increase Contentment 50:13
Eve Decker
Mindfulness helps us see our minds. Neuroscience and our own observations make clear that the natural negativity bias is there, and can be overridden in favor of intentional practices that increase contentment. Join Eve to explore two of these practices - appreciating others ('mudita' in Pali) and appreciating ourselves (noticing and savoring our innate and expressed goodness).
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