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Various's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
2016-06-09 Cultivating Mindfulness 3:48:51
This series is an introduction to the meditative development of mindfulness through which we refine our ability to focus and bring clear attention to all aspects of experience. We will cultivate mindfulness of breath, sensations, emotions, thoughts and actions. This series includes exercises that enhance mindfulness, support the establishment of a daily meditation practice, and highlight balanced awareness in work and home life.
2016-06-09 Mindfulness with Breathing 1:13:48
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the first talk in a four-week series titled "Cultivating Mindfulness." This talk focused on using the breath as the meditation object. When we observe our breath, our mind is free from unwholesome states, such as anger, greed, or doubt, because we are simply connecting with the very ordinary experience of breathing. We are not being pushed or pulled by desire or aversion. In fact, when we connect with the breath, we experience ease and happiness.
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2016-06-16 Mindfulness of the Body 68:30
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila Catherine gave the second talk in a four-week series titled "Cultivating Mindfulness." Shaila explored a number of ways to practice mindfulness of the body according to the Buddhist teachings. These methods include (1) using the body as a way of grounding our attention in the present moment, (2) working with mindfulness of the breath as an aspect of the body, (3) working with sensory experiences, (4) reflecting upon death, (5) seeing the body in terms of the four elements (earth, fire, wind and water) and (6) observing the body as anatomical parts. Methods 5 and 6 allow us to view the body as material constructions. From this perspective we no longer conceive our body as "I" or "mine;" thereby, attachment and ignorance dissolve.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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2016-06-23 The Place for Skillful Thoughts in Meditation 40:26
  Sharon Allen
Sharon Allen gave the third talk in a four-week series titled "Cultivating Mindfulness". She discussed the place for skillful thoughts in meditation, and why knowing how to foster mindfulness in thinking is an important foundational practice for any meditator.
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2016-06-30 Working with Emotions and Mental States 45:57
  Renee Burgard
Renée Burgard, LCSW, of Mindfulness & Health in Los Altos gave the fourth talk in a four-week series titled "Cultivating Mindfulness". This talk offers mindfulness practices for working with emotions and mental states. Renée introduces tools for becoming aware of and cultivating positive emotions. The tools include ways to counteract our human "negativity bias" with a "Taking in the Good" practice, i.e., staying with positive experiences for a bit longer than is our habit. She introduces "Mindful Self-Compassion" and mindful breathing and body awareness/movement practices for fostering kindness in the presence of difficult emotions.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
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