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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants at Wellington Insight Meditation Community

Befriending the Mind: one-day workshop

One common misperception of meditation is that it aims to stop thinking. However, the aim of insight meditation is to develop a more skilful relationship to every aspect of our experience, including our thoughts and emotions. This one-day workshop explores ways to befriend the mind, to let go of unhelpful mental habits, and to cultivate helpful ones: states of heart and mind that lead in the direction of greater ease, happiness, and freedom.
2017-07-15 (1 day) Wellington Insight Meditation Community

2017-07-15 01 talk: Introduction to mindfulness of mind 13:05
  Jill Shepherd
Introduction of insight meditation and the four foundations of mindfulness, beginning with mindfulness of the body and the breath
2017-07-15 02 guided meditation: Mindfulness of breathing, body, sounds 28:42
  Jill Shepherd
30 minute guided meditation exploring mindfulness of the breath, physical sensations and sounds
2017-07-15 03 talk: short instructions on six sense doors 4:13
  Jill Shepherd
Short instructions on maintaining continuity of mindfulness through all six sense doors
2017-07-15 04 talk: mindfulness as non-reactivity 7:23
  Jill Shepherd
Short instructions for training in non-reactivity to thoughts
2017-07-15 05 guided meditation: breath, body, sounds, thoughts 28:01
  Jill Shepherd
thirty minute guided meditation bringing mindfulness to the breath, body, sounds, then thoughts
2017-07-15 06 talk: Feeling tone - vedana 12:04
  Jill Shepherd
Short talk on feeling tone or vedana, with instructions for dyad (pairs) practice
2017-07-15 07 guided meditation: dyad practice exploring feeling-tone vedana 8:03
  Jill Shepherd
Guided dyad (pairs) meditation exploring pleasant and unpleasant feeling-tone. Allow three minutes for each person to speak.
2017-07-15 08 talk: working with difficult emotions 14:02
  Jill Shepherd
Short talk on different methods for working with recurrent challenging emotions
2017-07-15 09 guided meditation: working with difficult emotions 16:25
  Jill Shepherd
15 minute guided meditation lying down, exploring ways of relating skilfully to difficult emotions
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