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Retreat Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Mindfulness for Everyone

Mindfulness offers us tools to develop our capacity to pay attention, regulate emotions, and cultivate states of lovingkindness, compassion, and even-mindedness. Mindfulness can be practiced in a variety of ways—from focused attention to wide open, spacious, natural awareness. Over time, one can access states of profound well-being in both silent meditation and everyday life. Rooted in the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, this retreat focuses on practical applications of mindfulness and is open to people of all experience levels and backgrounds.

2024-06-22 (6 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2024-06-23 The Basics of Mindfulness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:05
Diana Winston
First day of a retreat. How do we start our practice? Learn how to focus our attention.
2024-06-24 Going to Battle or Changing Course: The Five Hindrances (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:49
Gullu Singh
Gullu explores the 5 hindrances (nirvanas) and how to work with them skillfully, allowing them to be teachers rather than enemies.
2024-06-25 Working with RAIN (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 27:42
Diana Winston
This short meditation describes how we use RAIN to work with our emotions. RAIN includes: Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture, and Not Identify with. We also practice with RAIN on the spot, working with any difficult emotion that is present.
2024-06-26 Integral Spirituality 29:36
JD Doyle
2024-06-26 Accessing Natural Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:37
Diana Winston
What is Natural Awareness? This talk gives context for accessing and playing with a type of mindfulness that is open, spacious, luminous, and boundless. Natural awareness connects us to "awareness of awareness." The talk begins with an explanation of the spectrum of awareness (using some entertaining props) and includes on the spot glimpse practices.
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