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Dharma Talks given at Auckland Insight Meditation
2020-06-08 15 guided meditation: opening to sounds 28:49
  Jill Shepherd
Beginning with mindfulness of breathing to steady the awareness, then opening to physical sensations throughout the body, then opening to the experience of hearing, staying present to sounds as they arise and pass away
Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue seven-day retreat

2020-06-08 14 instructions: opening up the field of awareness to include hearing 11:48
  Jill Shepherd
Incorporating sounds into mindfulness practice
Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue seven-day retreat

2020-06-06 07 talk: mindfulness and clear comprehension 24:08
  Jill Shepherd
Exploring a variety of definitions of mindfulness, highlighting the aspect of clear comprehension as a support for insight, ending with dyad (pairs) practice investigating the experience of mindfulness in the moment
Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue seven-day retreat

2020-04-30 talk: seclusion, sangha, samvega (spiritual urgency) 17:16
  Jill Shepherd
A short talk exploring how taking refuge in sangha even while we're in seclusion, can strengthen samvega or spiritual urgency. Closes with an invitation to explore in small groups, what's been learned in response to the Covid-19 situation and how it might deepen our dharma practice.

2020-04-30 meditation: slowing, stilling, soothing 28:01
  Jill Shepherd
Orienting to the body and the breath to slow down, steady and soothe the heart-mind

2020-04-23 talk: balancing urgency and trust 25:08
  Jill Shepherd
Exploring the balancing qualities of samvega, spiritual urgency with pasada, quiet confidence or trust, as support for our capacity to look more fully at the truth of impermanence. Ends with an invitation to briefly contemplate our own mortality.

2020-04-23 meditation: settling in to calm and steadiness 28:45
  Jill Shepherd
A short guided meditation orienting the body and heart-mind towards stillness, calm, and ease

2020-04-16 talk: hope, hopelessness and equanimity 26:29
  Jill Shepherd
Exploring ways to open more fully to the truth of impermanence and death, then looking at equanimity as an antidote to any tendency to swing between hope and hopelessness

2020-04-16 meditation: steadying the body, the heart, the mind 28:36
  Jill Shepherd
Beginning by steadying and stabilising the body and heart-mind, then noticing our relationship to present-moment experience, opening to the simplicity of here ... now ... this ...

2020-04-09 talk: the relevance of mudita, gratitude or appreciation during difficult times 23:28
  Jill Shepherd
An exploration of the role of mudita, appreciative joy and gratitude, as a support for equanimity during challenging times. Includes quotes from an interview with Rebecca Solnit on hope https://onbeing.org/programs/rebecca-solnit-falling-together/#transcript

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