The greatest gift is the
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Dharma Talks given at Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre
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2020-01-16 04 meditation: body scan and mindfulness of breathing 25:12
  Jill Shepherd
Beginning with a body scan inviting tension to soften and relax, then bringing awareness to the breath, starting with the simple knowing of breathing in and breathing out
New Year, New Beginnings

2020-01-16 03 instructions: sati and samadhi 14:15
  Jill Shepherd
A short exploration of mindfulness (sati) in the context of insight meditation, and how it is supported by clear comprehension (sampajanno) and stability of mind or non-distractability (samadhi)
New Year, New Beginnings

2019-12-24 Short guided compassion meditation for the Australian bushfire situation 14:41
  Jill Shepherd
A fifteen minute guided compassion meditation, offering compassion for all human beings and all other living beings affected by the current bushfire crisis in Australia

2019-08-08 27 guided meditation: compassion for a good friend, and self-compassion 20:46
  Jill Shepherd
Practising with compassion for a good friend who is currently experiencing some challenges, then offering compassion to oneself
Strengthening the two wings of Awakening: Wisdom and Compassion

2019-08-08 26 instructions: compassion and working with painful emotions 19:43
  Jill Shepherd
Some suggestions for working with painful emotions, and using compassion and self-compassion as antidotes to afflictive mind-states
Strengthening the two wings of Awakening: Wisdom and Compassion

2019-07-27 17 talk: fear of freedom 36:07
  Jill Shepherd
Acknowledging that change itself can cause anxiety; exploring some different definitions of Nibbana; and a few suggestions for navigating fear if/when it arises in meditation practice
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-20 16 guided meditation: dyads, exploring fearlessness 25:00
  Jill Shepherd
Working together in pairs, taking turns to describe a time of feeling ease, calm, confidence, courage, and noticing the effect this has on the body, heart, and mind
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-20 15 talk: wisdom and the three universal characteristics 29:54
  Jill Shepherd
How seeing the three universal characteristics of anicca-dukkha-anatta (impermanent, imperfect, impersonal) can support the releasing of anxiety and fear
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-20 14 guided meditation: relaxing the body, stilling the mind 14:56
  Jill Shepherd
A short guided meditation beginning with a brief body scan to relax tension, then using the breath to help steady and calm the mind
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-14 13 guided meditation: dyad practice, exploring gratitude and mudita for oneself 23:56
  Jill Shepherd
Working in pairs, contemplating gratitude for aspects of one's life, then a short written exercise exploring one's own good qualities
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

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