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Dharma Talks given at Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre
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2020-01-17 10 guided meditation: metta for the benefactor 21:13
Jill Shepherd
A short guided meditation offering metta to the benefactor, using a combination of radiating energy and reciting phrases methods
New Year, New Beginnings

2020-01-17 09 instructions: metta 19:01
Jill Shepherd
A brief introduction to metta or kindness as the first of the four brahmavihara practices
New Year, New Beginnings

2020-01-17 08 guided meditation: exploring the four elemental qualities 15:51
Jill Shepherd
A short guided meditation lying down, bringing awareness to the elemental qualities of earth, water, fire and air within the body and externally
New Year, New Beginnings

2020-01-17 07 instructions: mindfulness of the body in terms of the four elemental qualities 13:21
Jill Shepherd
Exploring mindfulness of the body in terms of the four elemental qualities of earth, water, fire and air
New Year, New Beginnings

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

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