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Dharma Talks given at Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre
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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

2019-07-14 12 talk: comparing mind (mana) and appreciative joy (mudita) 28:43
Jill Shepherd
Exploring the common tendency of the mind to get caught in comparing, and how the practice of mudita or appreciative joy can be both an antidote and an ally, that helps stop mana from arising in the first place
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-14 11 guided meditation: body and heart-mind 15:23
Jill Shepherd
A short guided meditation attuning to the body and the heart-mind, noticing how we're relating to experience, and inclining in the direction of appreciation and gratitude
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-06 10 guided meditation: dyad practice, mindfulness of mind 21:24
Jill Shepherd
Working in pairs naming mind-states out loud using just one word; separately for four minutes each, then alternating back and forth
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-06 09 instructions: mindfulness of mind 8:37
Jill Shepherd
A short talk offering definitions of different aspects of mental activity, including thoughts, emotions, moods and mind-states
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-06 08 talk: Second Noble Truth, craving for sense pleasures, compassion 26:10
Jill Shepherd
Returning to the Second Noble Truth, exploring clinging to sense pleasure as a common reaction to unpleasant emotions, and how compassion and self-compassion offer a more skilful way of navigating anxiety
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

2019-07-06 07 guided meditation: body, breathing, choiceless awareness 14:46
Jill Shepherd
A short guided meditation beginning with physical sensations and the breath, opening to choiceless awareness, orienting to kindness and metta
Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

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