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Jill Shepherd's Dharma Talks at Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre
Jill Shepherd
Wisdom and compassion are two themes that inform my current exploration of the dharma, and I aspire to integrate these as fully as I can in both formal practice and daily life.
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2021-08-11 27 meditation: choiceless attention 29:10
Beginning with mindfulness of breathing to steady the mind, then letting go of the primary object or anchor to connect with whatever experiences are predominant, using mental noting to help stay present with changing experiences
Finding the Heart of Freedom
2021-08-11 26 instructions: mindfulness of mindfulness 19:36
Exploring some different approaches to mindfulness, and how different mindfulness methods can be used to maintain a balanced practice
Finding the Heart of Freedom
2021-08-09 17 meditation: practising with physical discomfort 29:48
Beginning by bringing awareness to physical sensations, practising non-reactivity to discomfort, then exploring how opening to neutral and pleasant feeling-tones can support the mind to stay balanced
Finding the Heart of Freedom
2021-08-09 16 instructions: working with pain 12:53
Some different approaches to working skilfully with pain in meditation
Finding the Heart of Freedom
2020-01-18 15 talk: from dukkha to sukha 46:15
Exploring the overall arc of our practice as a movement from dukkha (suffering) to ease and happiness (sukha), and how mudita or appreciative joy can support this development
New Year, New Beginnings
2020-01-18 14 instructions: mindfulness of feeling-tone 12:58
A brief introduction to the Second Establishment of Mindfulness, mindfulness of feeling-tone or vedana: recognising pleasant, unpleasant or neutral experiences
New Year, New Beginnings
2020-01-18 13 meditation: mindfulness of mind 27:06
Steadying awareness on the breath and physical sensations, then opening to include sounds, thoughts, and emotions
New Year, New Beginnings
2020-01-18 12 instructions: mindfulness of mind 9:37
A short introduction to exploring mindfulness of the mind, including thoughts, emotions, moods, and mind-states
New Year, New Beginnings
2020-01-17 11 talk: befriending the mind 46:39
Some ways of developing a wiser relationship to our mental activity: thoughts, emotions, moods and mind-states
New Year, New Beginnings
2020-01-17 10 guided meditation: metta for the benefactor 21:13
A short guided meditation offering metta to the benefactor, using a combination of radiating energy and reciting phrases methods
New Year, New Beginnings

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