~ Older Talks & Meditations ~
Equanimity (19 mins)
Equanimity is the quality of balance and acceptance. It is the heart that can hold everything and anything because it is so vast. This talk explores the factors that prevent equanimity - the Eight Worldly Winds - and four ways to cultivate it. It was originally given at Healing Circles Langley on July 11, 2019.
Forgiveness (32 mins)
This talk and guided meditation focus on the benefits of forgiveness and the "three directions of forgiveness" described in Buddhism - forgiving ourselves for the harm we have caused others; forgiving ourselves for the harm we have done to ourselves; and forgiving others for the harm they have done to us. They were originally offered on June 20, 2019 at Healing Circles Langley.
Generosity (24 mins)
Generosity benefits the giver as well as the receiver. After a review of these benefits, this talk goes on to consider three ways of being generous: being generous with our time, talents and treasure. This talk was originally given on June 6, 2019 at Healing Circles Langley.
Universal Friendliness (28 mins)
This talk opens by exploring the connections among seven qualities of the heart that are cultivated in Buddhism: universal friendliness, gratitude, generosity, compassion, forgiveness, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. It goes on to discuss universal friendliness, also known as "metta", loving kindness and goodwill as a practice that opens and warms the heart. This talk was originally given on May 23, 2019 at Healing Circles Langley.
Awakening in the Present Moment (25 mins)
Experiences of awakening in the present moment arise naturally. Although it cannot be forced or willed, we can incline our minds to awakening by training in the Buddha's seven factors of awakening. This talk was orginally given on April 25 at Healing Circles Langley.
MIndfulness & the Environment (29 mins)
This talk explores mindfulness & the environment by presenting a framework that includes developing our sensory awareness of the environment, noticing our thoughts and emotions about it, touching into our hearts, and taking action based on love. It was originally given at Unity of Whidbey on April 11, 2019.
The Joy of Renunciation (17 mins)
In this talk, I explore renunciation as the practice of giving up the causes of suffering so that we can become more joyful, happier and progress towards awakening. This talk was originally given at Healing Circles Langley on February 21, 2019.
Distracting Thoughts & How to Work with Them
This talk describes five different types of distracting thoughts and suggests tools for working with them. The guided meditation offers an experiential practice for working with distracting thoughts. This talk and guided meditation were originally offered on January 31, 2019 at Healing Circles Langley.
Living with Integrity (37 mins)
This talk and guided meditation explores the nature of integrity, as well as what it feels like, and some practices for developing it. It was originally offered at Healing Circles Langley on January 17, 2019 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Sympathetic Joy (32 mins)
Sympathetic joy is about taking pleasure in someone else's happiness, achievements, good qualities and good fortune. It understands that joy, happiness and love are limitless qualities and that the more we give them away, the more we have. This talk and guided meditation were originally offered on June 27, 2019 at Healing Circles Langley.
Compassion (26 mins)
Compassion is a basic human instinct but it is often covered over by greed, anger, fear, and self-righteousness. These can be lessened by tuning into the suffering of others, opening our hearts to them, and feeling the desire to alleviate it - just as we seek to alleviate our own distress. This talk was originally given at Healing Circles Langley on June 13, 2019.
Gratitude (18 mins)
Gratitude is an attitude of mind that has many benefits for the person expressing it, as well as for the person receiving it. It isn't about denying difficult or painful feelings, but it is about holding them in a larger context. This talk was originally given on May 30, 2019 at Healing Circles Langley.
Being Mindful of Buddhist Teachings in Everyday Life (21 mins)
Being mindful of Buddhist teachings in everyday life requires remembering the teachings that we have heard, watched or read, and being mindful of our direct experience in the present moment. When these two things come together, we are more likely to try out what we have learned and see if it is true for us. This talk was originally given at Healing Circles Langley on May 2, 2019.
Loss & Grief (22 mins)
Grief is how we respond to loss and death. This talk explores the nature of grief and what it can teach us. It describes three "gifts" of grief. It goes onto to outline six ways of working with loss and grief. This talk was originally given on April 18, 2019 at Healing Circles Langley.
Awareness & Insight Meditation (23 mins)
This talk starts by describing how to cultivate awareness using two types of mindfulness meditation - meditation with a primary meditation object and choiceless awareness, without a primary meditation object. It concludes with a discussion of insight meditation. This talk was originally given on April 4, 2019 at Healing Circles Langley.
The Heart of Love (43 mins)
This talk opens with an experiential exercise and goes on to explore the nature of conditional and unconditional love. There is an accompanying guided meditation. The talk and guided meditation were originally offered on February 7, 2019 at Healing Circles Langley.
Using Wise Effort to Work with an Over-Striving Mind (37 mins)
Many people over-strive in their personal and professional lives, leading to anxiety, exhaustion, and illness. Wise effort can help us to work with this pattern. This talk and guided meditation examines how we can discern what wise effort means for us as individuals. It was originally offered on January 24, 2019 at Healing Circles Langley.
Intentions (34 mins)
What are intentions, why are they helpful, what are some different levels of intentions, and how can we work with them? This talk and guided meditation was originally offered on January 10, 2019 at Healing Circles Langley.