Dan Cayer: Kindness As Insight – Podcast 226

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Working with the body through meditation doesn’t have to mean only observing. Sometimes, especially if there is pain or discomfort, just “noticing” can end up being a continuation of our habitual practice of judging and withholding compassion. In this episode, we will explore how we can practice embodiment and extend kindness to ourselves, especially during … Continue 

Rick Redondo: Finding Our Heart – Podcast 225

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In this episode, we will explore sensations of disheartenment through the Buddhist teachings of Bodhicitta, or awakening heart. We learn to free ourselves of our own suffering by removing the fixation on ourselves, and through loving kindness aspiration. Meditation In The City is the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York’s very own podcast! Email us at [email protected]Continue 

Shastri Elizabeth Reid: Discovering the Power of Mindful Speech – Podcast 224

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In this episode, we will explore the 6 Points of Mindful Speech, first introduced by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. As speaking is essential to communication, the way in which we speak can make all the difference. These six guidelines can be a tool to illuminate our habits, and invite us to fully engage body, speech and … Continue 

Vegan Aharonian: Running Behind the Train of Happiness – Podcast 223

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Happiness is something many of us spend our lives chasing.  The subconscious mind often says: “My real life will begin once this happens …” or “For now I am just preparing, I just need to get through this and then I’ll be happy…”. How do we finally catch the train? Meditation In The City is the … Continue 

Eve Rosenthal: Genuineness – Overcoming Our Personal Fake News – Podcast 222

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Genuineness is being able to experience and express the truth of reality without getting caught in “fake news” arising from habitual storylines about ourselves and others. Meditation is training in genuineness — learning to simply and gently be with our body, senses and thoughts without manipulation, moment to moment. The power of practicing in this … Continue 

Acharya Eric Spiegel: Cultivating Compassion in the Time of COVID – Podcast 221

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The pandemic created so many different types of suffering and uncertainty, and it is difficult to hold all of them in our mind while also trying to maintain our own balance, health and safety. In this episode, we will explore and practice awareness and compassion. How do we continue to take care of ourselves as … Continue 

Anjie Cho: Mindfulness of Spaces – Podcast 220

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Buddhism teaches that we are interconnected and interdependent. This includes the spaces and environments that we live in and engage with everyday. Many of us spent more time at home in the past year than what we are accustomed to. What did that feel like? Did you cultivate a new relationship with your spaces?  How … Continue 

Laura Simms: The Great Remembering – Podcast 219

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Compassion is our natural state of mind. When unobstructed by fixed ideas or emotions, we remember that we are of the earth. Mindfulness Awareness is the path that reveals and empowers our actions in the world for the benefit of all sentient beings. Through the exploration of part of a story in this episode, an … Continue 

Shastri Gayle Van Gils: The Egolessness of Confidence – Podcast 218

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The difficulty most of us have with personal confidence is that we never feel like we have enough. We measure it via comparisons to others, amount of our credentials and feedback from others. These relative reference points are woven into our upbringing, education and culture, yet the dharma suggests a totally radical approach to confidence. … Continue 

Acharya Eric Spiegel: Entering with Faith and Vision – Podcast 217

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If we are ever going to make changes, stabilize our own lives, and help others out of the chaos of the recent past, we will need strong tools with which to build our future. It can be difficult to remain grounded in times of such uncertainty and hostility. Meditation can help reconnect us to our … Continue