The Quieted Mind: Everything Is Pretending To Be Born And Pretending To Die (Autumn 2022)

The change of seasons, for some of us, can bring to the surface any number of thoughts and emotions. Times like these are a perfect opportunity to stop and breathe, to unite our body and mind as we acknowledge that our true home is the here and now. In that lull between summer fun and the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and even in the midst of these things, we can always return to our true home. This is the heart of our practice.

Referenced In This Episode:
Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequist
At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk’s Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Life Springs Up Again


In this edition of The Quieted Mind, James offers reflections on Spring as a marker and reminder of renewal and rebirth and leads a guided meditation.

 

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Polarization and Introduction to Metta

There’s no denying we live in a highly polarized political climate. Families and friends are splitting up over ideological differences. What can we do in the midst of these circumstances?

In this episode, we discuss polarization and the teaching of metta, or lovingkindness.

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Non-self and Emptiness

Have you ever been confused or puzzled by the mention of non-self or “no self?” What about the teaching of emptiness? The Quieted Mind’s first dharma talk of 2020 is up, and it is about non-self and emptiness. Check it out and share your thoughts in the comments!