Category: Jack Kornfield

Video: Listening with the Heart Meditation

Direct mindful loving awareness to the mind. The mind secretes thoughts, stories and memories. You are the loving awareness that feels the stream of the mind, that knows it—all the busyness, hopes, and ideas. Listen now to the wisdom mind. It has a message for you. It has wisdom that you need just now. Now let the field of loving awareness open, so the heart knows you can listen to the world around you with tender care. By listening with a compassionate heart and a wisdom mind, your understanding can grow.

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This meditation was originally livestreamed by Spirit Rock on 7/19/21.

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Video: Listening with the Heart Dharma Talk

We are each other’s bond. We are each other’s community. We are each other’s family. What we most want, perhaps, is to be listened to in the deepest way, to be met with the heart. When we learn to rest in awareness, there’s both caring and silence. There is listening for what’s the next thing to do and awareness of all that’s happening, a big space and a connected feeling of love. When there is enough space, our whole being can both comprehend the situation and be at ease. We see the dance of life, we dance beautifully, yet we’re not caught in it.

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This talk was originally livestreamed by Spirit Rock on 7/19/21.

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Heart Wisdom – Ep. 130 – Working with Wisdom, Power & Knowledge on Your Spiritual Path

In this dharma talk from 1977, we explore working with wisdom, power, and knowledge on your spiritual path, and why it’s so important to walk the Middle Way.

There is endless knowledge to pursue and endless powers to be cultivated. We cover the Buddha’s four unknowables, which include things like karma and the range of the mind of a Buddha. If you look in the spiritual traditions in literature all around the world, the kind of things you can do with your mind when it becomes really concentrated and directed are fantastic and enormous.

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Audio: Walking Meditation

Audio: Walking Meditation

One of the most useful and grounding ways of attending to our body is the practice of walking meditation. Walking meditation is a simple and universal practice for developing calm, connectedness, and embodied awareness. It can be practiced regularly, before or after sitting meditation or any time on its own, such as after a busy day at work or on a lazy Sunday morning. The art of walking meditation is to learn to be aware as you walk, to use the natural movement of walking to cultivate mindfulness and wakeful presence.

To practice, select a quiet place where you can walk comfortably back and forth, indoors or out, about ten to thirty paces in length. Begin by standing at one end of this “walking path,” with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Let your hands rest easily, wherever they are comfortable. Open your senses to see and feel the whole surroundings. After a minute, bring your attention back to focus on the body. Center yourself, and feel how your body is standing on the earth. Feel the pressure on the bottoms of your feet and the other natural sensations of standing. Let yourself be present and alert.

Begin to walk a bit more slowly than usual. Let yourself walk with a sense of ease and dignity. Relax and let your walking be easy and natural. Pay attention to your body. With each step feel the sensations of lifting your foot and leg off of the earth. Then mindfully place your foot back down. Feel each step mindfully as you walk. When you reach the end of your path, pause for a moment. Center yourself, carefully turn around, pause again so that you can be aware of the first step as you walk back. You can experiment with the speed, walking at whatever pace keeps you most present.

Continue to walk back and forth for ten or twenty minutes or longer. Your attention may wander away many times. As soon as you notice this, acknowledge where it went softly: “wandering,” “thinking,” “hearing,” “planning.” Then return to feel the next step. Like training a puppy, you will need to come back a thousand times. Whether you have been away for one second or for ten minutes, no matter. Simply acknowledge where you have been and then come back to being alive here and now with the next step you take.

Use the walking meditation to calm and collect yourself and to live more wakefully in your body. Practice at home first. You can then extend your mindful walking in an informal way when you go shopping, whenever you walk down the street or walk to or from your car. You can learn to enjoy walking for its own sake instead of the usual planning and thinking and, in this simple way, begin to be truly present, to bring your body, heart and mind together as your move through your life.

 

This meditation is taken from the book, “The Wise Heart

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Heart Wisdom – Ep. 129 – All We Need to Know

In this dharma talk, we explore a few truths about life: things change, each moment contains both light and darkness, opinions are fleeting. Our direct experiences of these truths can lead to freedom.

Life is really about seeing with the heart, living each moment with an open-hearted presence, and bringing compassion to every situation.

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Audio: Grounding Practice

Audio: Grounding Practice

Do this grounding practice for 3-5 minutes at different times of the day to steady yourself. With each breath, exhale tension. Let yourself imagine that you have roots that go deep into the soil of the earth, to steady and nurture you. If images help, let yourself remember a wonderful tree from your life—an old tree, a strong tree. Imagine that you are standing in front of the tree, meditating together. Just as this great tree has a strong trunk that has weathered storms and the changing of the seasons, feel your own body steady like the trunk of that tree.

 

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Video: Summer Solstice Dharma Talk

Here we are in the change of seasons—the great turning. The sun is something for us to pay attention to, something we often take for granted. Notice the way the gift of sunlight streams behind everything—it feeds the plants we eat. We can be joyful for sunlight and trees, for people we love, for moments of goodness, and for the breath within our breast. And as our joy grows we discover a happiness without cause.

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This talk was originally livestreamed by Spirit Rock on 6/14/21.

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Video: Compassionate Heart Meditation

Picture someone you care about, someone you love. Feel the natural well-wishing of love. Surround them with care:

“May you be held in compassion.
May your struggles and sorrows be eased.
May your heart be at peace.”

Now imagine that this person wishes the same for you.

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This meditation was originally livestreamed by Spirit Rock on 5/24/21.

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