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This blog contains announcements, insights and articles from the Insight Meditation Community of Washington

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New England Family Dharma Retreat in the Berkshire Mountains

We are pleased to announce that the IMCW Family Program teachers -- Ofosu, Jen, and Fred – will be leading a New England Family Dharma Retreat in the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts, July 19-23, at the beautiful Eastover Estate & Eco-Village.  Activities will include skits, games, songs, art, mindful movement, nature activities, a campfire, meditation, and dharma talks. During free time, optional activities include swimming, mindful sports, drumming, nature activities, Qi Gong, and parent workshops....
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No Self, No Problem: Exploring Anatta

The writer Emily McDowell isn't a Buddhist, but in today's language she has accurately described one of Buddhism's most difficult and misunderstood concepts - that of no-self, or anatta -- in this short statement: "Finding yourself is not really how it works. You aren't a 10-dollar bill in last winter's coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right here, buried under cultural conditioning, other people's opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are...

Shedding the Baggage of Negative Self-Talk

Self-talk—that inner monologue that combines your conscious thoughts with unconscious beliefs and biases—helps your brain assess and interpret your daily experiences. "What we tell ourselves on an ongoing basis reflects not only the way we think but how we feel and act. [O]ur thoughts influence how we create our reality," writes psychologist and author Fran Simone. All of us have times when our inner voice drags us down, rather than lifting us up. The baggage of negative self-talk can be particularly pronounced and distressing among peer-influenced tweens and teens....
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The Rudder of Self-Kindness: Reflections on Parenting

In the 1964 movie Zorba the Greek, Zorba humorously refers to family life and parenting as "the full catastrophe", striking such a chord in audiences that the comic phrase was adopted into English vocabulary. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the father of western mindfulness, sees full catastrophe living in a positive light -  to be embraced, not bemoaned, as it reflects the variety and richness intrinsic to a life fully lived....