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

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....

Registration Now Open for "Jhanas & Insight" Retreat

"The jhanas are altered states of consciousness with little or no ego. They are arrived at by one-pointed concentration and temporary abandonment of unwholesome mind states of greed and aversion." (Mary Aubry) In May, IMCW teacher Mary Aubry is offering a special, deepening practice, 10-day residential retreat for experienced meditators...
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Three Refuges Class, Bethesda

Our drop-in class tonight, Wednesday, January 2, in Bethesda is canceled. The next class will be on Wednesday, January 9 and is our special Three Refuges class. The three classic refuges of Buddha (awareness), Dharma (truth) and Sangha (loving relatedness) are each expressions of our deepest essence....