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Mind Appreciation – Meditation

      To focus the mind, allow the body to become as relaxed as possible for the sake of delving deeply into the mind as you do the mind appreciation meditation.

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    Mental Subtractions of Positive Events

        Imagine what your life would be like now if you hadn’t experienced the positive events, and affirm them by doing this unique mental subtraction meditation.

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      Daily Practices for Love and Happiness

          Everyone wants to be loved. There is no one who does not want love. The same is true for happiness. Here are some daily practices for love and happiness.

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        Hardwiring Happiness

            As people internalize experiences of gratitude, they gradually become less greedy, less driven to prove themselves. Learn to hardwire your happiness.

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          Hardwiring Happiness: Meditation

              As we struggle to find happiness, we discover the importance of peace, love, and contentment. Let us hardwire our happiness through this meditation.

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            Ten Minute Meditation With Just Bells

                Available for download, audible media of 10-minute meditation with just bells. Good for worry-free time-crunched meditation.

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              Breathing Space

                  The Breathing Space meditation defines the parameters of relaxation. It teaches your body to be calm in its stillness, and your mind to wander freely.

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                Tension Release, by Vidyamala Burch

                    Stress and tension can cause aches and pains all over the body. This short meditation will release you from suffering and leave you feeling refreshed.

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                  The 3 Minute Breathing Space Meditation

                      Why do we need to return to breathing when we need space? Being aware of breathing brings a lot into focus, like a sense of acceptance and awareness.

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                    Three Minute Mindfulness of Sounds Meditation

                        This 3-minute meditation will guide you through a process of becoming mindful of sounds. Something that you can do anywhere and anytime.

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                      Gentle Mindful Yoga

                          Gentle Mindful Yoga begins with the centering, followed by a series of postures and movements, and concludes with a relaxation and a meditation.

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                        Five Minute Meditation – With Just Bells

                            Available for download, audible media of 5-minute meditation with just bells. Good for worry-free meditation for 5 minutes.

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                          Ten Minute Meditation – With Just Bells

                              Available for download, audible media of 10-minute meditation with just bells. Good for a worry-free 10-minute meditation.

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                            Twenty Minute Meditation – Just Bells With Intervals

                                Available for download, audible media of 20-minute meditation with just bells. The 5-minute intervals are good for meditation parts.

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                              30 Minute Silent Meditation With Bells

                                  Are you ready to settle in for a thirty-minute silent meditation? This timed 30-minute silent meditation begins and ends with a gentle, relaxing bell.

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                                Forty Five Minute Meditation – Just Bells 15 Minute Intervals

                                    Available for download, audible media of 45-minute meditation with just bells. The 15-minute intervals are good for parts of relaxation meditation.

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                                  Contentment

                                    Listen to Guided Meditation on Contentment audio by Gil Fronsdal. Gil Fronsdal is the primary teacher for the “Insight Meditation Center” in Redwood City.

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                                    Big Mind Guided Meditation

                                      Guy Armstrong leads a big mind guided meditation. Good for calmness and relaxation, enforcing mindfulness and liberating consciousness.

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                                      Unentangled Knowing

                                        Guy Armstrong says “unentangled” means preventing the tangling from happening. So unentangled knowing is the kind that prevents tangling from happening.

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                                        Relaxing the Mind

                                          If you can change your mind, you can change a lot of things in your life. Anam Thubten teaches to relax the mind in finding unconditional happiness.

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                                          Mindfulness of the Body

                                            Shaila Catherine leads a guided meditation with an emphasis on the mindfulness of the body. The body is a wonderful resource for bringing our attention to the present moment.

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                                            Resting the Mind

                                              Kate Munding talks about the natural tendency of resting the mind. That sometimes it’s not to feel bad about and that it’s part of being human.

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                                              Heart Practices for Awakening Joy

                                                James Baraz talks about how mindfulness is the tool to awaken the joy in life; how opening the heart lets many blessings to flow.

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                                                Practice as a Path of Happiness

                                                  James Baraz talks about how practice leads us to a path of happiness. By which the purpose of life is to be happy because we open up the gifts we have.

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                                                  Strong Back, Soft Front

                                                    Frank Ostaseski says to live in this world, we need a strong back and that is not enough. We need a soft front. Usually, we have it the other way around.

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                                                    Equanimity

                                                      Donald Rothberg discusses the nature of Equanimity, what are the challenges and difficulties, & why it is important. Equanimity is synonymous with balance.

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                                                      Penetrating Equanimity

                                                        “Teach us to care and not to care, teach us to sit still.” This poem by T.S. Eliot greatly sums up what is the felt sense of equanimity. Equanimity is the culmination of the awakening factors.

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                                                        Being Present for Whatever Arises

                                                          Phillip Moffitt leads a meditation to be present for whatever arises or is occurring. To live in the current moment and be present without judgment.

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                                                          The Dragon and the 10 Gowns

                                                            Jack Kornfield talks about how Buddha teaches the transformation of suffering into joy. He then proceeds to tell the story about the dragon and 10 gowns.

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                                                            What Should I Think?

                                                              Sylvia Boorstein tells a story about an Olympic situation and brainstorms about “what to think?” in response to the situation, how we are limited by thinking normally.

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                                                              Seeing Anew

                                                                Jack Kornfield talks about seeing things in a fresh way or seeing anew. Perfect for beginners who are contemplating for contentment.

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                                                                Thinking

                                                                  Matthew Brensilver talks about the importance of the ways of thinking. There are so many Buddhist teachings, valuable insights which work with thoughts.

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                                                                  Lack of Continuity of Mindfulness and Concentration

                                                                    Kate Munding reminds the importance of stillness in the practice of mindfulness and improves concentration especially in the world where there is a lack of it.

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                                                                    Knowing & Stillness In Samadhi

                                                                      Phillip Moffitt talks about knowing and stillness in attaining mindfulness. Enabling what is felt by the mind and having the mind move to the breath.

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                                                                      Wise Concentration

                                                                        Marcia Rose talks about wise concentration. It’s one of the 7 factors of awakening: mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration and equanimity.

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                                                                        Whole Body Breathing

                                                                          Improve your calm by doing this whole body breathing meditation. Close your eyes, feel the weight of your body, sit upright and relaxed.

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                                                                          Walking Meditation

                                                                            This walking meditation by Sean Fargo is suitable to bring along while walking to a park or somewhere where there’s no or fewer people and noise.

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                                                                            Integrated Body Scan

                                                                              Sean Fargo leads the integrated body scan meditation. This meditation promotes calmness and peace of mind. It scans the whole body from the bottom upwards.

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                                                                              Body Scan

                                                                                Body scan is a guided meditation by Sean Fargo that helps to promote calmness. This offers an opportunity to release awareness with your body.

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                                                                                Tranquil Body Scan Meditation

                                                                                  Sean Fargo leads a guided meditation Tranquil Body Scan. This improves calmness and awareness with your body. It also energizes your body in the process.

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                                                                                  What Makes Life Precious

                                                                                    Sylvia Boorstein talks about What Makes Life Precious. She starts with a story about what’s in the news and highlights difficult times as part of the Buddha’s teachings.

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                                                                                    The Joy of Virtue

                                                                                      Jack Kornfield talks about Joy of Virtue or Happiness of Integrity. Relating virtue to morality without harming any form of life and respecting nature.

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                                                                                      Building Joy

                                                                                        Joseph Goldstein talks about “Mudita” as the life in the happiness of others; building joy if you will. To be delighted in the happiness of others and continue to increase it.

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                                                                                        Guided Meditation by Joseph Goldstein

                                                                                          This meditation starts with orientation after which Joseph Goldstein leads a guided meditation about mindfulness, Dharma & the practice.

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                                                                                          Tranquil Guided Meditation

                                                                                            Ajahn Sumedho leads a tranquil guided meditation about Samadhi which is an intense concentration that increases awareness and mindfulness and heightens the state of mind.

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                                                                                            Meditation On Emptiness

                                                                                              Gil Fronsdal leads a guided meditation on Emptiness. To experience calmness and stillness, and letting go of everything what you know is existing around.

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                                                                                              Peaceful Meditation

                                                                                                Jack Kornfield leads Peaceful Meditation to those mostly beginning in the practice of meditation. He teaches to feel the breath as it rises and fall.

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                                                                                                Emptying the Mind

                                                                                                  Gil Fronsdal leads a guided meditation on Emptying the Mind. He explains the power of here. Here is the present. Here is awareness. Here is stillness.

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                                                                                                  Guided Meditation With Sound

                                                                                                    Jack Kornfield leads a guided meditation with sound. He uses bells in this meditation to appreciate appearing and disappearing.

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                                                                                                    Having A Sky-Like Mind

                                                                                                      Tara Brach leads a guided meditation Having a Sky-like Mind. Sounds disappear and appear in the open space of awareness. Sense the mind is open as the sky.

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                                                                                                      Equanimity, The Sweet Joy Of The Way

                                                                                                        Spring Washam leads a guided meditation on Equanimity: The Sweet Joy of the Way. Equanimity is the quality of mind beyond the uncertainties of the world.

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                                                                                                        Taking Refuge In Diversity

                                                                                                          Spring Washam talks about Dharma particularly about Taking Refuge in Diversity; how we can grow through difficulties and how we embrace all of creation.

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                                                                                                          True Wisdom Of The Eagle And Condor

                                                                                                            Spring Washam talks about the merging of wisdom and compassion: True Wisdom of the Eagle and Condor. How one grows in wisdom and compassion.

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                                                                                                            The Camel Knows The Way: Reflections On Faith

                                                                                                              Spring Washam talks about reflections on faith through the story of The Camel Knows The Way. The talk about faith is difficult, especially when you know you don’t know the way.

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                                                                                                              Welcome Your Body Home

                                                                                                                Spring Washam talks about the topic Welcome Your Body Home. It’s about the benefits of meditation, how the mind can heal the body through it.

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                                                                                                                Mindful Eating

                                                                                                                  Sharon Salzberg leads a short meditation on Mindful Eating. Having tea can be a time for meditation. First observe the cup, then the tea. and the smell.

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                                                                                                                  Mindful Walking

                                                                                                                    Sharon Salzberg leads a guided meditation- Mindful Walking. Before you begin a meditation, find a long room or a quiet park trail where you can listen.

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                                                                                                                    Lake Meditation

                                                                                                                      Mark Coleman leads a guided meditation- Lake Metta Meditation. Visualize a vast lake, turquoise, infused with qualities of Metta, of love.

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                                                                                                                      Nowness Wholeness Allness Oneness

                                                                                                                        Rick Hanson talks about the four words- Nowness, Wholeness, Allness, and Oneness. Let go of the past, future, and present. Live the present without judgment.

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                                                                                                                        Evolutionary Wisdom

                                                                                                                          Wes Nisker talks about Evolutionary Wisdom. Where am I going? Where did I come from? Who am I? Wes says the story of evolution is full of awe and wonder.

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                                                                                                                          Spiritual Bypassing

                                                                                                                            Frank Ostaseski talks about Spiritual Bypassing. True spirituality is not something high or mighty, it’s grounded. Frank talks more about Spirituality.

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                                                                                                                            Talk: At Once Here and Disappearing

                                                                                                                              Frank Ostaseski talks about At Once Here and Disappearing. Life and Dharma is a package deal. He talks about the reality of death and transformation.

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                                                                                                                              Intimacy

                                                                                                                                Rick Hanson talks about Intimacy, how our experiences in childhood can impact our relationships later in life and what people can do to work with those issues as adults.

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                                                                                                                                H.E.A.L. Steps to Happiness

                                                                                                                                  Rick Hanson talks about HEAL Steps to Happiness. Taking in the good have 4 fundamental steps: Have, Enrich, Absorb, and Length.

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                                                                                                                                  Build a Happier Brain

                                                                                                                                    Rick Hanson talks about Building a Happier Brain. Happiness is more than a feel-good moment. It’s the foundation of physical health, longer lifespan, effectiveness at work, etc.

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                                                                                                                                    Mindfulness of Aspiration

                                                                                                                                      Sharon Salzberg talks about Mindfulness of Aspiration, not as a synonym of desire, but as a harnessing of our imagination, sense of daring, and boldness.

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                                                                                                                                      Morning Reflection

                                                                                                                                        Joseph Goldstein gives his guidance to Morning Reflection. Let go of the past, let go of the future and let go of the present. 3 instructions to come to deepest realization.

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                                                                                                                                        Mindfulness Of Knowing

                                                                                                                                          Joseph Goldstein talks about Mindfulness of Knowing. To gain mindfulness of knowing,1st is becoming mindful of the breath in the normal sea of the mind.

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                                                                                                                                          Feeling Free

                                                                                                                                            Joseph Goldstein talks about Feeling Free and the 4th noble truth. The 4th noble truth is the way of practice leading to the end of suffering.

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                                                                                                                                            Passing Thoughts and Moods

                                                                                                                                              Joseph Goldstein talks about Passing Thoughts and Moods. Nothing is worth ever adhering to. Live independently and not clinging into the world.

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                                                                                                                                              Morning Reflection

                                                                                                                                                Joseph Goldstein leads a Morning Reflection about Mindfulness. To stay mindful internally and externally rather than being reactive and judgmental.

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                                                                                                                                                Meditation Instructions

                                                                                                                                                  Joseph Goldstein leads a guided Meditation- Meditation Instructions. Notice the breath. Know the breath. Feel it, being relaxed, and simply be aware.

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                                                                                                                                                  Guided Meditation

                                                                                                                                                    Jack Kornfield leads a Guided Meditation for the Monday Night seating group. He introduces Spirit Rock’s programs like loving kindness & family programs.

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                                                                                                                                                    Meditation: Mystery of Aliveness

                                                                                                                                                      Tara Brach leads a guided meditation on The Mystery of Aliveness. Sense the body, space, and everything that’s happening. Become aware of the body breathing.

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                                                                                                                                                      Coming Back

                                                                                                                                                        Tara Brach leads a guided meditation about Coming Back. In the coming back, the key piece is the quality or attitude that is attending. In mindfulness, this is something that resonates.

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                                                                                                                                                        Standing & Walking Meditation

                                                                                                                                                          Tara Brach leads a guided Standing & Walking Meditation. It’s a wonderful way to feel being present when standing or walking or while we’re on our way.

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                                                                                                                                                          Meditation: Inner Space

                                                                                                                                                            Tara Brach leads a guided meditation: Inner Space. This is adapted from a meditation called Open Focus. All questions start with can you imagine.

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                                                                                                                                                            Two Kinds Of Happiness

                                                                                                                                                              Tara Brach talks about the topic Two Kinds of Happiness. The Buddha said I teach one thing only, and that is- suffering and the end of suffering.

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                                                                                                                                                              I Am Consciousness

                                                                                                                                                                Giovanni Dienstmann leads a guided body scan meditation I Am Consciousness. Attention is guided to move from the objects of perception back to self.

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                                                                                                                                                                I Am – Meditation

                                                                                                                                                                  Giovanni Dienstmann leads a guided meditation starting with anchoring the attention in the body and breathing, then directing to consciousness itself.

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                                                                                                                                                                  In The Flow

                                                                                                                                                                    Gil Fronsdal talks about In the Flow. A river flows continuously as does our life, thoughts, impressions, and breath. Being in the present moment is to flow.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Settle the Heart First

                                                                                                                                                                      Gil Fronsdal talks about Settle the Heart First. Rest in the calm of peace first and settle the heart before speaking or letting go of regretful words.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Relax the Eyes

                                                                                                                                                                        Gil Fronsdal talks about Relaxing the Eyes. One of the important aspects of meditation is to have a relaxed mind. Sometimes the eyes have tension while trying to focus.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Patience

                                                                                                                                                                          One of the important qualities of Mindfulness Practice that supports us tremendously is that of Patience. Gil Fronsdal talks about Patience.

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                                                                                                                                                                          How To Be Amazed. Wow!

                                                                                                                                                                            Gil Fronsdal talks about How To Be Amazed, Wow! There just so many things to be amazed in nature. The cosmos, the mind, consciousness, events.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Contentment

                                                                                                                                                                              Gil Fronsdal talks about Contentment. There’s absolutely a lot of things in life to be content with. In mindfulness, contentment leads to a mind in peace.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Still Quiet Place Within

                                                                                                                                                                                Gil Fronsdal talks about Still Quiet Place Within. As the mind turn inwards for meditation, the still quiet place within helps us to draw peace and stillness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Walking Meditation

                                                                                                                                                                                  Matthew Brensilver leads a guided Walking Meditation. Walking meditation gives a different experience of awareness with visual feelings and movement.

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