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How To Feel Safe, Content & Connected

      We have 3 overarching needs. Needs that help us be safe by avoiding harms, help us be content by rewards and help us be connected by attaching to others.

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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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      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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        Forty Five Minute Meditation – Just Bells With 5 Minute Intervals

            Available for download, audible media of 45-minute meditation with just bells. The 5-minute intervals are good for parts of stress release meditation.

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          Mind Like Fungi

              A very fascinating talk “A Mind Like Fungi” by Ajahn Amaro takes you into Buddhist perspective. It talks about the mind and body, the within and without.

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            Sex, Violence And The State Of Grace

                Ajahn Amaro explains about spiritual discipline in fighting addiction. How sex, violence and the state of grace are intricately related.

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              Impermanence As Uncertainty

                  Ajahn Amaro teaches Buddhist wisdom discrimination is consciousness, nondiscrimination is wisdom, clinging to consciousness causes defilement, wisdom causes defilement, defilement causes birth and

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                Working With Pain

                    Ajahn teaches Buddhist wisdom on life’s difficulties. How pain is ever present in our life. And how we deal with it, work with it is the key.

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                  What Are We Doing Here?

                      Ajahn shares wisdom about how the Buddhist teachings of enlightenment have a purpose in the world. Much about our own purpose.

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                    Gratitude

                        Ajahn shares Buddhist wisdom about gratitude. How gratitude is a silent teacher in the Buddhist teachings but quite a persistent one.

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                      The Inner Committee

                          Ajahn teaches Buddhist wisdom about different personas, roles, and characters. The so-called “Inner Committee” we listen to every day.

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                        From Difficulties To Freedom

                            In this audible, Ajahn chants Buddhist teaching. It seemingly paves the way to freedom from a life bound of hatred and difficulty.

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                          Fear of Public Speaking

                              Our perceptions are unreliable, subjective and impermanent. Ajahn teaches how different audience perceive, and why public speaking is terrifying.

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                            My Life As A Monk

                                Ajahn shares about his life. His first contact with meditation in the Buddhist practice, and how that eventually lead him to monastic life.

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                              If You Truly Love Me, Don’t Create Me in Your Mind

                                  The kindest thing you can do to them whom you love is not to create them. Ajahn explains in Buddhist discipline how to truly connect with your loved ones.

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                                The Force of Harmony

                                    Ajahn explains each of us has a force to contribute to the environment. To do good and let go of the bad ways. And eventually, create harmony in the world.

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                                  The Place of Acceptance

                                      Ajahn distinguishes loving kindness from liking and fundamental acceptance. We need to free the heart from restrictions as it’s the place of acceptance.

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                                    Happiness of Renunciation

                                        A monastic life with renunciation of many things may not be perceived as a happy life. But Ajahn teaches that happiness does need to be simple.

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                                      On Death – Questions and Answers

                                          This audible is a recording of the questions and answers about the topic of death. Ajahn gives answers in the Dharma practice.

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                                        The Past Is A Closed Book, The Future Is A Complete Mystery

                                            Ajahn explains Buddhist teaching how to live in the present, in the now. That the past is a closed book, and the future is a complete mystery.

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                                          Who Are You, Wanderer?

                                            Jack Kornfield explains that our life is just but a moment of our journey. Who are we? We just wander striving to know our purpose.

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                                            Poetry, Beauty And Art

                                              In mindfulness, attention is inclusive of appreciating poetry, beauty, and art. Jack Kornfield explains that they are all integrated into our existence.

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                                              Awareness And Intimacy

                                                How do we bring awareness to our lives so as to fully embrace intimacy, both within ourselves and with others? Jack Kornfield offers this hour-long mindfulness talk on awareness and intimacy.

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                                                Teachers And Cults

                                                  Jack Kornfield talks about teachers and gurus. He expounds the importance of independence or spirituality and truth; in order not to fall astray into cults.

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                                                  Karma and Intention

                                                    Gil talks about intention and karma. Part of the core of mindfulness is the appreciation of the present moment with intentions causing the choices we make.

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                                                    Big Flower, Small Flower

                                                      Gil Fronsdal talks about Acharias- women who have become gurus of the Buddhism teachings. He said the path of the Buddha leads to liberation.

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                                                      Seven Factors of Awakening

                                                        Gil Fronsdal talks about the seven factors of awakening. They are mindfulness, investigation, energy or engagement, joy, calmness, concentration, and equanimity.

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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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                                                          Nature of Awareness

                                                            Guy Armstrong talks about the nature of awareness; mindfulness and consciousness being different properties. What about the word awareness?

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                                                            Metta: Near and Far Enemies

                                                              The practice of Metta is an exploration. How Metta is relevant in the unfolding of the Dharma? How the heart responds as we identify loving kindness.

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                                                              Keys To A Long Retreat

                                                                “Refrain from violence and work to end hatred” is a good way to reflect on during the long retreat. Attitude and simple living are the keys.

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                                                                Working with Difficult Emotions

                                                                  Guy Armstrong discusses about the sufferings brought about by the emotional pain. Sadness, grief, all other difficult emotions, how you work with it.

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                                                                  Karma and the End of Karma

                                                                    Guy talks about Karma and the End of Karma. Why is it important to teach Karma? It is the science of happiness according to Buddhist teachings.

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                                                                    Connection to Life

                                                                      Guy Armstrong talks about connection to life. How the ego puts us into differentiating ourselves making us less connected to the whole of humanity.

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                                                                      Working With Fear

                                                                        The topic of working with fear shows the liberating power of the Dharma. Guy Armstrong says fear has haunted human development, but it can be uprooted.

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                                                                        Seven Factors of Enlightenment

                                                                          Guy Armstrong discusses the 7 factors of enlightenment. These are mindfulness, investigation, energy, rapture, calm, concentration and equanimity.

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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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                                                                              The Power of Lovingkindness

                                                                                The practice of Metta makes the heart more responsive. You’ll be surprised you don’t even need to learn Metta in order to show the power of loving kindness.

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                                                                                Mindfulness of Breathing

                                                                                  Mindfulness of breathing is fundamental in Buddhist meditation. This is the 1st thing on mindfulness of the body; to be able to stay calm and concentrate.

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                                                                                  The Attitude In Awareness

                                                                                    Relax, observe, and allow. These 3 are the guidelines for the proper attitude in awareness meditation. Guy teaches to strike the balance in so-doing.

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                                                                                    Undoing Mental Knots

                                                                                      Anam Thubten explains that we all have the desire to be free from a troubled existence. And undoing of mental knots is central to Buddhist teaching.

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                                                                                      Impulse To Freedom

                                                                                        Anam Thubten urges us to find out about the thought of our impulse to freedom. A spiritual impulse which is a deep longing bigger than any other desires.

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                                                                                        What Is Your Original Face?

                                                                                          Anam Thubten leads us further in our longing to self-discovery. How awakening our consciousness reveals our original face.

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                                                                                          Go Inside and Ask: What Do I Want Most?

                                                                                            Anam Thubten gives insight about self-discovery. To ask what do I want most. That what we know ‘everybody wants happiness’ is not really entirely true.

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                                                                                            Surrendering to Life

                                                                                              Many people try to find the answer to the suffering of human life. In parallel, the entire Buddha’s teaching deals about human suffering.

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                                                                                              Loving Humanity and Melting the Ice

                                                                                                Anam Thubten teaches us to turn our attention into the world, to look into our heart. To love humanity and tells us to connect.

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                                                                                                Melting Into Love

                                                                                                  Anam Thubten urges us to melt into love. Our mind is like water. Its nature is to flow and pristine, however, it is usually frozen due to anger or fear.

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                                                                                                  Sacred Fertilizer

                                                                                                    Sacred Fertilizer- sometimes we need a powerful dose of challenges, tribulations, crisis such as loss of loved ones or unbearable feelings to awaken our Buddha nature.

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                                                                                                    The Magic of Awareness – Talk

                                                                                                      Anam Thubten talks about the gift of awareness and the hindrance of the ego. How this awareness can do magic in our unfolding.

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                                                                                                      Embracing Each Moment – Talk

                                                                                                        Anam Thubten talks about how embracing each moment ‘as it is’ leads to concentration and worry-free living vis a vis dwelling to past.

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                                                                                                        Embracing Each Moment – Meditation

                                                                                                          Anam Thubten leads a guided meditation for embracing each moment. I will abide with a mind imbued with gladness, abundant, exalted, immeasurable.

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                                                                                                          Meditation – Nine Breathing Exercises to Release Dead Energies

                                                                                                            Anam Thubten leads a meditation: 9 breathing exercises to release dead energies. Dead energies are frozen energies such as staled emotions, stuck thoughts.

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                                                                                                            Guided Heart Meditation

                                                                                                              Anam Thubten leads the guided heart meditation, to remind the memories of the heart, compassion, and loving-kindness, and awaken the heart.

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                                                                                                              No Self, No Problem

                                                                                                                No self is an old concept in the Buddhist sutras. To Anam, we are no singular entity but more of multi-dimensional, if we look deep into our consciousness.

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                                                                                                                Generosity

                                                                                                                  Marcia Rose talks about the seamless circle of the paramies of generosity. Paramies are the accumulated forces of purity within the heart and mind.

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                                                                                                                  Boredom

                                                                                                                    Shaila Catherine talks about boredom as a hindrance to meditation. A hindering force that prevents us from being aware and awake from what is happening.

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                                                                                                                    Investigating Aversion and Anger

                                                                                                                      We don’t need to judge ourselves for being angry. In meditation practice, we see it and investigate it aversion or anger as suffering.

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                                                                                                                      Many Kinds of Thoughts

                                                                                                                        Shaila Catherine talks about Many Kinds of Thoughts. A liberated one will think what he wishes to and will not be controlled or seduced by various whims.

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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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                                                                                                                          Listening Deeply

                                                                                                                            Kate Munding talks about the 5 precepts- a commitment to non-harming. Learn how listening deeply with compassion is a form of wise speech.

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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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                                                                                                                              The Role of Motivation and Intention

                                                                                                                                “Everything rests on the tip of one’s motivation.” Kate Munding urges us to think if we truly live our lives as though it were true. Its role and intention.

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                                                                                                                                The Dharma of True Friendship

                                                                                                                                  Kate Munding shares a story about how the Buddha advised on friendship; also shared her own story about the friendships she had when only a few were good.

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                                                                                                                                  The Earth and the Buddha

                                                                                                                                    The Buddha’s teachings are considered to be a path to freedom in the heart and the mind. And the earth represents delusions and illusions of life.

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                                                                                                                                    This Precious Human Life

                                                                                                                                      Kate Munding shares how we can make the little moments in life become a different experience. That preciousness of human life doesn’t only come with beauty.

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                                                                                                                                      Letting In The Love

                                                                                                                                        James Baraz explains that the relations we have, our connections are channels of positive energies that make us feel alive. Letting in love is to give.

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                                                                                                                                        The Light & The Darkness

                                                                                                                                          James Baraz talks about light and darkness. Greed, hatred, and delusion is the source of human despair and has gained so much power in our times.

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                                                                                                                                          Mindfulness With Attitude

                                                                                                                                            James Baraz shares that the first day of the retreat is a detox process. You will feel the resistance of sorts and how the attitude to mindfulness starts.

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                                                                                                                                            The Tall Poppy and the Shrinking Violet

                                                                                                                                              James Baraz describes the characteristics of the tall poppy and shrinking violet to oppression and benevolence. The mind can be arrogant and can be humble.

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                                                                                                                                              Being a Sacred Warrior in These Tough Times

                                                                                                                                                “I decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear!” said Martin Luther King. James Baraz describes the sacred warrior in these tough times.

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                                                                                                                                                Trust

                                                                                                                                                  James Baraz talks about trust in relation to self-discovery. And how it relates to believing, and how it facilitates the opening of doors to Dharma.

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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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                                                                                                                                                    Awakening Joy for Kids

                                                                                                                                                      Are you a parent who’s looking to pass on to the next generation, mindfulness? James Baraz offers this mindfulness talk on awakening joy for our kids.

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                                                                                                                                                      Peaceful Warrior in Modern Times

                                                                                                                                                        Hatred never ceases by hatred. James Baraz discusses how love is the only way to end hatred as we are called to be peaceful warriors in these modern times.

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                                                                                                                                                        Working With The Judging Mind

                                                                                                                                                          James Baraz talks about working with the judging mind on meditation practice. Sometimes the best ones who can perform deep meditation are the worse ones.

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                                                                                                                                                          Hatred Never Ceases by Hatred

                                                                                                                                                            Hatred does not cease from hatred; hatred ceases by love alone. This is an ancient and eternal law. James Baraz expounds how much we need love in the world.

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                                                                                                                                                            The Problem With Being a Good Meditator

                                                                                                                                                              James Baraz talks about the problem of being a good meditator. The conceit, anxiety, and restlessness clings and hides through the mask of accomplishments.

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                                                                                                                                                              Equanimity: Finding Balance In Difficult Times

                                                                                                                                                                James Baraz talks about pain and suffering in the world. We have the power to alleviate pain. Find balance in difficult times through equanimity.

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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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                                                                                                                                                                  The Importance of Appreciating our Benefactors

                                                                                                                                                                    James Baraz tells a story about the importance of appreciating our benefactors. These mentors and inspirations should be considered streams of goodness.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Metta For the Difficult

                                                                                                                                                                      James Baraz leads us to understand the Metta for the difficult. When our realities don’t match with other’s, this causes hatred and confusion.

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                                                                                                                                                                      The Multiplication of Courage

                                                                                                                                                                        James Baraz talks about the power of community. There is a kind with creativity or collective intelligence, and sometimes multiplication of courage.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Surrender

                                                                                                                                                                          Frank Ostaseski talks about seeing things in a new way. That to uncover what’s hidden we gradually remove the obstacles- such is surrender.

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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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                                                                                                                                                                            Compassion With Attunement

                                                                                                                                                                              Frank Ostaseski leads a meditation centering on compassion and attunement. He says compassion is an attunement to exactly where you are.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Race, Racism, and Spiritual Practice

                                                                                                                                                                                Donald Rothberg leads a meditation through a sensitive topic of race, racism and spiritual practice. Referencing to injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Spiritual Journey

                                                                                                                                                                                  Donald Rothberg leads the spiritual journey meditation towards perfecting mindfulness. To look deeply to oneself takes more courage than the soldier on the battlefield.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Practicing with Anger

                                                                                                                                                                                    Practicing anger is a crucial theme in practice. There are many reasons for anger being quite confusing and yet being challenging to working with anger when the need arises.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Working with Transforming Judgment Mind

                                                                                                                                                                                      Donald Rothberg talks about working with transforming judgment mind. It talks about daily life and limiting factors and sometimes unconscious.

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