Greetings from Jonathan Foust: The Path, The Energy Intensive, A Guided Video Meditation: “The Stream” and More

To receive a monthly newsletter, please signup here.   Welcome!   As I wrote this at Kripalu Center in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachussets where I was leading a teacher training, I was looking out on grassy fields while Washington DC braced for a snowstorm.   As one climate expert put it, “We shouldn’t
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Guided Meditation: The Stream

Special PODCAST: This 2-minute meditation explores how to be with the stream of sensations, thoughts and different states.   The actual stream here is “Shadowbrook,” on the Kripalu Center grounds in Western MA.       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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The Path: Skillful Intention

Special PODCAST: This talk explores the importance of clear and conscious intention.   You’ll learn about the difference between a goal and an intention, how intention is related to karma, three main intentions you might keep in mind and how the spirit of an intention is to bring you back to the here and now.
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Innocence Inside

the lights scream stop now big yellow box says notice innocence inside         iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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The Retreat Begins

Eyes closed ears open Footsteps shuffle, groans and sighs The empty room fills     iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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20-Minute Guided Meditation

Special PODCAST: This meditation, from the Monday Night class, begins with a gentle stretch, a few minutes of conscious breathing, moves into concentration and mindfulness practices and then closes with a few minutes of resting in presence.       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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Depressing Haiku for the Day

I have no choice now Freezing rain pounds the forest This body must eat         iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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Frost

It’s always changing It arises and presents Never fails to leave         iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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The Path: Skillful Vision

Special PODCAST: This talk explores the roadmap to freedom and happiness.   You’ll learn how awareness of the Four Noble Truths can dramatically impact your life as well as explore an overview of “The Path” that leads not only to more skillful living, but to the cessation of suffering.       iTunes podcast here, online
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Greetings from Jonathan Foust: Your Year Ahead, What’s Most Important?, A Guided Video Meditation and More

To receive a monthly newsletter, please signup here.   Welcome!   Every great spiritual tradition speaks of the power of pausing.   I’m just back from a silent unstructured retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. It was hard to break away from all my projects and commitments. To be honest, I didn’t really
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Short Guided Video Meditation: The Mystery

Special PODCAST: I shot these images when I was on retreat at the Forest Refuge last month.   With the milder weather in central Massachussets, icicles on the cliffs melted during the day and froze again at night. I was able to visit them in both morning light when they were hardened and the afternoon
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Four Things I Learned on My Retreat

Special PODCAST: This talk explores the big take-aways from my recent retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA.   You’ll learn how ‘shift happens,’ the anatomy of an insight, how meditation trains your brain to process in new ways and how inquiry can help you shift from a small sense of self into open
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Finally the Sun

finally the sun the heart is cold with no light warms slowly with life         iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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Coming Home: The Portal of Self-Compassion (Retreat Talk)

Special PODCAST: This talk explores how you can increase your capacity for self-compassion.   You’ll learn what gets in the way of coming home to yourself, a comparison of strategies, techniques for accessing self-compassion as well as what it means to embrace the awakening of heart and mind. (Apologies to Lou Reed.)      
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Meditation: Embodied Space, Gratitude, Appreciation and Love (Retreat Meditation)

Special PODCAST: This meditation is from the IMCW New Year’s Retreat.   After a short introduction, you’ll explore a modified body scan meditation feeling or imagining space in the body imbued with a quality of gratitude, appreciation and love.       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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