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Insight Meditation teacher, Shell Fischer, founder of Mindful Shenandoah Valley, offers her 25+ years of study and experience in these weekly talks about meditation practice, and how it can help us nurture more compassion, kindness, joy, and calm in our lives.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 56 Ratings

Insight Meditation teacher, Shell Fischer, founder of Mindful Shenandoah Valley, offers her 25+ years of study and experience in these weekly talks about meditation practice, and how it can help us nurture more compassion, kindness, joy, and calm in our lives.

    Put Your Heart Into It Again: The Buddha On Determination

    Put Your Heart Into It Again: The Buddha On Determination

    As opposed to the act of “striving,” which involves a kind of unhealthy or stressful clinging to some sort of expectation, and typically arises from our more self-centered mind, or ego - the quality of aditthana (or determination, in the Pali language) almost always arises from the heart, as in, from our heart’s desire.
    And because our heart is just naturally wise and compassionate, if we commit ourselves to following it, it will almost always lead us towards more joy, ease, and peace in our lives.
    This talk explores how we can not only use our meditation practice to establish this powerful quality, but learn how to more mindfully discern whether we’re being driven by our tricky minds, or by the much vaster space of our heart. It includes a meditation at the end.

    • 52 min
    Do No Harm/Take No Sh*t: A Buddhist Lesson on Boundaries

    Do No Harm/Take No Sh*t: A Buddhist Lesson on Boundaries

    Whenever we perceive that some sort of harm is being done – either by another person, people, or even on a more national or global level - how can we best confront this without nurturing aversion in our own hearts, or letting it consume us in some way? This talk explores the Buddha’s teachings on how we can use our meditation practice to help us to say “no” or maybe “that’s enough” without doing further harm to either ourselves or others, or allowing our aversion to shut down our hearts. It includes a meditation at the end.

    • 42 min
    What Would Buddha Do? Taking Refuge in the Beloved

    What Would Buddha Do? Taking Refuge in the Beloved

    This talk addresses the question: How can we flow between all the different roles, hats, or identities that we place on ourselves every day, and that kind, wise, compassionate presence within us that is actually free of those often-limiting identities, or beliefs about who we think we “should” be? The answer involves using our meditation practice to examine how we can begin to loosen our strong grip on all of our toxic “shoulds,” and uncover and find comfort in what is often called our Buddha Nature, or, the truth of who we really are. It includes a meditation at the end.

    • 43 min
    It Takes A Long Time to Grow Young: Nurturing Contentment

    It Takes A Long Time to Grow Young: Nurturing Contentment

    Right before the Buddha’s enlightenment, a single memory from his childhood apparently not only led him to nirvana, but to the profound teachings of the Middle Way – the whole thing. Essentially, what he remembered was what contentment (or passaddhi) had felt like to him, at age 8. This talk explores how the Buddha was led to this understanding, along with some of his teachings on how we can train ourselves to experience even more of this precious quality in our lives. It includes a 10-minute meditation at the end.

    • 49 min
    How To Work With Fear & Grief: Pause

    How To Work With Fear & Grief: Pause

    The Buddhist teachings are continually calling our attention to the truth of what is called annica, or impermanence, because essentially, it’s exactly what we tend to struggle with, in the form of both the fear of uncertainty, and the grief that comes with change. But instead of trying to avoid our fear and grief – which is our natural tendency - the teachings are asking us to instead pause, and allow ourselves to BE with these feelings, so that ultimately, we can transform them, and discover more peace. This talk explores how we can use our meditation practice to train ourselves in the sacred, healing art of the pause.  It includes a meditation at the end.

    • 44 min
    "It's All Yours" - Responding to Disrespect and Insult

    "It's All Yours" - Responding to Disrespect and Insult

    As the Buddha’s teachings remind us over and over, even though it’s difficult, we never want to let another person’s anger, disrespect, or cruelty harden our own hearts. Instead, we want our meditation practice to serve as a kind of guard for our hearts - a strong shield that can protect us against the power that other people's disrespect can often have over us. This new talk explores how we can develop the mindfulness tools that can help us to more calmly and kindly respond to the unkind behavior of others. It includes a mediation at the end.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

AmyJoy1137 ,

So grateful

I’ve been listening to Shell’s teachings for many years and I am so grateful for her wisdom, presence, and all the wonderful gift she shares with us. She has helped me on the journey and lifted up my spirits as I walked through a difficult time in life. 💙

Hazy Scribbles ,

Real and grounded

I love Shell’s energy in her teachings. What I love most about Shell’s teachings is that she weaves her lived experiences into her classes. Her practice is part of her teaching.

joysammyjoysammy ,

Best Explanation of Buddhism Ever

Love her clarity of explanation and humor. She’s awesome!

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