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A Guiding Teacher at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and co-founder of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, Jonathan offers talks, guided meditations and inquiries into what it means to be awake in mind and heart.

Feb 12, 2014

The third out of four sessions on the Heart Practices, this talk explores what it means to cultivate 'sympathetic joy,' your capacity to experience joy for yourself as well as for others.

An unrestricted heart effortlessly opens to kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.  When you consciously explore any of these states, you may notice quite a few impediments to the actual experience.

Joy is felt through the senses as well as being an inner state not dependent on externals.

 When the mind is quiet, seeking nothing, that transcendent state of joy can spontaneously arise.