2014-08-02 - (retreat talk) Embodying Loving Presence

2014-08-02 - (retreat talk) Embodying Loving Presence - This talk looks at the evolutionary fear-patterning that creates separation in our relationships, and at the practices that open us to giving and receiving love.

Direct download: 2014-08-02-Embodying-Loving-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 9:51pm EST

2014-12-17 - Part 2: Intimacy with Life

2014-12-17 - Part 2: Intimacy with Life - This season is one of celebrating the light and love that is our unifying source. And yet at these times our society is being forced to face its deep patterning of racial oppression, amongst other expressions of violence. These two talks investigate the process of turning against ourselves and others, and how intentional and deep presence can heal the suffering of separation.

Direct download: 2014-12-17-Pt2-Intimacy-with-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm EST

2014-12-17 - Meditation: Light of Awareness

2014-12-17 - Meditation: Light of Awareness

Direct download: 2014-12-17-Meditation-Light-of-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:38pm EST

2014-12-10 - Part 1: Intimacy with Life

2014-12-10 - Part 1: Intimacy with Life - This season is one of celebrating the light and love that is our unifying source. And yet at these times our society is being forced to face its deep patterning of racial oppression, amongst other expressions of violence. These two talks investigate the process of turning against ourselves and others, and how intentional and deep presence can heal the suffering of separation.

Direct download: 2014-12-10-Pt1-Intimacy-with-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm EST

2014-12-10 - Meditation: Intimacy with the Flow of Life

2014-12-10 - Meditation: Intimacy with the Flow of Life


2014-10-30-Retreat Talk - Removing the Barriers to Love

2014-10-30 - Removing the Barriers to Love - In our daily trance of feeling separate, we spend many moments wanting others to be different so we can feel better. This talk explores the heart awakening that unfolds when we deepen our commitment to seeing what is happening inside us. Only then can we see another with clear eyes, and realize the love that arises from our inherent Oneness.

Direct download: 2014-10-30-RetreatTalk-Removing-the-Barriers-to-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 1:50pm EST

2014-11-26 - A Generous Heart

2014-11-26 - A Generous Heart - Our deep potential is to live from an awake, loving heart. This talk looks at how, with a kind and mindful attention, we can decondition habitual tendencies toward grasping and self-centeredness, and nourish the sense of connectedness and care that gives rise to generosity. As we bring these heart practices alive in our most immediate relationships, they have the power to evolve consciousness in widening circles across the world.

Direct download: 2014-11-26-A-Generous-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:02pm EST

2014-11-26 - Guided Meditation - The Space of Awareness

2014-11-26 - Guided Meditation - The Space of Awareness

Direct download: 2014-11-26-Meditation-The-Space-of-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:59pm EST

2014-11-19 - Awakening Through Change and Loss

2014-11-19 - Awakening Through Change and Loss - Our capacity to live and love fully is entirely related to how we open to the truth of impermanence. This talk examines how our ways of trying to control life solidify our perception of being separate and threatened. We then look at the wings of mindful presence and compassion that open us to loss and grief, and reveal the loving awareness that is beyond birth and death.

Direct download: 2014-11-19-Awakening-through-Change-and-Loss-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm EST

2014-11-19 - Meditation - Opening to Life's Flow

2014-11-19 - Meditation - Opening to Life's Flow

Direct download: 2014-11-19-Meditation-Opening-to-Lifes-Flow-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:06pm EST

2014-11-12 The Sacred Art of Listening

2014-11-12 The Sacred Art of Listening - Our capacity to live and love fully is entirely related to how we open to the truth of impermanence. This talk examines how our ways of trying to control life solidify our perception of being separate and threatened. We then look at the wings of mindful presence and compassion that open us to loss and grief, and reveal the loving awareness that is beyond birth and death.

Direct download: 2014-11-12-art-of-listening-tarabrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05pm EST

2014-11-12 Meditation - Listening to Life

2014-11-12 Meditation - Listening to Life

Direct download: 2014-11-12-Meditation-listening-to-life-tarabrach-hq.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:04pm EST

2014-11-05 Radical Self-Honesty - The Joy of Getting Real

2014-11-05 Radical Self-Honesty - The Joy of Getting Real - Our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt, resisted parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can deepen self-honesty and reconnect to a wholeness of being that enables us to live with spontaneity, confidence, wisdom and love.

Quote from Elizabeth Lesser: "My prayer to god every day: Remove the veils so I might see what is really happening here and not be intoxicated by my stories and my fears." 

Direct download: 2014-11-05-Radical-Self-Honesty-Joy-of-Getting-Real-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

2014-11-05 Meditation - Relaxing into Living Presence

2014-11-05 Meditation - Relaxing into Living Presence


2014-10-26 - Retreat Talk - Sacred Fertilizer - The Portal of Fear

2014-10-26 - Retreat Talk - Sacred fertilizer - The Portal of Fear - Bringing presence to the contraction of fear is a universal part of spiritual awakening. This talk explores two interrelated pathways of opening to and transforming fear. 


2014-10-22-Part 2 - Happiness

2014-10-22-Part 2 - Happiness - The Buddha said that he would not teach about happiness if it were not possible to realize this experience of peace and deep well-being. In this three part series, we explore two kinds of happiness - that which arises out of particular causes and the experience of “happy for no reason.” The talks examine the attachments that block happiness, ways to “gladden the mind,” and the liberating presence that naturally expresses as pure happiness.

Direct download: 2014-10-22-Pt2-Happiness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:05pm EST

2014-10-22-Meditation - Opening to Full Aliveness

2014-10-22-Meditation - Opening to Full Aliveness

Direct download: 2014-10-22-Meditation-Opening-to-Full-Aliveness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:03pm EST

2014-10-15 - Part 1 - Happiness - The Buddha said that he would not teach about happiness if it were not possible to realize this experience of peace and deep well-being. In this three part series, we explore two kinds of happiness - that which arises out of particular causes and the experience of “happy for no reason.” The talks examine the attachments that block happiness, ways to “gladden the mind,” and the liberating presence that naturally expresses as pure happiness.

Direct download: 2014-10-15-Pt1-Happiness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm EST

2014-10-15 Meditation - Coming Back to Your Senses

2014-10-15 Meditation - Coming Back to Your Senses

Direct download: 2014-10-15-Meditation-Coming-Back-to-Your-Senses-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

2014-10-08 - Part 2 - Unconditional Love

2014-10-01 - Part 2 - Unconditional Love  - These two talks explore key elements in manifesting our innate capacity for unconditional love. Both talks include teachings and meditative strategies for recognizing our blocks to loving, and, through courageous, embodied presence, discovering who we are when not confined by the limiting beliefs and feelings of an egoic self. The first focuses on accepting and embracing our inner life, and the second, on the awakening of a loving presence that includes the whole of this living world.

Direct download: 2014-10-08-Pt2-Unconditional-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

2014-10-08 - Meditation - Loving Kindness - embracing ourselves and all beings with a full and tender loving presence.

Direct download: 2014-10-08-Meditation-Loving-Kindness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:07pm EST

2014-10-01 - Part 1 - Unconditional Love

2014-10-01 - Part 1 - Unconditional Love - These two talks explore key elements in manifesting our innate capacity for unconditional love. Both talks include teachings and meditative strategies for recognizing our blocks to loving, and, through courageous, embodied presence, discovering who we are when not confined by the limiting beliefs and feelings of an egoic self. The first focuses on accepting and embracing our inner life, and the second, on the awakening of a loving presence that includes the whole of this living world.

Direct download: 2014-10-01-Pt1-Unconditional-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EST

2014-10-01 - Meditation - Listening to and Feeling Our Life

2014-10-01 - Guided Meditation - Listening to and Feeling Our Life


2014-09-24 - Awakening from the Landlocked Self

2014-09-24 - Awakening from the Landlocked Self - The Buddha taught that our suffering arises from forgetting who we are. This talk explores the trance of identifying as Somebody, and the compassionate witnessing that allows us to discover the freedom of our natural being.

Direct download: 2014-09-24-Awakening-from-the-Landlocked-Self-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

2014-09-24 Meditation - Befriending and Opening to Life


2014-09-17 - Earth's Crisis - On the Edge of the Roof

2014-09-18 - Earth’s Crisis - On the Edge of the Roof - This talk views the ecological dis-ease of our planet through the lens of our evolutionary unfolding. We explore the egoic trance that has precipitated the destruction of our environment, and the inner practices of presence that enable us to respond from love and wisdom.

Direct download: 2014-09-17-Earths-Crisis-On-the-Edge-of-the-Roof-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm EST

2014-09-17-Meditation - Opening to Aliveness

2014-09-17 Guided Meditation: Opening to Aliveness

Direct download: 2014-09-17-Meditation-Opening-to-Aliveness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:08pm EST

2013-10-14 - Satsang - Peace is this Moment

2013-10-14 - Satsang - Peace is this Moment - Evening of question/response with Tara after a meditation on Dorothy Hunt's poem, "Peace is Moment Without Judgment."

Direct download: 2013-10-14-Satsang-Peace-Is-This-Moment-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Satsang -- posted at: 6:53pm EST

2011-12-31 - Meditation - Awakening Compassion - Tonglen

2011-12-31 - Guided Meditation - Awakening Compassion - Tonglen - Our deepest wisdom and purest actions arise out of open-hearted presence. This meditation, "Awakening Compassion," is drawn from the Tibetan tradition and carries us home to the vastness of loving presence.

Direct download: 2011-12-31-FriPM-Awakening-Compassion-Tonglen-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:49pm EST

2013-05-13 - Question and Response at Satsang

A Special Evening Satsang – question and response with Tara from 2013-05-13. Many of the questions that evening were about R.A.I.N. NOTE: Satsang means exploring and realizing truth in the gathering of spiritual friends. The word comes from Sanskrit – sat means truth - and sangha is community or company of spiritual friends.

Direct download: 2013-05-13-Question-Response-at-Satsang-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Satsang -- posted at: 10:07pm EST

2011-04-13-Metta Meditation - Happiness

2011-04-13-Metta Meditation - Happiness - 17 minutes - Tara was away this week, so posting a long-time and well-played favorite from her website at www.tarabrach.com.

Direct download: 2011-04-13-Metta-Meditation--Happiness-17min-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:56pm EST

Direct download: 2013-05-29-Meditation-Just-This-Breath-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:37pm EST

2014-08-27 - Loving Truth - The Power of Investigation

2014-08-27 - Loving Truth - The Power of Investigation - A key element in spiritual awakening is wise and compassionate investigation. This talk explores how investigation and inquiry (the use of questions) serves emotional healing, intimacy with others and the deepest realization of who we are.

Direct download: 2014-08-27-Loving-Truth--Power-of-Investigation-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm EST

2014-08-27 - Meditation - Space and Aliveness

2014-08-27 - Guided Meditation - Space and Aliveness

Direct download: 2014-08-27-Meditation-Space-and-Aliveness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:32pm EST

2014-08-20 Bringing Awareness to Doing

2014-08-20 Bringing Awareness to Doing - One of the core domains of egoic trance is addictive doing - chronic activity driven by fear and wanting that keeps us from realizing a wholeness of Being. This talk looks at how addictive doing keeps us in the map of time, identified as a separate self, always on our way somewhere else. We then explore ways we undo this conditioning by pausing and opening to the liberating dimension of Being.

Direct download: 2014-08-20-Bringing-Awareness-to-Doing-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:22pm EST

2014-08-20 Guided Meditation - Emptiness Dancing

2014-08-20 Guided Meditation - Emptiness Dancing

Direct download: 2014-08-20-Meditation-Emptiness-Dancing-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:20pm EST

2014-08-13 - Listening to the Song

2014-08-13 - Listening to the Song - Tara was away this week, so asked for this favorite talk to be posted. Listening with our full heart and attention is the gateway to understanding and love. This talk explores the challenges to deep listening, and offers ways of paying attention that awaken a healing listening presence.

Direct download: 2014-08-13-Favorite--Listening-to-the-Song-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34pm EST

2014-08-13-Guided Meditation - Coming Home to Being - Tara was vacationing this weekend, so she offers a favorite from the archives.

Direct download: 2014-08-13-Guided-Meditation-Coming-Home-to-Being-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:18pm EST

Nuestra verdadera naturaleza

Nuestra verdadera naturaleza - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada  - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas) (Realizing Our True Nature: Self-Inquiry)

 

Direct download: Nuestra_verdadera_naturaleza_RA_CD2.mp3
Category:Spanish Translation -- posted at: 10:19pm EST

Regresando a la presencia natural

Regresando a la presencia natural - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada  - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas) (Coming Home to Natural Presence)

 

Direct download: regresando_a_la_presencia_natural.mp3
Category:Spanish Translation -- posted at: 10:16pm EST

Invocando una presencia apacible

Invocando una presencia apacible - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada  - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas) (Invoking Loving Presence in the Face of Difficulty - a version of tonglen)

 

Direct download: invocando_una_presencia_apacible_RA_CD2_2.mp3
Category:Spanish Translation -- posted at: 10:13pm EST

Cultivando un corazon dispuesto a perdonar - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada  - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas)

 

Direct download: cultivando_un_corazon_dispuesto_a_perdonar_RA_CD2_1.mp3
Category:Spanish Translation -- posted at: 10:09pm EST

Tonglen - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada  - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas) (Tonglen - Transforming Suffering into Compassion)

 

Direct download: Tonglen_RA_CD1_5.mp3
Category:Spanish Translation -- posted at: 10:03pm EST

Aceptación radical del dolor - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada  - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas)

 

Direct download: Aceptacin_radical_del_dolor_RA_CD1.mp3
Category:Spanish Translation -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

Afrontar la vida con una sonrisa

Afrontar la vida con una sonrisa - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada  - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas)

Direct download: Afrontar_la_vida_con_una_sonrisa_mixdown_02.mp3
Category:Spanish Translation -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

2014-08-06 - Part 2 - Trusting Your Basic Goodness

2014-08-06 - Part 2 - Trusting Your Basic Goodness - This talk continues the exploration of what causes our distrust of ourselves, others and life, and the pathways to realizing and trusting who we are. We explore the steps of awakening from limiting beliefs, dissolving the resistance to direct embodied presence, and discovering the space and tenderness - the formless dimension - that is indivisible and whole.

Direct download: 2014-08-06-Part2-Trusting-Your-Basic-Goodness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:15pm EST

2014-08-06-Meditation: Entrusting Yourself to the Waves

2014-08-06-Meditation: Entrusting Yourself to the Waves


2014-07-30 - Part 1 - Basic Trust

2014-07-30 - Part 1 - Basic Trust - One of the expressions of an awakened heart-mind is a basic trust in reality. These talks explore the severed belonging that gives rise to mistrust, and two primary pathways to realizing and trusting the indivisible field of loving awareness that is our source.

Direct download: 2014-07-30-Part1-Basic-Trust-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56pm EST

Meditation: Embodied Awareness

2014-07-30 Meditation: Embodied Awareness

Direct download: 2014-07-30-Meditation-Embodied_Awareness.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:54pm EST

2014-07-23 - An Evening of Inquiry - In this class, Tara offered a guided meditation, some brief words on connecting with the felt sense of our experience, and opened the class to questions.

Direct download: 2014-07-23-Evening-of-Inquiry-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm EST

Meditation: Coming Home to Your Breath

2014-07-23 - Meditation: Coming Home to Your Breath

Direct download: 2014-07-23-Meditation-Coming-Home-to-Your-Breath-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:29pm EST

Nourishing a Liberating Intention

2014-07-09 - Nourishing a Liberating Intention - The Buddha taught that this entire world arises out of the tip of intention. Intentions can arise from an egoic wants and fears, and they can arise from the wisdom of our heart that is calling us home. This talk explores the qualities that signify a liberating intention and how, by bringing presence to our current intention, we uncover the purity and power of our hearts true aspiration.

Direct download: 2014-07-09-Nourishing-a-Liberating-Intention-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm EST

Guided Meditation: Awake, Relaxed and Open

2014-07-09 - Guided Meditation: Awake, Relaxed and Open

Direct download: 2014-07-09-Meditation-Awake-Relaxed-and-Open-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:47pm EST

Blessings of Soul Recognition

2014-07-02 Blessings of Soul Recognition - We live under an enchantment that has us see ourselves and each other as separate egoic entities. This talk draws on an Arthurian legend and explores the pathways of presence that enable us to see past the mask - our own, others - and recognize the spirit that shines through these temporary incarnations.

Direct download: 2014-07-02-blessings-of-soul-recognition-tarabrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm EST

Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back

2014-07-02 Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back

Direct download: 2014-07-02-meditation-relaxing-back-tarabrach-hq.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

Awakening through Conscious Relationship

Communicating our vulnerability and learning to listen - seeking to understand another’s experience - are the keys to discovering the truth of our connectedness. This talk explores the challenges and gifts of dedicating ourselves to becoming more real, present and open in our relationships.

Direct download: 2014-06-18-Awakening-through-Conscious-Relationship-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm EST

Meditation: Resting as Awareness

2014-06-18 Meditation: Resting as Awareness

Direct download: 2014-06-18-Resting-as-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:19pm EST

2014-06-11 - Freedom and Happiness in Daily Life - How you live today is how you live your life. This talk explores different meditative practices and teachings that help us reconnect with and nurture presence in the midst of the array of daily stressors.

Please support this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com. Your donations allow us to continue to freely offer the teachings!

Direct download: 2014-06-11-Freedom-and-Happiness-in-Daily-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm EST

Guided Meditation: Stand Still (standing meditation instructions)

2014-06-11 - Guided Meditation: Stand Still (standing meditation instructions)

Direct download: 2014-06-11-Meditation-Stand-Still-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

Awakening from Virtual Reality

2014-06-04 - Awakening from Virtual Reality - This talk looks at the power our virtual reality of thoughts can hold over our lives. We then explore how bringing mindful awareness to thinking enables us to heal historical wounding and discover who we are beyond the self-story in our mind. We don’t have to believe our thoughts - they are "real but not true!"

Direct download: 2014-06-04-Awakening-from-Virtual-Reality.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:09pm EST

Meditation: Letting Life Live through You

2014-06-04 - Meditation: Letting Life Live through You

Direct download: 2014-06-04-Meditation-Letting-Life-Live-Through-You.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

2011-08-13 Meditation: Inner Space-Gateway to Open Awareness


2010-02-03 Meditation: Arriving in Presence

Direct download: 2010-02-03-Arriving-In-Presence-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:52pm EST

2012-12-12-Meditation-Coming-Home-to-Presence

Direct download: 2012-12-12-Meditation-Coming-Home-to-Presence-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:43pm EST

Humility

2014-05-28 - Humility - In Buddhism and most faiths, humility - feeling that we all share common ground, feeling neither superior or inferior to others - is both a prerequisite to awakening and an expression of mature spirituality. This talk explores how our conditioning and culture reinforce a swing from ego-inflation (self-importance, feeling special, better than others) to ego-deflation (feeling unworthy). We then look at how a wise and kind attention opens us to who we are beyond these confining egoic states, and enables us to live with humility and grace.

Direct download: 2014-05-28-Humility-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37pm EST

Meditation: Dedicated to Maya Angelou: Being at Home

2015-05-28 - Guided Meditation: Dedicated to Maya Angelou: Being at Home


Heart Training on the Bodhisatva Path

2014-05-21 - Heart Training on the Bodhisatva Path - Bodhisattva means “Awakened Being.” This path of awakening has three key domains for practice: remembering intention; training our attention; and compassionate activity. This talk reviews these domains and includes guided reflections that can help bring spirituality alive in daily life.

Direct download: 2014-05-21-Heart-Training-on-the-Bodhisatva-Path-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28pm EST

2014-05-14 - Question and Response - Tara explores a range of questions that include working with unworthiness, recognizing aspiration, stepping out of the story and understanding the selfless quality of experience.

Direct download: 2014-05-14-Question-Response-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm EST

2014-05-14 - Guided Meditation: Vipassana Instructions

Direct download: 2014-05-14-Meditation-Vipassana-Instructions-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:43pm EST

Am I Dreaming? (retreat talk)

2014-05-07 - Am I Dreaming -  As we cultivate mindfulness we become increasingly aware of how we move through huge swaths of our life in trance. This talk reflects on three key domains of trance, and undoing the habitual reactivity that keeps us from the loving, open awareness that is our essence.

Direct download: 2014-05-07-Am-I-Dreaming--Retreat-Talk-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

Part 2: Conflict - From Fight Flight Freeze to Attend Befriend

2014-04-30 - Part 2 - Conflict - From Fight Flight Freeze to Attend Befriend - How do we reconcile conflict when caught in reactivity sourced in trauma or deep wounding?  This talk looks at the need for a larger field of belonging - a trusted other person or safe group - to engender the presence and compassion that enables us to relax and reconnect with our own wholeness and with others.

Direct download: 2014-04-30-Pt2-Conflict-Fight-Flight-to-Attend-Befriend-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

2014-04-30 - Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back into Wakeful Openness


2014-04-23 - Awakening Through Conflict - As long as we are identified as separate selves, we will inevitably experience conflict with others. If we learn to release blame and deepen attention to our embodied experience, conflict can become a portal for more loving, alive relationships and awakening into the fullness of our being.

Direct download: 2014-04-23-Awakening-Through-Conflict-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

Meditation - Listening to and Feeling the Moment

2014-04-23 - Meditation - Listening to and Feeling the Moment


RAIN - Cultivating a Mindful Awareness

2014-04-16 - RAIN - Cultivating a Mindful Presence - The acronym RAIN is a powerful tool for interrupting habitual patterns of emotional reactivity and discovering the freedom of an awake, compassionate presence. This talk explores the components of RAIN, how it works, what makes it transformational and typical challenges people encounter. The teachings include a guided RAIN meditation.

Direct download: 2014-04-16-RAIN-Cultivating-a-Mindful-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EST

Guided Meditation: Breath as Homebase

2014-04-16 - Guided Meditation: Breath as Homebase

Direct download: 2014-04-16-Meditation-Breath-As-Homebase-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:35pm EST

Guided Meditation: Metta (Lovingkindness)

2014-02-05-Guided Meditation: Metta (Lovingkindness)

Direct download: 2014-02-05-Metta-Meditation-Lovingkindness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:53pm EST

Loving and Losing

2014-04-09 - Loving and Losing - The way that we relate to impermanence and loss shapes our capacity to live and love fully. This talk, drawing on Mary Oliver’s poem “In Blackwater Woods,” explores three elements in our response to this fleeting, precious life that are integral to our healing and freedom.

Direct download: 2014-04-09-Loving-and-Losing-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am EST

Guided Meditation: Living Presence

2014-04-09 - Guided Meditation: Living Presence

Direct download: 2014-04-09-Meditation-Living-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:12am EST

Guided Meditation: Arriving in Presence

2010-08-04 - Guided Meditation - Arriving in Presence

Direct download: 2010-08-04-Meditation-Arriving-In-Presence-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:10pm EST

Stress and Our Evolving Consciousness

2014-04-02 - Stress and Our Evolving Consciousness - The universal experience of stress (in Buddhism, called dukkha) is a message that we are not realizing, trusting and living from our true nature. Our habitual reactions to stress - grasping, aversion, resistance - deepen emotional pain and lock us in a limiting sense of egoic-self. This talk explores how, with conscious intention and deepened attention, the stressful difficulties we encounter can become the very grounds of healing and spiritual awakening.

Direct download: 2014-04-02-Stress-and-Our-Evolving-Consciousness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

Guided Meditation: Connecting with Aliveness and Openness

2014-04-02 - Guided Meditation: Connecting with Aliveness and Openness


Planting Ourselves in the Universe

2014-03-26 - Planting Ourselves in the Universe - When we are lost in the trance of thinking, we disconnect from the aliveness, awareness and love that is our source. Mindfulness, a key capacity of our evolving consciousness, awakens us from an identification with thinking and enables us to inhabit a wider realm of Being. This talk explores the confines of conceptual mind and the simple yet powerful practices that cultivate mindful awareness.

Direct download: 2014-03-26-Planting-Ourselves-in-the-Universe-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm EST

Guided Meditation: Relaxing into Presence

2014-03-26 - Guided Meditation: Relaxing into Presence

Direct download: 2014-03-26-Meditation-Relaxing-into-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:02pm EST

Return of the Prodigal Son

2014-03-19 - Return of the Prodigal Son - Drawing on Henri Nouwen’s book that interprets this famous parable, this talk looks at the ways we cut off from loving awareness, and the process of homecoming. Our inquiry, reflections and a guided meditation focus on an essential and often overlooked element of transformation: our capacity to trust in love, to let love in.

Direct download: 2014-03-19-Return-of-the-Prodigal-Son-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38pm EST

Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You

2014-03-19 - Guided Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You


Part 5 - Equanimity - A Heart That is Ready for Anything

2014-03-12 - Part 5 - Equanimity - A Heart that is Ready for Anything - Equanimity is the quality of presence that is open, balanced and non-reactive. As this talk explores, when equanimity is lacking, we become easily lost in trance, identified as a defended and controlling egoic self. When present, the solidity and constriction of egoic self dissolves, and our heart is free to respond to life with love, compassion, forgiveness and joy.

Direct download: 2014-03-12-Pt5-Equanimity-Heart-That-is-Ready-for-Anything-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm EST

Guided Meditation: Cultivating a Relaxed Attentiveness

2014-03-12 - Guided Meditation: Cultivating a Relaxed Attentiveness


Part 4: Opening to Joy

2014-03-05 - Part 4 - Opening to Joy - Our innate capacity for joy is blocked by our habitual ways of paying attention. This talk explores three key pathways of presence that connect us with our full openness and aliveness.

Direct download: 2014-03-05-Pt4-Opening-to-Joy-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm EST

Meditation: Dynamic Presence

2014-03-05 - Guided Meditation: Dynamic Presence

Direct download: 2014-03-05-Meditation-Dynamic-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:57pm EST

2014-02-26-Guided Forgiveness Meditation - a short cut from the end of the "A Forgiving Heart" talk

Direct download: 2014-02-26-Guided-Forgiveness-Meditation-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

Part 3: A Forgiving Heart

2014-02-26 - Part 3 - A Forgiving Heart - Anger is an intelligent emotion, a natural part of our evolutionary design that lets us know when we are endangered or impeded in our progress. But when it locks into ongoing resentment and blame, our heart becomes armored and we lose access to a wholeness of being. This talk explores forgiving as a process of relaxing our armoring and awakening a healing compassion for ourselves and others.

Direct download: 2014-02-26-Pt3-A-Forgiving-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

Meditation: A Healing Breath

2014-02-26 - Guided Meditation: A Healing Breath

Direct download: 2014-02-26-Meditation-A-Healing-Breath-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

Part 2: Heart of Compassion

2014-02-19 - Part 2: Heart of Compassion - Most of us consciously value compassion, but move through much of life without access to the full capacity of our heart. This talk explores the self-compassion that is the very grounds of loving our world.

Direct download: 2014-02-19-Heart-of-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am EST

2014-02-19 - Guided Meditation: Into Stillness

2014-02-19 - Guided Meditation: Into Stillness

Direct download: 2014-02-19-Meditation-Into-Stillness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:03am EST

2013-10-07 - Mindfulness in Schools- Enabling Children to Realize their Full Potential - Congressman (OH) Tim Ryan speaks at Walt Whitman HS, Bethesda, MD.

Direct download: 2013-10-07-Mindfulness-In-Schools-TimRyan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm EST

2013-10-07 - Mindfulness-In-Schools-TaraBrach.mp3

2013-10-07 - Mindfulness in Schools- Enabling Children to Realize their Full Potential - This talk explores stress-related emotional suffering and how mindfulness and compassion practices can serve our children’s natural intelligence, creativity and openheartedness. Trainings in presence are the hope for this next generation, and the healing of our world. Talk given at Walt Whitman HS, Bethesda, MD.

Direct download: 2013-10-07-Mindfulness-In-Schools-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

2014-02-05 - Part 1: Universal Faces of Love

2014-02-05 - Part 1: Universal Faces of Love - Lovingkindness, or metta, is the first of the four divine abodes in buddhist teachings. This talk explores the habitual patterns of fears and wants that obscure this innate quality of heart and key ways that we awaken ourselves to its luminous presence.

Direct download: 2014-02-05-Part1-Universal-Faces-of-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11am EST

Guided Meditation: Listening to and Feeling the Moment (2)

2014-02-05-Guided Meditation: Listening to and Feeling the Moment (2)


Awakening from Virtual Reality (retreat talk)

2009-05-02 - Awakening from Virtual Reality - This talk examines how we get stuck in identifying as a separate, deficient self, and the way that a deep attention frees us from trance.

"The invitation of the Path is that we can wake up out of our stories of limitation and blame. We can listen to and touch the longing in us that really wants to love without holding back and live from freedom. And we can then look at what's true within us so deeply that we discover the very awake, empty presence that is our essence. And we can live from that so that our lives become an expression of that realization. An expression of loving presence."

Direct download: 2009-05-02-Awakening-from-Virtual-Reality-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 11:59am EST