The Power of Mindful Investigation (from 2010-09-22)

The Power of Mindful Investigation (from 2010-09-22) - We each have a deep interest in reality–in understanding what is true and who we are. In Buddhist teachings, our interest, and its expression in wise investigation, energize the path of awakening. This talk explores how mindful investigation can free us from emotional suffering, nourish loving relatedness and create the conditions for deep spiritual realization.

(Tara is on retreat this week, so she asked to share this talk from 2010.)

Direct download: 2010-09-22-The-Power-of-Mindful-Investigation2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Meditation: Letting Life Be (from 2010-09-22)

Meditation: Letting Life Be (from 2010-09-22) - Tara is teaching retreat this week, so wanted to share this meditation from 2010 with you.

Direct download: 2010-09-22-Meditation-Letting-Life-Be-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Meditation: Seeing the Goodness (2015-12-23) (6:11 min)

Meditation: Seeing the Goodness (2015-12-23) (6:11 min) - When we focus on what we appreciate in others, our very attention helps allow that person to shine (a practice meditation from the end of the "Secret Beauty - Solstice talk").

Direct download: 2015-12-23-Meditation-Seeing-the-Goodness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:51pm EST

Reflection: Learning to Stay (2015-12-23) (4:30 min)

Reflection: Learning to Stay (2015-12-23) (4:30 min) - We open the door to healing by bringing a mindful and kind attention to inner vulnerability and fear (from "Secret Beauty - Solstice talk).

Direct download: 2015-12-23-Reflection-Learning-to-Stay-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:19am EST

Secret Beauty - Solstice Talk (2015-12-23)

Secret Beauty - Solstice Talk (2015-12-23) - This solstice talk explores two pathways to realizing the Secret Beauty that is our essence. One is through the compassion that arises when we stay with vulnerability and suffering, and the other is through love that arises as we learn to see the goodness that shines through all beings.

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at www.tarabrach.com/donation/. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-12-23-Secret-Beauty-Solstice-Talk-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

Meditation: Awaken to HeartSpace (2015-12-23) - Awaken to HeartSpace, the open awareness that is intrinsically tender and wakeful, and discover how to experience this life from the domain of heart.

Direct download: 2015-12-23-Meditation-HeartSpace-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:28pm EST

This meditation is included at the end of the RAIN of Self-Compassion talk. This talk explores three key features of the trance of unworthiness and introduces this guided meditation based on a new version of the acronym RAIN that awakens self-compassion and de-conditions the suffering of being at war with ourselves.

To listen to the complete talk, go to: The RAIN of Self-Compassion.

Direct download: 2015-12-16-Meditation-The-RAIN-of-Self-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

The RAIN of Self-Compassion (2015-12-16)

This talk explores three key features of the trance of unworthiness and introduces a guided meditation based on a new version of the acronym RAIN that awakens self-compassion and de-conditions the suffering of being at war with ourselves.

Direct download: 2015-12-16-The-RAIN-of-Self-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm EST

Meditation: Aliveness, Space and Awareness (2015-12-16)

This practice includes a body scan that opens into experience of continuous space, filled with the light of awareness.

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Direct download: 2015-12-16-Meditation-Aliveness-Space-and-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:17am EST

Desire: A Current of Homecoming (2015-12-09)

Desire: A Current of Homecoming (2015-12-09) - Desire is intrinsic to our aliveness, yet when we have unmet needs, it can possess us. This talk explores how to relax open the grip of wanting and heal the suffering of addiction. You will learn how to bring mindfulness and compassion to the roots of desire, and be carried home to  open loving presence.

“Recovery is also about spirit – about dealing with that ‘hole in the soul’ … so how does this hole get filled and become holy space?”

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Direct download: 2015-12-09-Desire-A_Current_of_Homecoming-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:53pm EST

Meditation: Calming and Opening (2015-12-09)

Meditation: Calming and Opening (2015-12-09) - This meditation guides us in collecting and quieting the mind with the breath, and then relaxing all effort, and simply resting in what is.

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Direct download: 2015-12-09-Meditation-Calming-and-Opening-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:49pm EST

Meditation: Choosing Living Presence

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Direct download: 2015-12-02-Meditation-Choosing-Living-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:29am EST

With prayers for the Paris Climate talks: What will it take to have us collectively awaken to the suffering of our earth and respond? This talk looks at how we are destroying our larger body, the earth; what stops us from recognizing and opening to the suffering of loss, and ways we can evolve our consciousness and act on behalf of this precious life. (from 2013-10-02)

Direct download: 2015-12-02-Loving-Life-Loving-Earth-TaraBrach_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15am EST

Feeling Gratitude, Giving Love (2015-11-25)

Feeling Gratitude, Giving Love - Thanksgiving 2015 (2015-11-25) - Like breathing in and breathing out, gratitude and generosity allow us to live fully. This talks explores what blocks these natural capacities, and three pathways of nourishing a grateful and giving heart.  

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Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (2015-11-25)

Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (2015-11-25)

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Direct download: 2015-11-25-Meditation-Awake-and-Open-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:32pm EST

Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (with Oms) (2015-11-25)

Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (with community chanting Om's) (2015-11-25)

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Heart Meditation: Loving Presence (from retreat)(2015-10-12)

Heart Meditation: Loving Presence (from retreat)(2015-10-12) - Scanning the body, filling it with the image of a smile, meditation continues with loving presence of someone easy to love, our own being, and offering care to others.

Direct download: 2015-10-12-Heart-Meditation-Loving-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:44pm EST

Part 2: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-18)

Part 2: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-18) - While we have strong conditioning to react to aggression with more aggression, we have the capacity to pause, and instead deepen attention and connect to our natural wisdom and empathy.  This talk looks at how we can directly engage in this evolutionary adaptation when we encounter trauma related conflict in our personal lives, and in a parallel way when groups of people who have been part of traumatizing conflict seek reconciliation and healing.

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Direct download: 2015-11-18-Part2-Awakening-through-Anger-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:37pm EST

Instructions on Working with Trauma - Q and A from Retreat (2015-04-20)

Instructions on Working with Trauma - Q and A from Retreat (2015-04-20) - a short segment that includes a message on working with trauma as part of a morning question-response session at the IMCW 2015 Spring Retreat.

Direct download: 2015-04-20-Morning-Q-A-Working-with-Trauma-TaraBrach2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:19pm EST

Part 1: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-11)

Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-11) - Anger is naturally triggered when we feel an obstacle to meeting our needs. How do we honor the intelligence within anger, but not get hijacked into emotional reactivity that creates suffering in our individual and collective lives? This talk explores the U-turn that enables us to offer a healing attention to the feelings and unmet needs under anger. Once present with our inner life, we are able to respond to those around us with wisdom, empathy and true strength.

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
― Mark Twain

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Direct download: 2015-11-11-Awakening-through-Anger-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

Meditation: The Heartspace That is Home (2015-11-11)

Meditation: The Heartspace That is Home (2015-11-11) - This meditation awakens attention to the space of awareness, and then explores how this awake awareness is experienced as heartspace, the vast tenderness that is home.

Direct download: 2015-11-11-Meditation-Heartspace-That-is-Home-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:04pm EST

Compass of Our Heart (2015-11-04)

Compass of Our Heart (2015-11-04) - All of our actions, our entire life experience, arises from the energy of intention.  While it’s natural that our intentions are shaped by egoic wants and fears, when we bring this into conscious, compassionate awareness, we can discover the deep aspiration that guides and energizes our awakening hearts and minds. This talk explores the movement from egoic intention to liberating intention…the movement from “my will” to “my hearts will.

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Direct download: 2015-11-04-Compass-of-Our-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50pm EST

2015-10-10-Morning-Instruction-and-Meditation (from retreat)

2015-10-10-Morning-Instruction-and-Meditation (from the IMCW fall residential retreat)

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Direct download: 2015-10-10-Morning-Instruction-and-Meditation-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

Relating Wisely with Imperfection (2015-10-28)

Relating Wisely with Imperfection (2015-10-28) - Our survival brain reacts to perceived imperfection with aversion and anxiety, and if we are habituated to this reaction, we become imprisoned in the identity of a flawed separate self. This talk explores the healing and transformation that is possible as we learn to regard imperfection with mindfulness and compassion.

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Direct download: 2015-10-28-Relating-Wisely-with-Imperfection-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32am EST

Meditation: A Healing Breath (2015-10-28)

Meditation: A Healing Breath (2015-10-28) - This meditation introduces a simple breathing practice that brings relaxation and inner ease.

Direct download: 2015-10-28-Meditation-A-Healing-Breath-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:11pm EST

Awakening Beyond Self (2015-10-21) - Suffering is our call to deepen attention and discover the truth of who we are beyond the identity of a separate, deficient self. This talk examines how thoughts, beliefs and emotions keep us trapped in a confining identity, and two pathways of practice that serve awakening and freedom.

Direct download: 2015-10-21-Awakening-Beyond-Self-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

Meditation: Letting Life Be As It Is (2015-10-21)

Meditation: Letting Life Be As It Is (2015-10-21)

Direct download: 2015-10-21-Meditation-Letting-Life-Be-As-It-Is-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:55pm EST

Ten-Minute Basic Meditation Practice (from retreat) (2015-10-10)

Ten-Minute Basic Meditation Practice (from the first morning instructions at the 2015 IMCW fall retreat) (2015-10-10)

Direct download: 2015-10-10-Ten-Minute-Basic-Meditation-Practice-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:50am EST

Freeing Ourselves by Loving Ourselves (retreat talk) (2015-10-11)

(Retreat talk) Freeing Ourselves by Loving Ourselves (2015-10-11) - In this human realm, healing and spiritual realization are rooted in awakening a love for the life that is here. This talk looks at our habit of feeling we should be different than we are, and the ways that mindfulness and self-compassion help enable us to not only embrace our inner life, but bring genuine healing to others.


Retreat Meditation: Radiant Empty Heart (2015-10-15)

Retreat Meditation: Radiant Empty Heart (2015-10-15) - an open focus meditation given at the 2015 IMCW Fall 7-day Residential Retreat

Direct download: 2015-10-15-Retreat-Meditation-Radiant-Empty-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:25pm EST

Trusting Ourselves, Trusting Life (2015-10-07)

Trusting Ourselves, Trusting Life (2015-10-07) - How can we trust in basic goodness when we encounter so much greed and violence within and around us? This talk explores three pathways of practice that enable us to bring a healing attention to our primitive survival conditioning, and cultivate the heart and awareness that express our full potential and deepest essence.

"Who would you be if you trusted the basic goodness and beauty that lives through you?"

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Direct download: 2015-10-07-Trusting-Ourselves-Trusting-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37pm EST

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence (2015-10-07)

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence (2015-10-07)

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Direct download: 2015-10-07-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-into-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:47pm EST

The Sacred Pause (2015-09-30)

The Sacred Pause (2015-09-30) - When we are lost in the trance of doing, our lives are on automatic, and contracted by sense that something’s wrong or missing. This talk explores the challenges of learning to pause, and the blessings that arise when step out of our incessant mental and physical activity and reconnect with the being-qualities of presence, wisdom and love.

Direct download: 2015-09-30-The-Sacred-Pause-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm EST

Meditation: Opening to the Mystery (2015-09-30)

Meditation: Opening to the Mystery (2015-09-30)

Direct download: 2015-09-30-Meditation-Opening-to-the-Mystery-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:37pm EST

Genuine Acceptance (2009-08-26)

Genuine Acceptance (2009-08-26) - a favorite from 2009
Our capacity to accept this life is key to our freedom, yet there are many misconceptions about acceptance: People wonder, if acceptance makes us a doormat in relationships? Isn't acceptance akin to resignation? Doesn't it make us passive when what is needed is action? This talk explores some of the misunderstandings about acceptance and offers teachings on the nature of genuine and liberating acceptance.

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at www.tarabrach.com/donate.html. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2009-08-26-Genuine-Acceptance-2015-09-25-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47pm EST

Guided Meditation: Center of Now - with Body Scan (2011-02-16)

Guided Meditation: Center of Now - with Body Scan (2011-02-16) - a favorite meditation from 2011. Includes chanting "AH."

Direct download: 2011-02-16-Meditation-Center-of-Now-with-Body-Scan-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:42pm EST

Letting Go of Judgment (retreat talk) (2015-09-05)

Letting Go of Judgment (retreat talk) (2015-09-05) - The scales of judgment confine us in a limited sense of self, they restrict the depth and fullness of our loving. This talk explores the genesis of projecting badness on to parts of ourselves and others, and how we can use mindfulness and self-compassion practices to evolve our consciousness and free our hearts.

Direct download: 2015-09-05-Letting-Go-of-Judgment--Retreat-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

Heart Meditation: Letting Go of Judgment (2015-09-05) (retreat)

Heart Meditation: Letting Go of Judgment (2015-09-05) (retreat)

Direct download: 2015-09-05-Heart-Meditation-Letting-Go-of-Judgment-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:59pm EST

Releasing Limiting Beliefs (2015-09-09)

Releasing Limiting Beliefs (2015-09-09) - If we investigate patterns of emotional suffering or “stuckness,” we’ll discover that under our pain is a fear based belief. Until these beliefs are brought into the light of compassionate awareness, they control and confine our lives. This talk reviews key steps of inquiry and mindfulness that help us realize the freedom that comes with awakening from the grip of beliefs.

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at http://www.tarabrach.com/donate.html. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-09-09-Releasing-Limiting-Beliefs-TaraBrach-64.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:12pm EST

Meditation: Simplicity of Presence (2015-09-09)

Meditation: Simplicity of Presence (2015-09-09)

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“Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease”
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Direct download: 2015-09-09-Meditation-Simplicity-of-Presence-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Learning to Respond, Not React (2015-09-02)

Learning to Respond, Not React (2015-09-02) - When stressed, we often react with looping fear-thoughts, feelings and behaviors that cause harm to ourselves and/or others. This talk offers three interrelated strategies that can serve us when we’re triggered by stress, and help us find our way back to our natural wisdom, empathy and wholeness of being. By de-conditioning habitual reactivity, we are increasingly able to respond to our life circumstances in ways that serve healing and awakening.

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at http://www.tarabrach.com/donate.html. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-09-02-Learning-to-Respond-Not-React-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:08am EST

Meditation - Cultivating an Intimate Presence (2015-09-02)

Meditation - Cultivating an Intimate Presence (2015-09-02)

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“Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease”
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Awakening from the Trance - Embracing Unlived Life (2015-08-26)

Awakening from the Trance - Embracing Unlived Life (2015-08-26) - When physical or emotional pain is too much, our conditioning is to pull away and avoid direct contact with raw feelings. The result is a trance - we are split off from the wholeness of our aliveness, intelligence and capacity to love. This talk explores how this dissociation shows up in our lives and a powerful way that mindfulness enables us to integrate cut-off parts of our being.

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Direct download: 2015-08-26-Awakening-from-the-Trance-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Meditation: Opening to the Sea of Presence (2015-08-26)

Meditation: Opening to the Sea of Presence (2015-08-26)

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“Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease”
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Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO (2015-08-19)

Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO (2015-08-19) - There are two common fears that can block us from our full potential - fear of failure (FOF), and fear of missing out (FOMO). This talk explores how to meet these fears with mindful presence, and discover within them the essence energies of loving awareness and full aliveness.

Note - This talk is dedicated to Tim Ferriss, who turned me on to the phrase FOMO. Tim exemplifies the creative aliveness of FOMO energy when it’s living through someone who’s dedicated to being awake, caring and real. (check out his podcasts, http://fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/)

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“Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease”
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Direct download: 2015-08-19-Transforming-Two-Fears-FOF-and-FOMO-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

Meditation: Touching Peace (2015-08-19)

Meditation: Touching Peace (2015-08-19) - (uses the image of a smile as a supportive technique)

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“Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease”
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Direct download: 2015-08-19-Meditation-Touching-Peace-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:58pm EST

Meditation: "Smile Meditation" (2010-07-07)

Meditation: "Smile Meditation" (2010-07-07) - posted to podcast from Tara's website by popular demand! 

Direct download: 2010-07-07-Smile-Meditation-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

Radical Acceptance Revisited (2015-08-12)

Radical Acceptance Revisited (2015-08-12) - One of the truths we most regularly forget is that if we are at war with ourselves, we can’t feel love and connection with our world. This talk looks at the genesis of the “Trance of Unworthiness” and how the wings of mindfulness and heartfulness can dissolve the trance and reveal the loving awareness that is our essence Being.

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Direct download: 2015-08-12-Radical-Acceptance-Revisited-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

Meditation - The Sky-like Mind (2015-08-12)

Meditation - The Sky-like Mind (2015-08-12) - listening and discovering the sky-like mind that is our true home.

Direct download: 2015-08-12-Meditation-The-Sky-like-Mind-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:29pm EST

The Sacred Art of Listening (2015-08-05)

The Sacred Art of Listening (2015-08-05) - Deep listening - the kind of listening that brings intimacy and understanding—takes intentional practice. This talk looks at the societal and inner obstacles to an undistracted presence, and the mindfulness strategies that nourish our capacity to listen in a way that heals and connects.

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“Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease”
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Direct download: 2015-08-05-The-Sacred-Art-of-Listening-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm EST

Meditation: Relaxing, Breathing, Opening (2015-08-05)

Meditation: Relaxing, Breathing, Opening (2015-08-05)

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“Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease”
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Direct download: 2015-08-05-Meditation-Relaxing-Breathing-Opening.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions  (2015-07-29)

The Realm of Hungry Ghosts (2015-07-29) - In Buddhist cosmology, the torment of intense desire that can never really be satisfied is depicted as the realm of Hungry Ghosts. This talk explores the attachments and addictions that so many of us struggle with, and the teachings and practices that can liberate us.

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Direct download: 2015-07-29-The-Realm-of-Hungry-Ghosts-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50pm EST

"Coming Back" - Meditation Instructions with Q and A (from retreat) (2015-06-26)

"Coming Back" - Meditation Instructions with Q and A (from retreat) (2015-06-26) - A special recording from the first morning of the 2015 IMCW Women's Retreat that offers further guidance and addresses some frequently asked questions about meditation. (13.5 min)

Direct download: 2015-06-26-Retreat-Meditation-Instructions-with-QA-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:42pm EST

Meditation - Relaxing Back into Wakeful Openness (2015-07-22)

Meditation - Relaxing Back into Wakeful Openness (2015-07-22) -

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That Bird Got My Wings (2015-07-22)

That Bird Got My Wings (2015-07-22) - This talk looks at how we are imprisoned by a limited sense of who we are, and how the wings of mindfulness and heartfulness enable us to realize the spirit that is our essence. We then look at how we can bring the wings of freedom to our engagement with others. The talk’s title is the name of a book written by Jarvis Masters, a deeply wise and inspiring African American man currently on death row at San Quentin prison.

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Direct download: 2015-07-22-That-Bird-Got-My-Wings-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm EST

Unfolding of the Sacred Feminine (retreat) (2015-06-26)

Unfolding of the Sacred Feminine (retreat) (2015-06-26) - The sacred feminine expresses the qualities of heart that emerge as we open beyond identifying with the egoic, separate self. In this talk, Tara tracks a series of challenging experiences in her own life that catalyzed an awakening of heart, and explores how for each of us, the places of difficulty can help us realize our belonging to life and the loving awareness that is our true essence. (given at the 2015 IMCW Women's Retreat)

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Direct download: 2015-06-26-Unfolding-of-the-Sacred-Feminine-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 9:06pm EST

Heart Meditation: Three Domains of Forgiveness (retreat) (2015-06-27)

Heart Meditation: Three Domains of Forgiveness (retreat) (2015-06-27) - Instruction and guided heart meditation on forgiveness from the 2015 IMCW Women's Retreat.

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The Dance with Pain (2015-07-08)

The Dance with Pain (2015-07-08) - “Pain is inevitable and suffering is optional.”  In this talk Tara explores the difference between pain and suffering and examines the most common, yet often unconscious, ways we resist pain. She then shares practices that help us find balance, equanimity and awakening in the midst.

Your support will enable us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time. Visit: www.tarabrach.com. A guided meditation on "Radical Acceptance of Pain" is available on the "Guided Meditations" page.  With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-07-08-Dance-with-Pain-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm EST

Meditation: Presence, Breath, Full Aliveness (2015-07-08)

Meditation: Presence, Breath, Full Aliveness (2015-07-08)


Part 2: Devotional Practices (2015-07-01)

Part 2: Devotional Practices (2015-07-01) - The sacred feminine expresses the realization of our belonging, our innate interdependence with all of life. These two classes explores inner practices that help us open to our longing to belong, and awaken the power of prayer.

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

Direct download: 2015-07-01-Devotional-Practices-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:24pm EST

Meditation: Relaxing into the Flow (2015-07-01)

Meditation: Relaxing into the Flow (2015-07-01)

Direct download: 2015-07-01-Meditation-Relaxing-Into-the-Flow-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:17pm EST

Part 1: Devotional Practices (2015-06-24)

Part 1: Devotional Practices (2015-06-24) - The sacred feminine expresses the realization of our belonging, our innate interdependence with all of life. These two classes explores inner practices that help us open to our longing to belong, and awaken the power of prayer. 

Direct download: 2015-06-24-Devotional-Practices-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am EST

Beloved Community (2015-06-17)

Beloved Community (2015-06-17) - Martin Luther King’s term, “Beloved Community,” points to our potential for living together with love, justice and respect. This talk explores the often hidden expressions of racism that fuel separation and violence, and pathways toward healing and freeing our collective hearts.

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Direct download: 2015-06-17-Beloved-Community-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

Meditation: Relaxing Open into Full Presence (2015-06-17)

Meditation: Relaxing Open into Full Presence (2015-06-17) - Please support this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com. Your donations allow us to continue to freely offer the teachings!


Part 2: Beyond the Fear Body (2015-06-10)

Part 2: Beyond the Fear Body (2015-06-10) - A central part of spiritual awakening is recognizing and befriending fear, and in the tender intensity of fear, discovering the awakened heart.  In these two talks we explore the suffering of becoming identified with the fear body, and the skillful means that enable a full and liberating presence with fear.

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

Direct download: 2015-06-10-Pt2-Beyond-the-Fear-Body-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:27pm EST

Meditation: Resting in Knowing (2015-06-10)

Meditation: Resting in Knowing (2015-06-10)

Direct download: 2015-06-10-Meditation-Resting-in-Knowing-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:25pm EST

Part 1: Beyond the Fear Body (2015-06-03)

Part 1: Beyond the Fear Body (2015-06-03) - A central part of spiritual awakening is recognizing and befriending fear, and in the tender intensity of fear, discovering the awakened heart.  In these two talks we explore the suffering of becoming identified with the fear body, and the skillful means that enable a full and liberating presence with fear.

Your support will enable us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time. Visit: http://www.tarabrach.com/donate.html. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-06-03-Pt1-Beyond-the-Fear-Body-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EST

Meditation - Relaxing Open into Presence (2015-06-03)

Meditation - Relaxing Open into Presence (2015-06-03) - "...re-relaxing... sensing in your body what might let go a little bit more right now."

Direct download: 2015-06-03-Meditation-Relaxing-Open-into-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

The Two Wings of Awareness (2015-05-27)

The Two Wings of Awareness (2015-05-27) - The two wings of understanding and love awaken as we learn to recognize what is here in the present moment, and to allow experience to be just as it is. This talk includes a guided reflection and a brief period of questions and responses.

Direct download: 2015-05-27-The-Two-Wings-of-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

Meditation - Living Presence (2015-05-27)

Meditation - Living Presence (2015-05-27)

Direct download: 2015-05-27-Meditation-Living-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:40pm EST

Part 2: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity (2015-05-20)

Part 2: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity (2015-05-20) - From the view of the separate self, this existence is inherently uncertain, and we are profoundly vulnerable. Our habitual reaction to insecurity fuels separation, and limits our capacity to live and love fully. These two talks explore the blessings of wisdom, love and freedom that naturally arise as, instead of resisting, we learn to open directly to the insecurity of impermanence.

Direct download: 2015-05-20-Pt2-Impermanence-Awakening-Through-Insecurity-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:34pm EST

Meditation: Entering the Flow (2015-05-20)

Guided Meditation: Entering the Flow (2015-05-20) - "Letting go over and over into this changing flow - the river of aliveness."

Direct download: 2015-05-20-Meditation-Entering-the-Flow-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:32pm EST

Part 1: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity (2015-05-13)

Part 1: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity (2015-05-13) - From the view of the separate self, this existence is inherently uncertain, and we are profoundly vulnerable. Our habitual reaction to insecurity fuels separation, and limits our capacity to live and love fully. These two talks explore the blessings of wisdom, love and freedom that naturally arise as, instead of resisting, we learn to open directly to the insecurity of impermanence.

Direct download: 2015-05-13-Pt1-Impermanence-Awakening-Through-Insecurity-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EST

Meditation: Opening to the Flow (2015-05-13)

Meditation: Opening to the Flow (2015-05-13)

Direct download: 2015-05-13-Meditation-Opening-to-the-Flow-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:46pm EST

Namaste - Seeing the Sacred that Lives through All Beings (2015-04-23)

(retreat talk) Namaste - Seeing the Sacred that Lives through All Beings (2015-04-23) - The trance of separation is part of our evolutionary heritage, but not the end of the story. This talk explores how several key trainings of the heart can evolve and awaken our capacity to realize connectedness, and the sacredness that shines through this living world.

Direct download: 2015-04-23-Namaste--Retreat-Talk-TaraBrach-56.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 8:34pm EST

Meditation: Forgiving Ourselves and Others (2015-04-19)

Meditation: Forgiving Ourselves and Others (2015-04-19) - a guided heart practice from the 2015 IMCW Spring Retreat


2012-03-28 - Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body - Our fear management strategies--versions of fight/flight-- contract our body and mind, and separate us from others. As we learn to pause and contact the bodily fear with a gentle, mindful awareness, our sense of being enlarges. We rediscover our belonging to presence, love and life.

Direct download: 2012-03-28-Attend-and-Befriend-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am EST

2015-04-29 - Investigating Reality - Beyond an Interpreted World

2015-04-29 - Investigating Reality - Beyond an Interpreted World - The skillful use of inquiry - asking questions in a way that energizes and focuses our attention - brings what is hidden into the light of awareness.  This talk explores the healing that arises as we investigate the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche, and the freedom discovered as we look into the very essence of who we are.

Direct download: 2015-04-29-Investigating-Reality-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44pm EST

2015-04-20 - Meditation: Vipassana witih Instruction (from retreat)

2015-04-20 - Meditation: Vipassana witih Instruction - Morning guided meditation and instruction from the 2015 IMCW Spring Retreat

Direct download: 2015-04-20-Retreat-Meditation-Vipassana-with-Instruction.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:42pm EST

2015-04-20 - Retreat Talk - Loving Yourself into Freedom

2015-04-20 - Retreat Talk - Loving Yourself into Freedom - The most basic truths we forget, and one is this: if we don't love ourselves, we can't love life.  In the most basic way, attending to and embracing our inner life reveals the nature of reality. This talk looks at the genesis of self-aversions and several pathways that open us to the loving presence that is our source.

Direct download: 2015-04-20-Retreat-Talk-Loving-Yourself-into-Freedom-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 11:51am EST

2015-04-22 - Meditation - Letting Life Be, Just As It Is

2015-04-22 - Meditation - Letting Life Be, Just As It Is - from morning instructions at the IMCW 2015 Spring Retreat

Direct download: 2015-04-22-Meditation-Letting-Life-Be-Just-As-It-Is-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:45am EST

2015-04-15 - True Happiness - Realizing Well Being

2015-04-15 - True Happiness - Realizing Well Being - Well being is the deep contentment that arises from a relaxed, wakeful presence. This talk explores the beliefs and habits that contract us away form presence, and several key ways we can nourish our natural capacity for happiness.

Your support will enable us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time. Visit: www.tarabrach.com. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-04-15-True-Happiness-Realizing-Well-Being-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm EST

2015-04-15 - Meditation: Relaxing, Smiling, Being Here

2015-04-15 - Meditation: Relaxing, Smiling, Being Here

Direct download: 2015-04-15-Meditation-Relaxing-Smiling-Being-Here-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:45pm EST

2015-04-08 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 3 - Looking in the Mirror

2015-04-08 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 3 - Looking in the Mirror - This 3 part series is based on a teaching story from the Upanishads that shows our potential to awaken from an ego-based trance and discover the full luminosity and freedom of our natural awareness.  In each class we'll explore one of the three gifts considered as essential on the spiritual path.  The first is the capacity to forgive, to let go of the blame and resentment that prevents our hearts from being open and free.  The second gift is "inner fire," the capacity to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to what we most cherish.  The third gift is a "mirror" or the capacity to look deeply into our own hearts and minds and realize the truth of who we are. Each class includes guided meditations that explore how these gifts can be nourished right here and now in our lives.

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

Direct download: 2015-04-08-Three-Liberating-Gifts-Pt3-Looking-in-the-Mirror-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

2015-04-08 - Meditation: Coming Home to the Senses

2015-04-08 - Meditation: Coming Home to the Senses

Direct download: 2015-04-08-Meditation-Coming-Home-to-the-Senses-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

2015-04-01 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 2 - Inner Fire

2015-04-01 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 2 - Inner Fire - This 3 part series is based on a teaching story from the Upanishads that shows our potential to awaken from an ego-based trance and discover the full luminosity and freedom of our natural awareness. In each class we'll explore one of the three gifts considered as essential on the spiritual path. The first is the capacity to forgive, to let go of the blame and resentment that prevents our hearts from being open and free.  The second gift is "inner fire," the capacity to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to what we most cherish. The third gift is a "mirror" or the capacity to look deeply into our own hearts and minds and realize the truth of who we are. Each class includes guided meditations that explore how these gifts can be nourished right here and now in our lives.

Direct download: 2015-04-01-Three-Liberating-Gifts-Pt2-Inner-Fire-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

2015-04-01 - Meditation: Listening to and Feeling Life

2015-04-01 - Meditation: Listening to and Feeling Life


2015-03-25 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 1 - Forgiveness

2015-03-25 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 1 - Forgiveness - This 3 part series is based on a teaching story from the Upanishads that shows our potential to awaken from an ego-based trance and discover the full luminosity and freedom of our natural awareness.  In each class we'll explore one of the three gifts considered as essential on the spiritual path.  The first is the capacity to forgive, to let go of the blame and resentment that prevents our hearts from being open and free.  The second gift is "inner fire," the capacity to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to what we most cherish.  The third gift is a "mirror" or the capacity to look deeply into our own hearts and minds and realize the truth of who we are. Each class includes guided meditations that explore how these gifts can be nourished right here and now in our lives.

Direct download: 2015-03-25-Three-Liberating-Gifts-Pt1-Forgiveness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:01pm EST

2015-03-25 - Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence

2015-03-25 - Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence

Direct download: 2015-03-25-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-into-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

2015-03-18 - Freedom from Fear-Based Beliefs

2015-03-18 - Freedom from Fear-Based Beliefs - This talk looks at how we get imprisoned in fear based, limiting beliefs. We then explore key meditative steps that help release these veils and reveal the fullness and goodness of our essential being.

Direct download: 2015-03-18-Freedom-from-Fear-Based-Beliefs-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55am EST

2015-03-18 - Meditation: Awakening from the Dream

2015-03-18 - Meditation: Awakening from the Dream

Direct download: 2015-03-18-Meditation-Awakening-from-the-Dream-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:51am EST

2009-08-26 - Genuine Acceptance

2009-08-26 - Genuine Acceptance - Our capacity to accept this life is key to our freedom, yet there are many misconceptions about acceptance: People wonder, if acceptance makes us a doormat in relationships? Isn't acceptance akin to resignation? Doesn't it make us passive when what is needed is action? This talk explores some of the misunderstandings about acceptance and offers teachings on the nature of genuine and liberating acceptance.

Direct download: 2009-08-26-Genuine-Acceptance-TaraBrach-rev.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08pm EST

2011-11-09 - Meditation - Discovering Inner Space

2011-11-09 - Meditation - Discovering Inner Space - By imagining the space inside the body, we discover the continuous space of awareness that is the source and essence of all aliveness.

Direct download: 2011-11-09-Meditation-Discovering-Inner-Space-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:06pm EST

2015-03-04 - Sure Heart's Release

2015-03-04 - Sure Heart's Release - The pathway to our awaken heart includes deep recognition of our barriers to love, and as we open, the courage to express our love. This talk includes a reflection and practice that can support us in inhabiting our full capacity for loving presence.

Direct download: 2015-03-04-Sure-Hearts-Release-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35pm EST

2015-03-04 - Meditation: Open Wakeful Presence

2015-03-04 - Meditation: Open Wakeful Presence

Direct download: 2015-03-04-Meditation-Open-Wakeful-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:33pm EST

2015-02-25 - From Dragons to Schmoos - Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence

2015-02-25 - From Dragons to Schmoos - Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence - The trance of unworthiness is sustained by our aversion to the dragons - the difficult emotions and related behaviors that are a deeply conditioned part of the human experience. In this talk we explore the awakening that is possible as we recognize our reactive patterns and instead of judgment, offer a loving and healing presence.

Direct download: 2015-02-25-From-Dragons-to-Schmoos-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm EST

2015-02-25 - Meditation: Resting in Wakeful Presence

2015-02-25 - Meditation: Resting in Wakeful Presence - This meditation begins with a body scan, then guides us to a feeling of open presence.

Direct download: 2015-02-25-Meditation-Resting-in-Wakeful-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:37pm EST

2015-02-18 - Part 2: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice

2015-02-18 - Part 2: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice - This two-part series offers a clear and fresh understanding of practices that cultivate mindful awareness. The first class examines our attitude towards practice and gives guidance on posture, establishing an anchor for attention, and learning to concentrate and collect the mind - “coming back.”  The second class focuses on the practice of mindfulness - “being here,” and the component qualities of clear recognition and an allowing non-judgmental presence. 

Direct download: 2015-02-18-Part2-Basic-Elements-of-Meditation-Practice-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm EST

2015-02-18 - Meditation: Body Scan - Living Presence

2015-02-18 - Meditation: Body Scan - Living Presence

Direct download: 2015-02-18-Meditation-Body-Scan-Living-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

2015-02-18 - Meditation: Body Scan - Living Presence - 11 minutes

2015-02-18 - Meditation: Body Scan - Living Presence - 11 minutes