Don't Know Mind (a talk from June 10, 2009)

Don't Know Mind - Thoughts, and more broadly, conceptual knowledge, cannot lead to the direct realization of truth, of reality. While thoughts are an essential part of surviving and thriving, spiritual awakening only becomes possible when we step out of the trance of thinking. This talk invites listeners into the radical openness and freedom of not-knowing. (a favorite from 2009-06-10)

Direct download: 2009-06-10-Don-t-Know-Mind-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

Meditation: A Listening Presence with Smile Body Scan (2016-11-10)

Meditation: A Listening Presence with Smile Body Scan (2016-11-10) - Listening to sounds is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and connect with the natural openness of awareness. This meditation emphasizes the anchor of listening, and guides us to relax through our bodies, filling them with the image of a smile. In this receptivity we find a homecoming to full presence and peace.

Direct download: 2016-11-10-Meditatiion-Listening-Presence-w-Smile.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

Question and Response: Heart Practices - (2016-11-05)

Question and Response: Heart Practices - (2016-11-05) - follow-up to the guided heart practice: Taking in the Goodness.

Tara replies to questions from retreatants.

~ from the IMCW Fall retreat

Direct download: 2016-11-05-Q-A-Heart-Practices-Retreat-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44pm EST

Heart Meditation with Instructions: Taking in the Goodness (2016-11-05)

Heart Meditation with Instructions: Taking in the Goodness (2016-11-05) - previously published without lead-in instructions. ~ from the IMCW Fall retreat

Rumi said, “Whenever some kindness comes to you, turn that way – toward the source of kindness.”

This meditation guides us to look for the source of loving and to turn in that direction. It begins with a lovingkindness practice that spreads the image of a smile into the body, then continues with a practice of seeing the goodness of ourselves and others.

“What’s it like when you communicate your appreciation of goodness to another person?”


The Revolution of Tenderness - Part 2 (2016-12-21)

The Revolution of Tenderness - Part 2 (2016-12-21) - These two talks explore our capacity to be tender - sensitive and responsive to ourselves and others. This capacity marks a radical evolutionary shift from a self-centered existence shaped by fear, to a life lived from the realization of our collective belonging and the preciousness of all life. The talks examine the conditioning that inclines us toward dissociation and emotional reactivity, and the practices of presence that evolve our heart and awareness.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2016-12-21-Pt2-Revolution-of-Tenderness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:02pm EST

Meditation: Breathing into Presence (2016-12-21)

Meditation: Breathing into Presence (2016-12-21) - The breath can be our gateway into the boundless awareness that holds all life. This meditation begins with a breath that calms our nervous system, and then invites a relaxed presence with the breath and sensation that open us to the “universe breathing.” Resting in awareness, we realize the wakefulness, peace and vitality of pure presence.

"The whole universe is the body breathing..."

Free download of Tara’s 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.

Direct download: 2016-12-21-Meditation-Breathing-into-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:15pm EST

The Revolution of Tenderness - Part 1 (2016-12-14)

The Revolution of Tenderness - Part 1 (2016-12-14) - These two talks explore our capacity to be tender - sensitive and responsive to ourselves and others. This capacity marks a radical evolutionary shift from a self-centered existence shaped by fear, to a life lived from the realization of our collective belonging and the preciousness of all life. The talks examine the conditioning that inclines us toward dissociation and emotional reactivity, and the practices of presence that evolve our heart and awareness.

from Tara’s talk: Pope Francis invites us to “live the revolution of tenderness,” which is expressed through closeness, compassion and service...

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2016-12-14-Pt1-Revolution-of-Tenderness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:24pm EST

Meditation - Awake Awareness is our Home (2016-12-14)

Meditation - Awake Awareness is our Home (2016-12-14) - This meditation guides us in awakening our awareness  by opening to all our senses and recognizing the alert presence that is always, already here. By relaxing back into the presence over and over, we become familiar with the reality that is truly our home.

Free download of Tara’s 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.

Direct download: 2016-12-14-Meditation-Awake-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:12pm EST

Spiritual Reparenting (2016-12-07)

Spiritual Reparenting (2016-12-07) - When we are not sufficiently nurtured in childhood, we are inclined toward anxiety, depression, addiction and other forms of suffering. In a deep way, we do not feel at home with others, and are disconnected from our own body, heart and spirit. This talk explores how meditation offers "spiritual reparenting” as we learn to bring interest, understanding and love to our own inner vulnerability. This process of healing extends to our relationships with others and our larger society - by reaching out to widening circles with interest and care, we bring increasing harmony and peace to our world.

"How do we love ourselves into healing?"

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Direct download: 2016-12-07-Spiritual-Reparenting-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52pm EST

Meditation - Relaxing Back into Living Presence

Meditation - Relaxing Back into Living Presence (2016-12-07) - When we are lost in thoughts our mind contracts, our body tightens and we disconnect from true openheartedness. The pathway home is through “relaxing back” and reopening our attention to our senses, relaxing through our body, and gently contacting the felt sense in our heart. By repeatedly relaxing back, we become increasingly familiar with the vibrancy, tenderness and openness of true presence. 

Free download of Tara’s 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.

Direct download: 2016-12-07-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:05pm EST

Trusting the Gold (retreat talk)

Trusting the Gold (retreat talk)(2016-11-10) - When we are unaware of the emotions and beliefs that shape our experience, we are in a trance characterized by an identity as a separate, incomplete self. Trance obscures the awareness and love that is our deepest essence. This talk explores the two key pathways of awakening from trance and recognizing and trusting the gold of our true nature.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-11-10-Trusting-the-Gold-retreat-talk-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 6:29pm EST

Heart Meditation: Taking in the Goodness (retreat)

Heart Meditation: Taking in the Goodness (2016-11-05) (from the IMCW Fall Retreat) - Rumi said, “Whenever some kindness comes to you, turn that way – toward the source of kindness." This meditation guides us to look for the source of loving and to turn in that direction. It begins with a lovingkindness practice that spreads the image of a smile into the body, then continues with a practice of seeing the goodness of ourselves and others. “What’s it like when you communicate your appreciation of goodness to another person?”


Part 2 - "Play a Greater Part" - Bodhisattva for our Times

"Play a Greater Part" - Bodhisattva for our Times - Part 2 (2016-11-23) - During scary and uncertain times, the habitual reflex is to try to find ground by creating stories about what’s happening and hardening into us-them blame. This only perpetuates the aggression and violence that is so prevalent in our societies. These two talks are a reflection on how we as awakening bodhisattvas can evolve our consciousness in a way that serves authentic societal healing and transformation.

“Though I do not expect a plant to spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” ~ Thoreau

NOTE: Part 2 includes a Tonglen meditation near the end of the talk.

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Direct download: 2016-11-23-Play-a-Greater-Part-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:20pm EST

Meditation: Vipassana - 20 min - Opening Our Hearts to Life as It Is

Meditation: Vipassana - 20 min - Opening Our Hearts to Life as It Is (2016-11-23) - This meditation awakens the senses with a mindful scanning of the body, establishes an anchor for presence, and invites us to arrive again and again, deepening the pathway home. When difficult or intense experience arises, the practice is to learn to open to what is here with a clear, allowing and kind attention.

"...widen your heart and mind so you sense your hand is on the heart of the world. Sensing whatever prayer for the world most resonates at this moment and offering it..."  

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Direct download: 2016-11-23-Meditation-Vipassana-20min-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:37pm EST

"Play a Greater Part" - Bodhisattva for Our Times - Pt1 (2016-11-16)

"Play a Greater Part" - Bodhisattva for Our Times - Pt1 (2016-11-16) - During scary and uncertain times, the habitual reflex is to try to find ground by creating stories about what’s happening and hardening into us-them blame. This only perpetuates the aggression and violence that is so prevalent in our societies. These two talks are a reflection on how we as awakening bodhisattvas can evolve our consciousness in a way that serves authentic societal healing and transformation. 

"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." - Margaret Wheatley

"From bitter searching of the heart,
Quickened with passion and with pain
We rise to play a greater part. ..."
~ Leonard Cohen

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2016-11-16-Play-a-Greater-Part-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:26pm EST

Meditation: Vipassana (Mindfulness or Insight)

Meditation: Vipassana (Mindfulness or Insight) - A gift of meditation is learning to open to life just how it is, with awake awareness. This meditation guides us in establishing an embodied presence, and collecting the attention with mindfulness of the breath. We then open the attention to whatever is predominant, and rest in an open, engaged and receptive presence.

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The Wings of Awakening - Self-Honesty and Love (retreat talk) (2016-11-06)

The Wings of Awakening - Self-Honesty and Love (retreat talk) (2016-11-06) - We evolve our consciousness by bringing a clear and kind attention to the tangles of suffering. This talk explores how the "second arrow" of self-judgment imprisons us in emotional reactivity, and the pathways of awakening awareness that reconnect us with our full human potential.

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Direct download: 2016-11-06-Wings-of-Awakening-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 10:28pm EST

Starting a Meditation - with No Bell at the End (2016-11-05)

Starting a Meditation - and No Bell at the End (2016-11-05) - Given in the early morning on the first day of retreat, this recording can settle you into a meditation of any length. There is no bell at the end, so you can make your session as long or short as you wish.

Direct download: 2016-11-05-Start-a-Meditation-No-Bell-at-End.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:33pm EST

Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times - Part 2 (2016-11-02)

Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times - Part 2 - The shadow is the unfaced, unlived fears and emotional pain in our individual and collective psyche. When not brought into awareness it expresses as “no” - the anger, aggression, hopelessness and cynicism that is resisting and opposing life. In this talk we explore how to evolve our consciousness by bringing “yes” - clarity and loving acceptance - to the parts of our being we have been unwilling to feel. This loving “yes” reconnects us to our basic goodness and helps others do the same.

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Direct download: 2016-11-02-Awakening-Consciousness-in-Shadowy-Times-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm EST

Meditation: Cultivating a Mindful Awareness (2016-11-02)

Meditation: Cultivating a Mindful Awareness (2016-11-02) - Mindfulness means paying attention on purpose to our moment to moment experience. This meditation invites us to collect our attention with the breath and use the breath as a home base for mindful presence. We then include whatever is predominant, recognizing and allowing the changing flow. The blessing of this practice is simple and beautiful: We are learning to be here for our life.

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Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times (2016-10-26)

Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times (2016-10-26) - On both individual and societal levels, suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche. This talk looks at two interrelated ways of practice that help us to awaken from a limiting self-sense characterized by “something is wrong with me, or you.”  In addition to guided meditations, our time includes sharing from participants.

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Direct download: 2016-10-26-Awakening-Consciousness-in-Shadowy-Times-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EST

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence (2016-10-26)

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence (2016-10-26) - When we are stressed, our body and mind contract, and energetically we resist the life in the present moment. This meditation helps de-condition the stress reaction by guiding us to relax open from thoughts, relax physical tension, and gently relax back over and over into living presence.

Free download of Tara’s 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list - http://eepurl.com/6YfI.

 

Direct download: 2016-10-26-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-into-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:20pm EST

Reflection: Deepening the Truths We Share (2016-10-19)

Reflection: Deepening the Truths We Share (2016-10-19) - Our capacity for love grows as we practice deepening the truths we share with each other. This short reflection offers guidance in how to bring your presence and heart to truth telling.

From "Seeking What’s True — Within Ourselves, Beyond our Self, With Each Other - Part 3"

 

Direct download: 2016-10-19-Reflection-Deepening-Truths-We-Share-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:57pm EST

Seeking What’s True  – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – (Part 2 of 3) (2016-10-19)- The ground of the spiritual path is realizing the nature of reality and living our lives from this awakened heart and mind. The first of this three-part series examines the process of radical self-honesty – the non-judgmental recognition of what’s going on inside us, and especially what has been outside of our conscious awareness. The second talk deepens this process with the practices of self-inquiry, looking directly into the one who is seeking truth. The third part explores the challenges and blessings of honesty in our relationships.

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Direct download: 2016-10-19-Seeking-Whats-True-Pt3-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm EST

Meditation: Relaxing Back and Saying Yes to the Moment (2016-10-19)

Meditation: Relaxing Back and Saying Yes to the Moment - When we are stressed, our conditioning is to tighten our body, and tense against our moment to moment experience.  This meditation is a powerful practice of de-conditioning this reactivity by learning to relax back into presence, and to respond to difficulty by  saying “yes.” Through relaxing back and  saying “yes,” we discover our heart’s capacity for unconditional love.

 

Direct download: 2016-10-19-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-Saying-Yes-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:16pm EST

Meditation: Awake, Openhearted Awareness (2016-10-12)

Meditation: Awake, Openhearted Awareness (2016-10-12) - This meditation guides us in recognizing the formless awareness that is always here, but often outside of conscious awareness.  As awareness awakens to realize itself, we come home to our primordial nature—boundless, lucid, tender presence.

Listen to the full talk: Seeking What’s True — Within Ourselves, Beyond our Self, With Each Other (part 2) at: https://www.tarabrach.com/seeking-whats-true-pt2/

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Direct download: 2016-10-12-Meditation-Awake-Openhearted-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:36pm EST

Seeking What's True - Pt 2 of 3 (2016-10-12)

Seeking What's True - Within Ourselves, Beyond our Self, With Each Other - Pt 2 of 3 (2016-10-12) - The ground of the spiritual path is realizing the nature of reality and living our lives from this awakened heart and mind. The first of this three part series examines the process of radical self-honesty - the non-judgmental recognition of what’s going on inside us, and especially what has been outside of our conscious awareness. The second talk deepens this process with the practices of self-inquiry, looking directly into the one who is seeking truth. The third part explores the challenges and blessings of honesty in our relationships.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2016-10-12-Seeking-Whats-True-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42pm EST

Meditation: Breath and Presence (2016-10-12)

Meditation: Breath and Presence (2016-10-12) - For many, relaxing and attending to the movement of the breath provides a powerful anchor for presence. This guided meditation guides us in establishing the breath as a homebase, and then invites a clear and receptive attention to the changing waves of experience. This attention naturally unfolds into a full, tender, inclusive presence.

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Direct download: 2016-10-12-Meditation-Breath-and-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:23pm EST

Seeking What's True - Pt 1 of 3 (2016-10-05)

Seeking What's True: Within Ourselves, Beyond our Self, With Each Other  - Pt 1 of 3 (2016-10-05) - The ground of the spiritual path is realizing the nature of reality and living our lives from this awakened heart and mind. The first of this three part series examines the process of radical self-honesty - the non-judgmental recognition of what’s going on inside us, and especially what has been outside of our conscious awareness. The second talk deepens this process with the practices of self-inquiry, looking directly into the one who is seeking truth. The third part explores the challenges and blessings of honesty in our relationships.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-10-05-Seeking-Whats-True-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm EST

Meditation - Receiving Life in Open Awareness (2016-10-05)

Meditation: Receiving Life in Open Awareness (2016-10-05) - Our habit is to try to manage our experience from a mental control tower. This meditation awakens us through the body, and then invites us to rest in that vast presence that includes the changing flow of life. When we inhabit that openness, there’s a natural arising of peace, wakefulness and tenderness.

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Spiritual Empowerment (2016-09-28)

Spiritual Empowerment (2016-09-28) - When we are trying to control life, we are removed from presence, and act in ways that separate us from others and solidify the experience of being a insecure self. This talk explores our often unconscious strategies of seeking power, and the ways that mindful and compassionate awareness reconnects us to the source of true empowerment. When empowered we are tapped into the universal flow of love, wisdom and creativity, and are free to respond to life with “a heart that is ready for anything.”

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Direct download: 2016-09-28-Spiritual-Empowerment-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49pm EST

Meditation: Receiving This Life in Awareness

Meditation: Receiving This Life in Awareness (2016-09-28) - In our everyday life we are conditioned to feel that life is happening to us, or that we are the doer. This meditation deconditions that self-centrality by bringing attention to the aliveness in our bodies, and then opening to receive the entire play of sounds, sensations and feelings in awareness.

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Realizing Our Undefended and Awakened Heart (retreat talk)

Realizing Our Undefended and Awakened Heart (retreat talk) - It is our evolutionary and spiritual potential to release unnecessary habits of violating other tribes, individuals and unwanted parts of our own being. This talk explores three essential facets of the pathway to awakening: Leaving the fortress of aversive judgment, entering the wilderness of our embodied being and encircling this life with love.

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Direct download: 2013-12-29-Realizing-Our-Undefended-Heart-2016-09-21-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 12:52pm EST

Meditation: Listening to and Feeling Our Life

Meditation: Listening to and Feeling Our Life - Listening to sounds is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and connect with the natural openness of awareness. This meditation emphasizes the anchor of listening, and guides us to relax through our bodies and let sounds wash through us. In this receptivity we find a homecoming to full presence and peace.

 


The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions

The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions - 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-2016-09-15-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:01pm EST

Retreat - Morning Instruction - RAIN - Q and A (2016-08-27)

Retreat - Morning Instruction - RAIN - Q and A (2016-08-27) - Tara gives morning instruction on retreat including R.A.I.N. (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nourish), then responds to questions from retreatants. Includes a question on resourcing when working with trauma. Recorded at the 2016 IMCW Women's Retreat.

Direct download: 2016-08-27-Retreat-Instruction-RAIN-and-QA-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 8:02pm EST

Trusting Our Hearts

Trusting Our Hearts (2016-04-06) - Trust in our basic goodness directly effects our capacity for intimacy with others, creativity and living fully.  This talk explores the ways that our caregivers and culture undermine that trust, primarily by giving us messages that we are “not enough” or flawed.  We then explore the meditation practices that remind us of our loving hearts, and of the goodness that expresses through others. This remembrance is what nourishes a liberating quality of trust in ourselves and in our life.

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Direct download: 2016-04-06-Trusting-Our-Hearts-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

On Deepening Our Meditation and Guided Meditation from Retreat

Meditation Instructions and Guided Meditation from Retreat (2016-08-27) - Tara gives morning instructions about how to deepen our meditation, then leads us in a guided meditation.


Reflection: Your Future Self (2016-08-24)

Reflection: Your Future Self - Accessing the Wisdom of Your Heart (2016-08-24) - When we are cut off from our natural love and wisdom, there’s a way home. This meditation guides us to a visit with our future self, and reveals a pathway to our awakened, evolved consciousness. The more we practice this pathway, the more we realize and trust the loving awareness that is always and already within us.

(from the full talk: https://www.tarabrach.com/your-future-self/)

Direct download: 2016-08-26-Meditation-Your-Future-Self-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:13pm EST

Letting Go: The Freedom of Awake Awareness

Letting Go: The Freedom of Awake Awareness (2016-08-31) - We know we need to let go of harmful habits like obsessive worry, blame and over consuming to experience true well-being, yet much of the time we are stuck and judge ourselves for being out of control. This talk explores what's so difficult about letting go and how we can't will it but we can be willing. We then explore the shift to awake awareness that enables a natural dissolution of clinging and resistance, and the deep peace and freedom of letting be.  

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Direct download: 2016-08-31-Pt1-Letting-Go-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35pm EST

Meditation: Awakening Our Energy Body (2016-08-31) - This meditation scans the body and directly invites the awakening of key energy centers (chakras) in our body. We then rest in the openhearted awareness that includes this ever changing creative flow of aliveness.  

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2016-08-31-Meditation-Awakening-Our-Energy-Body-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:10pm EST

Your Future Self: Turning Towards Your Awakened HeartMind

Your Future Self: Turning Towards Your Awakened HeartMind (2016-08-24) - Our lives are shaped by our evolutionary past - the fears and wants that arise from a separate self sense - and the pull of our evolutionary potential - our awakened heart and mind. This talk explores the power of these pulls, and the teachings and reflections that make us most available and responsive to the calling of our future self.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2016-08-24-Your-Future-Self-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

Meditation: Coming Home to Openhearted Awareness (2016-08-24)

Meditation: Coming Home to Openhearted Awareness (2016-08-24) - In daily life we often leave ourselves, get lost in thoughts, and cut off from a direct, openhearted experience of our life. This meditation reconnects by opening all the senses, turning towards the awareness that is here, and resting in the awakened heartspace that includes and tenderly holds our moment to moment experience.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 


How Hope Can Heal and Free Us - Part 2 (2016-08-17)

How Hope Can Heal and Free Us - Part 2 (2016-08-17) - The mature expression of hope includes three elements: the aspiration for manifesting our full potential, a trust that this is possible, and an energy that engages to serve this unfolding. In this talk, we explore the importance of hope on the spiritual path, its shadow side, and how we can nourish hope through these three elements in a way that serves inner freedom and the healing of our world.

Reflection: "When you're feeling most alive and present, what's going on? What are you doing? What do you love? Take a moment to take one thing that you know you really love - imagine it - sense yourself engaged in what you love. What's going on inside you that makes this so precious? Sense who you are when you're doing what you love. Know that this is another pathway to belonging - to your heart - to aliveness. This is a pathway to living with the sense of possibility in every moment."

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Direct download: 2016-08-17-Pt2-How-Hope-Can-Heal-and-Free-Us-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47pm EST

Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness (2016-08-17)

Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness (2016-08-17) - This meditation awakens a receptive attention to the senses, starting with physical sensations and opening to sound. Then we sense how open awake awareness is receiving the moment to moment arising and passing life. In the final part of the practice, we explore how awake awareness is receiving the experience of our heart and offer blessings to our inner life and all living beings. 

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How Hope Can Heal and Free Us - Part 1 (2016-08-10) - The mature expression of hope includes three elements: the aspiration for manifesting our full potential, a trust that this is possible, and an energy that engages to serve this unfolding. In this talk we explore the importance of hope on the spiritual path, its shadow side, and how we can nourish hope - through these three elements - in a way that serves inner freedom and the healing of our world.

“We close with a simple prayer this evening, that all beings might remember the depth of their longing – that deep aspiration for love, for aliveness. That all beings may trust the heart and consciousness that’s always and already here. And that we may live from the depth and fullness of who we are.” ~ Tara

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Direct download: 2016-08-10-Pt1-How-Hope-Can-Heal-and-Free-Us-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:33pm EST

Meditation: Awakening Our Full Aliveness (2016-08-10)

Meditation: Awakening Our Full Aliveness (2016-08-10) - We cut off from our aliveness when we are lost in thoughts and on auto pilot. This meditation arouses a receptivity to sensation from “the inside out,” opens the awareness to sound, and then invites a full resting in receptive, dynamic presence.

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Direct download: 2016-08-10-Meditation-Awakening-Our-Full-Aliveness.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:48pm EST

Meditation: Guided Heart Forgiveness Practice (from retreat)

Meditation: Guided Heart Forgiveness Practice (2016-05-09) - Tara gives brief instructions on the forgiveness practice, then guides us through a process of forgiveness of ourselves and others.

"Forgiving is a movement of your heart not to carry aversive hatred or blame. That you can care about someone and still create boundaries... Each of you has this wisdom, heart, being place that intuits that there really isn’t freedom in the moments that you’re carrying blame and judgment."

(from the Spring 2016 IMCW 7-day retreat)

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Direct download: 2016-05-09-Guided-Heart-Forgiveness-Practice-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

Wise Investigation: Dissolving the Trance

Wise Investigation: Dissolving the Trance - If we are suffering, it is because we are believing something that is not true and caught in emotional reactivity. A key tool in meditation is investigation–actively inquiring into what is happening inside us. When we investigate with sincere interest and care, the light of our attention untangles difficult emotions and nourishes intimate relationships. As this light is turned toward awareness itself, it reveals the radiance and emptiness of our true nature.

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Meditation: Invitation to Practice (no bell at end)

Meditation: Invitation to Practice (no bell at end) - A brief invitation to start a longer meditation sitting. Begins with Japanese flute and continues with calming and settling to begin a sitting of any length (from retreat).

(flute passage from "A Touch of Grace" album via jonathanfoust.com)


Loving the Life Within Us (retreat talk)

Loving the Life Within Us (retreat talk) - If we don’t love the life we consider “self,” we will not realize or live from the loving awareness that is our essence. This talk guides us in bringing a kind, accepting presence to our inner life, and discovering the vastness of what we really are.

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Direct download: 2016-07-27-SatPM-Loving-the-Life-Within-Us-TaraBrach-2012-10-27.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 11:51pm EST

Meditation: Spacious Sky of Awareness (2015-12-29) (retreat)

Meditation: Spacious Sky of Awareness (2015-12-29) (retreat) - This meditation begins with a body scan that enables us to awaken our senses. Finally, we relax open fully to include the changing flow of sounds and sensations, in a spacious, open awareness.

Direct download: 2015-12-29-Meditation-Spacious-Sky-of-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:01pm EST

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

That Bird Got My Wings (from 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.

Direct download: 2016-07-20-That-Bird-Got-My-Wings-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm EST

Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence - 5 min (2016-05-18)

Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence - 5 min (2016-05-18) - This brief meditation can support you in pausing and arriving again in the life that’s right here.


Fear as a Pathway to Loving Presence - Night Travelers (retreat) (2016-05-08)

Fear as a Pathway to Loving Presence - Night Travelers - (retreat talk) (2016-05-08) - Shifting our relationship with fear is central to the evolution of consciousness. Our suffering arises when our thoughts, feelings and sense of identity are shaped by fear. As we learn to attend to fear with mindfulness and care, we discover the vast tender presence that has room for the waves, and can fully cherish this life.

"Life’s waters flow from darkness. Search the darkness, don’t run from it.
Night travelers are full of light, and you are too: don’t leave this companionship....
The moon appears for night travelers, be watchful when the moon is full."
~ rumi

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Direct download: 2016-05-08-Fear-as-a-Pathway--retreat--TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 8:25pm EST

Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence (1 minute) - (2016-07-13)

Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence (1 minute) - (2016-07-13) ~ This brief meditation can support you in pausing and arriving again in the life that’s right here.

Free download of Tara’s 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.


Stress and Everyday Nirvana - Part 2 (2016-07-06)

Stress and Everyday Nirvana - Part 2 (2016-07-06) - Our habitual view of stress is that it is a bad thing, an obstacle to healthy living and spiritual realization. These two talks look at how our way of relating to stress determines our happiness, and invites listeners to engage with practices that radically shift our response to stress and bring a healing and freeing evolution of consciousness. 

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Direct download: 2016-07-06-Stress-and-Everyday-Nirvana-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

Meditation: Rest in Awake Awareness (2016-07-06)

Meditation: Rest in Awake Awareness (2016-07-06) - When we allow the body to be a portal, we discover the ever-present background of awareness that includes the whole play of sensation, sound, aliveness. This meditation awakens us through a body scan, and then invites a relaxing back into the space of awareness. The guidance is to let everything be, just as it is, and become the silence that’s listening, the stillness out of which all forms arise.

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Direct download: 2016-07-06-Meditation-Resting-in-Awake-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:19pm EST

Stress and Everyday Nirvana - Part 1 (2016-06-29)

Stress and Everyday Nirvana - Part 1 (2016-06-29) - Our habitual view of stress is that it is a bad thing, an obstacle to healthy living and spiritual realization. These two talks look at how our way of relating to stress determines our happiness, and invites listeners to engage with practices that radically shift our response to stress and bring a healing and freeing evolution of consciousness. 

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Direct download: 2016-06-29-Stress-and-Everyday-Nirvana-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm EST

Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You

Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You(2016-06-29) - This meditation begins with quieting the mind and collecting attention with the breath. We then awaken the senses through a body scan, open to sound, and rest in open awareness, allowing sounds and sensations to move through. Like an ocean, when we rest in openness, it’s possible to open to the waves that most want attention, without grasping or resisting. This engaged presence is the very essence of freedom, of inhabiting a wholeness of being.

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Reconnecting with Our Lives - Healing from Dissociation (2016-06-22)

Reconnecting with Our Lives - Healing from Dissociation (2016-06-22) -

Dissociation is the universal mechanism for pulling away from the pain of “too much.” While it’s necessary and natural for enduring certain situations, the ongoing habit of dissociation cuts us off from our full aliveness, creativity, and capacity for love. This talk explores the process by which we disconnect from our bodies and feelings - individually and collectively - and the practices that directly enable us to include the “unlived life" - the fear and shame, passion and loneliness - that we’ve pushed away. By including the raw energies we’ve been avoiding, we come home to a fullness that can embrace others and the whole of life.

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Direct download: 2016-06-22-Reconnecting-with-Our-Lives-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:26pm EST

Meditation: Know That You're Here (2016-06-22)

Meditation: Know That You're Here (2016-06-22) - We spend many moments in a trance, time traveling to the past and future, lost in a virtual reality. This meditation helps us collect our attention with our breath, awaken through the body, and open the senses. We then rest in the wakeful openness that includes changing experience, aware of the mystery and vividness of being Here.

 

Direct download: 2016-06-22-Meditation-Know-that-You-Are-Here-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:59pm EST

Morning Question and Response from Retreat (2016-05-11) - Tara responds to questions including deepening our meditation practice, working with desire, and the RAIN practice.

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Direct download: 2016-05-11-Morning-Question-Response-on-Retreat-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 7:05pm EST

Remembering What Matters - Aspiration and Intention (from 2013-01-30)

Remembering What Matters - Aspiration and Intention (from 2013-01-30) ~ Our conscious aspiration toward awakening is what energizes the spiritual path. This talk reviews the main characteristic of a vital aspiration, the conditioning that obscures our deepest intentions and offers guided reflections to connect us with what most matters.

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Direct download: 2016-06-15-Remembering-What-Matters-2013-01-30-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

Meditation: Gladdening the Mind (2016-05-12) (from retreat)

Meditation: Gladdening the Mind (2016-05-12) (from retreat) - The Buddha taught the value of gladdening the mind. This meditation begins with an inquiry on what we are most grateful for - what we love, then continues to scan with a smile though the entire body (from a morning on the 2016 IMCW spring retreat).

Direct download: 2016-05-12-Meditation-Gladdening-the-Mind-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

Three Gestures of Love (2016-06-08)

Three Gestures of Love (2016-06-08) - If we inquire “what is between me and presence” we usually find we’ve been caught inside a limiting story of self, contracted by wants and fears. This talk explores a simple yet powerful way of arousing loving presence and dissolving the narrow identification that keeps us from inhabiting our awakened heartmind. NOTE: Tara is traveling and she asked for this favorite talk from 2013-07-24 be posted for your enjoyment.

Direct download: 2013-07-24-Three-Gestures-of-Love-REDO-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm EST

Meditation: The Mystery of Aliveness - from retreat (2016-05-09)

Meditation: The Mystery of Aliveness (2016-05-09) - This meditation from the morning of spring retreat begins with a body scan, then widens to include sounds, senses and open energetic awareness. Includes an application of the RAIN of Compassion to close. (from a morning guided meditation at the IMCW 2016 Spring Retreat)

Direct download: 2016-05-09-Retreat-Meditation-Mystery-of-Aliveness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

Reflection: Waking Up from Limiting Beliefs (2016-06-01)

Reflection: Waking Up from Limiting Beliefs (2016-06-01) - A guided meditation that addresses limiting beliefs surrounding interpersonal conflict. Full talk, "Real but Not True: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs" is at: https://www.tarabrach.com/real-not-true/.

Direct download: 2016-06-01-Reflection-Waking-Up-from-Beliefs-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:34pm EST

Real But Not True: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs (2016-06-01)

Real But Not True: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs (2016-06-01) -

Thoughts and beliefs are navigational maps that are not inherently true. Rather, some serve us and others cause feelings of separation, self-aversion and/or blame of others. We can free ourselves from harmful beliefs by investigating them with a dedicated, mindful and courage presence. This talk guides us in mindful investigation through an illustrative story, an outline of steps, and a guided meditation that addresses limiting beliefs surrounding interpersonal conflict.

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Direct download: 2016-06-01-Real-But-Not-True-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:25pm EST

Meditation: The Silence That is Listening (2016-06-01)

Meditation: The Silence That is Listening (2016-06-01) - Listening to sounds is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and connect with the natural openness of awareness. This meditation emphasizes the anchor of listening, and guides us to relax through our bodies and let sounds wash through us. In this receptivity we find a homecoming to full presence and peace.

Direct download: 2016-06-01-Meditation-Silence-that-is-Listening-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:31pm EST

Morning Question and Response from Retreat (2016-05-09) - Tara responds to questions on deepening our meditation practice, working with unpleasant and pleasant thoughts, and forgiveness.

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Direct download: 2016-05-09-Morning-Question-Response-on-Retreat-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:59pm EST

Happy for No Reason - Part 2 (2016-05-25)

Happy for No Reason - Part 2 (2016-05-25) - These two talks explore the two different kinds of happiness, the blocks to happiness, and the ways that mindful presence and intentional gladdening the heart (positive neuroplasticity) can open us to our full potential for true happiness.

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Direct download: 2016-05-25-Happy-for-No-Reason-Part2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm EST

Meditation: Living Presence with Body Scan (2016-05-25)

Meditation: Living Presence with Body Scan (2016-05-25) - A key pathway to full presence is awakening through the body. This meditation guides us through a body scan, relaxing and receiving the play of sensations. We then deepen attention to the breath, and rest with the rhythmic waves of breathing, experiencing the background of the whole domain of physical aliveness.

Direct download: 2016-05-25-Meditation-Living-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

Happy for No Reason - Part 1 (2016-05-18)

Happy for No Reason - Part 1 (2016-05-18) - These two talks explore the two different kinds of happiness, the blocks to happiness, and the ways that mindful presence and intentional gladdening the heart (positive neuroplasticity) can open us to our full potential for true happiness.

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Direct download: 2016-05-18-Happy-for-No-Reason-Part-1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm EST

Meditation: Letting Life Live through You (2016-05-18)

Meditation: Letting Life Live through You (2016-05-18) - This meditation awakens the senses and then guides us into the wakeful openness that includes the whole play of sensations, feelings and sound. We become fully awake and alive as we open to the awareness that allows life to live through us.

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Conscious Prayer: Finding Refuge in Loving Presence (Retreat talk) (2016-05-11)

Conscious Prayer: Finding Refuge in Loving Presence (Retreat talk) (2016-05-11) - Prayer is a communing with our enlarged being. This talk examines less conscious forms of prayer, and how we can evolve the power of our prayers by opening into the depth of our longing, and reaching toward our true belonging. (from the 2016 IMCW Spring Retreat)

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Direct download: 2016-05-11-Conscious-Prayer--retreat-talk-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 11:03pm EST

Meditation: Basic Body and Breath Scan - from retreat (2016-05-07)

Meditation: Basic Body and Breath Scan - (2016-05-07) - from the first morning of the IMCW 2016 Spring weeklong retreat, Tara offers a short introductory meditation with a body scan, bringing focus to the breath, sounds, then resting in awareness.

Free download of Tara’s 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.

Direct download: 2016-05-07-Meditation-Basic-Body-Breath-Scan-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:39pm EST

RAIN of Forgiveness (2015-05-05)

RAIN of Forgiveness (2015-05-05) - The capacity to release the armoring of hatred and blame is intrinsic to our evolving consciousness.  This talk explores the process of authentic forgiveness, and how we can use the mindfulness-based tool of RAIN to heal and free our hearts.

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Direct download: 2016-05-04-RAIN-of-Forgiveness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

Meditation: Collecting and Quieting the Mind (2016-05-04)

Meditation: Collecting and Quieting the Mind (2016-05-04) - Our conditioned mind is filled with distractions, including worry-thoughts that continually create anxiety in the body. This meditation guides us in relaxing the body, and then establishing the breath as a home base. By gathering and collecting the attention, the mind can settle and allow for a relaxed, wakeful presence.

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Direct download: 2016-05-04-Meditation-Collecting-Quieting-Mind-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:30pm EST

Meditation: Spacious Clear Awareness (2016-04-20) (23 min)

Meditation: Spacious Clear Awareness (2016-04-20) (23 min) -

This meditation begins with a breath that calms and collects the attention, and then a body scan that enables us to awaken our senses. Finally, we relax open fully to include the changing flow of sounds and sensations, in a spacious, clear awareness.

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Listening with an Awake Heart (2016-04-27)

Listening with an Awake Heart (2016-04-27) - True listening both nurtures and expresses evolving consciousness. This talk explores our ego-based conditioning to have an agenda or defendedness that prevents deep listening, and the strategies that evolve our capacity to listen fully to ourselves and others. When our listening is openhearted and full, it enables deep understanding and connectedness, and provides a transformative healing space for those who receive our listening attention.

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Direct download: 2016-04-27-Listening-with-an-Awake-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm EST

Meditation: Awareness - Listening To and Feeling the Moment (2016-04-27)

Meditation: Awareness - Listening To and Feeling the Moment (2016-04-27) -

This meditation awakens a relaxed open presence through the body. We then widen attention to include sounds, and then relax back and fully inhabit the awareness that is listening to and feeling the changing flow of life.

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Love is Always Loving Us (2016-04-20) - This talk draws on Christian mystic Henri Nouwen’s book Return of the Prodigal Son. We explore the primary ways we leave home - leave presence, connection, beingness - and the pathways of deep attention and love that enable our return. The emphasis is on “letting in love” as a key and often missing element in practices that heal and free our hearts. Through the talk there are several reflections that lead to receiving the blessings of love and discovering that we are the source of that loving.

Direct download: 2016-04-20-love-is-always-loving-us-tarabrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:16pm EST

Meditation: Spacious Clear Awareness (2016-04-20)

Meditation: Spacious Clear Awareness (2016-04-20) - This meditation begins with a breath that calms and collects the attention, and then a body scan that enables us to awaken our senses. Finally, we relax open fully to include the changing flow of sounds and sensations, in a spacious, clear awareness.

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Releasing Self-Blame - Pathways to a Forgiving Heart (2016-04-13)

Releasing Self-Blame - Pathways to a Forgiving Heart

When we are stuck in blaming, disliking or hating ourselves, we are unable to love our world. This talk explores what underlies our addiction to self-blame and the teachings and practices that loosen aversive self-judgment and help us cultivate a forgiving heart.

Direct download: 2016-04-13-Releasing-Self-Blame-Pathways-to-a-Forgiving-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47am EST

Meditation: Vipassana - Practice of Seeing Clearly (2016-04-13)

Meditation: Vipassana - Practice of Seeing Clearly (2016-04-13)

Vipassana, also known as insight meditation, is training in bringing a clear mindful attention to our moment to moment experience. We begin by relaxing through the body and then resting attention with the breath - or some other sensory anchor - and allowing the mind to settle. Then we open to whatever is predominant or calling our attention - sensations, emotions, sounds - meeting each arising experience with a clear, kind attention. The gift of this process is discovering balance in the midst of the changing flow, and gaining deep insight into the nature of reality.


Healing Self-Doubt (2013-10-30)

Healing Self-Doubt (2013-10-30) - Siddhartha Gautama’s last challenge before enlightenment was doubt, and to some degree, most of us live with limiting beliefs about our own worthiness and goodness. This talk looks at the tenacity of self-doubt and the power of mindfulness, investigation and compassion in releasing its grip.

Direct download: 2013-10-30-Healing-Self-Doubt-TaraBrach3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24pm EST

Meditation: Awakening an Intimate Presence (2016-04-06)

Meditation: Awakening an Intimate Presence (2016-04-06) -

This guided meditation cultivates a relaxed, gentle presence with whatever expressions of life are arising in the moment. We begin by releasing and opening through the body, and then include all sensations, feelings and sounds in an intimate, allowing presence.

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Embodied Awareness - Pain and Living Fully - Part 3 (2016-03-30)

Embodied Awareness - Pain and Living Fully - Part 3 (2016-03-30) - The experiences we most value - feeling creative, loving, vital - require being awake in our bodies. Yet when faced with physical pain, our conditioning is to pull away from our bodies, and get lost in thoughts. This talk offers guidance in working mindfully with different levels of pain, as we cultivate our capacity to live from an embodied presence and open heart.

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Direct download: 2016-03-30-Pain-and-Living-Fully-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

Meditation: The Pathway of Deep Listening (2016-03-30)

Meditation: The Pathway of Deep Listening (2016-03-30) -

Listening is an ideal template for awareness itself - it is naturally receptive, open and awake. This meditation invites a deep listening to and feeling our lives, and opens us to the realization of the flow of changing experience and the background awareness that is the source of our Being.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-03-30-Meditation-Pathway-of-Deep-Listening-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

Reflection: RAIN - A Guide for Embodied Presence (2013-03-23)

Reflection: RAIN - A Guide for Embodied Presence (from 2013-03-23) - We have deep conditioning to disconnect from our body’s awareness and, in so doing, leave the site of our creativity, love and vitality. This short meditation uses the acronym RAIN as a guide in re-inhabiting our bodies and our full aliveness.  

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Reflection: This Living Body - Our Portal to Freedom (2016-03-23)

Short Reflection: This Living Body - Our Portal to Freedom (2016-03-23) (12:15 min) -

Our habit is to leave home - the aliveness of our body - and seek happiness through avoiding unpleasantness and chasing after pleasure. This short talk and reflection point to embodied presence as the gateway to genuine openheartedness and freedom.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-03-23-Reflection-This-Living-Body-Our-Portal-to-Freedom-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:23pm EST

Embodied Awareness - Embracing the Unlived Life - Part 2 (2016-03-23)

Embodied Awareness - Embracing the Unlived Life - Part 2 (2016-03-23) - When we disconnect from the aliveness of our body, we are in a trance that prevents us from living and loving fully. These two talks examine our habits of dissociation - including the cutting off that comes from trauma - and the suffering of “unlived life” that this creates. We then look at how practices of mindfulness and compassion, guided by the acronym RAIN, enable us to re-enter our bodies, and discover the creativity, love and wisdom that naturally flow from embodied awareness.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-03-23-Embodied-Awareness-Embracing-the-Unlived-Life-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54pm EST

Meditation: Living Presence (2016-03-23) (20:01 min)

Meditation: Living Presence (2016-03-23) (20:01 min) - The pathway to experiencing full aliveness and openheartedness is by awakening awareness throughout the body. This meditation begins by establishing a rhythmic inflow and outflow of the breath, in order to calm and collect the mind. Then continuing with the conscious breathing, we are guided through the body - bringing attention to sensations and space. This attention becomes a very vibrant living presence, and we end by experiencing that living presence as a natural openheartedness that includes all of life.

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With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-03-23-Meditation-Living-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:12pm EST

Reflection: Awakening through Conflict (13 min)

Guided Reflection: Awakening through Conflict (from a talk given on 2014-04-23) - (13 min)

“We live in a field where our emotions are an open loop – we affect each other. When we’re with someone who’s blaming, we tighten. Anger makes us tighten. When we’re with someone who’s open and caring, we become more open. It’s very, very powerful what’s possible when we put down the blame and we connect with our own being.”

A guided reflection: 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.

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With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2014-04-23-Reflection-Awakening-Through-Conflict-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:23pm EST

Practical Dharma for Stressful Times (2016-03-16)

Practical Dharma for Stressful Times (2016-03-16) -

When we are caught in a stress reaction, we are in a trance that cuts us off from our creativity, full intelligence and capacity to be loving. This talk explores the flags of the stress-trance and three meditative strategies for shifting from fight/flight to attend/befriend. (at end is “Love the One You’re With” by Steven Stills)

Tara was traveling this week and asked this very timely talk from November 07, 2012 be posted.

 

Direct download: 2012-11-07-Practical-Dharma-for-Stressful-Times-REPEAT-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm EST

Meditation: Touching Peace - with a Smile (2015-08-19)

Meditation: Touching Peace - with a Smile (2015-08-19) - Tara is traveling this week, so asked that this "smile meditation" be posted.

Direct download: 2015-08-19-Meditation-Touching-Peace-Again-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:11pm EST

Embodied Awareness - Embracing Unlived Life - Part 1 (2016-03-09)

Embodied Awareness - Embracing Unlived Life - Part 1 (2016-03-09)

When we disconnect from the aliveness of our body, we are in a trance that prevents us from living and loving fully. These two talks examine our habits of dissociation, and the suffering of “unlived life” that this creates. We then look at how practices of mindfulness and compassion, guided by the acronym RAIN, enable us to re-enter our bodies, and discover the creativity, love and wisdom that naturally flow from embodied awareness.

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: 2016-03-09-Embodied-Awareness-Embracing-the-Unlived-Life-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm EST

Reflection: RAIN - Entering the Wilderness (2016-03-09)

Meditation: RAIN - Entering the Wilderness (2016-03-09) - This short reflection, guided by the acronym RAIN, engages mindfulness and compassion as we open to life that we’ve been pushing away. By including unlived life, we reconnect with the fullness of our being, with vibrant, loving awareness.

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With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-03-09-Meditation-RAIN-Entering-the-Wilderness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:30pm EST

Meditation: Embodied Awareness (2016-03-09)

Meditation: Embodied Awareness (2016-03-09) - This meditation reconnects us to the vibratory aliveness of our bodies, and the space of awareness that suffuses that aliveness. We inhabit embodied awareness in the moments of non-doing, of simply resting as wakeful openness, of pure Being.

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With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-03-09-Meditation-Embodied-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:33pm EST