Remembering and Choosing Loving Presence (retreat talk) (2017-12-28) - We are conditioned to go into a limbic trance—an emotional reactivity to life within and around us—that keeps us identified with a limited, separate sense of self. This talk helps us to identify the flags of trance, and to bring a healing attention that frees us to live our moments with creativity, wisdom and love. Includes the RAIN of Self-Compassion. (from the 2017 IMCW New Year's Retreat)

Direct download: 2017-12-28-Remembering-Choosing-Loving-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 6:40pm EDT

Meditation: Basic Body and Breath Scan – (2017-12-28) – from the first morning of the IMCW 2017 New Year retreat, Tara offers an introductory meditation with a body scan, bringing focus to the breath, sounds, then resting in awareness.

Direct download: 2017-12-28-Meditation-Body-Scan-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT

My Religion is Kindness – Part 2 ~ Authentic kindness must include the life within us. These two talks examine the movement from an armored to a free and loving heart. The first looks at how we can awaken from the trance of unworthiness and establish a genuinely caring relationship with our inner life. In the second we explore how self-kindness awakens us to the heartspace that naturally includes all of life.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2017-12-20-Pt2-My-Religion-is-Kindness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

2017-12-20 - Meditation: “Yes” to Life (2017-12-20) - This guided practice awakens a relaxed and friendly attention that rests in the breath and opens to whatever is arising. We deepen that presence with the intention to truly say "Yes" to experience, allowing life to be just as it is.

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Direct download: 2017-12-20-Meditation-Yes-to-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:45pm EDT

Meditation: Transforming Fear - This guided practice invites us to identify a situation where we habitually become anxious or fearful, and then to explore bringing mindfulness and self-compassion to where we feel most vulnerable. By engaging fear with an embodied and caring presence, we discover the fearless heart that includes but is not contracted by fear.

NOTE: this meditation is from the end of the talk Awakening the Trance of Fear – Part 1.

Direct download: 2017-12-06-Meditation-Transforming-Fear-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:53pm EDT

My Religion is Kindness - Part 1 (2017-12-13) - Authentic kindness must include the life within us. These two talks examine the movement from an armored to a free and loving heart. The first looks at how we can awaken from the trance of unworthiness and establish a genuinely caring relationship with our inner life. In the second we explore how self-kindness awakens us to the heartspace that naturally includes all of life.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2017-12-13-Pt1-My-Religion-is-Kindness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Meditation: Boundless, Loving Awareness(2017-12-13) - Learning how to recognize and rest in spaciousness, allows us to discover the love and wakefulness that is our source. This meditation guides us to discover interior space, exterior space, and then the continuous space that is suffused with awareness. We then explore how that awareness is experienced as heartspace—vast, illuminated and tender.

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

Direct download: 2017-12-13-Meditation-Boundless-Loving-Awareness.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:51pm EDT

 

Awakening from the Trance of Fear-Part 2 (2017-12-06) - While fear is a natural and intelligent emotion, when fear goes on overdrive, we are in a trance of fear that contracts our body, heart and mind. Our resistance to the direct experience of fear sustains the trance and leads to decisions and behaviors that harm ourselves and others. Only by facing fear with mindfulness and compassion can we awaken from trance and reconnect with our capacity for creativity and full aliveness, wisdom and love.

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Direct download: 2017-12-06-Pt2-Awakening-from-the-Trance-of-Fear-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

Meditation: Alert Inner Stillness (2017-12-06) - Behind the changing sounds, sensations, feelings and thoughts is an alert inner stillness that is purely aware. This meditation begins with accessing the receptivity of a smile, awakening through the body and opening the senses. We then sense the background of awareness and relax back to inhabit that wholeness. When the mind is distracted, the pathway home is a relaxing back, and the essential practice is non-doing, allowing life to be just as it is.

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

Direct download: 2017-12-06-Meditation-Alert-Inner-Stillness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT

Awakening from the Trance of Fear - Part 1 (2017-11-29) - While fear is a natural and intelligent emotion, when fear goes on overdrive, we are in a trance of fear that contracts our body, heart and mind. Our resistance to the direct experience of fear sustains the trance and leads to decisions and behaviors that harm ourselves and others. Only by facing fear with mindfulness and compassion can we awaken from trance and reconnect with our capacity for creativity and full aliveness, wisdom and love.

Direct download: 2017-11-29-Pt1-Awakening-from-the-Trance-of-Fear-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:50pm EDT

Meditation: Breath by Breath (2017-11-29) - Our breath can be a home base that allows us to meet life with a relaxed, wakeful presence. This meditation helps us calm and settle the mind with long deep breathing, and then establishes a mindful presence with our natural breathing. When distracted, we learn to relax back again and again, learning the pathway of homecoming to the aliveness, openness and mystery that is always Here.

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Direct download: 2017-11-29-Meditation-Breath-by-Breath-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

A Grateful, Giving, Happy Heart (2017-11-22) - Gratitude is like breathing in - letting ourselves be touched by the goodness in others and in our world. Generosity is like breathing out - sensing our mutual belonging and offering our care. When we are awake and whole, breathing in and out happens naturally. But these beautiful expressions of our heart become blocked when we are dominated by the fear and grasping of our survival brain. This talk explores how we can facilitate the evolution of consciousness with the deliberate cultivation of generosity, and ends with a guided meditation on gratitude and generosity.

Direct download: 2017-11-22-Grateful-Giving-Happy-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

Meditation: Relax Into Happiness (2017-11-22) - Lama Gendun Rinpoche writes, “Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower, but it is already there, in relaxation and letting go.” This meditation turns us toward this naturally arising happiness by awakening awareness through the body, and then practicing “relaxing back,” over and over, into the aliveness and presence that is always here.

Direct download: 2017-11-22-Meditation-Relax-into-Happiness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

The Gift of Silence ~ Through all spiritual traditions, there is a valuing of silence and stillness. When the mind has quieted, it becomes possible to see into the truth of what we are. Yet quieting can turn into a battle with the process of the thinking mind. This talk explores practices that allow us to settle in a natural way, the presence which is silence itself, and the wisdom and love that flows freely when we live from that silence. (a favorite from 2013-09-26)

Direct download: 2007-09-26-The-Gift-of-Silence-2017-11-15-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:50pm EDT

Meditation: The Silence That is Listening - 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.


Power of Prayer: From Longing to Belonging (2017-11-08) - When we bring a full presence to prayer, it becomes a powerful pathway of homecoming. This talk explores how prayer heals the pain of separation, and offers practical guidance in what poet John O’Donohue calls “unearthing our ancient belonging.”

"What's it like if you bow your head and whisper and call on something larger?"

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2017-11-08-Power-of-Prayer-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:13pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxed Attentiveness (2017-11-08) - The primary qualities of a healing and freeing presence are being alert, open and tender. This meditation arouses these qualities by engaging a mindful awareness of the breath, and then a relaxed, gentle attentiveness to the changing experience of the moment. It ends by bringing lovingkindness to ourselves and all beings.

Direct download: 2017-11-08-Meditation-Relaxed-Attentiveness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

Accessing Innate Wisdom - Wisdom is an innate capacity, but often covered over by trance. This talk explores how we abandon ourselves as we busily seek ways to feel more worthy, lovable and safe. We then look at the pathway home, the radical non-doing and space of silence that allows wisdom and love to flow through.

"Live your moments as if this is it, let it matter, let it come from a remembrance of what you most care about."

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2017-11-01-Accessing-Innate-Wisdom-2013-11-20-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:01pm EDT

Reflection: Cultivating a Loving Heart (2017-08-30) - Love is an innate capacity, and when we intentionally cultivate it, love shifts from a state to a trait. This meditation offers guidance on how to access love, and open ourselves to it in a way that serves this awakening of our hearts.

From the talk: True Resilience – Awakening through All Circumstances – Part 2

"Know that you’re rewiring your brain, your heart, your body, your mind - and that the more times you do this, the more you really give it 20 or 30 seconds to feel directly the loving, the more access you have to this very innate capacity in your being."

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Direct download: 2017-08-30-Reflection-Cultivating-a-Loving-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

Anger: Responding, Not Reacting (2017-10-25) - Anger is natural, intelligent and necessary for surviving and flourishing. Yet when we are hooked by anger, it causes great personal and collective suffering. This talk explores how to transform patterns of reactivity by bringing a mindful and compassionate attention to the unmet needs that underlie angry reactivity. When we learn how to pause and connect honestly with our inner experience, we are then able to respond to others from our full intelligence and heart.

"Getting angry with another person is like throwing hot coals with bare hands: both people get burned.” Buddha

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Direct download: 2017-10-25-Anger-Responding-Not-Reacting-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

Meditation: Refuge in Presence (2017-10-25) - We arrive in presence through the gateway of the body, scanning through with awareness, and then resting with the breath and body sensations. As we include whatever arises with a gentle and kind attention, our inner refuge becomes increasingly stable and openhearted. This meditation ends with a brief lovingkindness prayer.

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Direct download: 2017-10-25-Meditation-Refuge-in-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT

Embodied Spirit - Mindfulness of the Body ~ The Buddha taught that mindfulness of the body is a direct path to the realization of truth, to peace and freedom. This talk explores how we leave a present-centered awareness of our body, and the pathways of homecoming - a favorite teaching from the 2010 archives.

"The most profound and full presence can only be experienced if we're awake right here in this body - with a quality of sacred presence that comes when, without any resistance, without any grasping, we really plant ourselves in the universe, in this body, in this being right here."

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Direct download: 2017-10-18-Embodied-Spirit-2010-04-28-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26pm EDT

Our hearts awaken as we let ourselves be touched by the suffering within and around us. They shine as we respond with care to what has touched us. This meditation uses the breath to guide us in letting in and contacting suffering, and offering out our love. With practice this meditation enables us to realize the truth of our connectedness and the luminous love that is intrinsic to awareness.

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River of Change - Part 2 - Bringing a Wise Heart to this Impermanent Life (2017-10-11) - These two talks look at how we relate to change - especially the notable changes involving loss of relationships and our own body and mind. We examine our strategies for avoiding uncertainty and fear; the consequences of resisting reality; our refuges of presence and compassion in the face of grief; and the gifts of opening fully to the river of change.

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Direct download: 2017-10-11-River-of-Change-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

Meditation: Present Heart (2017-10-11) - We awaken a present heart by relaxing with the breath, and bringing the kindness of a smile into our bodily experience. This meditation ends with offering blessings to our inner life and all beings.

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Direct download: 2017-10-11-Meditation-Present-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:13pm EDT

River of Change - Part 1 - Bringing a Wise Heart to this Impermanent Life - These two talks look at how we relate to change - especially the notable changes involving loss of relationships and our own body and mind. We examine our strategies for avoiding uncertainty and fear; the consequences of resisting reality; our refuges of presence and compassion in the face of grief; and the gifts of opening fully to the river of change.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2017-10-04-River-of-Change-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

Meditation - Saying “Yes” to Life - This meditation guides us in relaxing through the body, then opening to the changing river of experience. By continually relaxing back and letting go into what is unfolding, we discover the natural vastness, wakefulness and vitality of our essential Being.

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Direct download: 2017-10-04-Meditation-Saying-Yes-to-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT

Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO - 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 (a favorite from the archives).

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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Direct download: 2017-09-27-Transforming-Two-Fears-FOF-and-FOMO-2015-08-19-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:36pm EDT

Meditation: Blessings of Love - A blessing is whatever reminds us of the sacred loving presence that shines through all of us. This meditation is a transformational practice in receiving and offering blessings. First we connect with the vulnerable tender place within us that longs to feel loved, and call on loving presence to bless us. By imagining and allowing ourselves to receive love, our hearts become open and filled with light. We then bring that inner loving presence fully alive as we offer blessings to other beings. The image of receiving a kiss on the brow, and offering one, is suggested as a powerful channel for the blessings that awaken our heart. (from the end of Bodhichitta – the Awakened Heart – Part 1 talk on same evening)

Direct download: 2017-09-27-Meditation-Blessings-of-Love-TaraBrach-2016-02-24.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

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 (a favorite from the archives).

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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Direct download: 2017-09-20-From-Dragons-to-Schmoos-TaraBrach-2015-02-25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT

Meditation: Coming Home to Openhearted Awareness - 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. (a special favorite from the archives)

"Waking up from thoughts… coming back home to the senses."

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Reflection: Transforming Suffering and Awakening the Heart -

There is power and potential in a time of darkness to remind us of what we really cherish. In this reflection, we practice ways of paying attention that can help us transform suffering into freedom, in our own lives and in the world around us.

The reflection closes with a reading of “School Prayer” by Diane Ackerman.

Excerpt from Darkness of the Womb – Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering a talk given on January 25, 2017.


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

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Direct download: 2017-09-13-Part2-Trusting-Your-Basic-Goodness-2014-08-06-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

Meditation: Coming Home to Being - "What it's like to be here right now and listening to your heart… sensing the state of your heart? It might have been a while since you've really checked in with this simple inquiry… How is my heart right now?"


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

“To love without holding back – to really sense with the wisdom, the reality, that it’s right here – to live from wholeness. We have this capacity.”

“Who would you be if you trusted the basic goodness and beauty is living through you? How would your life be different if you trusted that spirit, love, awareness is what you are?”

Direct download: 2017-09-06-Part1-Basic-Trust-2014-07-30-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

Meditation: Choosing Living Presence - A meditation on being present with our living, breathing life (includes chanting the Om's - a favorite from Tara's Wednesday night archives).


True Resilience: Part 2 - Awakening through All Circumstances - Spiritual resilience enables us to deepen compassion and wisdom as we navigate life’s difficulties. In this two part series, we will look at the conditions that incline us towards or away from True Resilience, and explore practical and powerful practices that nourish this precious capacity.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2017-08-30-True-Resilience-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:36pm EDT

Meditation: Present Heartspace - This meditation establishes an embodied presence with the gentleness of a smile-down scan, then opens us to the heartspace that includes the changing waves of experience. It ends with a short lovingkindness meditation that offers prayers for relief of the current great suffering from floods in Texas, India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Direct download: 2017-08-30-Meditation-Present-Heartspace-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

Darkness of the Womb – Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering (from 2017-01-25) - We can either repeat old fear based patterns, or our suffering can awaken us to a deeper wisdom and greater love. This talk explores four principles in relating to difficulty that move us towards healing and freedom—both personally and as a society.

NOTE: Tara was traveling and teaching this week and asked for this timely talk from the archives be posted.

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Direct download: 2017-08-23-Darkness-of-the-Womb-TaraBrach-2017-01-25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:09pm EDT

30-Minute Meditation: Open Awareness - Relaxing Back into Presence - This practice brings attention to the continuous space within and around the body, and the aliveness of sound, sensation and feeling that lives through us. While it’s natural for attention to get distracted, the pathway home is a relaxing back into the awake space that is aware of this changing life. NOTE: from August 8, 2017 for those seeking a full 30-minute open awareness guided meditation.


True Resilience - Pt1 - Awakening through All Circumstances (2017-08-16) - Spiritual resilience enables us to deepen compassion and wisdom as we navigate life’s difficulties. In this two part series, we will look at the conditions that incline us towards or away from True Resilience, and explore practical and powerful practices that nourish this precious capacity.

Direct download: 2017-08-16-True-Resilience-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:05pm EDT

Meditation: Filling our Body with Love (2017-08-16) - When we are fully awake, love shines through our entire body and being. This meditation awakens that embodied love through the image and felt sense of the smile, scanning through the body, resting in loving presence and offering loving prayer.

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Direct download: 2017-08-16-Meditation-Filling-Our-Body-with-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

Three Blessings in Spiritual Life - Part 3 - The Mirror - This 3-part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of “who am I” that reveals our deepest nature.

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Direct download: 2017-08-09-Three-Blessigs-in-Spiritual-Life-Pt3-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:01pm EDT

Meditation: Listening to Life (2017-08-09) - The attitude of meditation is one of engaged listening, a relaxed, receptive yet intimate attention. This meditation explores how we can listen to sounds, listen to and feel sensations, and then relax back into the ocean of awareness that includes and perceives the changing waves. In this relaxing back, we realize the peace and freedom of inhabiting our wholeness and essence.

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Direct download: 2017-08-09-Meditation-Listening-to-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

Three Blessings in Spiritual Life - Part 2 - Inner Fire - This 3- part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of “who am I” that reveals our deepest nature.

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Direct download: 2017-08-02-Three-Blessigs-in-Spiritual-Life-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:08pm EDT

Meditation: Open Awareness - Relaxing Back into Presence - This practice brings attention to the continuous space within and around the body, and the aliveness of sound, sensation and feeling that lives through us. While it’s natural for attention to get distracted, the pathway home is a relaxing back into the awake space that is aware of this changing life.   

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Three Blessings in Spiritual Life - Part I - (2017-07-26) - This 3- part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of “who am I” that reveals our deepest nature.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2017-07-26-Three-Blessigs-in-Spiritual-Life-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

Meditation - Living Presence (2017-07-26) - This practice uses the image and felt sense of a smile as we scan through the body, include sound and relax back into the awareness that is the source of all experience. By letting life be just as it is, we become pure living presence - wakeful, open and tender.

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Direct download: 2017-07-26-Meditation-Living-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:25pm EDT

Love is Always Here (2017-07-19) - One expression of suffering is forgetting that we are intrinsically lovable and worthy. This talk looks at the pathway to trusting our belonging, and focuses on the healing that comes from letting in love and mirroring others goodness.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2017-07-19-Love-is-Aways-Here-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing into Sleep (no bell at end) (2017-07-19) - This meditation can help us to access a relaxed attentiveness, or alternately, serve as a pathway to ease-filled sleep. (version with ending bell also available)

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Direct download: 2017-07-19-Meditation-Relaxing-into-Sleep-no-bell-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:08pm EDT

Meditation - Relaxing into Presence or Sleep  (2017-07-19) - This meditation can help us to access a relaxed attentiveness, or alternately, serve as a pathway to ease-filled sleep. (version with no bell also available)

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Our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt, resisted parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can deepen self-honesty and reconnect to a wholeness of being that enables us to live with spontaneity, confidence, wisdom and love.

NOTE: Tara was away this week and asked for this favorite talk from 2014-11-05 archives be posted.

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Meditation: Relaxing with a Smile into Living Presence (15 min) - This meditation guides us to awaken to sensation using the image of a smile and scanning through the body. We then open to sound and to the entire changing flow of experience. When we connect with the changing flow of sensations, feelings and sounds, we also discover the formless awareness that is our Source… and home. We end with a prayer that includes our own being and all beings.

From the meditation closing:

Sometimes the inquiry, “Am I dreaming?” can help to clarify both the trance and the veils that we're hiding behind and what's actually here. “Am I dreaming?” Just to sense the thoughts, stories, commentary that keeps us one step removed from this vibrant mystery that's right here. And then relax back again. Moment to moment - relaxing with the life that's right here ...this breath ...these feelings ...these sensations ...this life.

In these last few minutes, you might ask yourself, “Can I let go just a little bit more?” Let go of the thoughts, the veils of stories. The tension in the body - let go, relax, and let this life live through you.

We close by bringing attention to the heart. Offering your heart, whatever blessing, saying, or wish most resonates in this moment.

Sense that this world, this life, is part of your heart.

Offering those around you, those close to you in your life, and all beings, your blessings.

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Meditation: Entering the Wilderness (2017-07-05) - We open to our full naturalness as we awaken the senses. This brief meditation guides us to open all the sense gates, and in that openness, experience the pure aliveness and awareness that is our essence.

NOTE: listen to the full talk: Part 2: Refuge in the Wilderness – Coming Home to Embodied Presence

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Direct download: 2017-07-05-Meditation-Entering-the-Wilderness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT

Part 2: Refuge in the Wilderness – Coming Home to Embodied Presence - When we live from our mental control towers, we are in a trance that confines our life. These two talks look at the primary ways we are conditioned to leave embodied presence, and the consequence of unlived life—being cut off from our vitality, intelligence and compassion. We then explore the teachings and practices that guide us to reconnect to our senses, and the sacred presence that underlies all lived experience.

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Direct download: 2017-07-05-Pt2-Refuge-in-Wilderness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

Part 1: Refuge in the Wilderness - Coming Home to Embodied Presence (2017-06-28) - When we live from our mental control towers, we are in a trance that confines our life. These two talks look at the primary ways we are conditioned to leave embodied presence, and the consequence of unlived life—being cut off from our vitality, intelligence and compassion. We then explore the teachings and practices that guide us to reconnect to our senses, and the sacred presence that underlies all lived experience.

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Direct download: 2017-06-28-Refuge-in-the-Wilderness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

Meditation: Opening to Full Aliveness (2017-06-28) - This meditation includes relaxing and awakening through the body, widening the lens to include sound and then letting life live through us, receiving all that arises in open awareness.

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Direct download: 2017-06-28-Meditation-Opening-to-Full-Aliveness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

Stories that Imprison our Heart - Part 2 (2017-06-21) - Our suffering arises from fear-based stories that are often outside our awareness. These include stories of our deficiency or importance, of being a victim, of being unseen or unloved, of facing failure or rejection.  This is true collectively too.  We have shared stories of bad “others” that fuel wars, shared stories of the value of continued growth in consumption and production that destroy our earth, shared stories of our human right to enslave and violate other animals. We have the capacity to bring the stories that separate and imprison us into the light of awareness, and with great compassion, loosen their grip. These two talks look at the ways fear-based stories create suffering, and how awakening from them reveals the freedom of our true, and universal, belonging.

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Direct download: 2017-06-21-Stories-That-Imprison-Our-Heart-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:16pm EDT

Meditation: Arriving in Embodied Presence -

This guided meditation instruction includes:
1 - Arriving in embodied presence with senses awake,
2 - Further collecting the attention using a primary anchor or base, and
3 - Continuing to collect around an anchor or widening to rest in open, natural awareness - in presence with what is.

Given as part of the morning guided meditation Instruction on the Spring 2017 IMCW Retreat.

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Stories that Imprison our Heart - Part 1 (2017-06-14) - Our suffering arises from fear-based stories that are often outside our awareness. These include stories of our deficiency or importance, of being a victim, of being unseen or unloved, of facing failure or rejection.  This is true collectively too.  We have shared stories of bad “others” that fuel wars, shared stories of the value of continued growth in consumption and production that destroy our earth, shared stories of our human right to enslave and violate other animals. We have the capacity to bring the stories that separate and imprison us into the light of awareness, and with great compassion, loosen their grip. These two talks look at the ways fear-based stories create suffering, and how awakening from them reveals the freedom of our true, and universal, belonging.

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Direct download: 2017-06-14-Stories-That-Imprison-Our-Thoughts-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17pm EDT

Meditation: Homecoming to Our Life Breath - Perhaps the most universal place to collect and deepen attention is the breath.  This meditation begins with an intentional breath that calms the nervous system, and then opens to a clear, intimate presence with our natural breathing. With breath as our home base, we practice returning again and again when the mind becomes distracted. As presence grows, we can let the breath be in the foreground, and include whatever waves of life come and go.  This brings a quiet mind, and a peaceful, happy heart.

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Happiness is Possible: De-conditioning the Negativity Bias – Part 2 - There is an inner freedom that expresses as happiness and peace, and it is accessible when we arrive in openhearted presence. As the Buddha said, “If it were not possible to find liberation, I would not teach about it.” In this two part talk, we will look at the conditioning that blocks happiness and two primary pathways of practice that evolve our consciousness and free our hearts.

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Direct download: 2017-06-07-Pt2-Happiness-Is-Possible-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm EDT

Meditation: Home to Awake Awareness - This guided practice establishes a kind, friendly attention with the image and felt sense of a smile, and evokes an embodied presence. We open to the awake awareness that is listening to and feeling the changing sounds and sensations; and then the awake awareness that experiences our own heart. We end with a lovingkindness prayer for ourself and the world.

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Direct download: 2017-06-07-Meditation-Home-to-Awake-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:32pm EDT

Happiness is Possible: De-conditioning the Negativity Bias - Part 1 - There is an inner freedom that expresses as happiness and peace, and it is accessible when we arrive in openhearted presence. As the Buddha said, “If it were not possible to find liberation I would not teach about it.” In this two part talk, we will look at the conditioning that blocks happiness and two primary pathways of practice that evolve our consciousness and free our hearts.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2017-05-24-Pt1-Happiness-Is-Possible-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT

Meditation: The Breath - Portal to Presence - We start with breathing mindfully to collect and calm the body and mind. Then the attention opens to include the changing flow in a spacious natural presence.

Direct download: 2017-05-24-Meditation-Breath-Portal-to-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:36pm EDT

Instruction and Question-Response during Retreat (2017-05-02) - Topics include individualizing your meditation practice, working with the "tangles," forgiveness practice, and using the "nurturing" of RAIN.

Let us know if you find this kind of short clip interesting and helpful!

Direct download: 2017-05-02-Instruction-Question-Response-Retreat-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

The Reality of Change: Embracing this Living Dying World (2017-05-24) - The Reality of Change: Embracing this Living Dying World - Our true refuge is reality - only by opening to “things as they are" do we find true peace and freedom. This talk explores impermanence - a key feature of reality. We look at our habits of resisting change - including loss and death, the practices that awaken and open us, and the gifts of letting go into the ever-changing river of experience.

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Direct download: 2017-05-17-Reality-of-Change-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT

Meditation: Opening to the River of Aliveness (2017-05-24) - This meditation guides us to awaken to sensation using the image of a smile and scanning through the body. We then open to sound and to the entire changing flow of experience. When we connect with the changing flow of sensations, feelings and sounds, we also discover the formless awareness that is our Source… and home. 


Radical-Compassion - Part 2 (2017-05-10) - Compassion is the medicine we most need as individuals and a species to heal suffering and free our spirits. The essence of compassion for ourselves and others – what I call Radical Compassion – has three key elements: it is an embodied experience (a felt sense of tenderness), it is inclusive all beings, and it naturally moves us to act from a caring heart. This two-part talk explores the alchemy of Radical Compassion and guides us in awakening this intrinsic expression of our evolutionary potential.

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Direct download: 2017-05-10-Pt2-Radical-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT

Instruction & Meditation: A Forgiving Heart (2017-05-02) - A forgiving heart clears the way for giving and receiving love freely.  This talk and meditation explores where we have become habituated in blame towards ourselves and others, and a classic three part reflection that can loosen and release the armoring around our hearts. (a guided heart meditation at the 2017 IMCW Spring Retreat)

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Direct download: 2017-05-02-Talk-and-Meditation-Forgiving-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 2:49pm EDT

Radical Compassion - Part 1 (retreat talk) (2017-04-30) - Compassion is the medicine we most need as individuals and a species to heal suffering and free our spirits. The essence of compassion for ourselves and others - what I call Radical Compassion - has three key elements: it is an embodied experience (a felt sense of tenderness), it is inclusive all beings, and it naturally moves us to act from a caring heart. This two-part talk explores the alchemy of Radical Compassion and guides us in awakening this intrinsic expression of our evolutionary potential.

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Direct download: 2017-04-30-Part-1-Radical-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 2:08pm EDT

Meditation: Breathing Our Way to Peace and Freedom (2017-05-10) - This meditation guides us in collecting attention with an intentional long deep breath, and awakening a full relaxed presence as the breath resumes in its natural rhythm. Resting fully in this presence is the gateway to deep peace and inner freedom.

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Direct download: 2017-05-10-Meditation-Breathing-Our-Way-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 1:18pm EDT

Relaxing the Over-Controller - Part 2 (2017-05-03) (retreat talk) - We all have conditioning to do what we can to protect and promote our wellbeing. Our suffering arises to the degree that our life and identity become organized around controlling our experience. These two talks look at the emergence of the fear based “over-controller,” and explore a wise way of witnessing the suffering that comes with over-controlling, and awareness practices that naturally relax and awaken us to our whole and natural Being.

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Direct download: 2017-05-03-Pt2-Relaxing-the-Over-Controller-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 4:08pm EDT

Meditation: Know That You're Here, Right Here (2017-04-29) - Given the first morning of the 2017 IMCW Spring Retreat, this meditation guides you through a body scan, opens to sounds, then expands to the body as a field of sensation. With no closing bells, it can serve as a way to start a longer meditation sit, or to start your journey for the day.

Direct download: 2017-04-29-Meditation-Know-that-Youre-Here-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

Relaxing the Over-Controller  - Part 1 (2017-04-26) - We all have conditioning to do what we can to protect and promote our wellbeing. Our suffering arises to the degree that our life and identity become organized around controlling our experience. These two talks look at the emergence of the fear based “over-controller," and explore a wise way of witnessing the suffering that comes with over-controlling, and awareness practices that naturally relax and awaken us to our whole and natural Being.

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Direct download: 2017-04-26-Pt1-Relaxing-the-Over-Controller-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

Meditation: The Center of Now (2017-04-26) - This meditation awakens our senses and then guides us to rest in the changing flow of experience. When the mind drifts, we are invited to relax back into full living presence, into that Beingness that is the center of now.

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Direct download: 2017-04-26-Meditation-The-Center-of-Now-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:55pm EDT

Ask the Friend for Love - Prayer, when cultivated consciously, energizes and guides us on the spiritual path. This talk investigates the difference between wanting, with its narrow fixation, and the prayer that arises out of our deep heart’s longing. We explore how living prayer, the prayer that arises from consciously inhabiting longing, can carry us home to loving presence. As John O’Donahue writes, prayer is the bridge between longing and belonging.

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Direct download: 2017-04-19-Ask-the-Friend-for-Love-2010-12-08-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT

Meditation: The Heartspace That is Home - "No matter how far you've wandered, this heartspace - this awake tender awareness - is only a half-breath of remembrance away."

This meditation awakens attention to the space of awareness. It is a favorite from 2015.

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Sure Heart's Release - (a favorite from 2015) - The pathway to our awakened 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.

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Direct download: 2017-04-12-Sure-Hearts-Release-2015-03-04-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34pm EDT

Guided Heart Meditation: Loving Presence - This meditation introduces the loving-kindness (metta) heart practice. After brief instruction, it begins with scanning the body, filling it gradually with the image of a smile. The meditation continues with a loving-kindness practice - sensing loving presence of someone easy to love, our own being, then offering care to others. (from 2015 fall IMCW weeklong silent retreat)


Soul Recognition: The Practice of Namaste (2017-04-05) - In our daily trance we experience ourselves and others through a filter of wants, fears, stories and beliefs. Drawing on an engaging story from the legends of King Arthur, this talk explores how we can see past this conditioning by learning to see - in ourselves and others - vulnerability, goodness and awareness itself. Sometimes called “soul recognition,” this seeing is the essence of “Namaste” - realizing and honoring the sacredness that shines through all beings.

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Direct download: 2017-04-05-Soul-Recognition-Namaste-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

Meditation: Awakening through the Inner Body (2017-04-05) - When we attune to the inner body, we discover a field of energy and aliveness that is the portal to pure presence. This meditation guides our attention to the inner body, opens to the play of sound and invites us to rest in the awake awareness that includes and is the grounds of this living world.

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Direct download: 2017-04-05-Meditation-Awakening-through-the-Inner-Body.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:13pm EDT

Healing Addiction: De-conditioning the Hungry Ghosts (2017-03-22) - This talk examines the suffering that arises when due to unmet needs for love and safety, our desire becomes narrowed and fixated on substitute gratifications. We then explore how we can bring mindfulness and self-compassion to the habits of obsessing, over-consuming and hurting ourselves and others that keep us from true happiness, connectedness and peace.

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Direct download: 2017-03-29-Healing-Addiction-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

Meditation: Loving Presence - with smile body scan (2017-03-29) - This guided meditation helps cultivate the heartspace that can hold our life with tenderness and grace. We begin by using the image and felt sense of a smile in a body scan, and then open to the spacious presence that includes the changing moment to moment flow of experience. The meditation closes with a few minutes of offering loving blessings to our inner life, dear ones in need and all beings.

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Direct download: 2017-03-29-Meditation-Loving-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Taking "The Exquisite Risk”: An Undefended Heart (2017-03-22) - Poet Mark Nepo uses the phrase “exquisite risk” to describe our willingness to be fully alive, open, available,  living true to our heart. This talk explores the challenges and blessings of taking the exquisite risk, both in becoming more intimate with our inner life, and in engaging with others from full authenticity.

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Direct download: 2017-03-22-Undefended-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Full Presence (2017-03-22) - This guided practice begins with a conscious breath that relaxes the body and mind, and then a body scan to awaken to the aliveness of the present moment. We then open into the natural awareness that includes the changing flow of sounds, feelings and sensations, and practice “relaxing back” when the mind gets lost in thought.

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Direct download: 2017-03-22-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-Full-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT

Reflection - The Compass of Our Heart (2017-03-15) - When we are remembering our deepest intention in any situation, our lives become aligned, and we can act with grace, compassion and wisdom. These reflections will help you remember your intention when caught in conflict, and in a larger way, allow the truth of impermanence to carry you into the very source of longing - loving awareness itself. NOTE: from the end of "Realizing Your Deepest Desires" - full talk podcasted and at: https://www.tarabrach.com/realizing-deepest-desires/.

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Direct download: 2017-03-15-Reflection-Compass-of-Our-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Realizing Your Deepest Desires (2017-03-15) - This talk differentiates between egoic intentions (driven by wants and fears), and our true aspiration (deepest desires) to manifest our full potential for awake awareness and love. We explore ways to realize and open to our deepest desires when we are stuck in self-promotion, grasping and conflict, so that our aspiration becomes a compass of the heart that can guide us in living with wisdom and compassion.

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Direct download: 2017-03-15-Realizing-Your-Deepest-Desires-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

Meditation - Letting Thought Clouds Come and Go (2017-03-15) - This meditation guides us through a body scan and into a relaxed, open presence. When we realize we are lost in a thought cloud, our practice is to relax open, listening to and feeling the life of the present moment. We are training to become increasingly aware of the gap between thoughts, the space where the light of awareness shines through.

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Healing Trauma: The Light Shines Through the Broken Places (2017-03-08) - Most of us have encountered trauma either in our own direct experience or with someone in our immediate circle. This talk examines the shame and suffering that arise from trauma and how meditation practices can support a path to full spiritual healing. We focus on practices that help us access a sense of love and safety, and then increase our capacity to bring presence to the unprocessed, unlived life in the body. (Note: For many who suffer from PTSD, therapy is invaluable and these practices are not considered as a substitute.)  

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Direct download: 2017-03-08-Healing-Trauma-Light-Shines-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57pm EDT

Meditation: Getting Lost and Coming Back Here (2017-03-08) - This meditation establishes a sense of presence, of being Here, through a body scan and awakening the senses. We then notice when we’re lost and relax back into the wakeful stillness - the Hereness - that is our true home. Our practice concludes with the beautiful poem “Lost” by David Wagoner.

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Listening to the Song - Part 2 (2017-03-01) - Listening is more than a communications skill, it is a capacity that awakens our awareness. As we learn to listen inwardly, we begin to understand and care for the life that is here. And as we listen to others, that same intimacy emerges. In this two-part series we examine the blocks to listening and the practices that cultivate this essential domain of human potential. Our focus is both on the transformational power of listening in our personal lives, and also the necessity for deep listening if we are to bring healing to our wider society.

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Direct download: 2017-03-01-Pt2-Listening-to-the-Song-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

Meditation: A Sky-Like Mind (2017-03-01) - This meditation begins with listening to sounds as a portal to spacious awareness. In addition to guiding attention to naturally occurring sounds, Tara plays chimes and gongs to deepen the experience of receptivity and openness. The meditation progresses to include all experience - sounds, sensations, thoughts, feelings - in the vast, transparent, timeless space of awareness.

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Direct download: 2017-03-01-Meditation-A-Sky-Like-Mind-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

Listening to the Song - Part 1 (2017-02-22) - Listening is more than a communications skill, it is a capacity that awakens our awareness. As we learn to listen inwardly, we begin to understand and care for the life that is here. And as we listen to others, that same intimacy emerges. In this two-part series we examine the blocks to listening and the practices that cultivate this essential domain of human potential. Our focus is both on the transformational power of listening in our personal lives, and also the necessity for deep listening if we are to bring healing to our wider society.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2017-02-22-Pt1-Listening-to-the-Song-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

Reflection: Heart Wisdom of Your Future Self - By connecting with your future self, this reflection guides you in accessing the deep wisdom and unconditional love of your own awakening heart.

"I returned to the river. I returned to the mountains. I begged - I begged to wed every object and creature. And when they accepted, God was ever present in my arms. And He did not say, 'Where have you been?' For then I knew my soul – every soul – has always held him."

excerpted from: When I Was the Forest – Meister Eckhart

https://thevalueofsparrows.com/2012/12/05/poetry-meister-eckhart/

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With gratitude and love, Tara


Being Truthful (2017-02-15)

Being Truthful (2017-02-15) - The grounds of happiness, loving relationships and a just and flourishing society is honesty. And yet our current times are characterized by a plethora of deception - both societally, and often in more subtle ways, in our personal lives. This talk examines the deep conditioning we have to deceive others, and to avoid facing and acknowledging our own vulnerability. We then explore how we can commit ourselves to deepening our truth telling, and in so doing, creating a climate of integrity and trust that can lead to a more compassionate world.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2017-02-15-Being-Truthful-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:41pm EDT

Meditation - Sitting Like a Mountain (2017-02-15)

Meditation - Sitting Like a Mountain (2017-02-15) - Meditation can empower us as we learn to access our potential for stability, strength and openness. This meditation calls on the image of a mountain as we awaken our body and mind to a full, vibrant presence. Meditation closes with a metta prayer.

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Direct download: 2017-02-15-Meditation-Sitting-Like-a-Mountain-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

Trusting Our Awakening Heart (2017-02-08)

Trusting Our Awakening Heart (2017-02-08) - The more we trust that our awareness and heart are awakening, the more we find ease, grace and true empowerment in our lives. This talk explores two pathways of deepening our sense of belonging and trust: direct presence with the pain of separation, and turning toward the loving presence that is increasingly manifesting through these human forms.

"...we need people who are able to respond from the heart - not from an angry or egoic reactivity, but from real wisdom."

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Direct download: 2017-02-08-Trusting-Our-Awakening-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38pm EDT

Meditation: At Home in the Moment (2017-02-08)

Meditation: At Home in the Moment (2017-02-08) - This meditation cultivates a gentle, wakeful presence in the body, with the “smile down” and then guides us to resting in a home base of sensations or the breath. We then open to whatever arises with a clear and inclusive attention, saying Yes to the life that is here.

Direct download: 2017-02-08-Meditation-At-Home-in-the-Moment-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:04pm EDT

Love, and Death - Retreat Talk (2016-12-29)

Love, and Death - Retreat Talk (2016-12-29) - To live our lives fully, we need to embrace the natural unfolding of birthing and dying. Yet we are deeply conditioned to resist loss, to pull away from fear and grief. Through a powerful Inuit story shared by Clarissa Estes, this talk explores how our practices of presence can open us to what we avoid, and free us to love without holding back.

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Direct download: 2016-12-29-Love--and-Death-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 6:28pm EDT