Part 1 - Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame (2019-04-17) - Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and to open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part I focuses on chronic self-judgment; Part II on the places of deep self-condemnation, and Part III on where we have locked into anger, blame or hatred of others. Each includes guided reflections that can support us in directly awakening beyond the confining thoughts and feelings of blame.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-04-17-Pt1-Forgiveness-Releasing-from-Aversive-Blame-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT

Meditation: Sea of Loving Presence (2019-04-17) - In this meditation we begin with the image and felt sense of a smile to arouse an atmosphere of care, and allow that caring presence to fill our body and the entire field of awareness. We then open to the changing experience of breath, sensations, feelings sound and thoughts. By resting in a wakeful and open heartspace, we can include all the passing waves with ease and tenderness. 

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"Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease"
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Direct download: 2019-04-17-Meditation-Sea-of-Loving-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:46pm EDT

Beyond the Controlling Self - Part 2 (2019-04-10) - It’s natural that we do what we can to ward off danger and further ourselves. While our control strategies - such as aggression, judging, planning, seeking approval, pretending - have a developmental role, they are not a recipe for happiness, intimacy and freedom. An essential part of our evolution is to recognize when we are over-managing our lives, and learn to let go of the controls. These talks explore how we can release the grip of the over-controller, and the profound awakening of our hearts and minds that is possible in the shift from doing to being. 

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-04-10-Pt2-Beyond-the-Controlling-Self-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT

Meditation: Letting Life Be (2019-04-10) - This meditation establishes an atmosphere of loving kindness with the “smile”; relaxes and awakens through the body; and guides us into a spacious presence. We then rest in that presence, letting go of any controlling, and simply allow life to be as it is. It’s in “letting be” that we come home to the luminosity and tenderness of natural awareness. We close with a verse from Mary Oliver...

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"Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease"
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Direct download: 2019-04-10-Meditation-Letting-Life-Be-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT

Beyond the Controlling Self - Part 1 (2019-04-03) - It’s natural that we do what we can to ward off danger and further ourselves. While our control strategies - such as aggression, judging, planning, seeking approval, pretending - have a developmental role, they are not a recipe for happiness, intimacy and freedom. An essential part of our evolution is to recognize when we are over-managing our lives, and learn to let go of the controls. These talks explore how we can release the grip of the over-controller, and the profound awakening of our hearts and minds that is possible in the shift from doing to being. 

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

With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-04-04-Pt1-Beyond-the-Controlling-Self-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT

Meditation: Letting Go into Living Presence (2019-04-03) - This guided meditation starts with a scan that invites relaxing and awakening through the body. We then allow life - sounds, sensations, aliveness - to live through us, resting in open presence. When there is tightening, holding or confinement in thoughts, we recognize and re-open, letting go into the presence that is always here. 

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-04-04-Meditation-Letting-Go-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

The Four Remembrances (2019-03-27) - When we attune to the reality of impermanence and death, we remember what most matters to us. But in daily life we can lose precious swaths of time in a reactive trance, on our way somewhere else, and lost in problem solving, judgment and worry. This talk reflects on four remembrances or practices - Pausing, Yes to life, Turning toward love, and Resting in awareness - that help us awaken from trance and live true to the loving presence that is our essence.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-03-27-The-Four-Remembrances-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:18pm EDT

Meditation: Saying Yes to Reality (2019-03-27) - Our suffering comes from tensing and resisting the life that’s here. This meditation guides us to relax and awaken our body and senses, and resting in presence, allow life to be as it is. As our “Yes” to the changing flow becomes full, we discover the freedom of awake awareness itself.

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Direct download: 2019-03-27-Meditation-Saying-Yes-to-Reality-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:18pm EDT

Embodied Presence: Portal to the Sacred – Part 2 - This two part series explores how we regularly leave our body and skim life’s surface in a mental trance, and the ways we can train our attention to come home again. We look at working with physical and emotional pain, and the gifts of love, wisdom, creativity and aliveness that arise as we learn to fully inhabit these living forms and all our senses with awareness.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-03-20-Pt2-Embodied-Presence-Portal-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

Meditation: Being Here (with OMs) (2019-03-20) - We miss many moments of this precious life drifting in a virtual thought world. This meditation helps us collect and calm ourselves with the breath; relax through our bodies; and then include the changing dance of  sounds, sensations and feeling in open awareness. Our practice is to recognize the quality of Hereness, and when we drift, return again to this open presence, relaxing with the changing flow of life. 

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-03-20-Meditation-Being-Here-withOMs-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:28pm EDT

Embodied Presence: Portal to the Sacred - Part 1 (2019-03-13) - This two part series explores how we regularly leave our body and skim life’s surface in a mental trance, and the ways we can train our attention to come home again. We look at working with physical and emotional pain, and the gifts of love, wisdom, creativity and aliveness that arise as we learn to fully inhabit these living forms and all our senses with awareness. 

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-03-13-Embodied-Presence-Portal-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:28pm EDT

Meditation: Entering Heartspace with the “Smile-Down” - The practice of visualizing and feeling a smile spreading through the body helps us access the natural tenderness and openness of our being. This meditation guides us in the smile-down, and then invites a full opening and resting in openhearted presence. We close by bringing that awake heart to an area of difficulty in our life.

Direct download: 2019-03-13-Meditation-Entering-Heartspace-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart – Part 2 (2019-03-06) - This series of talks offers guidance in transforming conflict into a portal for awakening your understanding, flexibility and compassion. We look at how to heal our own unmet needs and not be dependent on others changing; and how to engage with another person when both are dedicated to mindful communication. We also extend our exploration to societal conflict. The talks are accompanied by reflections and meditations that can directly enhance your capacity to respond to conflict from the most wise and caring part of your being.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-03-06-Pt2-Navigating-Conflict-Wise-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing with Life (2019-03-05) - This meditation includes a mindful body scan and guidance in relaxing with the changing waves of experience. When we say “Yes” to the moment, we open to the sea of awareness that can include, with care, whatever arises. 

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"Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease"
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Direct download: 2019-03-06-Meditation-Relaxing-with-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart - Part 1 (2019-02-27) - This series of talks offers guidance in transforming conflict into a portal for awakening your understanding, flexibility and compassion. We look at how to heal our own unmet needs and not be dependent on others changing; and how to engage with another person when both are dedicated to mindful communication. We also extend our exploration to societal conflict. The talks are accompanied by reflections and meditations that can directly enhance your capacity to respond to conflict from the most wise and caring part of your being.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-02-27-Pt1-Navigating-Conflict-Wise-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT

Meditation: Resting in the Sea of Presence (2019-02-27) - This mindful body scan leads us into a practice of relaxing back into awareness, and recognizing the changing waves of sensations, sounds and feelings in the foreground. As we let go into the sea of presence, we discover an increasing sense of wholeness and peace. The meditation ends with a brief lovingkindness prayer.

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"Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease"
when you join her email list.

Direct download: 2019-02-27-Meditation-Resting-Sea-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (18 min.) - Many of us struggle with anxiety, and spend hours in bed wishing we could turn off our mind and get to sleep. This podcasted series of 3 guided meditations - 6, 12, and 18 minutes long - can help in quieting your mind, relaxing your body, and bringing peace to your heart. Each will support you in either calming yourself during the day, or drifting more easily into sleep at night.

For more resources, please visit "Community Wisdom on Sleep" at https://www.tarabrach.com/sleep/.

Direct download: Relieving-Anxiety-Getting-Sleep-18min-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (12 min.) - Many of us struggle with anxiety, and spend hours in bed wishing we could turn off our mind and get to sleep. This podcasted series of 3 guided meditations - 6, 12, and 18 minutes long - can help in quieting your mind, relaxing your body, and bringing peace to your heart. Each will support you in either calming yourself during the day, or drifting more easily into sleep at night.

For more resources, please visit "Community Wisdom on Sleep" at https://www.tarabrach.com/sleep/.

Direct download: Relieving-Anxiety-Getting-Sleep-12min-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:50pm EDT

Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (6 min.) - Many of us struggle with anxiety, and spend hours in bed wishing we could turn off our mind and get to sleep. This podcasted series of 3 guided meditations - 6, 12, and 18 minutes long - can help in quieting your mind, relaxing your body, and bringing peace to your heart. Each will support you in either calming yourself during the day, or drifting more easily into sleep at night.

For more resources, please visit "Community Wisdom on Sleep" at https://www.tarabrach.com/sleep/.

Direct download: Relieving-Anxiety-Getting-Sleep-6min-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:45pm EDT

The Sacred Art of Listening - Just as presence is the heart of meditation, so deep listening is at the center of all conscious, loving relationships. This talk explores how our wants and fears block listening, ways we can deepen our capacity for listening, and the healing that unfolds when we truly feel heard by another (a special talk from the archives).

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-02-20-Art-of-Listening-2014-11-12-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:17pm EDT

Meditation: Listening to Life - 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 (from the archives).

Direct download: 2019-02-20-Meditation-Listening-to-Life-2017-08-09-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

Spiritual Reparenting (a favorite from the archives) - 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. We 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.

“That question: Where does it hurt? We need to address it to everyone, if we really want to understand each other.” Ruby Sales

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-02-13-Spiritual-Reparenting-2016-12-07-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Living Presence - 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.

Direct download: 2019-02-14-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-2016-12-07-TaraBrach-96.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

Living with Courageous Presence (2019-02-06) - The essence of courage is to willingly feel our vulnerability; this is what allows us to respond to life with an undefended, wise heart. This talk explores the ways we resist opening to vulnerability, and three key steps in cultivating a courageous presence.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-02-06-Living-with-Courageous-Presence-TaraBrach-96.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

Meditation: The Practice of RAIN (2019-02-06) - The acronym RAIN - Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture - guides us in bringing mindfulness and compassion to difficult emotions. With practice, we can find our way home to open hearted presence in the midst of whatever arises.  

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"Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease"
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Direct download: 2019-02-06-Meditation-The-Practice-of-RAIN-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT

Earth's Crisis: On the Edge of the Roof (from the Archives) - NOTE: Due to the unusually windy and cold weather, we had to cancel class on January 30, 2019. Tara selected this talk from the archives for the podcast as especially appropriate.

This talk views the ecological dis-ease of our planet through the lens of our evolutionary unfolding. We explore the egoic trance that has precipitated the destruction of our environment, and the inner practices of presence that enable us to respond from love and wisdom.

Direct download: 2019-01-30-Earths-Crisis-On-the-Edge-of-the-Roof-2014-09-17-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

Meditation: Collecting, Unifying and Opening the Mind (a favorite from the archives) - We begin with a listening attention, relaxing open, letting sounds wash through. Scanning through and feeling the aliveness of the body, listening to the breath. Not pushing away anything - a very open and relaxed, receptive attention. Sensing what's happening in this present moment. Closing by sensing all in the foreground and in the background - that alert inner stillness, that light of awareness, that which is our deepest, formless nature.

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"Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease"
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Without Anxiety About Imperfection - featuring special guest, Haemin Sunim, with Tara Brach (2019-01-23) - Internationally known Buddhist teacher and writer, Haemin Sunim, talks about his new book - Love for Imperfect Things. Then, he and Tara talk together and respond to questions.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-01-23-Without-Anxiety-About-Imperfection-TaraBrach-HaeminSunim.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

Meditation: Living Loving Awareness (2019-01-23) - By bringing our full attention to the aliveness in the body, we can open to the experience of interior space and the space that includes all sensations and sounds. This then allows us to perceive continuous space filled with the light of awareness. This meditation attunes us to these dimensions of awareness: continuous open space, heart space and full aliveness. We end with a Zen poem that invites us to rest in this living, loving awareness, and know it as home.

Free download of Tara's 10 min meditation:
"Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease"
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Direct download: 2019-01-23-Meditation-Living-Loving-Awareness-TaraBrach96.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:32pm EDT

Realizing Your Deepest Intention (2019-01-16) - The Buddha taught that this whole life - including our thoughts, feelings and actions - arise from the tip of intention. While our intentions are usually marbled with wanting and fear, when intention comes into the light of consciousness, it unfolds into its most pure essence. This talk explores ways that when we are stuck in reactivity, we can become aware of intention, and find our way to the aspiration that expresses our most awake and loving heart. 

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-01-16-Realizing-Your-Deepest-Intention-TaraBrach-96.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:45pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness (2016-01-16) - When we fully inhabit our body, we discover the space and wakefulness of awareness itself. In this meditation, we rest in this open awareness, and when the attention narrows into thoughts, we practice relaxing back into the openness that includes passing sounds, sensations and feelings. We close with a brief offering of lovingkindness to our own hearts and our world (with community OMs - no bell at end).

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

Direct download: 2019-01-16-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-into-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

Finding True Refuge: Pathways of Remembering (2019-01-09) - This talk explores the three archetypal refuges of awareness (Buddha-nature), truth (Dharma) and love (Sangha) through stories, illustrations and reflections. We end with a Refuge ceremony that can be done by anyone who feels drawn. (To participate you will need a 20” red string.)

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-01-09-Finding-True-Refuge-TaraBrach-96.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm EDT

Meditation: Letting Go…Letting Be (2019-01-09) - This guided meditation invites us to imagine a clenched fist relaxing open, and explores this in releasing contractions in the body as well as the grip of thoughts. When we deeply let go and let be, our energy flows freely. We reconnect with our natural aliveness, love and awareness.

Let go of what has passed.
Let go of what may come.
Let go of what is happening now.
Don’t try to figure anything out.
Don’t try to make anything happen.
Relax, right now, and rest.

~ Tilopa

Direct download: 2019-01-09-Meditation-Letting-Go-Letting-Be-TaraBrach-96.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT

From Judgment to Self-Compassion (retreat talk) (2018-12-30) - When we’ve turned on ourselves with blame and aversion, it’s very difficult to arouse self-compassion. This talk looks at the role of nurturing in freeing our hearts, and offers practice in three key steps that enable us to embrace ourselves with a healing presence.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2018-12-30-From-Judgment-to-Self-Compassion-TaraBrach-96.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves (2018-12-31) (retreat) - We can’t truly open to the waves of life unless we recognize our Oceanness, the formless awareness that is our source. This meditation begins with awakening the senses and then invites us to discover the spacious presence in the background of all experience (from the 2018 IMCW New Year's Retreat).

Direct download: 2018-12-31-Meditation-Being-the-Ocean-TaraBrach-96.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:11pm EDT

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