Meditation: RAIN on Self-Blame (2019-04-17) - One of the greatest roots of suffering is being at war with ourselves. This meditation, based on the acronym RAIN (recognize-allow-investigate-nurture), guides us in releasing the armoring of blame, and relating to our inner life with greater understanding and compassion.

For more resources on RAIN:
www.tarabrach.com/rain/.

Direct download: 2019-04-17-Meditation-RAIN-on-Self-Blame-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:31pm EDT

Compassion Towards All: Moving toward a Plant Based Diet (2019-05-15) - For most of human history it’s been “normal” to eat non-human animals. This is now changing. We are awakening to the massive suffering of the billions of animals killed each day for food, the horrors of the animal-food industry, and the impact it has on climate change (second only to fossil fuels.) In this short talk Tara shares her personal story of transitioning to a vegan diet, and invites listeners to investigate, without judgment, their own choices in this domain. (note: given at a special class on "Loving Life with a Plant-Based Diet." Tara was joined by guest speakers, Mark Tercek and Brenda Sanders, and hosted by Jonathan Foust. Full video available at Tara's Facebook page and soon at IMCW.org.)

Direct download: 2019-05-15-Compassion-Towards-All-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

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

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


Conscious Prayer – Finding Refuge in Loving Awareness (retreat talk) - 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 (given at the 2016 IMCW Spring Retreat).

How I yearn to belong to something, to be contained in an all-embracing mind that sees me as a single thing.
And I yearn to be held in the great hands of your heart.
Oh let them take me now.
Into your hands I place these fragments, my life, and you my God spend them however you want.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Direct download: 2019-05-08-Conscious-Prayer--retreat-talk-2016-05-11-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT

Meditation: Loving This Life – Happiness - a Metta Practice - This meditation turns us toward naturally arising happiness with the image of a smile, welcoming the aliveness and presence of each moment with the spirit of “yes” and then closes with a brief lovingkindness practice. NOTE: a favorite retreat meditation from the archives.

Lama Gendun Rinpoche writes, “Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower, but it is already there, in relaxation and letting go.”

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

Direct download: 2019-05-08-Metta-Meditation-Happiness-17min-2011-04-13-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 5:19pm EDT

Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame – Part 2 (2019-05-01) - 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.

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: 2019-05-01-Pt2-Forgiveness-Releasing-from-Aversive-Blame-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:59pm EDT

Meditation: Being Here (2019-05-01) - This practice sets the atmosphere of loving presence with a smile-down and waking up all the senses. We relax into open awareness, receptive to the breath or whatever waves of experience are calling for attention. The invitation is to rest in Hereness, fully awake in presence. The meditation ends with a short offering of blessings.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-05-01-Meditation-Being-Here-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

Equanimity: A Heart That is Ready for Anything (a favorite from the 2014 archives) - Equanimity is the quality of presence that is open, balanced and non-reactive. As this talk explores, when equanimity is lacking, we become easily lost in trance, identified as a defended and controlling egoic self. When present, the solidity and constriction of egoic self dissolves, and our heart is free to respond to life with love, compassion, forgiveness and joy. Note: includes "Duck Meditation" and bricklayer stories.


Meditation: Awakening Our Energy Body - 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 (a special meditation from the archives).

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With gratitude and love, Tara


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.

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: 2019-04-17-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"
when you join her email list.

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"
when you join her email list.

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. 

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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. 

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: 2019-03-13-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.

Free download of Tara's 10 min meditation:
"Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease"
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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

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 podcasted interview with Tara at: https://youtu.be/pXNEM4wjSmE and his podcast at fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/.

Direct download: 2018-12-26-Transforming-Two-Fears-FOF-and-FOMO-2015-08-19-TaraBrach-64.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm EDT

Meditation: Awakening the Heart – Giving and Receiving Loving Blessings - Our hearts awaken as we express and receive love in an embodied, conscious way. This guided practice brings our attention to dear ones in our life, and explores how we discover deep communion through offering and letting in love.

NOTE: This meditation is a favorite from the archives - from the end of the talk, “Bodhichitta – The Awakened Heart – Part 2.

“To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten.” Arne Garborg


A 2018 Winter Solstice Ceremony (2018-12-19) - La Sarmiento and Alli Mosehauer perform dharma spoof songs for the 2018 IMCW Solstice Celebration, followed by a candle light ceremony with Tara and the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) community.

Direct download: 2018-12-19-Solstice-Musical-Celebration-LaSarmiento-AlliMcClare2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39pm EDT

Three Core Capacities in Loving Fully (2018-12-19) - This talk looks at three ways of awakening our hearts—seeing goodness, feeling appreciation as a bodily experience, and expressing our care. We are then guided in developing each of these capacities by focusing our attention on someone we care about, with whom we’d like to experience our full potential for loving.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2018-12-19-3-Core-Capacities-in-Loving-Fully-TaraBrach-128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Meditation: Arriving in Open Presence (2018-12-19) - This meditation begins with a receptive opening to body sensations and sounds, and the invitation to rest in wakeful presence. We are reminded that each time we awaken from thoughts and arrive again in presence, we are deepening the pathway home. The sitting closes with a brief lovingkindness prayer.

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Direct download: 2018-12-19-Meditation-Arriving-in-Open-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

Part 2 - Healing Anxiety - How Meditation Frees Us (2018-12-12) - Anxiety and the fear of failure is a pervasive suffering around the world. It is also increasing—along with the pace of life, over-consuming, addiction, noise, polarization and fears for our planet. How do we calm ourselves in a way that brings inner freedom and serves the healing of our larger world? These two talks explore the power of awareness in evolving ourselves beyond the anxiety that grips and confines our lives - includes working with sleep issues.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2018-12-12-Healing-Anxiety-pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

Meditation: Aware and Alive (2018-12-12) - Just as a cup is full with water, this body is filled with awareness. As we sense the awareness inside the body, and the awareness that listens to sounds beyond the body, we discover the continuous space of awareness that includes, and gives rise to this entire creation. Opening in this way allows for homecoming to wholeness and freedom.

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Direct download: 2018-12-12-Meditation-Aware-and-Alive-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:34pm EDT

Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice - A key spiritual inquiry is, “In this moment, what most serves awakening?” Rather than a particular style of meditation practice, it is our way of relating to our experience – our attitude – that frees our hearts. This talk explores the attitudes that are an expression of our innately open, wakeful and loving awareness, and that carry us to realization. (a favorite from the archives)

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Direct download: 2018-12-05-Three-Attitudes-That-Nourish-2016-02-03-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

Retreat Meditation and Instruction: Vipassana - Path of Practice (2018-10-07) - 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.

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Direct download: 1001-2018-10-07-Retreat_Meditation-Path-of-Practice-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

Part 1 - Healing Anxiety - How Meditation Frees Us (2018-11-28) - Anxiety and the fear of failure is a pervasive suffering around the world. It is also increasing—along with the pace of life, over-consuming, addiction, noise, polarization and fears for our planet. How do we calm ourselves in a way that brings inner freedom and serves the healing of our larger world? These two talks explore the power of awareness in evolving ourselves beyond the anxiety that grips and confines our lives.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2018-11-28-Healing-Anxiety-pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT

Meditation: Awareness, Aliveness and Space (2018-11-28) - This guided meditation awakens our awareness within our body, extends to include sound, and invites a resting as awareness that includes all passing waves of experience.

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Direct download: 2018-11-28-Meditation-Awareness-Aliveness-Space-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

Authentic Thanks Giving (2018-11-21) - How do we awaken our natural capacities for gratitude and generosity? This talk explores the pathways of honest presence and purposeful cultivation, and offers several  reflections that guide us in contacting and expressing our love.

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Direct download: 2018-11-21-Authentic-Thanks-Giving-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28pm EDT

Meditation: Yes to Life (2018-11-21) - After relaxing our bodies and quieting our minds, this meditation guides us to open to the changing experience of being alive. We ask ourselves two questions: "What is Happening Inside me?" and “Can I be with this?” By learning to bring an unconditional presence and an accepting Yes to our lives, we begin to touch openheartedness and freedom.

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Direct download: 2018-11-21-Meditation-Yes-to-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:03pm EDT

Survival of the Nurtured - Our Path to Belonging (2018-11-14) - We flourish when nurtured with love and understanding. Yet for so many, the violence of our society and lack of attuned caretakers has severed trust and belonging. This talk explores how meditation and conscious relating with each other can restore the connections so vital to healing and spiritual freedom.

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Direct download: 2018-11-14-Survival-of-the-Nurtured-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT

Meditation: The Presence Beyond Thoughts (2018-11-14) - We spend many life moments in a trance of thinking. This meditation awakens the senses through a body scan, and attention to sound. We then rest in the presence that can come alive in the gap between thoughts—the presence that is our true home.

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Direct download: 2018-11-14-Meditation-Presence-Beyond-Thoughts-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

Part 2 - The Jewel in the Lotus: Cultivating Compassion (2018-11-07) - The compassion that arises from mindful awareness can heal our inner wounds, interpersonal conflict and the suffering in our world. These two talks focus on cultivating self-compassion and compassion for others. They look at the blocks to compassion and accessible powerful practices that awaken the full wisdom and tenderness of our hearts.

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Direct download: 2018-11-07-Pt2-Cultivating-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

Meditation: Whole Body Breathing (2018-11-07) - This guided meditation includes a body scan and invites the receptivity and letting-go of whole body breathing. Once we have awakened the vitality and presence throughout the body, we have access to the formless dimension, the awareness that is our source.

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Direct download: 2018-11-07-Meditation-Whole-Body-Breathing-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:02pm EDT

Worrier Pose: Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear (retreat talk) (2018-10-07) - While fear is a natural part of our make up, many of us suffering when the “on” button gets jammed. This talk looks at how our fears generate habitual patterns of physical tension, anxious thinking, emotions and behaviors; and how this constellation prevents us from inhabiting our full wisdom and love. We then explore two interrelated pathways of healing—unconditional presence, and resourcing, or cultivating access to safety and belonging (from the IMCW 2018 Fall Retreat). 

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Direct download: 1003-2018-10-07-Worrier-Pose-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Meditation: Loving Kindness - Awakening and Expressing Our Heart - This short talk and guided meditation remind us that we each have the capacity to awaken our hearts. We explore together the lovingkindness (metta) meditation, and emphasize holding our own being and dear ones with a tender, open and loving presence (from the IMCW 2018 Fall Silent Retreat).

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Direct download: 1004-2018-10-06-Guided-Heart-Introduction-Metta-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 6:06pm EDT

Part 1 - The Jewel in the Lotus: Cultivating Compassion (2018-10-24) - The compassion that arises from mindful awareness can heal our inner wounds, interpersonal conflict and the suffering in our world. These two talks focus on cultivating self-compassion and compassion for others. They look at the blocks to compassion and accessible powerful practices that awaken the full wisdom and tenderness of our hearts.

Direct download: 2018-10-24-Pt1-Cultivating-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

Meditation: Resting in Awake Awareness (2018-10-24) - This practice opens with a body scan, employing the image and felt sense of a smile to awaken awareness through the body. We then open to all the senses, and rest in the awareness that includes this changing life.

Direct download: 2018-10-24-Meditation-Resting-Awake-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT

Part 2 - Rewiring for Happiness and Freedom (2018-10-17) -The Buddha said, “I would not be teaching this (a path of awakening) if genuine happiness and freedom were not possible.” While this is our potential, we each have deep conditioning to get stuck in feelings of fear, deficiency and separation from others. These talks explore the two interdependent pathways of undoing the conditioning that blocks our potential. In Part I we will look at how we can intentionally arouse states of wellbeing, and with practice, develop them into ongoing traits that bring presence and joy to our lives. In Part II, we will investigate how to cultivate an unconditional presence, and the radical acceptance and love, that are the grounds of true happiness and inner freedom.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2018-10-17-Rewiring-Happiness-Freedom-pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:15pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing Back into the Mystery (2018-10-17) - All true meditation guides us back to presence, and the mystery that is our source. In this guided meditation we awaken the senses, collect with the breath, and when lost in thought, practice relaxing back into the aliveness and awareness that is always here. We close with a beautiful poem from poet Danna Faulds.

Direct download: 2018-10-17-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

Part 1: Rewiring for Happiness and Freedom - The Buddha said, “I would not be teaching this (a path of awakening) if genuine happiness and freedom were not possible.” While this is our potential, we each have deep conditioning to get stuck in feelings of fear, deficiency and separation from others. These talks explore the two interdependent pathways of undoing the conditioning that blocks our potential. In Part I we will look at how we can intentionally arouse states of wellbeing, and with practice, develop them into ongoing traits that bring presence and joy to our lives. In Part II, we will investigate how to cultivate an unconditional presence, and the radical acceptance and love, that are the grounds of true happiness and inner freedom.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2018-10-03-Rewiring-Happiness-Freedom-pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:36pm EDT

Meditation: Coming Home with the Breath - Our breath is always available as a pathway back to presence. This simple meditation guides us to relax and awaken in the body, and then establishes the breath as a home base for our attention. Our practice is to notice when the mind becomes distracted, and gently return to our breath and senses. This helps the mind to become increasingly settled, calm and clear. We close with a short heart blessing.

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Direct download: 2018-10-03-Meditation-Coming-Home-Breath-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

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

NOTE: the talk given on 2018/10/03 will be posted on 2018/10/12.

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Direct download: 2018-10-03-The-Sacred-Pause-2015-09-30-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

Ten-Minute Basic Meditation Practice - Tara offers a short introductory meditation with a body scan, bringing focus to the breath, sounds, then resting in awareness ~ from the first morning instructions at the 2015 IMCW fall retreat. (a favorite from the archives)

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


Brief Reflection: Learning to Stay - We open the door to healing by bringing a mindful and kind attention to inner vulnerability and fear.

"Learning to stay opens up the space that gives us our life. That's when it becomes real with our inner life… with others. So we'll do a brief reflection on this."

Direct download: 2018-09-27-Reflection-Learning-to-Stay-2015-12-23-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT

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


Meditation: Opening to the Flow - This meditation begins with gathering awareness of the breath. We then reflect on our deepest intention, sensing what most matters. With a listening attention, becoming aware of sounds that arise and pass away. We scan through the body, sensing the changing experience of energy and aliveness. Letting everything happen… not opposing anything… not controlling… moment to moment. Listening to and feeling this moment as an ever-changing river of experience. Opening to this changing flow and letting life flow through us. to this changing flow and letting life flow through.


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

Direct download: 2018-09-12-Pt2-Awakening-through-Anger-2015-11-18-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

Meditation: Breathing Our Way to Peace & Freedom - 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. (a favorite from the archives)

“Little breath breathe me gently, row me, for I am the river I am learning to cross.” – W.S. Merwin

Direct download: 2018-09-12-Meditation-Breathing-Our-Way-2017-05-10-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Part 1: Awakening through Anger – The U-Turn to Freedom - Anger is naturally triggered when we feel an obstacle to meeting our needs. How do we honor the intelligence within anger, but not get hijacked into emotional reactivity that creates suffering in our individual and collective lives? This talk explores the U-turn that enables us to offer a healing attention to the feelings and unmet needs under anger. Once present with our inner life, we are able to respond to those around us with wisdom, empathy and true strength. (a favorite from the archives - contains the Prickly Porcupine story)

Direct download: 2018-09-05-Awakening-through-Anger-2015-11-11-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT

Meditation: The Heartspace that is Home - This meditation awakens attention to the space of awareness… (a special from the archives).

“No matter how far you’ve wandered, this heartspace – this awake tender awareness – is only a half-breath of remembrance away.”


Part 2: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening - We each live with uncertainty and the fear of rejection and loss, and we each are conditioned to avoid feeling or expressing that vulnerability. Yet intimacy with this unlived life is the gateway to connecting authentically with others, full aliveness and spiritual realization. These talks explore the ways that we defend ourselves, and the pathway to gently, wisely and intelligently disarming and freeing our hearts (a special talk from the archives).


Meditation: Awakening Our Energy Body - 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 (a classic meditation from the archives).


Part 1: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening - We each live with uncertainty and the fear of rejection and loss, and we each are conditioned to avoid feeling or expressing that vulnerability. Yet intimacy with this unlived life is the gateway to connecting authentically with others, full aliveness and spiritual realization. These talks explore the ways that we defend ourselves, and the pathway to gently, wisely and intelligently disarming and freeing our hearts. (a favorite from the archives)


Meditation: Awake & Open Awareness - This calming meditation practice helps settle the mind with the breath and then opens to the changing flow of experience, letting life be just as it is.


Discovering the Power of Prayer (2018-08-15) - We all know the pain of separation and have a longing for connection. When we silently listen to and contact the depth of that longing, we are at the root of transformational prayer. This talk looks at what prayer is, who/what we are praying to, the shadow side of prayer, and ways of cultivating our prayers so that they become authentic vehicles for spiritual awakening.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2018-08-15-Discovering-the-Power-of-Prayer-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Meditation: Presence and Breath (2018-08-15) - This simple meditation guides us to wake up awareness of the body, and rest with the movement of the breath. We are invited to discover the presence that arises as we come home to our moment-to-moment experience. The practice ends with a short prayer, connecting with what most matters to our heart.

Direct download: 2018-08-15-Meditation-Presence-and-Breath-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

Healing Depression with Meditation - Part 2 (2018-08-08) - Most people get depressed at times, and many suffer greatly from bouts of major depression. At the heart of the suffering is the experience of severed belonging—of being imprisoned in the pain of separation, unworthiness, unlovability and hopelessness. These two talks explore several meditation practices that reconnect us with our natural aliveness, openheartedness and awareness. They empower us to develop our inner resources, energize us to awaken, free us from rumination and remind us that we are not our depressive thoughts and feelings. The growing realization of the loving awareness that is our home heals the very roots of depression.

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Direct download: 2018-08-08-Pt2-Healing-Depression-with-Meditation-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:36pm EDT

Meditation: Letting Go of Doing (2018-08-11) - Meditation becomes truly freeing in the moments when there is no controlling whatsoever; when nothing is resisted or grasped after. This guided meditation begins with a simple body scan, relaxing and awakening to sensations in the body and then including the play of sound. Then we let go of any doing, and simply notice and allow the changing flow of experience, letting life be just as it is. In this pure allowing presence we become aware of the background silence that is listening. The invitation is to relax and be the awareness that is conscious of all that is unfolding. 

Direct download: 2018-08-08-Meditation-Letting-Go-of-Doing-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

Healing Depression with Meditation - Part 1 (2018-08-01) - Most people get depressed at times, and many suffer greatly from bouts of major depression. At the heart of the suffering is the experience of severed belonging—of being imprisoned in the pain of separation, unworthiness, unlovability and hopelessness. These two talks explore several meditation practices that reconnect us with our natural aliveness, openheartedness and awareness. They empower us to develop our inner resources, energize us to awaken, free us from rumination and remind us that we are not our depressive thoughts and feelings. The growing realization of the loving awareness that is our home heals the very roots of depression.

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Direct download: 2018-08-01-Pt1-Healing-Depression-with-Meditation-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Meditation: Refuge in Living Presence (2018-08-01) - We spend great swaths of time in a trance that removes us from awareness of our body and senses. This meditation reconnects us by scanning through the body, including sounds and then resting in the field of awareness and aliveness. We practice relaxing and gently arriving again when thoughts carry us away; learning the pathway home to living presence.

Direct download: 2018-08-01-Meditation-Refuge-in-Living-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:54pm EDT

Saying “Yes” - Meeting Your Edge and Softening (2018-07-25) - Our habitual ways of avoiding unpleasant experience keep us from intimacy with our inner life and with each other. This talk helps us recognize these often unconscious patterns that keep us identified with a separate, threatened self, and offers guidance in saying “yes” to the life we encounter. As we release resistance, we discover the creativity, wisdom and love that express our unbound, true, nature.

Listen to accompanying meditation: Saying "Yes" to Life

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Direct download: 2018-07-25-Saying-Yes-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm EDT

Meditation: Saying Yes to Life (2018-07-25) - We are conditioned to scan for “what’s wrong" and contract our body and mind in anticipation of danger. This meditation helps us undo these primal survival habits, and frees us to inhabit the full aliveness, creativity and love our natural being.

Direct download: 2018-07-25-Meditation-Saying-Yes-to-Life.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

What Is It Like Being You? (2018-07-18) - Compassion is hard wired in our organism, and can be cultivated. This talk helps us identify the blocks to compassion—our outmoded survival equipment—and using RAIN, offers practical guidance in mindfully attuning to others' emotional experience and awakening our natural tenderness and care. This talk includes a short introduction to the meditation: The RAIN of Compassion.

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Direct download: 2018-07-18-What-Is-It-Like-Being-You-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT

This meditation invites relaxation and ease. We begin with a long deep breathing that helps calm the body and mind. Then we release tensions that might be held in the body, and settle our attention in a receptive way with the breath. The intention is to discover the relaxed wakefulness that expresses our natural being.

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Direct download: 2018-07-18-Meditation-Breath-by-Breath-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

From Human Doing to Human Being (2018-07-11) - Like Sisyphus eternally pushing the boulder up the hill, we can spend many moments busily trying to manage our life. This two-part talk explores how we can awaken from our non-stop doing, including the incessant inner narrative, and discover the mystery, love and freedom that arises in Being.

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Direct download: 2018-07-11-Pt2-Human-Doing-Human-Being-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:01pm EDT

Meditation: Natural, Open Awareness (2018-07-11) - When we are stressed, our attention narrows and fixates, often into obsessive thinking, worry and judgment. This meditation relaxes and opens the mind, first by a body scan and a “smile down,” and then by including all changing experience in a spacious awareness. As our attention shifts from mind objects like sensation and sound to the space of awareness itself, we discover the Beingness that is our formless home.

Direct download: 2018-07-11-Meditation-Natural-Open-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

Skeleton Woman: Embracing This Living and Dying World - (A favorite from the archives) Based on a wonderful myth told by Clarissa Estes, this talk looks at the way we run from “lady death” and the blessings of opening our arms and heart. If we can embrace the whole of our nature with unconditional presence – including the inevitability of change and loss–we discover deep wisdom and enduring love.

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: 2018-07-04-Skeleton-Woman-2009-10-07-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm 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.

Direct download: 2018-07-04-Meditation-Blessings-of-Love-TaraBrach-2016-02-24.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:19pm EDT

Evolving Beyond “Unreal Othering" (2018-06-27) - What motivates us - as individuals and as a society - to build walls and knowingly hurt others? This talk explores the evolutionary roots of “unreal othering” and how when we are hijacked by fear, it can take over and disconnect us from the very real suffering of others. We then look at how meditative strategies awaken us from othering, and reveal our intrinsic belonging. Finally, we apply this to our own lives in a reflection that helps us respond to someone we have turned into “unreal other” with compassion and wisdom.

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: 2018-06-27-Evolving-Past-Unreal-Othering-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

Meditation: Opening to the Waves (2018-06-27) - When we are lost in thought, we lose touch with the aliveness and awareness that is always here. This meditation guides us with a mindful body scan to open to our senses, then to sound and all waves of aliveness. From that open presence we end with a loving kindness prayer.

Direct download: 2018-06-27-Meditation-Opening-to-the-Waves-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

Landlocked in Fur – Three Domains of Formless Presence (Retreat Talk) - While we have evolved to experience a defining sense of separate self, our potential is to awaken to the formless dimension – the pure awareness is our shared source. This talk explores how we can undo the identification with thoughts, emotions and feelings that keeps us landlocked and unable to trust and live from our naturally loving and radiant essence. (a favorite from the archives - given at the 2014 IMCW New Year’s Retreat in Reisterstown, MD)

Poem at start of talk: “Landlocked in Fur” – by Tukaram. From: “Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West” (Ladinksy, 2002)


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