Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You (2020-02-19) - We begin with a body scan, open to sounds and to listening to and feeling the moment. From spacious awareness the practice is simply to recognize and allow the changing flow of life. The meditation ends with the poem, “Hokusai Says,” by Roger Keyes.

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Facing Fear (Part 1) - Awakening Your Fearless Heart - Fear is a natural and universal part of our incarnation, and, when it goes on overdrive, we get imprisoned in the suffering of separation. These two talks explore how the RAIN meditation can help us face fear, and discover the boundless loving awareness that includes but is not contracted by currents of fear.

Direct download: 2020-02-12-Facing-Fear-Pt1-Awakening-Your-Fearless-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:11pm EST

Meditation: Open-Hearted Presence (2020-02-12) - This meditation establishes a kind attention by bringing the imagery and felt sense of a smile into the body scan, and then with the breath as a home base, opens the attention to changing experience. We end with a brief loving kindness reflection.

Direct download: 2020-02-12-Meditation-Open-Hearted-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:59pm EST

Embodied Presence (Part 2) - Planting our Roots in the Universe - Working with Pain (2020-02-05) - In describing our human predicament and dis-ease, D.H. Lawrence says we are like a great tree with our roots in the air. We need to replant ourselves—in our bodies, hearts and spirit. These two talks are guides to replanting ourselves. In Part 1, we explore how we are so often dissociated from the life of our body, and the pathways home. Part 2 looks at the challenges of pain, fear and trauma, and how we can gradually and skillfully reconnect with a wholeness of being.

Direct download: 2020-02-05-Pt2-Embodied-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:48pm EST

Meditation: A Listening Presence (2020-02-05) - The receptivity of listening awakens us to the living stream of life. This meditation guides us in listening to sounds, and then listening to and feeling the aliveness of our bodies and the movement of the breath. We close with a simple offering of lovingkindness to our inner life and our world.

Direct download: 2020-02-05-Meditation-A-Listening-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:24pm EST

Being Truthful - How Honesty Nourishes Love - 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 (from the 2017 archives).


Guided Heart Meditation: Releasing Blame (retreat) (2019-12-30) - Our self-protective habits of resentment and blame block intimacy and connection with ourself and others. This short talk and meditation are an invitation to deepen our understanding of the suffering of blame, and to release the armoring to loving freely. (recorded at the IMCW 2019 New Year's 5-day Silent Retreat)


Part 1: Embodied Presence - Planting our Roots in the Universe (2020-01-22) - In describing our human predicament and dis-ease, D.H. Lawrence says we are like a great tree with our roots in the air. We need to replant ourselves—in our bodies, hearts and spirit. These two talks are guides to replanting ourselves. In Part 1, we explore how we are so often dissociated from the life of our body, and the pathways home. Part 2 looks at the challenges of pain, fear and trauma, and how we can gradually and skillfully reconnect with a wholeness of being.

Direct download: 2020-01-22-Pt1-Embodied-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

Meditation: Portal to Sacred Presence - This meditation includes a full body scan, and then opens the senses to all experience, allowing life to be just as it is. Awakening to the life of our body reveals the mysterious formless presence that is our source. We close with a poem from Danna Faulds, Trusting Prana.

Direct download: 2020-01-22-Meditation-Portal-to-Sacred-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:21pm EST

Shifting From Limbic to Liberating Intention (2020-01-15) - Becoming conscious of our intentions is the first step to truly aligning our life with our heart. This talk explores identifying when we are being driven by grasping and fear, and ways we can bring compassion to unmet needs and discover the deeper longing - the liberating intention - that guides us to freedom.

Direct download: 2020-01-15-Shifting-from-Limbic-to-Liberating-Intention-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:11pm EST

Meditation: Coming Home with the Breath - This guided practice has a short period of relaxing the body, and establishes the breath as a home base for attention. We practice arriving again and again, deepening the pathway of homecoming. The meditation ends with lovingkindness for ourselves and our world.

Direct download: 2020-01-15-Meditation-Coming-Home-with-the-Breath-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

The Three Refuges - Gateways to Belonging and Freedom (2020-01-08) - We all need ways to guide our attention that allow us to find wisdom, love and freedom in the midst of our lives. This talk reviews three archetypal gateways—Buddha/awareness, Dharma/truth, and Sangha/loving community. Through teachings, guided meditations and a traditional refuge ritual, we engage together in bringing alive these pathways to healing and peace. (Note: Includes Refuges string tying ceremony and chanting the Refuges at end)

Direct download: 2020-01-08-The-Three-Refuges-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm EST

Meditation: Relaxed and Awake - This guided meditation helps us find ease and wakefulness in our body and mind. With the breath as our home base, we offer a gentle and full attention to the changing waves. We close with a beautiful poem, “Walk Slowly,” by Danna Faulds.

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Direct download: 2020-01-08-Meditation-Relaxed-Awake_-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

The Power of Awake Awareness (retreat talk) (2019-12-28) - We all encounter “demons” of fear, anger, hurt, craving and shame. This talk explores our key ways of resisting difficult emotions, and how “when the resistance is gone, the demons are gone.” We look at the power of mindfulness and compassion to undo resistance, and open us to the loving presence that can handle whatever energies arise. This special talk was given at the 2019 IMCW 5-Day New Year’s Silent Retreat.

Direct download: 2019-12-28-Power-of-Awake-Awareness-retreat-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 6:21pm EST

Introductory Meditation Instructions - Guided Practice from Retreat - This guided session includes an overview of the primary components in meditation practices, and then guidance in awakening the senses, collecting the attention, and opening mindfully to changing experience.

Direct download: 2019-12-29-Introductory-Meditation-Instructions-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:54pm EST

This meditation explores the meaning of forgiveness and its role in healing and transformation. We then are guided in a forgiveness practice that helps us release the armoring of blame, and inhabit an inclusive and open heart (from the 2019 Fall IMCW 7-day Silent Retreat).

Direct download: 2019-11-07-Short-Talk-Heart-Meditation-Releasing-Blame-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 10:37am EST

Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk) - When we are suffering, we are believing something untrue - usually a limiting story about who we are. This talk explores the roots of our self-doubts, and the teachings and practices that remind us of our basic goodness - the loving awareness that is our source.

Direct download: 2019-11-06-Trusting-Who-We-Are-Retreat-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 6:54pm EST

Short Talk and Guided Heart Meditation - Loving Kindness - Befriending our Lives (2019-11-02) - This short talk and meditation introduces the domain of “heart practices” and then guides us in how to cultivate a deep quality of friendliness in relating to our inner life and each other. The gift of this practice is a direct sense of belonging - knowing that we can never be alone (from the Fall 2019 IMCW 7-Day Silent Retreat).

Direct download: 2019-11-02-Guided-Heart-Meditation-Loving-Kindness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:29pm EST

Radical Compassion - Part 3 - Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing (2019-12-18) - Drawn from Tara's new book, Radical Compassion (2020), these three talks explore how the RAIN practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) awakens the active, embodied caring that heals and frees our hearts.
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Direct download: 2019-12-18-Radical-Compassion-Pt3-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EST

A Brief Meditation: Gathering and Arriving in Presence (2019-12-18) - A brief meditation to gather the attention, loosen and soften the body, sense your intention for being here, and to feel the quality of presence of an awakening heart.

Direct download: 2019-12-18-Brief-Meditation-Gathering-and-Arriving-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:39pm EST

Radical Compassion - Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing – Parts 1, 2, 3 - Drawn from Tara’s new book, Radical Compassion (2020), these three talks explore how the RAIN practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) awakens the active, embodied caring that heals and frees our hearts.

Check www.tarabrach.com for more information on Tara's new book, Radical Compassion.

Direct download: 2019-12-11-Radical-Compassion-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:09pm EST

Meditation: Surrender into Living Presence - In this guided meditation we begin with a body scan, and rest in awareness with our senses awake. The key practice is to recognize when the mind immerses in virtual reality, reawaken our senses, and surrender again and again into the immediacy, vibrance and mystery of living presence.

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Direct download: 2019-12-11-Meditation-Surrender-Living-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:23pm EST

Radical Compassion - Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing – Parts 1, 2, 3 - Drawn from Tara’s new book, Radical Compassion (2020), these three talks explore how the RAIN practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) awakens the active, embodied caring that heals and frees our hearts.

Check www.tarabrach.com for more information on Tara's new book, Radical Compassion.

Direct download: 2019-12-04-Radical-Compassion-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EST

Meditation: Cultivating a Gentle, Kind Attention - This meditation calls on the image and felt sense of a smile as we scan through the body, and invites a receptive and caring presence, as we open our attention to the changing flow of life. 

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Direct download: 2019-12-04-Meditation-Cultivating-Kind-Attention-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:28pm EST

Gratitude: Entering Sacred Relationship - Gratitude arises when we are in sacred relationship with life—present, open and receptive. This talk explores how central gratitude is to our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and then looks at the ways we can directly gladden our minds with gratitude. We end with a guided meditation that includes sharings from the group, and a poem of blessing by John O’Donohue with a brief cut from Robert Gass - Om Namaha Shivaya.

Direct download: 2019-11-27-Gratitude-Entering-Sacred-Relationship-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:44pm EST

Meditation: Being Here - This guided meditation is an invitation to rest in Hereness—the immediacy and aliveness of full presence. We arrive and quiet with a conscious long deep breath, relax our bodies, awaken our senses, and then bring our attention to relaxing with our moment-to-moment experience. The poem ends with a beautiful poem called “Interlude” by poet Danna Faulds.

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Direct download: 2019-11-27-Meditation-Being-Here-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:07pm EST

Listening to the Song - Part 2 (2019-11-20) - Listening is our gateway to intimacy with our inner life, each other, our earth and spirit. These two talks look at the ways that listening gets blocked and the teachings and practices that help us cultivate the gift of a deep and healing listening presence.

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Direct download: 2019-11-20-Pt2-Listening-to-the-Song-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm EST

Meditation: Coming Home to Natural Presence (2019-11-20) - This meditation awakens our senses through a body scan and listening to sound, and then invites us to rest in the presence that spontaneously knows the changing stream of experience. Relaxing back and letting everything be just as it is, reveals the natural presence that is our true home.

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Direct download: 2019-11-20-Meditation-Coming-Home-Natural-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:24am EST

Meditation: The RAIN of Compassion (30 min) -

The acronym RAIN (Recognize-Allow-Investigate-Nurture) is one of the most powerful tools I know for working with difficult emotions and discovering the freedom of an awake, compassionate presence.

The 4-steps of RAIN are:

  • Recognize what is happening;
  • Allow the experience to be there, just as it is;
  • Investigate with interest and care;
  • Nurture with self-compassion.

In the moments “After the RAIN,” it’s important to simply notice your own presence and rest in that open, tender space of awareness. When we are no longer identified with passing states like fear or anger, we begin to realize the vastness and mystery of our natural Being.

Direct download: 2015-12-29-Meditation-RAIN-of-Compassion-30min-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

Meditation: Calling on Loving Presence -

Often, when we’re really struggling, the only way to find compassion for ourselves is by reaching out towards a loving awareness that is great enough to offer comfort and safety to our wounded self.

When we feel held by a caring presence, by something larger than our small frightened self, we begin to find space in our heart for the difficult currents of our life, and for the lives of others. The suffering that might have seemed “too much” can now awaken us to the sweetness of compassion.

Direct download: 2013-10-24-Calling-on-Loving_Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 1:58pm EST

Listening to the Song - Part 1 (2019-11-13) - Listening is our gateway to intimacy with our inner life, each other, our earth and spirit. These two talks look at the ways that listening gets blocked and the teachings and practices that help us cultivate the gift of a deep and healing listening presence.

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Direct download: 2019-11-13-Pt1-Listening-to-the-Song-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm EST

Meditation - The Silence that is Listening (2013-11-13) - Listening to sound is opens up to the space of pure being. In this guided practice we begin by awakening through the body, and then explore listening to sounds and silence, and to inhabiting the receptive presence that is listening, awareness itself.

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Direct download: 2019-11-13-Meditation-Silence-Listening-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:26pm EST

Judgment, Acceptance and Freedom (Retreat Talk) - The boundary to what we accept is the boundary to our freedom. This talk explores the often unconscious ways we create separation by judging ourselves and others, and the key pathways of meditation practice that release the habit of blame and free our hearts.

(This talk was given on Sunday evening, November 3, at the 2019 IMCW Fall Retreat in Reisterstown, MD.)

Direct download: 2019-11-03-Judgment-Acceptance-and-Freedom-Retreat-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 6:49pm EST

Short Talk and Meditation: Saying Yes to Our Life - Our habitual ways of avoiding pain keep us from experiencing intimacy with our inner life and with each other. This short talk and guided meditation offers instruction in saying “yes” to the life we encounter. As we release resistance, we discover the creativity, wisdom and love that express our truest nature.


Anger: Responding, Not Reacting - 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 (a favorite from the archives).

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

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Direct download: 2019-10-30-Anger-Responding-Not-Reacting-TaraBrach-IT-2017-10-25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:20pm EST

Meditating with RAIN - Working with Difficult Emotions - This guided practice applies mindfulness and self-compassion to challenging emotions. It is based on the acronym RAIN, and provides a four step practice that is accessible and effective, even at those times when mindfulness is most difficult to remember.

The acronym RAIN is one of the most powerful tools I know for working with difficult emotions and discovering the freedom of an awake, compassionate presence.

Direct download: 2017-01-11-Meditating-with-RAIN-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 1:03am EST

Guided Meditation: Letting Go – 9 Magic Breaths (2019-07-19) - This guided practice includes taking a pause from all activity, and following the inflow and outflow of nine conscious breaths. We then relax and settle into greater and greater ease and well-being. Continuing as long as desired, we then explore re-entering activity with a relaxed and open attention.

Direct download: 2019-07-19-Nine-Magic-Breaths.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

Belonging to Each Other – Part 3 of 3 - Mother Teresa writes that if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. These three talks explore the causes for severed belonging, and pathways to deepening the felt sense of belonging to our own body, heart and spirit, and to all beings. Together the talks offer a natural and powerful progression of lovingkindness or metta reflections, that when practiced regularly can open us to the peace, joy and freedom of trusting our mutual belonging.

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Direct download: 2019-10-23-Belonging-to-Each-Other-Pt3-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:12pm EST

Meditation: Awake and Alive - This guided practice includes a body scan, and an opening to the awareness that includes all of life. From that wakeful openness we offer a relaxed attentiveness to the changing flow, and end with loving kindness to ourselves and our world.

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Direct download: 2019-10-23-Meditation-Awake-and-Alive-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:48pm EST

Reflection: RAIN on Blame - When we are stuck in blame or resentment we are in a trance - the other person becomes an unreal bad other, and our own sense of being contracts into a victimized self, an angry self, a righteous self. This practice guides us in bringing mindfulness and compassion to our inner experience, and then to viewing the other with a more open and clear heart.  By awakening from the trance of blame, we are able to respond with intelligence and care to the unmet needs that underlie all conflict.

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Direct download: 2019-10-16-Reflection-RAIN-on-Blame-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:07pm EST

Belonging to Each Other – Part 2 of 3 (2019-10-16) - Mother Teresa writes that if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. These three talks explore the causes for severed belonging, and pathways to deepening the felt sense of belonging to our own body, heart and spirit, and to all beings. Together the talks offer a natural and powerful progression of lovingkindness or metta reflections, that when practiced regularly can open us to the peace, joy and freedom of trusting our mutual belonging.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-10-16-Belonging-to-Each-Other-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:24pm EST

Meditation: Vast and Timeless Presence - The pathway to inhabiting our full presence is including, with mindfulness all parts of experience. This guided meditation explores how we can open, without resistance to the changing flow of sensations, feelings, thoughts and sounds, and discover the boundless awareness that is our true home.

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Direct download: 2019-10-16-Meditation-Vast-and-Timeless-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:46pm EST

Belonging to Each Other - Part 1 (2019-10-09) - Mother Teresa writes that if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. These two talks explore the causes for severed belonging, and pathways to deepening the felt sense of belonging to our own body, heart and spirit, and to all beings. Together the talks offer a natural and powerful progression of lovingkindness or metta reflections, that when practiced regularly can open us to the peace, joy and freedom of trusting our mutual belonging.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2019-10-09-Belonging-to-Each-Other-PT1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:40pm EST

Meditation: Relaxed and Alert - This meditation begins with a period of relaxing and collecting our attention with intentional long deep breathing. We then deepen embodied presence, and widen to the awareness that includes sounds, sensations, feelings, breath, and all experience. When the mind drifts from this open, awake awareness, we gently return, re-relaxing and resting in an easeful, alert presence. Recorded at Tara's Wednesday night class, the meditation includes chanting of OM’s and ends with a sense of melting into community.

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Direct download: 2019-10-09-Meditation-Relaxed-and-Alert-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:02pm EST

Spiritual Hope: Trusting Your Awakening Heart - Our beliefs and understandings about reality directly impact our moment to moment experience of living. If we believe we will never change, that blocks the transformation that brings happiness and freedom. If we trust our spiritual unfolding and are open to possibility, that guides our attention and behaviors in ways that evolve us. This talk explores how to nurture mature, spiritual hope—hope that is sourced in trusting our intrinsic goodness, and our capacity for deepening love and wisdom.

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Direct download: 2019-10-02-Spiritual-Hope-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

Meditation: Relaxing into Awake Awareness - We realize our true nature by relaxing back into what is always, already here. Starting by scanning and opening through the body, we explore resting in the awareness that includes sounds, sensations and all of life. The guidance is, when we recognize thoughts, to simply relax back, and allow life to be just as it is.

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


Meditation: A Healing, Relaxing Breath - This meditation guides us in collecting attention with an intentional long deep even 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).

Direct download: 2019-09-25-Meditation-A-Healing-Breath-2015-10-28-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:55pm EST

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

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Direct download: 2019-09-18-True-Happiness-Realizing-Well-Being-2015-04-15-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm EST

Reflection: Pausing and Deepening Attention in the Face of Attachment - In this short reflection, we 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. Listen to the full talk, "The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions," at www.tarabrach.com - July 29, 2015.

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The Gift of Silence: Quieting the Mind - 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 the archives).

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Direct download: 2019-09-11-The-Gift-of-Silence-2007-09-26-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm EST

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.

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


Befriending Irene - While Tara is away, this talk is from 2011 after Hurricane Irene hit us with fury. Dorian is now leaving its destruction behind, just as we work with our stormy weather within.

Whether you face chronic anxiety or more violent storms of fear and anger, you can cultivate the wings of freedom–the mindfulness and compassion–that free you. This talk explores how the habit of being reactive causes us suffering and the ways these tools of meditation can be applied to the inner weather systems that most challenge us.

The flute meditation at the end of the talk is given by Akal Dev.

Direct download: 2019-09-04-Befriending-Irene-2011-08-31-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:27pm EST

Meditation: The 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. (a favorite from the archives)

Direct download: 2019-09-04-Meditation-Blessings-of-Love-TaraBrach-2016-02-24.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:26pm EST

Earth’s Crisis: On the Edge of the Roof - This talk was given in 2015, yet it is as timely as ever. It 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 (from the archives).

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Direct download: 2019-08-28-Earths-Crisis-On-the-Edge-of-the-Roof-2014-09-17-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm EST

Meditation: Discovering Inner Space - By imagining the space inside the body, we discover the continuous space of awareness that is the source and essence of all aliveness. This meditation is adapted from Open Focus Meditations led by Les Fehmi, Ph.D. in The Open Focus Brain.

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Good Othering - Helping Each Other Trust the Gold (2019-08-21) - One of the great gifts we can offer is being a mirror of goodness, reminding one another that we can trust our essential awareness, light and love. Because our conditioning is to fixate on flaws, "good othering" takes intention and practice. This talk explores how we can develop the habit of seeing goodness, and importantly, learn to communicate our appreciation and love to others.

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Direct download: 2019-08-21-Good-Othering-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

Meditation: The Sea of Awareness (2019-08-21) - We begin this meditation with awakening to the aliveness in our body, using the imagery of a smile, and a body scan. Then we are guided to sense the vastness of awareness and to rest in that open wakefulness, allowing the changing thoughts, sounds, sensations and feelings to come and go. When we let life be just as it is, we become a sea of awareness that includes all the waves.

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Direct download: 2019-08-21-Meditation-Sea-of-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:31pm EST

Meditation for Fertility (2019-08-19) - We can enhance our fertility by becoming more relaxed, open and welcoming of this ever creative life. We begin by connecting with the purity and sincerity of our prayer. Then this meditation guides us to awaken our bodies, open our hearts, and become a healthy channel for this living universe…receptive and loving toward whatever might unfold through us.

Direct download: 2019-08-15-Meditation-for-Fertility-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:07pm EST

Part 2 - The Answer is Love: Evolving out of "Bad Other" (2019-08-14) - These two talks address the inquiry: How do we awaken from the contempt and hatred that causes so much suffering in our world? The first talk looks at how we can use the practices of mindfulness and compassion to decondition our habits of self-blame and self-hatred, as well as the importance of helping each other defuse the trance of unworthiness. The second talk extends the use of these practices to situations where we’ve locked into external “bad othering.” These times need our deepened dedication to love: By intentionally arousing compassion for ourselves and others, we directly contribute to the evolution of consciousness in our world.

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Direct download: 2019-08-14-Pt2-Answer-is-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EST

Meditation: Everything Belongs (2019-08-14) - This guided meditation awakens an embodied presence through a body scan, and invites us to rest in the breath, while allowing the different waves of sensations, feelings and sounds to come and go. When difficult experiences arise, we breathe with them, feeling them fully and mentally whispering, “this belongs,” or “this too." By not resisting, we discover the sea of awareness that has room for all the waves. 

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Direct download: 2019-08-14-Meditation-Everything-Belongs-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:51pm EST

Part 1 - The Answer is Love: Evolving out of "Bad Other"(2019-08-07) - These two talks address the inquiry: How do we awaken from the contempt and hatred that causes so much suffering in our world? The first talk looks at how we can use the practices of mindfulness and compassion to decondition our habits of self-blame and self-hatred, as well as the importance of helping each other defuse the trance of unworthiness. The second talk extends the use of these practices to situations where we’ve locked into external “bad othering.” These times need our deepened dedication to love: By intentionally arousing compassion for ourselves and others, we directly contribute to the evolution of consciousness in our world.

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Direct download: 2019-08-07-Pt1-Answer-is-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:41pm EST

Meditation: Cultivating a Kind Attention (2019-08-07) - Using the image and felt sense of a smile, we scan through the body, and awaken a sense of aliveness, presence and tenderness. The practice then extends to mindfully include all sounds, sensations, and feelings; and when difficult experience arises, to intentionally offer care. We close with an offering of loving kindness to our own being, to others who are suffering and to all life everywhere.

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Direct download: 2019-08-07-Meditation-Cultivating-a-Kind-Attention-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:37pm EST

Longing to Belong - Spiritual practice reveals our belonging through bringing presence to three gateways: the aliveness of the present moment, loving relatedness, and the openness and lucidity of awareness itself. This talk includes guided meditations in exploring each gateway. It ends with the community chanting of Om, a mantra of connectedness - an expression of belonging.

NOTE: a talk from the archives 2009-12-09 reflecting on the "Three Refuges."

Direct download: 2019-07-31-Longing-to-Belong-2009-12-09-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

Vipassana or Insight Meditation and Instruction: from Day 4 on Retreat (2019-05-07) - 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.

NOTE: this is an instruction and meditation given in the morning of Day 4 at the IMCW Spring 2019 7-day silent retreat.

Direct download: 2019-05-07-Morning-Meditation-Retreat-Day4-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 2 (2017-07-24) - Cultivating a surrendering presence allows us to release the identity of a small, separate self, and open to the truth and fullness of who we are. These two talks explore misunderstandings about surrender (such as the fear that we will become passive or condone injustice) and the practices that create the grounds for surrender, emotional healing, transformational activism and spiritual freedom.

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Direct download: 2019-07-24-Path-of-Spiritual-Surrender-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:07pm EST

Meditation: Letting go (2019-07-24) - One way of understanding meditation is a letting go of the habitual clenching of thoughts, the clenching that resists emotions and pulls away from aliveness itself. This meditation guides us in letting go, first through the body, and then practicing letting go of thoughts and relaxing and resting in the changing flow of experience. The blessing of letting go is a homecoming into the truth and wholeness of what we are, a realization of reality, and freedom.

Direct download: 2019-07-24-Meditation-Letting-Go-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:03pm EST

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

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

Direct download: 2019-07-17-Desire-A-Current-of-Homecoming-2015-12-09-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EST

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

Direct download: 2019-07-17-Meditation-Vipassana-20min-2016-11-23-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:30pm EST

The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 1 (2019-07-10) - Cultivating a surrendering presence allows us to release the identity of a small, separate self, and open to the truth and fullness of who we are. These two talks explore misunderstandings about surrender (such as the fear that we will become passive or condone injustice) and the practices that create the grounds for surrender, emotional healing, transformational activism and spiritual freedom.

"Don't turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That's where the light enters you.” ~ Rumi

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Direct download: 2019-07-10-Path-of-Spiritual-Surrender-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm EST

Meditation: Befriending Your Inner Life (2019-07-10) - This meditation establishes a gentle and caring presence through bringing the image and felt sense of a smile to various domains in the body. We then settle with the breath, and practice relaxing with whatever arises, letting life be just as it is. The underlying intention is to regard all experience with a clear, interested and friendly attention, and the gift is a homecoming to our naturally loving presence.

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Direct download: 2019-07-10-Meditation-Befriending-Your-Inner-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:57pm EST

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

"Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground." ~ Rumi

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Direct download: 2019-07-03-Pt2-How-Hope-Can-Heal-and-Free-Us-2016-08-17-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:07pm EST

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

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

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Direct download: 2019-06-26-Pt1-How-Hope-Can-Heal-and-Free-Us-2016-08-10-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm EST

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

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The Courage to Love - Part 2 (2019-06-19) - The gateway to full intimacy and love is our capacity to open to vulnerability. These two talks look at our ways of avoiding vulnerability, and offer guidance in learning to contact and transform our fears into awake and loving presence.

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Direct download: 2019-06-19-Pt2-Courage-to-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm EST

Meditation: Wakeful, Open Awareness (2019-06-19) - When we awaken our senses, we can sense in the background a wakeful openness that is our true home. This meditation guides us by first attending to the space, aliveness and awareness that fills the body, and then by sensing how interior and exterior space is continuous, and suffused with the light of awareness.

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Direct download: 2019-06-19-Meditation-Wakeful-Open-Awareness.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:26pm EST

The Courage to Love - Part 1 (2019-06-12) - The gateway to full intimacy and love is our capacity to open to vulnerability. These two talks look at our ways of avoiding vulnerability, and offer guidance in learning to contact and transform our fears into awake and loving presence.

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Direct download: 2019-06-12-Courage-to-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:53pm EST

Meditation: Effortless and Wakeful Presence (2019-06-12) - Striving in meditation only creates more tension in our psyche and a solidified sense of self. This meditation invites us to awaken our senses and relax back into the presence that is always and already here. From presence we spontaneously notice and allow the changing flow of experience, and sense the openness and wakefulness of our natural awareness.

Direct download: 2019-06-12-Meditation-Effortless-Wakeful-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:24pm EST

An Appropriate Response: Living from an Awake Heart (2019-06-05) - Much of our suffering comes from reacting to stressful situations with fear or aggression, rather than responding with wisdom and care. This talk explores the pathway of shifting from reacting to responding: this includes learning to pause, awakening the wings of mindfulness and kindness, and reconnecting with our deepest intention. 

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Direct download: 2019-06-05-An-Appropriate-Response-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm EST

Meditation - Breath by Breath: Relaxing with Our Life (2019-06-05) - The breath can be a powerful portal to presence. This meditation guides us in relaxing with the breath, including the breath in a body scan, and then allowing the breath to serve as an anchor when the mind gets lost in thoughts. As we settle with the breath as a home base, we find we can then open to the changing waves of experience with increasing balance, clarity and ease.

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Direct download: 2019-06-05-Meditation-Breath-by-Breath-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:09pm EST

Part 3 - Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame (2019-05-29) - 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 1 focuses on chronic self-judgment; Part 2 on the places of deep self-condemnation, and Part 3 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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Direct download: 2019-05-29-Pt3-Forgiveness-Releasing-from-Aversive-Blame-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

Meditation: Opening to Life (2019-05-29) - This guided meditation includes a mindful body scan, and awakening all our senses to our moment to moment experience. We relax open to the presence that is unobscured by thoughts, letting life be just as it is. 

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Direct download: 2019-05-29-Meditation-Opening-to-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:39pm EST

Trusting the Gold (retreat talk) (2019-05-08) - This talk looks at how our upbringing and culture lead us to mistrust who we are and become identified as a separate, deficient self.  We then explore the practices of presence and self-inquiry that turn us toward the openness, tenderness and wakefulness of our Being. Our trust grows as we increasingly glimpse, embody and live from our natural Being.
NOTE: this talk is from the Spring 2019 IMCW 7-day Silent Retreat.

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Direct download: 2019-05-08-Trusting-the-Gold-retreat-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 6:37pm EST

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.

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

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 EST

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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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 EST

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.”

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

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.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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

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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Direct download: 2019-04-17-Meditation-Sea-of-Loving-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:46pm EST

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

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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Direct download: 2019-04-10-Meditation-Letting-Life-Be-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:42pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST