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

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

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)


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)


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

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

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).


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)


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

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

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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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2018-07-18-What-Is-It-Like-Being-You-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:12pm 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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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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


From Human Doing to Human Being (2018-05-30) - 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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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2018-05-30-Human-Doing-Human-Being-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm EDT

Seeing Basic Goodness - Part 2 (2018-05-23) - Most of us long to trust our goodness, but get caught in stories of deficiency and striving to affirm we’re ok. These talks look at the block to realizing the loving awareness that is our essence, and the practices that help us see this essential goodness - in ourselves, dear ones and in those we might habitually consider different or “other.” Both talks include reflections that can help us appreciate the basic goodness that lives through these precious, changing forms.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2018-05-23-Pt2-Seeing-Basic-Goodness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

Seeing Basic Goodness - Part 1 (2018-05-16) - Most of us long to trust our goodness, but get caught in stories of deficiency and striving to affirm we’re ok. These talks look at the block to realizing the loving awareness that is our essence, and the practices that help us see this essential goodness - in ourselves, dear ones and in those we might habitually consider different or “other.” Both talks include reflections that can help us appreciate the basic goodness that lives through these precious, changing forms.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2018-05-16-Pt1-Seeing-Basic-Goodness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EDT

Eating Addiction: How Meditation Helps Free Us (2018-05-09) - Buddhist psychology views clinging as the source of suffering, and one of the great domains of clinging is compulsive overeating. For most of us the causes and conditions for compulsive overeating existed before we were born, during our early childhood, and in our surrounding society. We begin to release shame and self-aversion by realizing we are not alone in this suffering; and eating addiction is not “our fault.” The talk includes an exploration of how, through RAIN, we can bring mindfulness and self-compassion to compulsive eating, giving us more choice in our behavior. Ultimately we discover that this deep prison of suffering can become a portal to realizing the freedom our true nature.

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Direct download: 2018-05-09-Eating_Addiction-Meditation-Helps-Free-Us-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

Responding to Change with a Wise Heart (2018-04-25) - An intrinsic part of spiritual life is facing the truth of impermanence. When we open to the changing flow without resistance, we naturally cherish this passing life, and realize the timeless, changeless awareness that is our true home. Yet we are conditioned to grasp on to the passing pleasures (and all that we love) and resist the inevitable arising of stress and unpleasant experience. This talk includes teachings and guided reflections that help us identify the ways we are reacting to major changes in our life. We explore how to shift from reacting to meeting impermanence with an allowing presence, and then responding to our circumstances with wisdom and compassion.

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Direct download: 2018-04-25-Responding-Change-Wise-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Listening with an Awake Heart - Part 2 (2018-04-18) - Deep listening - to our inner life, each other and our world - is an intrinsic expression of our awakened heart. Yet because we have strong conditioning to be caught in wants and fears, there is often much interference in the field of communications. These two talks are an opportunity to intentionally deepen your capacity to listen in a way that leads to increased understanding and connection. You’ll have the opportunity to investigate what gets between you and deep listening, and to practice the key elements that nurture receptive presence. The second talk includes questions and responses that focus on having an agenda instead of listening, the feeling that we don’t have enough time, listening when we feel reactive (hurt, defensive, intimidated, angry) and the need to feel heard.

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Direct download: 2018-04-18-Pt2-Listening-with-Awake-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

Listening with an Awake Heart - Part 1 (2018-04-11) - Deep listening - to our inner life, each other and our world - is an intrinsic expression of our awakened heart. Yet because we have strong conditioning to be caught in wants and fears, there is often much interference in the field of communications. These two talks are an opportunity to intentionally deepen your capacity to listen in a way that leads to increased understanding and connection. You’ll have the opportunity to investigate what gets between you and deep listening, and to practice the key elements that nurture receptive presence.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2018-04-11-Pt1-Listening-with-Awake-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm EDT

From Head to Heart (2018-04-04) - If we are suffering, we are believing an interpretation of reality that is limiting and untrue. At these times we are imprisoned in a painful looping of fear-driven thoughts and feelings. This talk explores the ways our practices of mindfulness, compassion and loving presence can guide us from addictive thinking to perceiving life with a wise heart.

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Direct download: 2018-04-04-From-Head-to-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

Namaste: Seeing the Truth of Who We Are (2018-03-28) - A gift of evolving consciousness is the capacity to recognize and honor the sacred awareness that lives through our own and all beings. This capacity is blocked by our identification with our “mask” or ego self, and not seeing past other people’s masks. In this talk we reflect together on some key filters of superior/inferior and good/bad that shape the trance of a narrowed identity, and then explore how mindfulness and kindness free us to inhabit the vastness of our natural awareness. We close with tasting the possibility of bringing the spirit of Namaste to ourselves, others and all beings.

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Direct download: 2018-03-28-Namaste-Seeing-the-Truth-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk) - (2017-12-30) - The sign of spiritual freedom is a deep trust in our essential nature, and in the light of awareness that lives through all beings.  This talk explores the conditioning that entraps us in a trance of separation and believing in a limited self.  We then explore the evolutionary shift in identity that is possible as we deepen our attention and presence to the life that is here, and the loving awareness that is the source of existence.

This talk was given at the IMCW 2017 New Year's Retreat.

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Direct download: 2017-12-30-Trusting-Who-We-Are-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

Part 2 - Awakening our Body’s Awareness (2018-03-14) - Mindful awareness of our bodies is a portal to full aliveness, wisdom and love. These two classes will explore the trance that takes us away from our body, the pathways home, ways of working with pain, and the gifts of an embodied presence.

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Direct download: 2018-03-14-Pt2-Awakening-Our-Bodys-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

Part 1 - Awakening our Body’s Awareness (2018-03-07) - Mindful awareness of our bodies is a portal to full aliveness, wisdom and love. These two classes will explore the trance that takes us away from our body, the pathways home, ways of working with pain, and the gifts of an embodied presence. 

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Direct download: 2018-03-07-Pt1-Awakening-Our-Bodys-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

Part 4 - Equanimity: Present Heart - Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-28) - Equanimity unfolds as we find a wise balance and spaciousness in the midst of this living, dying world. This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings and practices that nurture their unfolding.

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Part 3 - Joy - Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-21) - Joy blossoms in the moments our hearts open boundlessly to reality, to the 10,000 joys and sorrows.

This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings and practices that nurture their unfolding.

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Direct download: 2018-02-21-pt3-Joy-Present-Heart-Universal-Expressions-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

Part 2 – Compassion - Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-14) - Compassion - the tender resonance of heart -  awakens as we allow ourselves to be touched by our shared vulnerability.

This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings and practices that nurture their unfolding.

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With gratitude and love, Tara


Part 1 ~ Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-07) ~ Lovingkindness: We awaken our natural lovingkindness by learning to attend to and take in the goodness of this life.

This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings and practices that nurture their unfolding.

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Direct download: 2018-02-07-Present-Heart-Universal-Expressions-Love-pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

Part 3 - Freedom from Othering: Undoing the Myths that Imprison Us (2018-01-31) - A primary source of our suffering is the conditioning to create “bad other,” or “inferior other.” This same conditioning leads us to creating a bad self and turn on ourselves. These three talks explore how we subscribe to societal myths and beliefs that perpetuate this “bad othering,” and “bad selfing.” They then guide us in bring a healing attention that can reveal the goodness that lives through all beings, and our innate connectedness. A core teaching is, “the boundary to who we include in our hearts is the boundary to our freedom.”

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Direct download: 2018-01-31-Pt3-Freedom-from-Othering-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:07pm EDT

Part 2 - Freedom from Othering: Undoing the Myths that Imprison Us (2018-01-24) - A primary source of our suffering is the conditioning to create “bad other,” or “inferior other.” This same conditioning leads us to creating a bad self and turn on ourselves. These two talks explore how we subscribe to societal myths and beliefs that perpetuate this “bad othering,” and “bad selfing." They then guide us in bring a healing attention that can reveal the goodness that lives through all beings, and our innate connectedness. A core teaching is, “the boundary to who we include in our hearts is the boundary to our freedom.”

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2018-01-24-Pt2-Freedom-from-Othering-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

Freedom from Othering: Undoing the Myths that Imprison Us - Part 1 - A primary source of our suffering is the conditioning to create “bad other,” or “inferior other.” This same conditioning leads us to creating a bad self and turn on ourselves. These three talks explore how we subscribe to societal myths and beliefs that perpetuate this “bad othering,” and “bad selfing." They then guide us in bring a healing attention that can reveal the goodness that lives through all beings, and our innate connectedness. A core teaching is, “the boundary to who we include in our hearts is the boundary to our freedom.”

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2018-01-17-Pt1-Freedom-from-Othering-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT

Meditation: Receiving Life with an Open Awareness (2018-01-17) - We begin with listening and then bring a receptive attention to experience the life of the body. We then open the attention to the whole field of sensations and sound, and rest in the openness and presence that includes all the changing currents of experience.

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Direct download: 2018-01-17-Mediation-Receiving-Life-with-Open-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

Winds of Homecoming: How Intention Frees our Heart (2018-01-10) - The Buddha taught that we live our lives on the tip of intention, it is the seed of our future. This talk explores the difference between “limbic” intentions driven by grasping or fear, and intentions that are the call of our awakening heart. You will learn how to identify and shift from a “limbic” to wise intention, and several different ways you can more readily and regularly access your deepest aspiration. 

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Direct download: 2018-01-10-Winds-of-Homecoming-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45pm EDT

Three Gateways to Peace and Freedom - This talk explores the three archetypal refuges of truth, love and awareness. We look at the outer and inner aspects of each refuge, and then through guided reflections and a Refuge Ritual, deepen our commitment to the pathways that awaken our minds and free our hearts.

NOTE: Includes a Refuge Ritual at the end of the talk - if you'd like to participate, you'll need some red string. We use "Classic crochet thread, size 10 in red" about 36 inches per person. Sing along - the Three Refuges chant sheet is available at www.tarabrach.com/three-gateways-peace-freedom/.

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Direct download: 2018-01-03-Three-Gateways-to-Peace-and-Freedom-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:41pm EDT

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

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

 

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO - There are two common fears that can block us from our full potential – fear of failure (FOF), and fear of missing out (FOMO). This talk explores how to meet these fears with mindful presence, and discover within them the essence energies of loving awareness and full aliveness (a favorite from the archives).

Note – This talk is dedicated to Tim Ferriss, who turned me on to the phrase FOMO. Tim exemplifies the creative aliveness of FOMO energy when it’s living through someone who’s dedicated to being awake, caring and real. (check out his podcasts, http://fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/)

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

From Dragons to Schmoos: Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence - The trance of unworthiness is sustained by our aversion to the dragons – the difficult emotions and related behaviors that are a deeply conditioned part of the human experience. In this talk we explore the awakening that is possible as we recognize our reactive patterns and instead of judgment, offer a loving and healing presence (a favorite from the archives).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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

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

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

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara


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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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

Sure Heart's Release - (a favorite from 2015) - The pathway to our awakened heart includes deep recognition of our barriers to love, and as we open, the courage to express our love. This talk includes a reflection and practice that can support us in inhabiting our full capacity for loving presence.

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

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

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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

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

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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

Being Truthful (2017-02-15)

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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

Trusting Our Awakening Heart (2017-02-08)

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

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

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

Darkness of the Womb - Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering (2017-01-25)

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

Direct download: 2017-01-25-Darkness-of-the-Womb-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT

Your Awake Heart Is Calling You (2017-01-18)

Your Awake Heart Is Calling You (2017-01-18) - As individuals and societies, we are pulled by both the insecurity of our evolutionary past, and by our awake heart, our capacity for mindfulness and compassion. This talk explores the ways we can listen to and respond to the call of our awake heart, by training ourselves to open to vulnerability - our own and others - and widen the circles of compassion.  

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2017-01-18-Your-Awake-Heart-is-Calling-You-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:41pm EDT

Dissolving Trance with RAIN (2017-01-11)

Dissolving Trance with RAIN (2017-01-11) - One of the pervasive expressions of trance is identifying with a limited and separate sense of self.  This talk contrasts the self-trance to our intrinsically open, awake and loving awareness. We then explore how the mindfulness and self-compassion in the RAIN practice can directly dissolve trance and reconnect us to our true nature.

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Direct download: 2017-01-11-Diissolving-Trance-with-RAIN-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

Refuge in Truth, Love and Awareness (2017-01-04) - The three archetypal refuges of truth, love and awareness are interweaving pathways home found in most spiritual traditions. This talk looks at our habitual pursuit of substitutes to feel happy, and reflects on how we awaken through each true refuge. The talk ends with a living ritual anyone can participate in that helps us remember these refuges as we move through our lives.

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Direct download: 2017-01-04-Refuge-in-Truth-Love-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

Tara replies to questions from retreatants.

~ from the IMCW Fall retreat

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

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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

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

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

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

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

Spiritual Reparenting (2016-12-07)

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

"How do we love ourselves into healing?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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