2015-04-20 - Retreat Talk - Loving Yourself into Freedom

2015-04-20 - Retreat Talk - Loving Yourself into Freedom - The most basic truths we forget, and one is this: if we don't love ourselves, we can't love life.  In the most basic way, attending to and embracing our inner life reveals the nature of reality. This talk looks at the genesis of self-aversions and several pathways that open us to the loving presence that is our source.

Direct download: 2015-04-20-Retreat-Talk-Loving-Yourself-into-Freedom-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

2014-12-30 - (retreat talk) Landlocked in Fur - Three Domains of Formless Presence

2014-12-30 - Retreat Talk - Landlocked in Fur - Three Domains of Formless Presence - 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. (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)

2014-08-02 - (retreat talk) Embodying Loving Presence

2014-08-02 - (retreat talk) Embodying Loving Presence - This talk looks at the evolutionary fear-patterning that creates separation in our relationships, and at the practices that open us to giving and receiving love.

Direct download: 2014-08-02-Embodying-Loving-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 9:51pm EDT

2014-10-30-Retreat Talk - Removing the Barriers to Love

2014-10-30 - Removing the Barriers to Love - In our daily trance of feeling separate, we spend many moments wanting others to be different so we can feel better. This talk explores the heart awakening that unfolds when we deepen our commitment to seeing what is happening inside us. Only then can we see another with clear eyes, and realize the love that arises from our inherent Oneness.

Direct download: 2014-10-30-RetreatTalk-Removing-the-Barriers-to-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

2014-10-26 - Retreat Talk - Sacred Fertilizer - The Portal of Fear

2014-10-26 - Retreat Talk - Sacred fertilizer - The Portal of Fear - Bringing presence to the contraction of fear is a universal part of spiritual awakening. This talk explores two interrelated pathways of opening to and transforming fear. 

Am I Dreaming? (retreat talk)

2014-05-07 - Am I Dreaming -  As we cultivate mindfulness we become increasingly aware of how we move through huge swaths of our life in trance. This talk reflects on three key domains of trance, and undoing the habitual reactivity that keeps us from the loving, open awareness that is our essence.

Direct download: 2014-05-07-Am-I-Dreaming--Retreat-Talk-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 6:08pm EDT

Awakening from Virtual Reality (retreat talk)

2009-05-02 - Awakening from Virtual Reality - This talk examines how we get stuck in identifying as a separate, deficient self, and the way that a deep attention frees us from trance.

"The invitation of the Path is that we can wake up out of our stories of limitation and blame. We can listen to and touch the longing in us that really wants to love without holding back and live from freedom. And we can then look at what's true within us so deeply that we discover the very awake, empty presence that is our essence. And we can live from that so that our lives become an expression of that realization. An expression of loving presence."

Direct download: 2009-05-02-Awakening-from-Virtual-Reality-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 11:59am EDT

Realizing Our Undefended and Awakened Heart (retreat talk)

2013-12-29 - Realizing Our Undefended and Awakened Heart (retreat talk) - It is our evolutionary and spiritual potential to release unnecessary habits of violating other tribes, individuals and unwanted parts of our own being. This talk explores three essential facets of the pathway to awakening: Leaving the fortress of aversive judgment, entering the wilderness of our embodied being and encircling this life with love.

Direct download: 2013-12-29-0732PM-Realizing-Our-Undefended-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 10:15pm EDT

Loving Ourselves (Retreat Talk)

2013-04-28 - Retreat Talk: Loving Ourselves - The greatest truths we forget, and one of them is that if we don't love the life that is right here--what we perceive as self--we are unable to embrace our world. This talk explores the suffering of turning on ourselves and the deep freedom that arises when we commit to relating to our inner life with loving presence.

Direct download: 2013-04-28-SunPM-Loving-Ourselves-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

(retreat talk) Self Compassion

2009-10-26 - (retreat talk) Self Compassion - We can only find love and peace in this life if we are able to hold our inner life with compassion. This talk explores the subtle and therefore often unseen ways that we turn on ourselves, and the pathways to a forgiving heart. Please support this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com or www.imcw.org. Your donations allow us to continue to freely offer the teachings!

Direct download: 20091026-Tara_Brach-IMCW-self_compassion-1.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT