Bodhichitta - The Awakened Heart - Part 2 (2016-03-02)

Bodhichitta - The Awakened Heart - Part 2 (2016-03-02)

While the brightness and warmth of our hearts is always here, like the sun when blocked by clouds, our intrinsic love can be obscured. These two talks explore how we become arrested in a confining story of separate self, and how remembering love releases us from this trance. The first talk emphasizes inner pathways of freeing our heart and the second talk explores awakening bodhichitta actively in relating with each other.

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

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With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-03-02-Bodhichitta-Awakened-Heart-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

Meditation: Awakening the Heart - Giving and Receiving Loving Blessings (2016-03-02)

Meditation: Awakening the Heart - Giving and Receiving Loving Blessings (2016-03-02) -

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

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Direct download: 2016-03-02-Meditation-Awakening-the-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:17pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Open Wakefulness (2016-03-02)

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Open Wakefulness (2016-03-02)

This meditation begins by relaxing through the body, and connecting with inner aliveness and space. We then include sounds and sense the openness that life is happening in.  At the center of the practice is and a relaxing back, and inhabiting spacious awareness.  The meditation ends as we experience the heart from the vantage of spacious awareness, and offer prayers to our inner life and all life.

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Bodhichitta - The Awakened Heart - Part 1 (2016-02-24)

Bodhichitta - The Awakened Heart - Part 1 (2016-02-24) - While the brightness and warmth of our hearts is always here, like the sun when blocked by clouds, our intrinsic love can be obscured. These two talks explore how we become arrested in a confining story of separate self, and how remembering love releases us from this trance. The first talk emphasizes inner pathways of freeing our heart and the second talk explores awakening bodhichitta actively in relating with each other.

"Exploring what allows the heart to wake up..."

"...being loved into being more who we are is a moment of blessing. What is a blessing? A blessing is a reminder or homecoming into more realness - more love. We're blessed when we remember."

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With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-02-24-Bodhichitta-Awakened-Heart-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

Meditation: Blessings of Love (2016-02-24)

Meditation: Blessings of Love (2016-02-24) - 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. 

"...being loved into being more who we are is a moment of blessing. What is a blessing? A blessing is a reminder or homecoming into more realness - more love. We're blessed when we remember."

"Part of what keeps us from realness - in that small self identity - is the avoiding of what's here."

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With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-02-24-Meditation-Blessings-of-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:10pm EDT

Meditation: The Center of Now (2016-02-24)

Meditation: The Center of Now (2016-02-24) - The portal to presence is awakening through the body from the inside out, and then opening to include sound in field of aliveness. This reveals  the awake space that everything’s happening in; the space that lets everything be, just as it is. It’s in that full allowing that we discover the center of now, that pure still presence that is the very source of our being. The meditation ends with an offering of prayer as that presence is experienced in the domain of the heart.

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With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-02-24-Meditation-Center-of-Now-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening - Part 2 (2016-02-17)

The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening - Part 2 (2016-02-17) - In spiritual life, inquiry arises from our deep yearning to understand reality, and it involves bringing an interested, engaged attention to our immediate experience.  These two talks explore how inquiry serves emotional healing by focusing on difficult “stuck” places, how inquiry enables us to become more intimate and understanding of others, and in the deepest way, how inquiry can reveal the deepest truth of what we are…our true nature. The talks include several guided reflections that can enrich your meditation practice and serve spiritual awakening.

"If we don't bring inquiry from the neck down, we cannot untangle the tangles. Our emotional life lives in our body, so inquiry needs to be embodied. One of the misconceptions of inquiry is that it's analytic - that it's conceptual... it's not. Inquiry is shining the light of awareness to what's actually happening - moment to moment in our bodies."

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Direct download: 2016-02-17-Pt2-Power-of-Inquiry-in-Spiritual-Awakening-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

Meditation: Embodied Awareness (2016-02-17)

This guided meditation includes a full body scan, and the recognition of the formless awareness that includes and is source of all experience. By recognizing that awareness we discover the silence and stillness that is the ground of all experience.

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Direct download: 2016-02-17-Meditation-Embodied-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:26pm EDT

Reflection: The Power of Inquiry - Untangling Emotional Tangles (2016-02-10)

Reflection: The Power of Inquiry - Untangling Emotional Tangles (2016-02-10) - This short meditation helps us get unstuck from emotional difficulty with the practice of Inquiry. We use the acronym RAIN as a guide, starting with Recognizing and Allowing what is arising, and then systematically Investigating (through inquiry) the limiting beliefs and reactive feelings that are challenging.  The meditation ends by offering Nourishment to our vulnerability with kindness, and discovering the shift in our own being…in our identity…that expresses increased freedom.

(From the end of Part 1: The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening)


The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening - Part 1 (2016-02-10)

The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening (2016-02-10) - Parts I and II - In spiritual life, inquiry arises from our deep yearning to understand reality, and it involves bringing an interested, engaged attention to our immediate experience.  These two talks explore how inquiry serves emotional healing by focusing on difficult “stuck” places, how inquiry enables us to become more intimate and understanding of others, and in the deepest way, how inquiry can reveal the deepest truth of what we are…our true nature. The talks include several guided reflections that can enrich your meditation practice and serve spiritual awakening.

"True inquiry doesn't land on an answer. It opens to a mystery that's meant to be lived."

Direct download: 2016-02-10-Power-of-Inquiry-in-Spiritual-Awakening-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

Meditation: Inhabiting Awake Awareness with Intro (2016-02-10)

Meditation: Inhabiting Awake Awareness with Intro (2016-02-10) - This meditation begins with collecting attention with the breath, and awakens us to the experience of aliveness and inner space by scanning the body. We then open to receive all the senses in awake awareness, and to inhabiting that boundless receptive awareness that is our home.  

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Meditation: Inhabiting Awake Awareness

Meditation: Inhabiting Awake Awareness(2016-02-10) - This meditation begins with collecting attention with the breath, and awakens us to the experience of aliveness and inner space by scanning the body.  We then open to receive all the senses in awake awareness, and to inhabiting that boundless receptive awareness that is our home.

Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.

Direct download: 2016-02-10-Meditation-Inhabiting-Awake-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice (2016-02-03)

Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice (2016-02-03) -  A key spiritual inquiry is, “In this moment, what most serves awakening?” Rather than a particular style of meditation practice, it is our way of relating to our experience - our attitude - that frees our hearts. This talk explores the attitudes that are an expression of our innately open, wakeful and loving awareness, and that carry us to realization.

Direct download: 2016-02-03-Three-Attitudes-That-Nourish-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Meditation - Space, Aliveness and Letting Be (2016-02-03)

Meditation - Space, Aliveness and Letting Be (2016-02-03) - This practice guides us into the openness of awareness, and then invites a deep resting, a letting be.

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Direct download: 2016-02-03-Meditation-Space-Aliveness-Letting-Be-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

Part 2: Three Blessings on the Journey

Part 2: Three Blessings on the Journey - Drawing on a wonderful teaching story from the Upanishads, these two talks explore the role of forgiveness, inner fire and looking at our own minds, in finding freedom.

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Direct download: 2012-02-01-Pt2-Three-Blessings-on-the-Journey-TaraBrach-2016-01-28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

Meditation: Center of Now (2012-02-01)

Meditation: Center of Now (2012-02-01) - Tara is on retreat, so asked for a meditation from the archives to be posted.

Direct download: 2012-02-01-Meditation-Center-of-Now-TaraBrach-2016-01-28.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:14pm EDT

Part 1: Three Blessings on the Journey

Part 1: Three Blessings on the Journey - Drawing on a wonderful teaching story from the Upanishads, these two talks explore the role of forgiveness, inner fire and looking at our own minds, in finding freedom.

Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.

Direct download: 2012-01-25-Pt1-Three-Blessings-on-the-Journey-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm EDT

Morning Meditation Instruction with Question and Response  (retreat)(14 min)

Morning Meditation Instruction with Question and Response (retreat) (2015-12-29) - "Discover what’s happening here, beyond the veil of thinking.” Tara gives additional instructions and responds to questions after the morning meditation at the 2015 IMCW New Year retreat.


Widening the Circles of Compassion (retreat talk) (2015-12-31)

Widening the Circles of Compassion (retreat talk) (2015-12-31) - The archetypal figure of the Bodhisattva (“awakening being”) reflects our potential to realize our connectedness with all beings, and care for this living world with an open tender heart. This talk explores the four types of patterning that keep us stuck in the pain of separation and the key heart practices that evolve us on the bodhisattva path.

"Compassion arises when you see the truth behind the veils."

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Direct download: 2015-12-31-Widening-the-Circles-of-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT

Meditation: RAIN of Compassion (retreat) (2015-12-29)

Meditation: RAIN of Compassion (retreat) (2015-12-29) - This new version of the acronym RAIN is a powerful way of bringing compassion to the life within you, and to attuning and deepening compassion for others. (from the 2015 New Year's retreat - a guided heart meditation)

Direct download: 2015-12-29-Meditation-RAIN-of-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:28pm EDT

Gateways of Remembrance: The Three Refuges (2016-01-06)

Gateways of Remembrance: The Three Refuges (2016-01-06) - This talk explores the traditional refuges of awareness (buddha nature), truth (dharma) and love (sangha) that are at the heart of Buddhism, and found in many spiritual and religious traditions. It includes a look at our false refuges - strategies that seek to comfort and gratify, but are temporary fixes - and moves into reflections that help us remember, trust and live from our true nature.  (Concludes with a ceremony tying red cords in remembrance of the refuges.)

Direct download: 2016-01-06-Gateways-of-Remembrance-The-Three-Refuges-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing Open (2016-01-06)

Meditation: Relaxing Open (2016-01-06)

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

- Tilopa

Direct download: 2016-01-06-Meditation-Relaxing-Open-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT