Meditation: Widening Rings of Being (2021-10-20) - If we can recognize thoughts as thoughts, it becomes possible to open from virtual to living reality. This meditation guides us in awakening the senses and discovering the freedom, the awake space of Being, that is beyond the confines of thoughts.


Meditation: A Practice of RAIN - The acronym RAIN – Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture – guides us in bringing mindfulness and compassion to difficult emotions. With practice, we can find our way home to open-hearted presence in the midst of whatever arises.

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


Meditation: Letting Thought Clouds Come and Go - This meditation guides us through a body scan and into a relaxed, open presence. When we realize we are lost in a thought cloud, our practice is to relax open, listening to and feeling the life of the present moment. We are training to become increasingly aware of the gap between thoughts, the space where the light of awareness shines through.


Meditation: The Heart-Wisdom of Your Future Self (2021-09-29) -  In this meditation, we relax and open our body and mind, and then explore an encounter with our Future Self - facing Fear in a Traumatized World is the expression of our most evolved and awakened heart.

Direct download: 2021-09-29-Meditation-Heart-Wisdom-Future-Self-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

Meditation: Present Heart (2021-09-22) - We awaken a present heart by relaxing with the breath, and bringing the kindness of a smile into our bodily experience. This meditation ends with offering blessings to our inner life and all beings.

Direct download: 2021-09-22-Meditation-Present-Heart-2017-10-11-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

Meditation: Sitting Like a Mountain (2021-09-15) - Meditation can empower us as we learn to access our potential for stability, strength and openness. This meditation calls on the image of a mountain as we awaken our body and mind to a full, vibrant presence. Closes with a metta (loving-kindness) prayer.


Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness (2021-09-08) - 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.


Meditation: Relaxing Back and Saying "Yes" to the Moment - When we are stressed, our conditioning is to tighten our body. We tense against our moment-to-moment experience. This meditation is a powerful practice of de-conditioning this reactivity by learning to relax back into presence, and to respond to difficulty by saying “yes.” Through relaxing back and saying “yes,” we discover our heart’s capacity for unconditional love.


Meditation: Resting Your Heart in Presence - When we’re having difficulty, we typically tense up our body and mind, and armor our heart. This practice offers a pathway of relaxing that tension and tasting the peace that comes from resting in presence.


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


Meditation: Dedicated to Maya Angelou - Being Home (2021-08-11) - This meditation cultivates a gentle, wakeful presence - arriving into our bodies and meeting the present moment with the image of a smile. When the mind drifts, we relax back to our senses…into the openhearted awareness that is our true home.

Direct download: 2021-08-11-Meditation-MayaA-Being-Home-2014-05-28-Tarabrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Full Presence (2017-03-22) - This guided practice begins with a conscious breath that relaxes the body and mind, and then a body scan to awaken to the aliveness of the present moment. We then open into the natural awareness that includes the changing flow of sounds, feelings and sensations, and practice “relaxing back” when the mind gets lost in thought.


Meditation: The Space of Loving Awareness - This meditation begins by guiding us through a scan: opening to inner space and aliveness, then to outer space, and then continuous space, filled with the light of awareness. We explore how every experience belongs to this infinite awake space of our Being, and can be held with tenderness and love (remastered favorite from the archives).


Meditation: Nourishing Happiness with RAIN - While RAIN is regularly used for untangling suffering, it is also a powerful tool for deepening our access to positive states like happiness, gratitude, wonder and love. This meditation guides us in nourishing the goodness that is an intrinsic part of living and essential in realizing our full aliveness. The practice ends with a poem by Naomi Shahib Nye.


Meditation: Living Presence – with Body Scan (2021-07-15) - A key pathway to full presence is awakening through the body. This meditation guides us through a body scan, relaxing and receiving the play of sensations. We then deepen attention to the breath, and rest with the rhythmic waves of breathing, experiencing the background of the whole domain of physical aliveness.


Meditation: Relaxed and Alert (2021-07-07) - 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.

Direct download: 2021-07-07-Meditation-Relaxed-and-Alert-2019-10-09-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

Heart Meditation: Taking in the Goodness (2021-06-30) - Taking in the Goodness: Rumi said, “Whenever some kindness comes to you, turn that way – toward the source of kindness.” This meditation guides us to look for the source of loving and to turn in that direction. It begins with a lovingkindness practice that spreads the image of a smile into the body, then continues with a practice of seeing the goodness of ourselves and others.


Meditation: The Heartspace of Gratitude - When gratitude for our life arises, we enter the sacred space of an open heart. This meditation guides us in arriving in presence and awakening the blessings of gratitude.

Direct download: 2021-06-23-Meditation-Heartspace-of-Gratitude-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

Meditation: The Heartspace Where All is Welcome (2021-06-16) - This meditation scans through the body, and awakens attention to the open, inclusive awareness that all life arises in. We then explore experiencing that openness in the region of the heart, saying yes to life and including whatever is here with unconditional presence.


Meditation: The Presence Beyond Thoughts (2021-06-09) - We spend many life moments in a trance of thinking. This meditation awakens the senses through a body scan, and attention to sound. We then rest in the presence that can come alive in the gap between thoughts—the presence that is our true home.


Meditation: Blessings of Love - A blessing is whatever reminds us of the sacred loving presence that shines through all of us. The image of receiving a kiss on the brow, and offering one, is suggested as a powerful channel for the blessings that awaken our heart. 

Direct download: 2021-06-09-Meditation-Blessings-of-Love-TaraBrach-2016-02-24.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:45am EDT

Meditation: Embodied Spirit - Experiencing our aliveness through our senses is the gateway to resting in formless loving presence. This meditation guides us to awakening through our body, and recognizing the backdrop of silence, of awake awareness, that is the source of all being.

Direct download: 2021-05-26-Meditation-Embodied-Spirit-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

Meditation: Yes to Life (2021-05-19) -  In the moments we release all resistance, we relax open to inhabit the fullness of our Being. This meditation guides us to an embodied, openhearted presence that welcomes the changing flow of life.

Direct download: 2021-05-19-Meditation-Yes-to-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

Meditation: Being Here for Life (2021-05-08) - It’s easy to race through our seasons and miss the mystery and preciousness of unfolding moments. This meditation invites us into an embodied, openhearted presence and includes a poem by Pat Schneider called “Instructions for the Journey." 

 

Direct download: 2021-05-08-Meditation-Being-Here-for-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Meditation: Letting Go into Living Presence (2021-05-05) - We resist reality by tensing our body and contracting into thoughts. This meditation guides us into letting go of resistance by surrendering over and over into the aliveness and presence that is right here. 

 


Méditation: Rencontrer la colère avec conscience - (de-TaraBrach-traduite-par-Dominique-Fugère) -

Lorsque notre colère est contenue avec conscience, elle peut être une force, une énergie, pour répondre avec sagesse aux situations difficiles de la vie. Cette méditation nous guide pour aller à la rencontre de la colère personnelle et\ou sociale qui nous habite, avec l’aide de RAIN, l’acronyme du Reconnaître, Autoriser, Investiguer et Nourrir.

Cette méditation est de Tara Brach. Elle est traduite et dite avec sa permission par Dominique Fugère (Québec, Canada).

 


Meditation: From Head to Full Being (2021-04-28) - When we are lost inside thoughts we lose connection with our heart, aliveness and spirit. This meditation guides us to a wakeful presence and invites us to return over and over from virtual reality into the mysterious, tender vastness that is our true being.

Direct download: 2021-04-24-Meditation-From-Head-to-Full-Being-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:37pm EDT

Meditation: Opening to Full Aliveness (2021-04-21) - Our tension is a way of defending against the aliveness that is here and now. This meditation guides us in relaxing tension, awakening our senses and discovering the vitality and presence that express our natural being.

Direct download: 2021-04-21-Meditation-Opening-to-Full-Aliveness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Meditation: Coming Home with the Breath (2021-04-14) - 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: 2021-04-14-Meditation-Coming-Home-with-the-Breath-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing into Living Presence (2021-04-07) - This meditation guides us to awaken to sensation using the image of a smile and scanning through the body. We then open to sound and to the entire changing flow of experience. When we connect with the changing flow of sensations, feelings and sounds, we also discover the formless awareness that is our Source… and home. We end with a prayer that includes our own being and all beings.


Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence (2021-03-31) - When we are stressed, our body and mind contract, and energetically we resist the life in the present moment. This meditation helps de-condition the stress reaction by guiding us to relax open from thoughts, relax physical tension, and gently relax back over and over into living presence. 

Direct download: 2021-03-31-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-into-Presence--TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

Meditation: Embodying Loving Awareness (2021-03-24) - Love is often abstract, and not fully alive. In this practice, with the supportive image and felt sense of a smile, we are guided to awaken loving in our body, mind and whole being.

Direct download: 2021-03-20-Meditation-Embodying-Loving-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

Meditation: A Kind and Allowing Presence (2021-03-17) - When we’re stressed our hearts tighten and we try to control our life. This meditation guides us to relax the controlling and discover the open, tender awareness that allows life to be as it is.

Direct download: 2021-03-17-Meditation-A-Kind-and-Allowing-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:28pm EDT

Meditation: Cultivating Deep Listening (2021-03-10) - Deep listening expresses the purity and presence of our true nature. This meditation guides us to come into a state of listening that is spacious, receptive and profoundly wakeful and present. We close with the poem “lost” by David Wagoner.

Direct download: 2012-03-10-Meditation-Cultivating-Deep-Listening_-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:04pm EDT

Meditation: Aliveness and Presence (2021-03-03) - This meditation guides us to wake up our senses and full aliveness through a body scan, and then to rest in the formless presence that is aware of this changing dance of life.  We close with a poem by Robert Hall.

Direct download: 2021-03-03-Meditation-Aliveness-and-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

Meditation: Continuous Space Suffused with Awareness (2021-02-24) - By learning to inhabit the body, we discover the space and aliveness that fills the universe. In this meditation we are guided through the body, filling different domains with presence. We then open into the continuous awake space that is both within and surrounds the body. When we notice the mind drifts, we relax back to be that awake space, aware of the changing flow of sensations, thoughts, feelings and sounds.

Direct download: 2021-02-24-Meditation-Continuous-Space-2018-03-28-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

Meditation: A Welcoming Heartspace (2021-02-17) - Our pathway to peace and happiness is through opening, with tenderness, to our moment-to-moment experience. This meditation guides us first to be awake in our body and senses, and then to include the changing flow of life in a spacious, kind heart. We close with a short verse from poet Dorothy Hunt


Meditation: Being a Kind Witness (2021-02-10) - Learning to witness what is going on inside us is the gateway to inner freedom and deep realization. This meditation guides us in witnessing our experience with a non-judging and kind awareness.

Direct download: 2021-02-10Meditation-Being-a-Kind-Witness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

Meditation: Homecoming with the Breath - This meditation focuses on the breath as an anchor for homecoming. We begin with an intentional breath (coherence breathing) and then establish the natural breath as a home base. The instructions are to rest in the breath, offering a relaxed, intimate intention. Other waves of sensation or emotion are included when they ask for attention as we cultivate an open and full mindful presence. Our freedom arises as we recognize the formless awareness that is our home, and the natural and ever-changing waves that live through us (a favorite from the archives).


Meditation: Sacred Presence (2021-01-23) - This meditation guides us to wakefully relax with the changing flow of moment to moment experience. As we open our senses fully, we discover the sacred living presence that is our very essence.

Direct download: 2021-01-27-Meditation-Sacred-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:42pm EDT

Meditation: Refuge of Living Presence (2021-01-30) - Our thoughts keep us removed from this living world. This guided practice invites us to open and relax with the moment to moment experience of our senses. It includes a poem by Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, “Whereever you are, Find a Trail.”

Direct download: 2021-01-20-Meditation-Refuge-of-Living-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:59pm EDT

Meditation: Reconnecting to Silence and Presence (2021-01-13) - Only in silence and presence do we realign with what matters to our hearts. This simple practice of arriving in an embodied awareness supports us in touching the grounds of true transformation and healing. It closes with a powerful poem by Gunilla Norris, “Sharing Silence.”

Direct download: 2021-01-13-Meditation-Reconnecting-to-Silence-and-Presence.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT

Meditation: A Present Heart (2020-01-06) - One translation of mindfulness, in Chinese, is “present heart.” In this guided meditation we begin by awakening through the body and the senses, and then open the attention to the changing flow of experience. The intention is to meet whatever arises with a wakeful and kind presence.

Direct download: 2021-01-06-Meditation-A-Present-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:38pm EDT

Meditation: RAIN of Self-Compassion (2020-12-30) - One of the great sufferings is turning on ourselves with judgment and/or self-aversion. This practice brings the acronym RAIN to this pain. It helps us cultivate a healing self-compassion, and the realization of who we are beyond any limiting story of self.

Direct download: 2020-12-30-Meditation-RAIN-of-Self-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:30pm EDT

Meditation: Meeting life with a Kind Presence (2020-12-23) - This practice guides us to a receptive, kind presence by starting with listening, and moving through a body scan.  We then rest in an open awareness, responding to whatever arises with a gentle attention.

 


Meditation: Coming Home to Heartspace (2020-12-16) - Our pathway to our hearts is through presence. This meditation helps us awaken presence through our body and all our senses. We then open to the awareness that can meet whatever arises with tenderness and kindness. This meditation includes a reading from the Radiance Sutras, interpreted and translated by Lorin Roche

Direct download: 2020-12-16-Meditation-Coming-Home-to-Heartspace-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:25pm EDT

Meditation: Yes to Our Moments (2020-12-09) - When we open without resistance to the changing flow of aliveness, we discover the formless presence that is our true home. This meditation guides us through a body scan and then opening to all sounds, sensations and emotions with the energetic allowing of “Yes.” We close with a poem by Danna Faulds, “White Dove.”

Direct download: 2020-12-09-Meditation-Yes-to-Our-Moments-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

Meditation: Embodied Love (2020-12-02) - This meditation guides us through a scan, to awaken a healing and openhearted presence throughout our body. We then widen to our full field of awareness, including whatever wants attention in an open, inclusive loving presence.

Direct download: Meditation-Embodied-Love.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:11pm EDT

Meditation: Yes to Life (2020-11-25) - After relaxing our bodies and quieting our minds, this meditation guides us to open to the changing experience of being alive. We ask ourselves two questions: “What is Happening Inside me?” and “Can I be with this?” By learning to bring an unconditional presence and an accepting Yes to our lives, we begin to touch openheartedness and freedom.

Direct download: 2020-11-25-Meditation-Yes-to-Life-2018-11-21-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

Meditation: The “Do No Harm and Take No S***” Practice, by Guest Elizabeth Lesser (2020-11-18) - This practice - based on an ancient Buddhist meditation - bears the name of needlepoint I found in my sister's office after she died. She was a nurse, and as such had taken the oath all medical practitioners take: to do no harm. She added the next line, "take no s***," because as we all know life requires us to be both kindly and strong.

The following meditation is a training in both, because being kind and being strong are not mutually exclusive. Doing no harm and taking no s*** is not an either/or choice. It’s the marriage of the two that will make a difference in your life and will change the story in the world.

This meditation was recorded on Zoom during Tara's live-stream on 2020-11-18, and was followed by a conversation between Tara and Elizabeth.

Direct download: 2020-11-18-Meditation-Do-No-Harm-ElizabethLesser-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Meditation: Vipassana – Opening Our Hearts to Life as It Is (2020-11-11). 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: 2020-11-11-Meditation-Vipassana-20min-2016-11-23-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

Meditation: Refuge in Living Presence (2020-11-04) - This meditation guides us to rest in the aliveness of the changing stream of sensations, sounds and feelings. As we open to the awareness that includes all life, we touch the peace, stillness and wakefulness that is our essence. We close with Wendell Berry’s beautiful poem, “The Peace of Wild Things.”  

Direct download: 2020-11-04-Meditation-Refuge-in-Living-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT

Instruction and Meditation: Pathway to Non-Doing Presence (2020-10-27) - While meditation begins with purposeful collecting of attention, it leads to non-doing presence, to Being. In this guided practice, we arrive in presence through a body scan and attention to the breath, open the attention to changing experience, and then explore the freedom of not controlling anything, and letting life be just as it is.


Meditation: Suffering and Compassion (2020-10-28) - This brief meditation is a version of the Tibetan Tonglen practice: With the support of the breath we allow ourselves to open to the realness of suffering, and then offer it into a boundless heartspace…a shared and compassionate awareness.


Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You (2020-10-21) - We unconsciously tense against the energetic life of the present moment. This meditation guides us in relaxing and opening to the full aliveness and awareness that animates our being.


Meditation: Listening to Our Heart (2020-10-14) - True listening arouses an open receptive presence that can be truly healing. This meditation awakens a listening presence; first bringing that receptive awareness to sensations and sounds, and then offering that presence to the tenderness and vulnerability of our heart.

Direct download: 2020-10-14-Meditation-Listening-To-Our-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

Meditation: Uprooting Limiting Beliefs with RAIN - This short reflection guides us in using RAIN (recognize-allow-investigate-nurture) when we discover we are caught in a limiting belief. Who would you be if you didn’t believe there was something wrong with you? (an excerpt from the full talk, Freedom from the Prison of Limiting Beliefs, given on 2020-09-23)


Meditation: Letting Go and Letting Be(2020-10-03) - We leave presence by contracting into thoughts and resisting the changing flow of life. This meditation guides us in gently releasing thoughts and opening to this mysterious life, just as it is.

Direct download: 2020-10-03-Meditation-Letting-Go-Letting-Be-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:29pm EDT

Meditation: Pathway to Inner Peace (2020--09-30) - “Peace is this moment without judgment,” writes poet Dorothy Hunt, “this moment in the heart-space where everything that is, is welcome.” This meditation is a guide to opening to the truth of what’s here, and meeting it with a gentle, allowing presence. As we do, we can touch the inner peace of non-judging awareness, and source our actions in that balance and wisdom.

 

Direct download: 2020-09-30-Meditation-Pathway-to-Inner-Peace-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:56pm EDT

Meditation: Refuge in Presence (2020-09-23) - The movement from virtual reality – thoughts - to the awareness of sense-based reality is true homecoming. This meditation guides us in awakening our senses, and returning again and again to the freedom of embodied presence. We close with part of a poem “Come Home” by Jane Hooper.

Direct download: 2020-09-23-Meditation-Refuge-In-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:57pm EDT

Meditation: Loving What Is (2020-09-12) - While we might not directly love what is, there is a pathway to this inner freedom. As we explore in this meditation, we begin with allowing the changing sensations and emotions to move through us, just as they are. As this allowing presence deepens, it becomes suffused with the tenderness of love.

Direct download: 2020-09-12-Meditation-Loving-What-Is-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

Meditation: Loving What Is (2020-09-12) - While we might not directly love what is, there is a pathway to this inner freedom. As we explore in this meditation, we begin with allowing the changing sensations and emotions to move through us, just as they are. As this allowing presence deepens, it becomes suffused with the tenderness of love.

Direct download: 2020-09-12-Meditation-Loving-What-Is-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

Meditation: Meeting Life with a Spacious Heart (2020-09-09) - Especially when we’re stressed, we need pathways to an allowing, kind presence. This meditation guides us to relax and open through our bodies, and then meet changing waves of experience with a sea of awareness that is intrinsically allowing and tender.

 

Direct download: 2020-09-09-Meditation-Meeting-Life-Spacious-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Guided Reflection: The RAIN of Compassion – What Is It Like to Be You - Compassion is hard wired in our organism, and can be cultivated. We have the capacity for affiliative care, to tune into each other and to hold each other in our hearts. Developing this innate potential is the hope of our world.

Using the acronym R-A-I-N (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture), this meditation offers guidance in mindfully attuning to the emotional experience of others and awakening our natural tenderness and care.


Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness (2020-09-02) - When we are in our daily trance, we are often leaning forward, on our way somewhere else. In this meditation we are guided to relax back into the awareness that is always, already here. We explore relaxing back through a body scan, and then with all our senses wide open. With practice we increasingly find our pathway home by relaxing the clench of doings, and resting in what is.

Direct download: 2020-09-02-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-into-Awareness.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

Meditation: Listening to our Life (2020-08-15) - A receptive listening attention brings intimacy with our inner experience and our world. This meditation guides us in listening to sounds, states of mind, sensations and the deepest aspiration of our heart.

Direct download: 2020-08-15-Meditation-Listening-to-our-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:46pm EDT

Meditation: Waking up from the Dream (2020-07-25) - We spend many life moments in a virtual reality of thoughts. This guided practice helps us reconnect with our senses and discover in the space between thoughts the light of awareness, the mystery of what we are.

Direct download: 2020-07-25-Meditation-Waking-Up-from-the-Dream-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

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


Meditation: A Present Heart (2020-08-19) - This guided practice emphasizes bringing a gentle and kind attention to our bodies, and then including all experience with a receptive presence. We close by identifying a part of our being that is asking for a healing attention, and offering loving presence to ourself and then to others.

Direct download: 2020-08-19-Meditation-A-Present-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:44pm EDT

Meditation: Cultivating an Intimate Presence - This guided meditation cultivates a relaxed, gentle presence with whatever expressions of life are arising in the moment. We begin by releasing and opening through the body, and then include all sensations, feelings and sounds in an intimate, allowing presence.


Guided Meditation: Openhearted Presence (2020-08-05) - This meditation guides us to arouse mindfulness through attention to our senses, and to rest in that wakefulness with a receptive and tender presence.  

Direct download: 2020-08-05-Meditation-Openhearted-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:32pm EDT

Meditation: Tonglen - Discovering the Boundless Space of Compassion (2020-07-25) - This short version of the Tibetan Tonglen practice guides us in courageously opening to the suffering within us and all beings, and allowing that suffering to be held in the formless heartspace that is our true belonging (recorded during Tara's livestreamed Satsang QA session).

Direct download: 2020-07-25-Meditation-Tonglen-Short-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

Meditation: A Witnessing, Kind Presence - Starting with scanning through the body and awakening the senses, we then rest in presence, with the breath as a home base. The meditation invites an openness to whatever arises, and a gentle kind attention if we encounter physical or emotional pain. We end with a prayer that includes our own being and all beings. (original recording 2017-01-18)


Meditation: Gateway to Natural Presence (2020-07-22) - We enter a full presence through awakening our senses, and awakening to the awareness that is aware. This meditation guides us as we arouse an embodied presence, let go of any controlling, then discover the natural spaciousness and wakefulness that is the essence of what we are.


Meditation: Listening to Life (2014-11-12) - The attitude of meditation is one of engaged listening – a relaxed, receptive yet intimate attention. This meditation explores how we can listen to sounds, listen to and feel sensations, and then relax back into the ocean of awareness that includes and perceives the changing waves. In this relaxing back, we realize the peace and freedom of inhabiting our wholeness and essence.

This meditation ends with a tribute to Thich Nhat Hanh’s life and a reading from his writings on death and life.


Meditation: Healing Shame (2020-07-01) - This meditation brings the clarity and self-compassion of RAIN to the suffering of self-aversion and/or shame. It helps us see the conditioning that shaped what we judge about ourselves, and helps us remember who we are beyond our habitual and painful self-narrative. This helps us to look with fresh eyes at our conditioning, and align our life more fully with our awakening heart.

Direct download: 2020-07-01-Meditation-Healing-Shame-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:45pm EDT

Meditation: The Space of Loving Awareness - This meditation begins by guiding us through a scan: to open to inner space and aliveness, then to outer space, and then continuous space, filled with the light of awareness. We explore how every experience belongs to this infinite awake space of our Being, and can be held with tenderness and love.

Direct download: 2020-07-08-Meditation-Space-Of-Loving-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

Meditation: Calling on Our Inner Bodhisattva (2020-07-01) - We each have within us the very source of wisdom and love. This meditation calls forward that essence, our awakening heart, so we can seek guidance and nurturing for the parts of us that need a healing attention. 

Direct download: 2020-07-01-Meditation-Calling-Inner-Bodhisattva-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Meditation: Body and Spirit (2020-06-24) - As we relax and awaken through our physical body, we discover the formless dimension of awareness or spirit that permeates all of life. This meditation includes a poem from Mary Oliver. 

Direct download: 2020-06-24-Meditation-Body-and-Spirit-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

Meditation: Embodied Metta (2020-06-17) - Lovingkindness becomes full when it is energetically experienced in our bodies. This meditation guides us in awakening the receptivity, warmth and openness of metta through our body, and then invites us to rest in the space of loving presence, as we open to whatever arises.

Direct download: 2020-06-17-Meditation-Embodied-Metta-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

Meditation: Meeting Anger with Awareness (2020-06-10) - When anger is held in mindfulness, it can energize us to respond wisely to challenging situations. This meditation guides us in meeting personal or societal anger with RAIN - recognize, allow, investigate and nurture. [NOTE: this meditation was given at the end of Tara’s "Anger and Transformation" talk on 2020-06-10.]

Direct download: 2020-06-10-Meditation-Meeting-Anger-with-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

Meditation: Inner Refuge of Calm (2020-06-10) - In times of great stress, it’s crucial that we have pathways to quiet our minds, relax our bodies and rest in a calm, steady presence. This meditation guides us in using the breath, body scan and a home base of presence to find that inner refuge that can carry us through difficult times.

Direct download: 2020-06-10-Meditation-Inner-Refuge-Calm-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

Meditation: Homecoming to Wakeful Presence (2020-06-03) - This meditation begins with us standing in mindful movement, guiding us in awakening awareness in the body. Then in sitting practice, we open all our senses, resting in the wakeful presence that can include the changing waves of our life.

Direct download: 2020-06-03-Meditation-Homecoming-Wakeful-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:36pm EDT

Meditation: Spacious, Loving Awareness (from retreat) - When our awareness is awake and open, we naturally respond to this changing life with warmth, tenderness and love. This practice helps us discover the spaciousness of awareness by realizing the space and aliveness that is in the body, and then sensing the continuous space that holds all life. We then sense how this continuous space is filled with the light of awareness and pervaded by love. Includes a short talk that contexts the meditation. 


Meditation: Light RAIN in Difficult Times (2020-05-23) - This meditation guides us in bringing the mindfulness and self-compassion of RAIN to a challenging part of our life, and particularly, to places of self-judgment or feelings of failure.

Direct download: 2020-05-23-Meditation-Light-RAIN-Difficult-Times-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:06pm EDT

Meditation: The Art of Letting Go (2020-05-20) - Letting go means releasing the resistance we have to experiencing the present moment. This meditation guides us to let go of the thoughts that block our immediate sensory experience, the tension in the body that reduces aliveness and the armoring around the heart that dulls our sensitivity and tenderness toward life itself.

Direct download: 2020-05-20-Meditation-Art-Letting-Go-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:02pm EDT

Meditation: Calling on Your Future Self (2020-05-09) - We have within us the wisdom and compassion that can carry us through the most challenging times. This meditation guides us in accessing these inner resources by calling on the most evolved part of our being.

Direct download: 2020-05-09-Meditation-Calling-on-Future-Self-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

Meditation: Living, Embodied Presence (2020-05-13) - This practice begins with a full body scan and then guides us to return again and again to our senses. What we find is a dynamic presence, a Hereness that feels like home. The meditation ends with a beautiful poem by David Wagoner called, “Lost.”

Direct download: 2020-05-13-Meditation-Living-Embodied-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

Meditation: Openhearted Presence (2020-05-06) - This meditation guides us in embodying loving presence through a body scan, and then meeting whatever arises with a tender heart. We close with a beautiful blessing-poem from John O’Donahue

Direct download: 2020-05-06-Meditation-Openhearted_Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

Meditation: Vipassana - Seeing Life As It Is (2020-04-29) - This classic Buddhist meditation trains us to wake up out of thoughts and to attend to our changing experience with a balanced, clear and open presence.


Meditation: Awakening Through the Animal-Headed Deities (2020-04-15) - This short meditation guides us in engaging with challenging emotions with presence and compassion. By opening to the “deities” we discover an open heartspace that can hold and respond to our hurting world (from the closing meditation of "Sheltering in Love - Part 4").

Direct download: 2020-04-15-Meditation-Awakening-Through-Deities-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Natural Awareness (2020-04-22) - In this meditation we are guided to discover the space and aliveness that fills the body, sense the space in the universe, and then to realize our Beingness as continuous space, filled with the light of awareness. When our attention contracts into thoughts, the pathway to awareness is a relaxing back, reopening to the natural openness, silence and stillness of our true nature.

Direct download: 2020-04-22-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

Meditation: Refuge in Sacred Presence (2020-04-15) - Our experience includes a foreground of changing experience - sounds, sensations, feelings, thoughts. In the background is an alert inner stillness, the awareness that is our true nature. This meditation guides us in opening to the moment-to-moment flow through our senses, and learning to relax back to inhabit the mystery and vastness of awake awareness.

Direct download: 2020-04-15-Meditation-Refuge-in-Sacred-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

Meditation: A Calm Refuge - with the Rain (2020-04-08) - This meditation includes a relaxing body scan and guidance on finding a space of peace and balance in the midst of whatever life brings us. Also enjoy the Virginia springtime rain that accompanies us halfway through the meditation.

Direct download: 2020-04-08-Meditation-A-Calm-Refuge-with-the-Rain-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:43pm EDT

Meditation: Meeting Fear with a Healing Breath (2020-04-01) - This meditation guides us through a relaxing body scan and then explores how we can allow the breath to calm our body and bring peace to our heart.


Meditation: Embracing Life with an Open Heart (2020-03-25) - In this short practice we connect with our aspiration to live from love, and then bring a caring presence to our own vulnerability, to a dear one, and to all beings everywhere. 


Meditation: Touching Peace (2020-03-25) - This guided meditation offers a pathway to quieting our mind and calming anxiety. We begin with long deep breathing, and with the breath, engage the image of a smile and relax through the body. Then we practice resting in relaxed awareness, allowing waves of thoughts, feelings and sensations to come and go. The meditation ends with a beautiful verse from poet Phillip Booth.

Direct download: 2020-03-25-Meditation-Touching-Peace-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

Short Talk and Guided Meditation: Bringing RAIN to Fear (2020-03-18) - In this practice we explore how the mindfulness and compassion of RAIN can free us from the grip of fear. This is an excerpt from the full talk: Facing Pandemic Fears with an Awake Heart. Video available via tarabrach.com and Tara’s YouTube channel.


Guided Meditation for Times of Pandemic: “Calling on Your Awakened Heart” (2020-03-18) - In the midst of difficulty we need access to our deepest wisdom and love. This guided meditation calls forth this loving presence by opening to the heart and spirit of whatever being in our life we most experience as calm, wise and compassionate (offered online via livestream).

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With gratitude and love, Tara


Meditation: Bring RAIN to the Wanting Mind - (2020-03-04) - 

We begin the meditation by briefly scanning through the body and sensing awareness of being here. We scan our life and use the acronym RAIN to Recognize a feeling of wanting, Allow it to be there, and Investigate how we’re holding the experience in our body. As we trace back to our longing for belonging, we Nurture a feeling of belonging as warmth, openness and tenderness that’s already here.

This is the final meditation from the full talk given on March 3, 2020, Desire and Addiction (Part 1): Voices of Longing Calling You Home.