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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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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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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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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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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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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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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: 2017-08-23-Darkness-of-the-Womb-TaraBrach-2017-01-25-2.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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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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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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Direct download: 2016-10-12-Seeking-Whats-True-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

Seeking What's True - Pt 1 of 3 (2016-10-05)

Seeking What's True: Within Ourselves, Beyond our Self, With Each Other  - Pt 1 of 3 (2016-10-05) - 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: 2016-10-05-Seeking-Whats-True-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm EDT

Spiritual Empowerment (2016-09-28)

Spiritual Empowerment (2016-09-28) - When we are trying to control life, we are removed from presence, and act in ways that separate us from others and solidify the experience of being a insecure self. This talk explores our often unconscious strategies of seeking power, and the ways that mindful and compassionate awareness reconnects us to the source of true empowerment. When empowered we are tapped into the universal flow of love, wisdom and creativity, and are free to respond to life with “a heart that is ready for anything.”

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Direct download: 2016-09-28-Spiritual-Empowerment-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions

The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions - In Buddhist cosmology the torment of intense desire that can never really be satisfied is depicted as the realm of Hungry Ghosts. This talk explores the attachments and addictions that so many of us struggle with, and the teachings and practices that can liberate us.

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Direct download: 2015-07-29-The-Realm-of-Hungry-Ghosts-2016-09-15-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:01pm EDT

Trusting Our Hearts

Trusting Our Hearts (2016-04-06) - Trust in our basic goodness directly effects our capacity for intimacy with others, creativity and living fully.  This talk explores the ways that our caregivers and culture undermine that trust, primarily by giving us messages that we are “not enough” or flawed.  We then explore the meditation practices that remind us of our loving hearts, and of the goodness that expresses through others. This remembrance is what nourishes a liberating quality of trust in ourselves and in our life.

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Direct download: 2016-04-06-Trusting-Our-Hearts-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Letting Go: The Freedom of Awake Awareness

Letting Go: The Freedom of Awake Awareness (2016-08-31) - We know we need to let go of harmful habits like obsessive worry, blame and over consuming to experience true well-being, yet much of the time we are stuck and judge ourselves for being out of control. This talk explores what's so difficult about letting go and how we can't will it but we can be willing. We then explore the shift to awake awareness that enables a natural dissolution of clinging and resistance, and the deep peace and freedom of letting be.  

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Direct download: 2016-08-31-Pt1-Letting-Go-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35pm EDT

Your Future Self: Turning Towards Your Awakened HeartMind

Your Future Self: Turning Towards Your Awakened HeartMind (2016-08-24) - Our lives are shaped by our evolutionary past - the fears and wants that arise from a separate self sense - and the pull of our evolutionary potential - our awakened heart and mind. This talk explores the power of these pulls, and the teachings and reflections that make us most available and responsive to the calling of our future self.

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Direct download: 2016-08-24-Your-Future-Self-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm EDT

How Hope Can Heal and Free Us - Part 2 (2016-08-17)

How Hope Can Heal and Free Us - Part 2 (2016-08-17) - The mature expression of hope includes three elements: the aspiration for manifesting our full potential, a trust that this is possible, and an energy that engages to serve this unfolding. In this talk, we explore the importance of hope on the spiritual path, its shadow side, and how we can nourish hope through these three elements in a way that serves inner freedom and the healing of our world.

Reflection: "When you're feeling most alive and present, what's going on? What are you doing? What do you love? Take a moment to take one thing that you know you really love - imagine it - sense yourself engaged in what you love. What's going on inside you that makes this so precious? Sense who you are when you're doing what you love. Know that this is another pathway to belonging - to your heart - to aliveness. This is a pathway to living with the sense of possibility in every moment."

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Direct download: 2016-08-17-Pt2-How-Hope-Can-Heal-and-Free-Us-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

How Hope Can Heal and Free Us - Part 1 (2016-08-10) - The mature expression of hope includes three elements: the aspiration for manifesting our full potential, a trust that this is possible, and an energy that engages to serve this unfolding. In this talk we explore the importance of hope on the spiritual path, its shadow side, and how we can nourish hope - through these three elements - in a way that serves inner freedom and the healing of our world.

“We close with a simple prayer this evening, that all beings might remember the depth of their longing – that deep aspiration for love, for aliveness. That all beings may trust the heart and consciousness that’s always and already here. And that we may live from the depth and fullness of who we are.” ~ Tara

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Direct download: 2016-08-10-Pt1-How-Hope-Can-Heal-and-Free-Us-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:33pm EDT

Wise Investigation: Dissolving the Trance

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

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That Bird Got My Wings (from 2015-07-22)

That Bird Got My Wings (from 2015-07-22) - This talk looks at how we are imprisoned by a limited sense of who we are, and how the wings of mindfulness and heartfulness enable us to realize the spirit that is our essence. We then look at how we can bring the wings of freedom to our engagement with others. The talk’s title is the name of a book written by Jarvis Masters, a deeply wise and inspiring African American man currently on death row at San Quentin prison.

Direct download: 2016-07-20-That-Bird-Got-My-Wings-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm EDT

Stress and Everyday Nirvana - Part 2 (2016-07-06)

Stress and Everyday Nirvana - Part 2 (2016-07-06) - Our habitual view of stress is that it is a bad thing, an obstacle to healthy living and spiritual realization. These two talks look at how our way of relating to stress determines our happiness, and invites listeners to engage with practices that radically shift our response to stress and bring a healing and freeing evolution of consciousness. 

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Direct download: 2016-07-06-Stress-and-Everyday-Nirvana-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm EDT

Stress and Everyday Nirvana - Part 1 (2016-06-29)

Stress and Everyday Nirvana - Part 1 (2016-06-29) - Our habitual view of stress is that it is a bad thing, an obstacle to healthy living and spiritual realization. These two talks look at how our way of relating to stress determines our happiness, and invites listeners to engage with practices that radically shift our response to stress and bring a healing and freeing evolution of consciousness. 

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Direct download: 2016-06-29-Stress-and-Everyday-Nirvana-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm EDT

Reconnecting with Our Lives - Healing from Dissociation (2016-06-22)

Reconnecting with Our Lives - Healing from Dissociation (2016-06-22) -

Dissociation is the universal mechanism for pulling away from the pain of “too much.” While it’s necessary and natural for enduring certain situations, the ongoing habit of dissociation cuts us off from our full aliveness, creativity, and capacity for love. This talk explores the process by which we disconnect from our bodies and feelings - individually and collectively - and the practices that directly enable us to include the “unlived life" - the fear and shame, passion and loneliness - that we’ve pushed away. By including the raw energies we’ve been avoiding, we come home to a fullness that can embrace others and the whole of life.

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Direct download: 2016-06-22-Reconnecting-with-Our-Lives-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

Remembering What Matters - Aspiration and Intention (from 2013-01-30)

Remembering What Matters - Aspiration and Intention (from 2013-01-30) ~ Our conscious aspiration toward awakening is what energizes the spiritual path. This talk reviews the main characteristic of a vital aspiration, the conditioning that obscures our deepest intentions and offers guided reflections to connect us with what most matters.

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Direct download: 2016-06-15-Remembering-What-Matters-2013-01-30-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

Three Gestures of Love (2016-06-08)

Three Gestures of Love (2016-06-08) - If we inquire “what is between me and presence” we usually find we’ve been caught inside a limiting story of self, contracted by wants and fears. This talk explores a simple yet powerful way of arousing loving presence and dissolving the narrow identification that keeps us from inhabiting our awakened heartmind. NOTE: Tara is traveling and she asked for this favorite talk from 2013-07-24 be posted for your enjoyment.

Direct download: 2013-07-24-Three-Gestures-of-Love-REDO-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm EDT

Real But Not True: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs (2016-06-01)

Real But Not True: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs (2016-06-01) -

Thoughts and beliefs are navigational maps that are not inherently true. Rather, some serve us and others cause feelings of separation, self-aversion and/or blame of others. We can free ourselves from harmful beliefs by investigating them with a dedicated, mindful and courage presence. This talk guides us in mindful investigation through an illustrative story, an outline of steps, and a guided meditation that addresses limiting beliefs surrounding interpersonal conflict.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-06-01-Real-But-Not-True-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:25pm EDT

Morning Question and Response from Retreat (2016-05-09) - Tara responds to questions on deepening our meditation practice, working with unpleasant and pleasant thoughts, and forgiveness.

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

Direct download: 2016-05-09-Morning-Question-Response-on-Retreat-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:59pm EDT

Happy for No Reason - Part 2 (2016-05-25)

Happy for No Reason - Part 2 (2016-05-25) - These two talks explore the two different kinds of happiness, the blocks to happiness, and the ways that mindful presence and intentional gladdening the heart (positive neuroplasticity) can open us to our full potential for true happiness.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2016-05-25-Happy-for-No-Reason-Part2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm EDT

Happy for No Reason - Part 1 (2016-05-18)

Happy for No Reason - Part 1 (2016-05-18) - These two talks explore the two different kinds of happiness, the blocks to happiness, and the ways that mindful presence and intentional gladdening the heart (positive neuroplasticity) can open us to our full potential for true happiness.

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at www.tarabrach.com/donation/.

With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2016-05-18-Happy-for-No-Reason-Part-1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm EDT

RAIN of Forgiveness (2015-05-05)

RAIN of Forgiveness (2015-05-05) - The capacity to release the armoring of hatred and blame is intrinsic to our evolving consciousness.  This talk explores the process of authentic forgiveness, and how we can use the mindfulness-based tool of RAIN to heal and free our hearts.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

Direct download: 2016-05-04-RAIN-of-Forgiveness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT

Listening with an Awake Heart (2016-04-27)

Listening with an Awake Heart (2016-04-27) - True listening both nurtures and expresses evolving consciousness. This talk explores our ego-based conditioning to have an agenda or defendedness that prevents deep listening, and the strategies that evolve our capacity to listen fully to ourselves and others. When our listening is openhearted and full, it enables deep understanding and connectedness, and provides a transformative healing space for those who receive our listening attention.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-04-27-Listening-with-an-Awake-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

Love is Always Loving Us (2016-04-20) - This talk draws on Christian mystic Henri Nouwen’s book Return of the Prodigal Son. We explore the primary ways we leave home - leave presence, connection, beingness - and the pathways of deep attention and love that enable our return. The emphasis is on “letting in love” as a key and often missing element in practices that heal and free our hearts. Through the talk there are several reflections that lead to receiving the blessings of love and discovering that we are the source of that loving.

Direct download: 2016-04-20-love-is-always-loving-us-tarabrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:16pm EDT

Releasing Self-Blame - Pathways to a Forgiving Heart (2016-04-13)

Releasing Self-Blame - Pathways to a Forgiving Heart

When we are stuck in blaming, disliking or hating ourselves, we are unable to love our world. This talk explores what underlies our addiction to self-blame and the teachings and practices that loosen aversive self-judgment and help us cultivate a forgiving heart.

Direct download: 2016-04-13-Releasing-Self-Blame-Pathways-to-a-Forgiving-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47am EDT

Healing Self-Doubt (2013-10-30)

Healing Self-Doubt (2013-10-30) - Siddhartha Gautama’s last challenge before enlightenment was doubt, and to some degree, most of us live with limiting beliefs about our own worthiness and goodness. This talk looks at the tenacity of self-doubt and the power of mindfulness, investigation and compassion in releasing its grip.

Direct download: 2013-10-30-Healing-Self-Doubt-TaraBrach3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24pm EDT

Embodied Awareness - Pain and Living Fully - Part 3 (2016-03-30)

Embodied Awareness - Pain and Living Fully - Part 3 (2016-03-30) - The experiences we most value - feeling creative, loving, vital - require being awake in our bodies. Yet when faced with physical pain, our conditioning is to pull away from our bodies, and get lost in thoughts. This talk offers guidance in working mindfully with different levels of pain, as we cultivate our capacity to live from an embodied presence and open heart.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-03-30-Pain-and-Living-Fully-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

Reflection: This Living Body - Our Portal to Freedom (2016-03-23)

Short Reflection: This Living Body - Our Portal to Freedom (2016-03-23) (12:15 min) -

Our habit is to leave home - the aliveness of our body - and seek happiness through avoiding unpleasantness and chasing after pleasure. This short talk and reflection point to embodied presence as the gateway to genuine openheartedness and freedom.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-03-23-Reflection-This-Living-Body-Our-Portal-to-Freedom-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:23pm EDT

Embodied Awareness - Embracing the Unlived Life - Part 2 (2016-03-23)

Embodied Awareness - Embracing the Unlived Life - Part 2 (2016-03-23) - When we disconnect from the aliveness of our body, we are in a trance that prevents us from living and loving fully. These two talks examine our habits of dissociation - including the cutting off that comes from trauma - and the suffering of “unlived life” that this creates. We then look at how practices of mindfulness and compassion, guided by the acronym RAIN, enable us to re-enter our bodies, and discover the creativity, love and wisdom that naturally flow from embodied awareness.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-03-23-Embodied-Awareness-Embracing-the-Unlived-Life-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT

Practical Dharma for Stressful Times (2016-03-16)

Practical Dharma for Stressful Times (2016-03-16) -

When we are caught in a stress reaction, we are in a trance that cuts us off from our creativity, full intelligence and capacity to be loving. This talk explores the flags of the stress-trance and three meditative strategies for shifting from fight/flight to attend/befriend. (at end is “Love the One You’re With” by Steven Stills)

Tara was traveling this week and asked this very timely talk from November 07, 2012 be posted.

 

Direct download: 2012-11-07-Practical-Dharma-for-Stressful-Times-REPEAT-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT

Embodied Awareness - Embracing Unlived Life - Part 1 (2016-03-09)

Embodied Awareness - Embracing Unlived Life - Part 1 (2016-03-09)

When we disconnect from the aliveness of our body, we are in a trance that prevents us from living and loving fully. These two talks examine our habits of dissociation, and the suffering of “unlived life” that this creates. We then look at how practices of mindfulness and compassion, guided by the acronym RAIN, enable us to re-enter our bodies, and discover the creativity, love and wisdom that naturally flow from embodied awareness.

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at www.tarabrach.com/donation/.

With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2016-03-09-Embodied-Awareness-Embracing-the-Unlived-Life-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Power of Mindful Investigation (from 2010-09-22)

The Power of Mindful Investigation (from 2010-09-22) - We each have a deep interest in reality–in understanding what is true and who we are. In Buddhist teachings, our interest, and its expression in wise investigation, energize the path of awakening. This talk explores how mindful investigation can free us from emotional suffering, nourish loving relatedness and create the conditions for deep spiritual realization.

(Tara is on retreat this week, so she asked to share this talk from 2010.)

Direct download: 2010-09-22-The-Power-of-Mindful-Investigation2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Secret Beauty - Solstice Talk (2015-12-23)

Secret Beauty - Solstice Talk (2015-12-23) - This solstice talk explores two pathways to realizing the Secret Beauty that is our essence. One is through the compassion that arises when we stay with vulnerability and suffering, and the other is through love that arises as we learn to see the goodness that shines through all beings.

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Direct download: 2015-12-23-Secret-Beauty-Solstice-Talk-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:19pm EDT

The RAIN of Self-Compassion (2015-12-16)

This talk explores three key features of the trance of unworthiness and introduces a guided meditation based on a new version of the acronym RAIN that awakens self-compassion and de-conditions the suffering of being at war with ourselves.

Direct download: 2015-12-16-The-RAIN-of-Self-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

Desire: A Current of Homecoming (2015-12-09)

Desire: A Current of Homecoming (2015-12-09) - Desire is intrinsic to our aliveness, yet when we have unmet needs, it can possess us. This talk explores how to relax open the grip of wanting and heal the suffering of addiction. You will learn how to bring mindfulness and compassion to the roots of desire, and be carried home to  open loving presence.

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

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

Direct download: 2015-12-09-Desire-A_Current_of_Homecoming-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:53pm EDT

With prayers for the Paris Climate talks: What will it take to have us collectively awaken to the suffering of our earth and respond? This talk looks at how we are destroying our larger body, the earth; what stops us from recognizing and opening to the suffering of loss, and ways we can evolve our consciousness and act on behalf of this precious life. (from 2013-10-02)

Direct download: 2015-12-02-Loving-Life-Loving-Earth-TaraBrach_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15am EDT

Part 2: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-18)

Part 2: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-18) - 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.

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

Direct download: 2015-11-18-Part2-Awakening-through-Anger-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT

Instructions on Working with Trauma - Q and A from Retreat (2015-04-20)

Instructions on Working with Trauma - Q and A from Retreat (2015-04-20) - a short segment that includes a message on working with trauma as part of a morning question-response session at the IMCW 2015 Spring Retreat.

Direct download: 2015-04-20-Morning-Q-A-Working-with-Trauma-TaraBrach2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:19pm EDT

Part 1: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-11)

Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-11) - 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.

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
― Mark Twain

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Direct download: 2015-11-11-Awakening-through-Anger-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT

Compass of Our Heart (2015-11-04)

Compass of Our Heart (2015-11-04) - All of our actions, our entire life experience, arises from the energy of intention.  While it’s natural that our intentions are shaped by egoic wants and fears, when we bring this into conscious, compassionate awareness, we can discover the deep aspiration that guides and energizes our awakening hearts and minds. This talk explores the movement from egoic intention to liberating intention…the movement from “my will” to “my hearts will.

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

Direct download: 2015-11-04-Compass-of-Our-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50pm EDT

Relating Wisely with Imperfection (2015-10-28)

Relating Wisely with Imperfection (2015-10-28) - Our survival brain reacts to perceived imperfection with aversion and anxiety, and if we are habituated to this reaction, we become imprisoned in the identity of a flawed separate self. This talk explores the healing and transformation that is possible as we learn to regard imperfection with mindfulness and compassion.

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

Direct download: 2015-10-28-Relating-Wisely-with-Imperfection-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

Awakening Beyond Self (2015-10-21) - Suffering is our call to deepen attention and discover the truth of who we are beyond the identity of a separate, deficient self. This talk examines how thoughts, beliefs and emotions keep us trapped in a confining identity, and two pathways of practice that serve awakening and freedom.

Direct download: 2015-10-21-Awakening-Beyond-Self-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT

Trusting Ourselves, Trusting Life (2015-10-07)

Trusting Ourselves, Trusting Life (2015-10-07) - How can we trust in basic goodness when we encounter so much greed and violence within and around us? This talk explores three pathways of practice that enable us to bring a healing attention to our primitive survival conditioning, and cultivate the heart and awareness that express our full potential and deepest essence.

"Who would you be if you trusted the basic goodness and beauty that lives through you?"

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

Direct download: 2015-10-07-Trusting-Ourselves-Trusting-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT

The Sacred Pause (2015-09-30)

The Sacred Pause (2015-09-30) - 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.

Direct download: 2015-09-30-The-Sacred-Pause-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT

Genuine Acceptance (2009-08-26)

Genuine Acceptance (2009-08-26) - a favorite from 2009
Our capacity to accept this life is key to our freedom, yet there are many misconceptions about acceptance: People wonder, if acceptance makes us a doormat in relationships? Isn't acceptance akin to resignation? Doesn't it make us passive when what is needed is action? This talk explores some of the misunderstandings about acceptance and offers teachings on the nature of genuine and liberating acceptance.

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at www.tarabrach.com/donate.html. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2009-08-26-Genuine-Acceptance-2015-09-25-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

Releasing Limiting Beliefs (2015-09-09)

Releasing Limiting Beliefs (2015-09-09) - If we investigate patterns of emotional suffering or “stuckness,” we’ll discover that under our pain is a fear based belief. Until these beliefs are brought into the light of compassionate awareness, they control and confine our lives. This talk reviews key steps of inquiry and mindfulness that help us realize the freedom that comes with awakening from the grip of beliefs.

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at http://www.tarabrach.com/donate.html. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-09-09-Releasing-Limiting-Beliefs-TaraBrach-64.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT

Learning to Respond, Not React (2015-09-02)

Learning to Respond, Not React (2015-09-02) - When stressed, we often react with looping fear-thoughts, feelings and behaviors that cause harm to ourselves and/or others. This talk offers three interrelated strategies that can serve us when we’re triggered by stress, and help us find our way back to our natural wisdom, empathy and wholeness of being. By de-conditioning habitual reactivity, we are increasingly able to respond to our life circumstances in ways that serve healing and awakening.

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at http://www.tarabrach.com/donate.html. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-09-02-Learning-to-Respond-Not-React-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:08am EDT

Awakening from the Trance - Embracing Unlived Life (2015-08-26)

Awakening from the Trance - Embracing Unlived Life (2015-08-26) - When physical or emotional pain is too much, our conditioning is to pull away and avoid direct contact with raw feelings. The result is a trance - we are split off from the wholeness of our aliveness, intelligence and capacity to love. This talk explores how this dissociation shows up in our lives and a powerful way that mindfulness enables us to integrate cut-off parts of our being.

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at http://www.tarabrach.com/donate.html. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-08-26-Awakening-from-the-Trance-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO (2015-08-19)

Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO (2015-08-19) - 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.

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/)

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

Direct download: 2015-08-19-Transforming-Two-Fears-FOF-and-FOMO-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

Radical Acceptance Revisited (2015-08-12)

Radical Acceptance Revisited (2015-08-12) - One of the truths we most regularly forget is that if we are at war with ourselves, we can’t feel love and connection with our world. This talk looks at the genesis of the “Trance of Unworthiness” and how the wings of mindfulness and heartfulness can dissolve the trance and reveal the loving awareness that is our essence Being.

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at http://www.tarabrach.com/donate.html. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-08-12-Radical-Acceptance-Revisited-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT

The Sacred Art of Listening (2015-08-05)

The Sacred Art of Listening (2015-08-05) - Deep listening - the kind of listening that brings intimacy and understanding—takes intentional practice. This talk looks at the societal and inner obstacles to an undistracted presence, and the mindfulness strategies that nourish our capacity to listen in a way that heals and connects.

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

Direct download: 2015-08-05-The-Sacred-Art-of-Listening-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions  (2015-07-29)

The Realm of Hungry Ghosts (2015-07-29) - In Buddhist cosmology, the torment of intense desire that can never really be satisfied is depicted as the realm of Hungry Ghosts. This talk explores the attachments and addictions that so many of us struggle with, and the teachings and practices that can liberate us.

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Direct download: 2015-07-29-The-Realm-of-Hungry-Ghosts-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

"Coming Back" - Meditation Instructions with Q and A (from retreat) (2015-06-26)

"Coming Back" - Meditation Instructions with Q and A (from retreat) (2015-06-26) - A special recording from the first morning of the 2015 IMCW Women's Retreat that offers further guidance and addresses some frequently asked questions about meditation. (13.5 min)

Direct download: 2015-06-26-Retreat-Meditation-Instructions-with-QA-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

That Bird Got My Wings (2015-07-22)

That Bird Got My Wings (2015-07-22) - This talk looks at how we are imprisoned by a limited sense of who we are, and how the wings of mindfulness and heartfulness enable us to realize the spirit that is our essence. We then look at how we can bring the wings of freedom to our engagement with others. The talk’s title is the name of a book written by Jarvis Masters, a deeply wise and inspiring African American man currently on death row at San Quentin prison.

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Direct download: 2015-07-22-That-Bird-Got-My-Wings-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm EDT

The Dance with Pain (2015-07-08)

The Dance with Pain (2015-07-08) - “Pain is inevitable and suffering is optional.”  In this talk Tara explores the difference between pain and suffering and examines the most common, yet often unconscious, ways we resist pain. She then shares practices that help us find balance, equanimity and awakening in the midst.

Your support will enable us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time. Visit: www.tarabrach.com. A guided meditation on "Radical Acceptance of Pain" is available on the "Guided Meditations" page.  With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-07-08-Dance-with-Pain-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm EDT

Part 2: Devotional Practices (2015-07-01)

Part 2: Devotional Practices (2015-07-01) - The sacred feminine expresses the realization of our belonging, our innate interdependence with all of life. These two classes explores inner practices that help us open to our longing to belong, and awaken the power of prayer.

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Direct download: 2015-07-01-Devotional-Practices-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:24pm EDT

Part 1: Devotional Practices (2015-06-24)

Part 1: Devotional Practices (2015-06-24) - The sacred feminine expresses the realization of our belonging, our innate interdependence with all of life. These two classes explores inner practices that help us open to our longing to belong, and awaken the power of prayer. 

Direct download: 2015-06-24-Devotional-Practices-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

Beloved Community (2015-06-17)

Beloved Community (2015-06-17) - Martin Luther King’s term, “Beloved Community,” points to our potential for living together with love, justice and respect. This talk explores the often hidden expressions of racism that fuel separation and violence, and pathways toward healing and freeing our collective hearts.

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Direct download: 2015-06-17-Beloved-Community-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

Part 2: Beyond the Fear Body (2015-06-10)

Part 2: Beyond the Fear Body (2015-06-10) - A central part of spiritual awakening is recognizing and befriending fear, and in the tender intensity of fear, discovering the awakened heart.  In these two talks we explore the suffering of becoming identified with the fear body, and the skillful means that enable a full and liberating presence with fear.

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Direct download: 2015-06-10-Pt2-Beyond-the-Fear-Body-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:27pm EDT

Part 1: Beyond the Fear Body (2015-06-03)

Part 1: Beyond the Fear Body (2015-06-03) - A central part of spiritual awakening is recognizing and befriending fear, and in the tender intensity of fear, discovering the awakened heart.  In these two talks we explore the suffering of becoming identified with the fear body, and the skillful means that enable a full and liberating presence with fear.

Your support will enable us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time. Visit: http://www.tarabrach.com/donate.html. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-06-03-Pt1-Beyond-the-Fear-Body-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

The Two Wings of Awareness (2015-05-27)

The Two Wings of Awareness (2015-05-27) - The two wings of understanding and love awaken as we learn to recognize what is here in the present moment, and to allow experience to be just as it is. This talk includes a guided reflection and a brief period of questions and responses.

Direct download: 2015-05-27-The-Two-Wings-of-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

Part 2: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity (2015-05-20)

Part 2: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity (2015-05-20) - 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.

Direct download: 2015-05-20-Pt2-Impermanence-Awakening-Through-Insecurity-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

Part 1: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity (2015-05-13)

Part 1: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity (2015-05-13) - 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.

Direct download: 2015-05-13-Pt1-Impermanence-Awakening-Through-Insecurity-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

2012-03-28 - Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body - Our fear management strategies--versions of fight/flight-- contract our body and mind, and separate us from others. As we learn to pause and contact the bodily fear with a gentle, mindful awareness, our sense of being enlarges. We rediscover our belonging to presence, love and life.

Direct download: 2012-03-28-Attend-and-Befriend-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

2015-04-29 - Investigating Reality - Beyond an Interpreted World

2015-04-29 - Investigating Reality - Beyond an Interpreted World - The skillful use of inquiry - asking questions in a way that energizes and focuses our attention - brings what is hidden into the light of awareness.  This talk explores the healing that arises as we investigate the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche, and the freedom discovered as we look into the very essence of who we are.

Direct download: 2015-04-29-Investigating-Reality-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT

2015-04-15 - True Happiness - Realizing Well Being

2015-04-15 - True Happiness - Realizing Well Being - Well being is the deep contentment that arises from a relaxed, wakeful presence. This talk explores the beliefs and habits that contract us away form presence, and several key ways we can nourish our natural capacity for happiness.

Your support will enable us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time. Visit: www.tarabrach.com. With thanks and love, Tara

Direct download: 2015-04-15-True-Happiness-Realizing-Well-Being-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

2015-04-08 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 3 - Looking in the Mirror

2015-04-08 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 3 - Looking in the Mirror - This 3 part series is based on a teaching story from the Upanishads that shows our potential to awaken from an ego-based trance and discover the full luminosity and freedom of our natural awareness.  In each class we'll explore one of the three gifts considered as essential on the spiritual path.  The first is the capacity to forgive, to let go of the blame and resentment that prevents our hearts from being open and free.  The second gift is "inner fire," the capacity to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to what we most cherish.  The third gift is a "mirror" or the capacity to look deeply into our own hearts and minds and realize the truth of who we are. Each class includes guided meditations that explore how these gifts can be nourished right here and now in our lives.

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: 2015-04-08-Three-Liberating-Gifts-Pt3-Looking-in-the-Mirror-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

2015-04-01 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 2 - Inner Fire

2015-04-01 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 2 - Inner Fire - This 3 part series is based on a teaching story from the Upanishads that shows our potential to awaken from an ego-based trance and discover the full luminosity and freedom of our natural awareness. In each class we'll explore one of the three gifts considered as essential on the spiritual path. The first is the capacity to forgive, to let go of the blame and resentment that prevents our hearts from being open and free.  The second gift is "inner fire," the capacity to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to what we most cherish. The third gift is a "mirror" or the capacity to look deeply into our own hearts and minds and realize the truth of who we are. Each class includes guided meditations that explore how these gifts can be nourished right here and now in our lives.

Direct download: 2015-04-01-Three-Liberating-Gifts-Pt2-Inner-Fire-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

2015-03-25 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 1 - Forgiveness

2015-03-25 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 1 - Forgiveness - This 3 part series is based on a teaching story from the Upanishads that shows our potential to awaken from an ego-based trance and discover the full luminosity and freedom of our natural awareness.  In each class we'll explore one of the three gifts considered as essential on the spiritual path.  The first is the capacity to forgive, to let go of the blame and resentment that prevents our hearts from being open and free.  The second gift is "inner fire," the capacity to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to what we most cherish.  The third gift is a "mirror" or the capacity to look deeply into our own hearts and minds and realize the truth of who we are. Each class includes guided meditations that explore how these gifts can be nourished right here and now in our lives.

Direct download: 2015-03-25-Three-Liberating-Gifts-Pt1-Forgiveness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:01pm EDT

2015-03-18 - Freedom from Fear-Based Beliefs

2015-03-18 - Freedom from Fear-Based Beliefs - This talk looks at how we get imprisoned in fear based, limiting beliefs. We then explore key meditative steps that help release these veils and reveal the fullness and goodness of our essential being.

Direct download: 2015-03-18-Freedom-from-Fear-Based-Beliefs-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55am EDT

2009-08-26 - Genuine Acceptance

2009-08-26 - Genuine Acceptance - Our capacity to accept this life is key to our freedom, yet there are many misconceptions about acceptance: People wonder, if acceptance makes us a doormat in relationships? Isn't acceptance akin to resignation? Doesn't it make us passive when what is needed is action? This talk explores some of the misunderstandings about acceptance and offers teachings on the nature of genuine and liberating acceptance.

Direct download: 2009-08-26-Genuine-Acceptance-TaraBrach-rev.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

2015-03-04 - Sure Heart's Release

2015-03-04 - Sure Heart's Release - The pathway to our awaken 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.

Direct download: 2015-03-04-Sure-Hearts-Release-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35pm EDT