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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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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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With gratitude and love, Tara

 

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.

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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.

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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?”

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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.

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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.

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: 2015-07-29-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.

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. With thanks and love, Tara

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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.

Please support this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com. Your donations allow us to continue to freely offer the teachings!

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.

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

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.

Please support this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com. Your donations allow us to continue to freely offer the teachings!

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

2015-02-25 - From Dragons to Schmoos - Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence

2015-02-25 - From Dragons to Schmoos - Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence - The trance of unworthiness is sustained by our aversion to the dragons - the difficult emotions and related behaviors that are a deeply conditioned part of the human experience. In this talk we explore the awakening that is possible as we recognize our reactive patterns and instead of judgment, offer a loving and healing presence.

Direct download: 2015-02-25-From-Dragons-to-Schmoos-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

2015-02-18 - Part 2: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice

2015-02-18 - Part 2: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice - This two-part series offers a clear and fresh understanding of practices that cultivate mindful awareness. The first class examines our attitude towards practice and gives guidance on posture, establishing an anchor for attention, and learning to concentrate and collect the mind - “coming back.”  The second class focuses on the practice of mindfulness - “being here,” and the component qualities of clear recognition and an allowing non-judgmental presence. 

Direct download: 2015-02-18-Part2-Basic-Elements-of-Meditation-Practice-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

2015-02-11 - Part 1: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice

2015-02-11 - Part 1: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice - This two-part series offers a clear and fresh understanding of practices that cultivate mindful awareness. The first class examines our attitude towards practice and gives guidance on posture, establishing an anchor for attention, and learning to concentrate and collect the mind - “coming back.”  The second class focuses on the practice of mindfulness - “being here,” and the component qualities of clear recognition and an allowing non-judgmental presence. 

Direct download: 2015-02-11-Part1-Basic-Elements-of-Meditation-Practice-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

2015-01-28 - Inhabiting Our Bodies with Presence

2015-01-28 - Inhabiting Our Bodies with Presence - Our conditioning is to pull away from our physical experience when it is difficult. When we regularly dissociate, we are removed from  the source of our power, intuition and capacity to love in a full way. This talk looks at the ways we leave our body and the path of homecoming to living loving presence.

Direct download: 2015-01-28-Inhabiting-Our-Bodies-with-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:17pm EDT

2015-01-21 - Listening to the Calling of Our Hearts

2015-01-21 - Listening to the Calling of Our Hearts - In any moment, our intention - what we are energetically wanting - shapes our life experience. While our deepest intention may be to realize and live from loving awareness, we are often driven by egoic fear and grasping. This talk explores how mindfulness can recognize our prevailing intention, and by staying present, kind and accepting, we can reconnect with the deeper longings that carry us to awakening and freedom.

Direct download: 2015-01-21-Listening-to-the-Calling-of-Our-Hearts-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

2015-01-14 Refuge in Loving Relationship

2015-01-14 Refuge in Loving Relationship - Bringing presence to our relationships reveals our connectedness and essential Oneness. This talk explores two domains of this awakening with others: Realizing our shared vulnerability - that we’re in it together - and recognizing the inherent goodness or sacredness that lives through everyone.

Direct download: 2015-01-14-Refuge-in-Loving-Relationship-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:16pm EDT

2015-01-07 - Taking Refuge in Your Own True Nature

2015-01-07 - Taking Refuge in Your Own True Nature - The three classic refuges of Buddha (awareness), Dharma (truth) and Sangha (loving relatedness) are each expressions of our deepest essence. This talk reflects on the refuges and includes guided meditations and a closing ritual that helps us remember the pathway home in our daily life. (note: to participate in the ritual you will need a piece of red string about 28 inches long)

Direct download: 2015-01-07-Taking-Refuge-In-Your-Own-True-Nature-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

2014-12-17 - Part 2: Intimacy with Life

2014-12-17 - Part 2: Intimacy with Life - This season is one of celebrating the light and love that is our unifying source. And yet at these times our society is being forced to face its deep patterning of racial oppression, amongst other expressions of violence. These two talks investigate the process of turning against ourselves and others, and how intentional and deep presence can heal the suffering of separation.

Direct download: 2014-12-17-Pt2-Intimacy-with-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

2014-12-10 - Part 1: Intimacy with Life

2014-12-10 - Part 1: Intimacy with Life - This season is one of celebrating the light and love that is our unifying source. And yet at these times our society is being forced to face its deep patterning of racial oppression, amongst other expressions of violence. These two talks investigate the process of turning against ourselves and others, and how intentional and deep presence can heal the suffering of separation.

Direct download: 2014-12-10-Pt1-Intimacy-with-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm EDT

2014-11-26 - A Generous Heart

2014-11-26 - A Generous Heart - Our deep potential is to live from an awake, loving heart. This talk looks at how, with a kind and mindful attention, we can decondition habitual tendencies toward grasping and self-centeredness, and nourish the sense of connectedness and care that gives rise to generosity. As we bring these heart practices alive in our most immediate relationships, they have the power to evolve consciousness in widening circles across the world.

Direct download: 2014-11-26-A-Generous-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

2014-11-19 - Awakening Through Change and Loss

2014-11-19 - Awakening Through Change and Loss - Our capacity to live and love fully is entirely related to how we open to the truth of impermanence. This talk examines how our ways of trying to control life solidify our perception of being separate and threatened. We then look at the wings of mindful presence and compassion that open us to loss and grief, and reveal the loving awareness that is beyond birth and death.

Direct download: 2014-11-19-Awakening-through-Change-and-Loss-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

2014-11-12 The Sacred Art of Listening

2014-11-12 The Sacred Art of Listening - Our capacity to live and love fully is entirely related to how we open to the truth of impermanence. This talk examines how our ways of trying to control life solidify our perception of being separate and threatened. We then look at the wings of mindful presence and compassion that open us to loss and grief, and reveal the loving awareness that is beyond birth and death.

Direct download: 2014-11-12-art-of-listening-tarabrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05pm EDT

2014-11-05 Radical Self-Honesty - The Joy of Getting Real

2014-11-05 Radical Self-Honesty - The Joy of Getting Real - Our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt, resisted parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can deepen self-honesty and reconnect to a wholeness of being that enables us to live with spontaneity, confidence, wisdom and love.

Quote from Elizabeth Lesser: "My prayer to god every day: Remove the veils so I might see what is really happening here and not be intoxicated by my stories and my fears." 

Direct download: 2014-11-05-Radical-Self-Honesty-Joy-of-Getting-Real-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EDT

2014-10-22-Part 2 - Happiness

2014-10-22-Part 2 - Happiness - The Buddha said that he would not teach about happiness if it were not possible to realize this experience of peace and deep well-being. In this three part series, we explore two kinds of happiness - that which arises out of particular causes and the experience of “happy for no reason.” The talks examine the attachments that block happiness, ways to “gladden the mind,” and the liberating presence that naturally expresses as pure happiness.

Direct download: 2014-10-22-Pt2-Happiness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:05pm EDT

2014-10-15 - Part 1 - Happiness - The Buddha said that he would not teach about happiness if it were not possible to realize this experience of peace and deep well-being. In this three part series, we explore two kinds of happiness - that which arises out of particular causes and the experience of “happy for no reason.” The talks examine the attachments that block happiness, ways to “gladden the mind,” and the liberating presence that naturally expresses as pure happiness.

Direct download: 2014-10-15-Pt1-Happiness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm EDT

2014-10-08 - Part 2 - Unconditional Love

2014-10-01 - Part 2 - Unconditional Love  - These two talks explore key elements in manifesting our innate capacity for unconditional love. Both talks include teachings and meditative strategies for recognizing our blocks to loving, and, through courageous, embodied presence, discovering who we are when not confined by the limiting beliefs and feelings of an egoic self. The first focuses on accepting and embracing our inner life, and the second, on the awakening of a loving presence that includes the whole of this living world.

Direct download: 2014-10-08-Pt2-Unconditional-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

2014-10-01 - Part 1 - Unconditional Love

2014-10-01 - Part 1 - Unconditional Love - These two talks explore key elements in manifesting our innate capacity for unconditional love. Both talks include teachings and meditative strategies for recognizing our blocks to loving, and, through courageous, embodied presence, discovering who we are when not confined by the limiting beliefs and feelings of an egoic self. The first focuses on accepting and embracing our inner life, and the second, on the awakening of a loving presence that includes the whole of this living world.

Direct download: 2014-10-01-Pt1-Unconditional-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

2014-09-24 - Awakening from the Landlocked Self

2014-09-24 - Awakening from the Landlocked Self - The Buddha taught that our suffering arises from forgetting who we are. This talk explores the trance of identifying as Somebody, and the compassionate witnessing that allows us to discover the freedom of our natural being.

Direct download: 2014-09-24-Awakening-from-the-Landlocked-Self-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

2014-09-17 - Earth's Crisis - On the Edge of the Roof

2014-09-18 - Earth’s Crisis - On the Edge of the Roof - This talk views the ecological dis-ease of our planet through the lens of our evolutionary unfolding. We explore the egoic trance that has precipitated the destruction of our environment, and the inner practices of presence that enable us to respond from love and wisdom.

Direct download: 2014-09-17-Earths-Crisis-On-the-Edge-of-the-Roof-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT

2014-08-27 - Loving Truth - The Power of Investigation

2014-08-27 - Loving Truth - The Power of Investigation - A key element in spiritual awakening is wise and compassionate investigation. This talk explores how investigation and inquiry (the use of questions) serves emotional healing, intimacy with others and the deepest realization of who we are.

Direct download: 2014-08-27-Loving-Truth--Power-of-Investigation-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

2014-08-20 Bringing Awareness to Doing

2014-08-20 Bringing Awareness to Doing - One of the core domains of egoic trance is addictive doing - chronic activity driven by fear and wanting that keeps us from realizing a wholeness of Being. This talk looks at how addictive doing keeps us in the map of time, identified as a separate self, always on our way somewhere else. We then explore ways we undo this conditioning by pausing and opening to the liberating dimension of Being.

Direct download: 2014-08-20-Bringing-Awareness-to-Doing-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT

2014-08-13 - Listening to the Song

2014-08-13 - Listening to the Song - Tara was away this week, so asked for this favorite talk to be posted. Listening with our full heart and attention is the gateway to understanding and love. This talk explores the challenges to deep listening, and offers ways of paying attention that awaken a healing listening presence.

Direct download: 2014-08-13-Favorite--Listening-to-the-Song-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34pm EDT

2014-08-06 - Part 2 - Trusting Your Basic Goodness

2014-08-06 - Part 2 - Trusting Your Basic Goodness - This talk continues the exploration of what causes our distrust of ourselves, others and life, and the pathways to realizing and trusting who we are. We explore the steps of awakening from limiting beliefs, dissolving the resistance to direct embodied presence, and discovering the space and tenderness - the formless dimension - that is indivisible and whole.

Direct download: 2014-08-06-Part2-Trusting-Your-Basic-Goodness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

2014-07-30 - Part 1 - Basic Trust

2014-07-30 - Part 1 - Basic Trust - One of the expressions of an awakened heart-mind is a basic trust in reality. These talks explore the severed belonging that gives rise to mistrust, and two primary pathways to realizing and trusting the indivisible field of loving awareness that is our source.

Direct download: 2014-07-30-Part1-Basic-Trust-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

2014-07-23 - An Evening of Inquiry - In this class, Tara offered a guided meditation, some brief words on connecting with the felt sense of our experience, and opened the class to questions.

Direct download: 2014-07-23-Evening-of-Inquiry-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Nourishing a Liberating Intention

2014-07-09 - Nourishing a Liberating Intention - The Buddha taught that this entire world arises out of the tip of intention. Intentions can arise from an egoic wants and fears, and they can arise from the wisdom of our heart that is calling us home. This talk explores the qualities that signify a liberating intention and how, by bringing presence to our current intention, we uncover the purity and power of our hearts true aspiration.

Direct download: 2014-07-09-Nourishing-a-Liberating-Intention-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT

Blessings of Soul Recognition

2014-07-02 Blessings of Soul Recognition - We live under an enchantment that has us see ourselves and each other as separate egoic entities. This talk draws on an Arthurian legend and explores the pathways of presence that enable us to see past the mask - our own, others - and recognize the spirit that shines through these temporary incarnations.

Direct download: 2014-07-02-blessings-of-soul-recognition-tarabrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT

Awakening through Conscious Relationship

Communicating our vulnerability and learning to listen - seeking to understand another’s experience - are the keys to discovering the truth of our connectedness. This talk explores the challenges and gifts of dedicating ourselves to becoming more real, present and open in our relationships.

Direct download: 2014-06-18-Awakening-through-Conscious-Relationship-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

2014-06-11 - Freedom and Happiness in Daily Life - How you live today is how you live your life. This talk explores different meditative practices and teachings that help us reconnect with and nurture presence in the midst of the array of daily stressors.

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Direct download: 2014-06-11-Freedom-and-Happiness-in-Daily-Life-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm EDT

Awakening from Virtual Reality

2014-06-04 - Awakening from Virtual Reality - This talk looks at the power our virtual reality of thoughts can hold over our lives. We then explore how bringing mindful awareness to thinking enables us to heal historical wounding and discover who we are beyond the self-story in our mind. We don’t have to believe our thoughts - they are "real but not true!"

Direct download: 2014-06-04-Awakening-from-Virtual-Reality.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:09pm EDT

Humility

2014-05-28 - Humility - In Buddhism and most faiths, humility - feeling that we all share common ground, feeling neither superior or inferior to others - is both a prerequisite to awakening and an expression of mature spirituality. This talk explores how our conditioning and culture reinforce a swing from ego-inflation (self-importance, feeling special, better than others) to ego-deflation (feeling unworthy). We then look at how a wise and kind attention opens us to who we are beyond these confining egoic states, and enables us to live with humility and grace.

Direct download: 2014-05-28-Humility-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT

Heart Training on the Bodhisatva Path

2014-05-21 - Heart Training on the Bodhisatva Path - Bodhisattva means “Awakened Being.” This path of awakening has three key domains for practice: remembering intention; training our attention; and compassionate activity. This talk reviews these domains and includes guided reflections that can help bring spirituality alive in daily life.

Direct download: 2014-05-21-Heart-Training-on-the-Bodhisatva-Path-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28pm EDT

2014-05-14 - Question and Response - Tara explores a range of questions that include working with unworthiness, recognizing aspiration, stepping out of the story and understanding the selfless quality of experience.

Direct download: 2014-05-14-Question-Response-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT