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.

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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

Part 2: Conflict - From Fight Flight Freeze to Attend Befriend

2014-04-30 - Part 2 - Conflict - From Fight Flight Freeze to Attend Befriend - How do we reconcile conflict when caught in reactivity sourced in trauma or deep wounding?  This talk looks at the need for a larger field of belonging - a trusted other person or safe group - to engender the presence and compassion that enables us to relax and reconnect with our own wholeness and with others.

Direct download: 2014-04-30-Pt2-Conflict-Fight-Flight-to-Attend-Befriend-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

2014-04-23 - Awakening Through Conflict - As long as we are identified as separate selves, we will inevitably experience conflict with others. If we learn to release blame and deepen attention to our embodied experience, conflict can become a portal for more loving, alive relationships and awakening into the fullness of our being.

Direct download: 2014-04-23-Awakening-Through-Conflict-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

RAIN - Cultivating a Mindful Awareness

2014-04-16 - RAIN - Cultivating a Mindful Presence - The acronym RAIN is a powerful tool for interrupting habitual patterns of emotional reactivity and discovering the freedom of an awake, compassionate presence. This talk explores the components of RAIN, how it works, what makes it transformational and typical challenges people encounter. The teachings include a guided RAIN meditation.

Direct download: 2014-04-16-RAIN-Cultivating-a-Mindful-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

Loving and Losing

2014-04-09 - Loving and Losing - The way that we relate to impermanence and loss shapes our capacity to live and love fully. This talk, drawing on Mary Oliver’s poem “In Blackwater Woods,” explores three elements in our response to this fleeting, precious life that are integral to our healing and freedom.

Direct download: 2014-04-09-Loving-and-Losing-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am EDT

Stress and Our Evolving Consciousness

2014-04-02 - Stress and Our Evolving Consciousness - The universal experience of stress (in Buddhism, called dukkha) is a message that we are not realizing, trusting and living from our true nature. Our habitual reactions to stress - grasping, aversion, resistance - deepen emotional pain and lock us in a limiting sense of egoic-self. This talk explores how, with conscious intention and deepened attention, the stressful difficulties we encounter can become the very grounds of healing and spiritual awakening.

Direct download: 2014-04-02-Stress-and-Our-Evolving-Consciousness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:19pm EDT

Planting Ourselves in the Universe

2014-03-26 - Planting Ourselves in the Universe - When we are lost in the trance of thinking, we disconnect from the aliveness, awareness and love that is our source. Mindfulness, a key capacity of our evolving consciousness, awakens us from an identification with thinking and enables us to inhabit a wider realm of Being. This talk explores the confines of conceptual mind and the simple yet powerful practices that cultivate mindful awareness.

Direct download: 2014-03-26-Planting-Ourselves-in-the-Universe-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm EDT

Return of the Prodigal Son

2014-03-19 - Return of the Prodigal Son - Drawing on Henri Nouwen’s book that interprets this famous parable, this talk looks at the ways we cut off from loving awareness, and the process of homecoming. Our inquiry, reflections and a guided meditation focus on an essential and often overlooked element of transformation: our capacity to trust in love, to let love in.

Direct download: 2014-03-19-Return-of-the-Prodigal-Son-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38pm EDT

Part 5 - Equanimity - A Heart That is Ready for Anything

2014-03-12 - Part 5 - Equanimity - A Heart that is Ready for Anything - Equanimity is the quality of presence that is open, balanced and non-reactive. As this talk explores, when equanimity is lacking, we become easily lost in trance, identified as a defended and controlling egoic self. When present, the solidity and constriction of egoic self dissolves, and our heart is free to respond to life with love, compassion, forgiveness and joy.

Direct download: 2014-03-12-Pt5-Equanimity-Heart-That-is-Ready-for-Anything-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT

Part 4: Opening to Joy

2014-03-05 - Part 4 - Opening to Joy - Our innate capacity for joy is blocked by our habitual ways of paying attention. This talk explores three key pathways of presence that connect us with our full openness and aliveness.

Direct download: 2014-03-05-Pt4-Opening-to-Joy-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm EDT

Part 3: A Forgiving Heart

2014-02-26 - Part 3 - A Forgiving Heart - Anger is an intelligent emotion, a natural part of our evolutionary design that lets us know when we are endangered or impeded in our progress. But when it locks into ongoing resentment and blame, our heart becomes armored and we lose access to a wholeness of being. This talk explores forgiving as a process of relaxing our armoring and awakening a healing compassion for ourselves and others.

Direct download: 2014-02-26-Pt3-A-Forgiving-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

Part 2: Heart of Compassion

2014-02-19 - Part 2: Heart of Compassion - Most of us consciously value compassion, but move through much of life without access to the full capacity of our heart. This talk explores the self-compassion that is the very grounds of loving our world.

Direct download: 2014-02-19-Heart-of-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

2013-10-07 - Mindfulness in Schools- Enabling Children to Realize their Full Potential - Congressman (OH) Tim Ryan speaks at Walt Whitman HS, Bethesda, MD.

Direct download: 2013-10-07-Mindfulness-In-Schools-TimRyan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

2013-10-07 - Mindfulness-In-Schools-TaraBrach.mp3

2013-10-07 - Mindfulness in Schools- Enabling Children to Realize their Full Potential - This talk explores stress-related emotional suffering and how mindfulness and compassion practices can serve our children’s natural intelligence, creativity and openheartedness. Trainings in presence are the hope for this next generation, and the healing of our world. Talk given at Walt Whitman HS, Bethesda, MD.

Direct download: 2013-10-07-Mindfulness-In-Schools-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

2014-02-05 - Part 1: Universal Faces of Love

2014-02-05 - Part 1: Universal Faces of Love - Lovingkindness, or metta, is the first of the four divine abodes in buddhist teachings. This talk explores the habitual patterns of fears and wants that obscure this innate quality of heart and key ways that we awaken ourselves to its luminous presence.

Direct download: 2014-02-05-Part1-Universal-Faces-of-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11am EDT

Listening to the Song

2014-01-22 - Listening to the Song - 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: 2014-01-22-Listening-to-the-Song-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29pm EDT

Path of True Refuge

2014-01-08 - Path of True Refuge - This talk explores the three archetypal gateways to liberation - awareness (Buddha), truth (Dharma) and love (Sangha). It includes guided reflections and a refuge ceremony that can help us discover the path “inside out” through daily life.

Direct download: 2014-01-08-The-Path-of-True-Refuge-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:13pm EDT

Part 2: The Sure Heart's Release

2011-02-16 - Part 2 - The Sure Heart's Release - Our longing is to realize and embody loving presence, yet we each have deeply conditioned habits that bind our hearts. This talk reflects on these habits, and explores how we can free ourselves by bringing a mindful, compassionate attention to places where we are most trapped in feeling separate, fearful and unworthy.

Direct download: 2014-01-01-Pt2-Sure-Hearts-Release-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm EDT

Part 1: The Sure Heart's Release

2011-02-29 - Part 1 - The Sure Heart's release - Our longing is to realize and embody loving presence, yet we each have deeply conditioned habits that bind our hearts. This talk reflects on these habits, and explores how we can free ourselves by bringing a mindful, compassionate attention to places where we are most trapped in feeling separate, fearful and unworthy.

No class on December 25 - enjoy a favorite from 2011.

Direct download: 2011-02-09-Pt1-Sure-Hearts-Release-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Part 2: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love

2013-12-18 - Part 2: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love - This two part series explores the evolutionary conditioning of fear and judgment that contracts us away from love and acceptance, and the quality of mindful presence - in relating inwardly and in communicating with others - that awakens and frees our hearts.

Included at the end: "Holiday Dharma" - fun and song from La Sarmiento as part of IMCW's 2013 winter solstice celebration.

Direct download: 2013-12-18-Pt2-Evolving-Toward-Unconditional-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52pm EDT

Part 1: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love

2013-12-11 - Part 1: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love - This two part series explores the evolutionary conditioning of fear and judgment that contracts us away from love and acceptance, and the quality of mindful presence - in relating inwardly and in communicating with others - that awakens and frees our hearts.

Direct download: 2013-12-11-Pt1-Evolving-Toward-Unconditional-Love-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT

Wings of Homecoming (retreat talk)

2013-10-23 - Wings of Homecoming (retreat talk) - Part of incarnating is to feel separate and forget the mysterious oneness that is our home. This talk explores the two dimensions of awareness that when awakened reveal the openness, lucidity and love that expresses our true nature.

Direct download: 2013-10-23-WedPM-Wings-of-Homecoming-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

The Evolving of Generosity

2013-11-27 - The Evolving of Generosity - This talk explores how we can open out of the habit of grasping and deliberately nourish our natural capacity for generosity, for living love.

Direct download: 2013-11-27-Evolving-of-Generosity-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

Accessing Innate Wisdom

2013-11-20 Accessing Innate Wisdom - Wisdom is an innate capacity, but often covered over by trance. This talk explores how we abandon ourselves as we busily seek ways to feel more worthy, loveable and safe. We then look at the pathway home, the radical non-doing and space of silence that allows wisdom and love to flow through.

Direct download: 2013-11-20-Accessing-Innate-Wisdom-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

Part 2: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening

2013-11-13 - Part 2 - Vulnerability, Intimacy and Spiritual Awakening - We each live with uncertainty and the fear of rejection and loss, and we each are conditioned to avoid feeling or expressing that vulnerability. Yet intimacy with this unlived life is the gateway to connecting authentically with others, full aliveness and spiritual realization.  These talks explore the ways that we defend ourselves, and the pathway to gently, wisely and intelligently disarming and freeing our hearts.

Direct download: 2013-11-13-Pt2-Vulnerability-Intimacy-Spiritual-Awakening-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49pm EDT

Part 1: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening

2013-11-06 - Part 1: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening - We each live with uncertainty and the fear of rejection and loss, and we each are conditioned to avoid feeling or expressing that vulnerability. Yet intimacy with this unlived life is the gateway to connecting authentically with others, full aliveness and spiritual realization.  These talks explore the ways that we defend ourselves, and the pathway to gently, wisely and intelligently disarming and freeing our hearts.

Direct download: 2013-11-06-Pt1-Vulnerability-Intimacy-Spiritual-Awakening-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT

Healing Self-Doubt

2013-10-30 - Healing Self-Doubt - 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-TaraBrach2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

Guided Forgiveness Practice (retreat)

2013-10-20 SatPM (retreat) Guided Forgiveness Practice - Instructions, then a guided forgiveness meditation.

Direct download: 2013-10-20-SunPM-Forgiveness-Practice-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT

The Heartspace That is Our True Home (retreat talk)

2013-10-19 - The Heartspace That is Our True Home - (retreat talk) - By dedicating ourselves to loving the life that is right here--ourselves--we discover the heartspace that holds this world.  This talk explores the pathways of forgiveness, offering and letting in love, and gratitude that reveal the vastness of loving presence.

Direct download: 2013-10-19-SatPM-Heartspace-Our-True-Home-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Part 2: Happiness

2013-10-16 - Part 2: Happiness - This 2-part series explores conditioned and unconditioned happiness: What blocks us from experiencing true well-being, and the skillful means that allow this natural expression of our being to shine through.

Direct download: 2013-10-16-Part2-Happiness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

Part 1: Happiness

2013-10-09 - Part 1: Happiness - This 2-part series explores conditioned and unconditioned happiness: What blocks us from experiencing true well-being, and the skillful means that allow this natural expression of our being to shine through.

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: 2013-10-09-Part1-Happiness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

Loving Life, Loving Earth

2013-10-02 - Loving Life, Loving Earth - 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. 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: 2013-10-02-Loving-Life-Loving-Earth-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25pm EDT

Part 2: Entering the Wilderness

2013-09-25 - Part 2: Entering the Wilderness - On all spiritual paths, we journey into the inner wilderness to discover the nature of nature - the truth of who we are. The entry is through bringing a kind and full presence to the life of our bodies. These two talks explore the conditioning that leads us to dissociation, and the blessings of full aliveness, open heartedness and wisdom that arise when we come home to embodied presence.

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: 2013-09-25-Pt2-Entering-the-Wilderness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34pm EDT

Part 1: Entering the Wilderness

2013-09-18 - Part 1 - Entering the Wilderness - On all spiritual paths, we journey into the inner wilderness to discover the nature of nature - the truth of who we are.  The entry is through bringing a kind and full presence to the life of our bodies. These two talks explore the conditioning that leads us to dissociation, and the blessings of full aliveness, open heartedness and wisdom that arise when we come home to embodied presence.
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: 2013-09-18-Pt1-Entering-the-Wilderness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

Peace Work

2013-09-11 - Peace Work - The hope for inner and world peace lies in our evolutionary capacity to shift from Fight-Flight-Freeze reactivity to responding to aggravation with Attend-Befriend. This talk explores the three elements on this path of awakening that support us in this transformation:  Remembering our true aspiration; taking full responsibility (for whatever arises in our experience) and widening the circles of our caring to include all beings. 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: 2013-09-11-Peace-Work-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm EDT

From Egoic to Unconditioned Loving

2013-09-04 - From Egoic to Unconditioned Loving - When we are caught in the sense of separation and unmet needs, our love is marbled with fear and attachment.  This talk describes the chain of conditioning that perpetuates the constrictions of egoic love and explores several courageous activities--sharing our vulnerability, expressing love, extending and receiving love-- that awaken us to the vastness and freedom of pure loving awareness. 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: 2013-09-04-From-Egoic-to-Unconditioned-Loving-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

Part 2: Relating to the Fearsome Deities

2013-08-28 - Part 2: Relating to the Fearsome Deities - Whenever Mara--the shadow side--appeared during the Buddha's life, his response was simple and liberating: "I see you Mara," and,"Please, come…let's have tea." In that spirit, this talk explores three approaches to relating to fear with a mindful and compassionate presence. The flute meditation at the end of the talk is given by Akal Dev. Please support this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com. Your donations allow us to continue to freely offer the teachings!

Direct download: 2013-08-28-Part2-Relating-To-Fearsome-Deities-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

Part 1: Relating to the Fearsome Deities

2013-08-21 - Part 1: Relating to the Fearsome Deities - Our relationship to fear shapes our life experience. If we are unconscious, and reflexively try to manage fear, our identity takes the shape of the body of fear. If instead we learn to attend and befriend fear, we discover the freedom of our awakened heart. Please support this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com or www.imcw.org. Your donations allow us to continue to freely offer the teachings!

Direct download: 2013-08-21-Relating-to-Fearsome-Deities-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

The Gift of Silence - (from 2007)

2007-09-26 - The Gift of Silence - Through all spiritual traditions, there is a valuing of silence and stillness. When the mind has quieted, it becomes possible to see into the truth of what we are. Yet quieting can turn into a battle with the process of the thinking mind. This talk explores practices that allow us to settle in a natural way, the presence which is silence itself, and the wisdom and love that flows freely when we live from that silence. Please support the continuation of this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com or www.imcw.org. Thank you for your generosity.

Direct download: 2007-09-26-The-Gift-of-Silence-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm EDT

True Belonging

2013-08-07 - True Belonging - We all have a longing to belong. When pursued at the egoic level--often through our good-personhood projects--there may be temporary satisfaction but our sense of separation is ultimately reinforced.  In contrast, bringing mindfulness and compassion to whatever is arising dissolves the sense of separation and reveals the basic goodness of our own loving presence. 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: 2013-08-07-True-Belonging-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:06pm EDT

From Story to Presence

2009-09-09 - From Story to Presence - A fundamental skill cultivated through meditation is awakening from our stories and arriving back in the aliveness of the moment. If we investigate, we find that a large portion of our stories create physical and emotional stress, separate us from others, and obscure the truth of who we are. In this talk you are invited to identify several of your "top ten hits", explore how these stories live in your body, and reconnect with living presence.

Direct download: 2009-09-09-From-Story-to-Presence-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm EDT

2013-07-24 - Three Gestures of Love - 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.

Direct download: 2013-07-24-Three-Gestures-of-Love-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

2013-07-17 - Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable - This talk addresses common misunderstandings about acceptance (allowing, "letting be") and explores the challenges and blessings of opening to the raw emotions that we habitually avoid. 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: 2013-07-17-Absolute-Cooperation-with-the-Inevitable-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

2013-07-10 - Skeleton Woman: Embracing This Living and Dying World - Based on a wonderful myth told by Clarissa Estes, this talk looks at the way we run from "lady death" and the blessings of opening our arms and heart. It is a repeat from 2009-10-07 and fits in well with Tara's topic for next week. If we can embrace the whole of our nature with unconditional presence - including the inevitability of change and loss--we discover deep wisdom and enduring love. 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: 2009-10-07-Skeleton-Woman-TaraBrach-2013-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT

2013-07-03 - Part 2: Hope and the Spiritual Path - In this talk we further define the nature of mature or spiritual hope as part of a trinity that includes trust and love, and explore what blocks its unfolding.  We then review how different people have "hit bottom" and found their way to the energy, receptivity and openness of hope.

Direct download: 2013-07-03-pt2-hope-spiritual-path-tarabrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

2013-06-26 - Part 1: Hope and the Spiritual Path - This talk looks at the difference between egoic hopes and fears, and the quality of hopefulness ("holy hope") that is an essential demension in spiritual experience.  We reflect on the three components of hope that serve awakening: Aspiration, Trust and Dedication of energy.

Direct download: 2013-06-26-hope-spiritual-path-tarabrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

2009-05-07 - Bodhisattva Path - Widening Circles of Compassion - A bodhisattva (awakened being) is committed to relieving suffering and living life from an all inclusive loving presence. This shift of identity from a self centered focus to one of realizing our radical interdependence is a natural part of our spiritual evolution and represents the hope for healing our world. 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: 2009-05-07-Bodhisattva-Path-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

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

Direct download: 2009-05-02-Awakening-from-Virtual-Reality-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

Tara is away this week. Enjoy a favorite talk from 12/9/2009. Spiritual practice reveals our belonging through bringing presence to three gateways: the aliveness of the present moment, loving relatedness, and the openness and lucidity of awareness itself. This talk includes guided meditations in exploring each gateway. Note: poem, "She Dreamed of Cows" is by Norah Pollard.

Direct download: 2009-12-09-Longing-to-Belong-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:08pm EDT

2013-05-29 - Practicing Meditation: "Getting Out Of Your Own Way" - The depth and vitality of a meditation practice depends on our sincerity, and an attitude of curiosity and friendliness.  With this as the grounds, our practice will cultivate the clear seeing and openheartedness that expresses our deepest nature. This talk covers basic ingredients in a meditation practice, and includes a half hour of questions and responses. 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: 2013-05-29-Getting-Out-of-Your-Own-Way-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

2013-05-22 - Being to Being - Loving Beyond the Trance - We have strong conditioning to relate to each other from a sense of separateness--persona to persona. This talk looks at what traps us in egoic relating and how several simple yet powerful reflections can open us to pure, unconditioned loving.

Direct download: 2013-05-22-Being-to-Being--Loving-Beyond-the-Trance-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15pm EDT

2013-05-15 - Releasing the Barriors to Unconditional Loving - We long for love and habitually armor our hearts. This talk explores the aggression and clinging that protect our wound of feeling unlovable, and the ways that mindfulness can dissolve our defenses and reveal our inner refuge of pure loving presence.

Direct download: 2013-05-15-Releasing-the-Barriers-to-Unconditional-Loving-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

2013-05-08 - Remembering Being - Our fear-based doings block us from realizing the formless dimension of our Being, and living from that source of wisdom and love.  This talk explores the habitual control strategies that keep us from presence; and the role of mindfulness and lovingkindness in reconnecting with the ground of Being.

Direct download: 2013-05-08-Remembering-Being-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm EDT