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

2013-04-24 - Letting Go Into Living and Dying - Our capacity to live and love fully is directly related to our acceptance of change and loss. This talk explores how we avoid the pain of loss, ways of practicing that open us to this changing world, and the gifts of letting go into the flow.

Direct download: 2013-04-24-Letting-Go-Into-Living-and-Dying-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

2013-04-17 - Entering the Mystery - John O'Donahue writes, "We are so busy managing our lives, we forget this great mystery we are involved in." This talk looks at the ways we pull away from the mystery and the path of "beginners mind" that enables us to encounter this living world with freshness, courage and wonder. 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: 20130417-Tara_Brach-IMCW-entering_the_mystery.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

2010-06-16 - The Fires of Loss - We all encounter the great losses of our own health and life, and of cherished others. We are conditioned to resist opening to the rawness and grief that comes with loss. This talk describes the refuge of presence in the face of loss, and the gift of timeless love that arises as we make peace with the reality of this living, dying world. NOTE: Tara was traveling this week, so offering a well-loved talk from 2010. 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: 2010-06-16-Fires-of-Loss-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

2008-07-09 Our predicament is intuiting our true nature--love, awareness--and yet regularly contracting into the self-identity conditioned by wants and fears. This talk explores three essential and liberating ways of relating to our human conditioning: forgiving that it arises, interest in what is true, and regarding experience with friendliness and kindness.

Direct download: 2008-07-09-The-Three-Attitudes-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

2010-01-06 - Taking Refuge - The Buddha taught of three archetypal domains in which we awaken presence and realize freedom. In contrast to our habitual false refuges, these gateways of true refuge are dependable because they express the timeless truth of what we are. This talk shines a light on false refuges, guides us in exploring the meaning of each of the three Buddhist refuges and ends in a ritual of "taking refuge."

Direct download: 2010-01-06-Taking-Refuge-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT