Meditation: The Heartspace That is Home - "No matter how far you've wandered, this heartspace - this awake tender awareness - is only a half-breath of remembrance away."

This meditation awakens attention to the space of awareness. It is a favorite from 2015.

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


Sure Heart's Release - (a favorite from 2015) - The pathway to our awakened 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.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2017-04-12-Sure-Hearts-Release-2015-03-04-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34pm EDT

Guided Heart Meditation: Loving Presence - This meditation introduces the loving-kindness (metta) heart practice. After brief instruction, it begins with scanning the body, filling it gradually with the image of a smile. The meditation continues with a loving-kindness practice - sensing loving presence of someone easy to love, our own being, then offering care to others. (from 2015 fall IMCW weeklong silent retreat)


Soul Recognition: The Practice of Namaste (2017-04-05) - In our daily trance we experience ourselves and others through a filter of wants, fears, stories and beliefs. Drawing on an engaging story from the legends of King Arthur, this talk explores how we can see past this conditioning by learning to see - in ourselves and others - vulnerability, goodness and awareness itself. Sometimes called “soul recognition,” this seeing is the essence of “Namaste” - realizing and honoring the sacredness that shines through all beings.

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Direct download: 2017-04-05-Soul-Recognition-Namaste-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

Meditation: Awakening through the Inner Body (2017-04-05) - When we attune to the inner body, we discover a field of energy and aliveness that is the portal to pure presence. This meditation guides our attention to the inner body, opens to the play of sound and invites us to rest in the awake awareness that includes and is the grounds of this living world.

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Direct download: 2017-04-05-Meditation-Awakening-through-the-Inner-Body.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:13pm EDT

Healing Addiction: De-conditioning the Hungry Ghosts (2017-03-22) - This talk examines the suffering that arises when due to unmet needs for love and safety, our desire becomes narrowed and fixated on substitute gratifications. We then explore how we can bring mindfulness and self-compassion to the habits of obsessing, over-consuming and hurting ourselves and others that keep us from true happiness, connectedness and peace.

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Direct download: 2017-03-29-Healing-Addiction-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

Meditation: Loving Presence - with smile body scan (2017-03-29) - This guided meditation helps cultivate the heartspace that can hold our life with tenderness and grace. We begin by using the image and felt sense of a smile in a body scan, and then open to the spacious presence that includes the changing moment to moment flow of experience. The meditation closes with a few minutes of offering loving blessings to our inner life, dear ones in need and all beings.

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Direct download: 2017-03-29-Meditation-Loving-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Taking "The Exquisite Risk”: An Undefended Heart (2017-03-22) - Poet Mark Nepo uses the phrase “exquisite risk” to describe our willingness to be fully alive, open, available,  living true to our heart. This talk explores the challenges and blessings of taking the exquisite risk, both in becoming more intimate with our inner life, and in engaging with others from full authenticity.

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Direct download: 2017-03-22-Undefended-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT

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

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Direct download: 2017-03-22-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-Full-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT

Reflection - The Compass of Our Heart (2017-03-15) - When we are remembering our deepest intention in any situation, our lives become aligned, and we can act with grace, compassion and wisdom. These reflections will help you remember your intention when caught in conflict, and in a larger way, allow the truth of impermanence to carry you into the very source of longing - loving awareness itself. NOTE: from the end of "Realizing Your Deepest Desires" - full talk podcasted and at: https://www.tarabrach.com/realizing-deepest-desires/.

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Direct download: 2017-03-15-Reflection-Compass-of-Our-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Realizing Your Deepest Desires (2017-03-15) - This talk differentiates between egoic intentions (driven by wants and fears), and our true aspiration (deepest desires) to manifest our full potential for awake awareness and love. We explore ways to realize and open to our deepest desires when we are stuck in self-promotion, grasping and conflict, so that our aspiration becomes a compass of the heart that can guide us in living with wisdom and compassion.

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Direct download: 2017-03-15-Realizing-Your-Deepest-Desires-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

Meditation - Letting Thought Clouds Come and Go (2017-03-15) - This meditation guides us through a body scan and into a relaxed, open presence. When we realize we are lost in a thought cloud, our practice is to relax open, listening to and feeling the life of the present moment. We are training to become increasingly aware of the gap between thoughts, the space where the light of awareness shines through.


Healing Trauma: The Light Shines Through the Broken Places (2017-03-08) - Most of us have encountered trauma either in our own direct experience or with someone in our immediate circle. This talk examines the shame and suffering that arise from trauma and how meditation practices can support a path to full spiritual healing. We focus on practices that help us access a sense of love and safety, and then increase our capacity to bring presence to the unprocessed, unlived life in the body. (Note: For many who suffer from PTSD, therapy is invaluable and these practices are not considered as a substitute.)  

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Direct download: 2017-03-08-Healing-Trauma-Light-Shines-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57pm EDT

Meditation: Getting Lost and Coming Back Here (2017-03-08) - This meditation establishes a sense of presence, of being Here, through a body scan and awakening the senses. We then notice when we’re lost and relax back into the wakeful stillness - the Hereness - that is our true home. Our practice concludes with the beautiful poem “Lost” by David Wagoner.

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Listening to the Song - Part 2 (2017-03-01) - Listening is more than a communications skill, it is a capacity that awakens our awareness. As we learn to listen inwardly, we begin to understand and care for the life that is here. And as we listen to others, that same intimacy emerges. In this two-part series we examine the blocks to listening and the practices that cultivate this essential domain of human potential. Our focus is both on the transformational power of listening in our personal lives, and also the necessity for deep listening if we are to bring healing to our wider society.

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Direct download: 2017-03-01-Pt2-Listening-to-the-Song-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

Meditation: A Sky-Like Mind (2017-03-01) - This meditation begins with listening to sounds as a portal to spacious awareness. In addition to guiding attention to naturally occurring sounds, Tara plays chimes and gongs to deepen the experience of receptivity and openness. The meditation progresses to include all experience - sounds, sensations, thoughts, feelings - in the vast, transparent, timeless space of awareness.

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Direct download: 2017-03-01-Meditation-A-Sky-Like-Mind-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

Listening to the Song - Part 1 (2017-02-22) - Listening is more than a communications skill, it is a capacity that awakens our awareness. As we learn to listen inwardly, we begin to understand and care for the life that is here. And as we listen to others, that same intimacy emerges. In this two-part series we examine the blocks to listening and the practices that cultivate this essential domain of human potential. Our focus is both on the transformational power of listening in our personal lives, and also the necessity for deep listening if we are to bring healing to our wider society.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

Direct download: 2017-02-22-Pt1-Listening-to-the-Song-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

Reflection: Heart Wisdom of Your Future Self - By connecting with your future self, this reflection guides you in accessing the deep wisdom and unconditional love of your own awakening heart.

"I returned to the river. I returned to the mountains. I begged - I begged to wed every object and creature. And when they accepted, God was ever present in my arms. And He did not say, 'Where have you been?' For then I knew my soul – every soul – has always held him."

excerpted from: When I Was the Forest – Meister Eckhart

https://thevalueofsparrows.com/2012/12/05/poetry-meister-eckhart/

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Being Truthful (2017-02-15)

Being Truthful (2017-02-15) - The grounds of happiness, loving relationships and a just and flourishing society is honesty. And yet our current times are characterized by a plethora of deception - both societally, and often in more subtle ways, in our personal lives. This talk examines the deep conditioning we have to deceive others, and to avoid facing and acknowledging our own vulnerability. We then explore how we can commit ourselves to deepening our truth telling, and in so doing, creating a climate of integrity and trust that can lead to a more compassionate world.

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Direct download: 2017-02-15-Being-Truthful-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:41pm EDT

Meditation - Sitting Like a Mountain (2017-02-15)

Meditation - Sitting Like a Mountain (2017-02-15) - Meditation can empower us as we learn to access our potential for stability, strength and openness. This meditation calls on the image of a mountain as we awaken our body and mind to a full, vibrant presence. Meditation closes with a metta prayer.

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Direct download: 2017-02-15-Meditation-Sitting-Like-a-Mountain-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

Trusting Our Awakening Heart (2017-02-08)

Trusting Our Awakening Heart (2017-02-08) - The more we trust that our awareness and heart are awakening, the more we find ease, grace and true empowerment in our lives. This talk explores two pathways of deepening our sense of belonging and trust: direct presence with the pain of separation, and turning toward the loving presence that is increasingly manifesting through these human forms.

"...we need people who are able to respond from the heart - not from an angry or egoic reactivity, but from real wisdom."

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Direct download: 2017-02-08-Trusting-Our-Awakening-Heart-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38pm EDT

Meditation: At Home in the Moment (2017-02-08)

Meditation: At Home in the Moment (2017-02-08) - This meditation cultivates a gentle, wakeful presence in the body, with the “smile down” and then guides us to resting in a home base of sensations or the breath. We then open to whatever arises with a clear and inclusive attention, saying Yes to the life that is here.

Direct download: 2017-02-08-Meditation-At-Home-in-the-Moment-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:04pm EDT

Love, and Death - Retreat Talk (2016-12-29)

Love, and Death - Retreat Talk (2016-12-29) - To live our lives fully, we need to embrace the natural unfolding of birthing and dying. Yet we are deeply conditioned to resist loss, to pull away from fear and grief. Through a powerful Inuit story shared by Clarissa Estes, this talk explores how our practices of presence can open us to what we avoid, and free us to love without holding back.

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Direct download: 2016-12-29-Love--and-Death-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 6:28pm EDT

Retreat Meditation: A Liberating Awareness - Embodying Full Presence (2016-12-30)

Retreat Meditation: A Liberating Awareness - Embodying Full Presence (2016-12-30) - This vipassana meditation establishes fertile grounds for presence by gladdening the mind, a mindful body scan, collecting the attention and including all that arises in a kind, clear presence.


Darkness of the Womb - Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering (2017-01-25)

Darkness of the Womb - Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering (2017-01-25) - We can either repeat old fear based patterns, or our suffering can awaken us to a deeper wisdom and greater love. This talk explores four principles in relating to difficulty that move us towards healing and freedom - both personally and as a society.

Direct download: 2017-08-23-Darkness-of-the-Womb-TaraBrach-2017-01-25-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT

Meditation - The Return to Presence: Rest Your Mind In What Is (2017-01-25)

Meditation - The Return to Presence: Rest Your Mind In What Is (2017-01-25) - It’s natural that our attention wanders, and the more we relax back, the more that becomes our habit…returning to presence. This meditation opens with conscious breathing and awakening through the body. We then rest in open awareness, and when the attention drifts, guide ourselves to rest our minds, over and over, in the aliveness and presence that is right here.

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Direct download: 2017-01-25-Meditation-Return-to-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 11:56pm EDT

Your Awake Heart Is Calling You (2017-01-18)

Your Awake Heart Is Calling You (2017-01-18) - As individuals and societies, we are pulled by both the insecurity of our evolutionary past, and by our awake heart, our capacity for mindfulness and compassion. This talk explores the ways we can listen to and respond to the call of our awake heart, by training ourselves to open to vulnerability - our own and others - and widen the circles of compassion.  

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Direct download: 2017-01-18-Your-Awake-Heart-is-Calling-You-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:41pm EDT

Meditation: Awakening Compassion (2016-11-23)

Meditation: Awakening Compassion with Tonglen - Our hearts awaken as we let ourselves be touched by the suffering within and around us. They shine as we respond with care to what has touched us. This meditation uses the breath to guide us in letting in and contacting suffering, and offering out our love. With practice this meditation enables us to realize the truth of our connectedness and the luminous love that is intrinsic to awareness.

Direct download: 2016-11-23-Meditation-Awakening-Compassion-Tonglen-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:44pm EDT

Meditation: A Witnessing, Kind Presence (2017-01-18)

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

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Direct download: 2017-01-18-Meditation-Witnessing-Kind-Attention-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT

Dissolving Trance with RAIN (2017-01-11)

Dissolving Trance with RAIN (2017-01-11) - One of the pervasive expressions of trance is identifying with a limited and separate sense of self.  This talk contrasts the self-trance to our intrinsically open, awake and loving awareness. We then explore how the mindfulness and self-compassion in the RAIN practice can directly dissolve trance and reconnect us to our true nature.

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Direct download: 2017-01-11-Diissolving-Trance-with-RAIN-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

Meditation: Cultivating a Relaxed Attention (2017-01-11)

Meditation: Cultivating a Relaxed Attention (2017-01-11) - In this meditation we engage a relaxed and alert attention by scanning through the body, opening to sound, and resting in the awareness that includes all the senses. This presence is stabilized with the use of a home base, for many the breath, and reminders to “relax back” when the mind naturally drifts.

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Heart Meditation: Awakening Loving Presence (2016-12-31)

Heart Meditation: Awakening Loving Presence (2016-12-31) ~ We each have an intrinsic capacity for loving presence, and there are powerful ways of paying attention that bring this potential alive. This meditation uses the image and felt sense of a smile to bring a relaxed receptivity to the body. We then engage with our future self (our Being when our heart is fully awake) and explore what it means to embody the fullness of that wisdom and love.

(given on the last afternoon of the 2016 IMCW 5-day New Year's silent retreat)

Direct download: 2016-12-31-Meditation-Awakening-Loving-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

Refuge in Truth, Love and Awareness (2017-01-04) - The three archetypal refuges of truth, love and awareness are interweaving pathways home found in most spiritual traditions. This talk looks at our habitual pursuit of substitutes to feel happy, and reflects on how we awaken through each true refuge. The talk ends with a living ritual anyone can participate in that helps us remember these refuges as we move through our lives.

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Direct download: 2017-01-04-Refuge-in-Truth-Love-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT

Meditation: Quieting the Mind (2017-01-04)

Meditation: Quieting the Mind (2017-01-04) - We open with a reading on silence, and then relax our bodies, calm our minds and rest in the inflow and outflow of the breath. This simple meditation on relaxing with the breath ends with a verse on the blessings of quieting our mind.

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Direct download: 2017-01-04-Meditation-Quieting-the-Mind-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

Don't Know Mind (a talk from June 10, 2009)

Don't Know Mind - Thoughts, and more broadly, conceptual knowledge, cannot lead to the direct realization of truth, of reality. While thoughts are an essential part of surviving and thriving, spiritual awakening only becomes possible when we step out of the trance of thinking. This talk invites listeners into the radical openness and freedom of not-knowing. (a favorite from 2009-06-10)

Direct download: 2009-06-10-Don-t-Know-Mind-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Meditation: A Listening Presence with Smile Body Scan (2016-11-10)

Meditation: A Listening Presence with Smile Body Scan (2016-11-10) - Listening to sounds is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and connect with the natural openness of awareness. This meditation emphasizes the anchor of listening, and guides us to relax through our bodies, filling them with the image of a smile. In this receptivity we find a homecoming to full presence and peace.

Direct download: 2016-11-10-Meditatiion-Listening-Presence-w-Smile.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

Question and Response: Heart Practices - (2016-11-05)

Question and Response: Heart Practices - (2016-11-05) - follow-up to the guided heart practice: Taking in the Goodness.

Tara replies to questions from retreatants.

~ from the IMCW Fall retreat

Direct download: 2016-11-05-Q-A-Heart-Practices-Retreat-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44pm EDT

Heart Meditation with Instructions: Taking in the Goodness (2016-11-05)

Heart Meditation with Instructions: Taking in the Goodness (2016-11-05) - previously published without lead-in instructions. ~ from the IMCW Fall retreat

Rumi said, “Whenever some kindness comes to you, turn that way – toward the source of kindness.”

This meditation guides us to look for the source of loving and to turn in that direction. It begins with a lovingkindness practice that spreads the image of a smile into the body, then continues with a practice of seeing the goodness of ourselves and others.

“What’s it like when you communicate your appreciation of goodness to another person?”


The Revolution of Tenderness - Part 2 (2016-12-21)

The Revolution of Tenderness - Part 2 (2016-12-21) - These two talks explore our capacity to be tender - sensitive and responsive to ourselves and others. This capacity marks a radical evolutionary shift from a self-centered existence shaped by fear, to a life lived from the realization of our collective belonging and the preciousness of all life. The talks examine the conditioning that inclines us toward dissociation and emotional reactivity, and the practices of presence that evolve our heart and awareness.

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Direct download: 2016-12-21-Pt2-Revolution-of-Tenderness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:02pm EDT

Meditation: Breathing into Presence (2016-12-21)

Meditation: Breathing into Presence (2016-12-21) - The breath can be our gateway into the boundless awareness that holds all life. This meditation begins with a breath that calms our nervous system, and then invites a relaxed presence with the breath and sensation that open us to the “universe breathing.” Resting in awareness, we realize the wakefulness, peace and vitality of pure presence.

"The whole universe is the body breathing..."

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Direct download: 2016-12-21-Meditation-Breathing-into-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

The Revolution of Tenderness - Part 1 (2016-12-14)

The Revolution of Tenderness - Part 1 (2016-12-14) - These two talks explore our capacity to be tender - sensitive and responsive to ourselves and others. This capacity marks a radical evolutionary shift from a self-centered existence shaped by fear, to a life lived from the realization of our collective belonging and the preciousness of all life. The talks examine the conditioning that inclines us toward dissociation and emotional reactivity, and the practices of presence that evolve our heart and awareness.

from Tara’s talk: Pope Francis invites us to “live the revolution of tenderness,” which is expressed through closeness, compassion and service...

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Direct download: 2016-12-14-Pt1-Revolution-of-Tenderness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:24pm EDT

Meditation - Awake Awareness is our Home (2016-12-14)

Meditation - Awake Awareness is our Home (2016-12-14) - This meditation guides us in awakening our awareness  by opening to all our senses and recognizing the alert presence that is always, already here. By relaxing back into the presence over and over, we become familiar with the reality that is truly our home.

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Direct download: 2016-12-14-Meditation-Awake-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

Spiritual Reparenting (2016-12-07)

Spiritual Reparenting (2016-12-07) - When we are not sufficiently nurtured in childhood, we are inclined toward anxiety, depression, addiction and other forms of suffering. In a deep way, we do not feel at home with others, and are disconnected from our own body, heart and spirit. This talk explores how meditation offers "spiritual reparenting” as we learn to bring interest, understanding and love to our own inner vulnerability. This process of healing extends to our relationships with others and our larger society - by reaching out to widening circles with interest and care, we bring increasing harmony and peace to our world.

"How do we love ourselves into healing?"

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Direct download: 2016-12-07-Spiritual-Reparenting-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52pm EDT

Meditation - Relaxing Back into Living Presence

Meditation - Relaxing Back into Living Presence (2016-12-07) - When we are lost in thoughts our mind contracts, our body tightens and we disconnect from true openheartedness. The pathway home is through “relaxing back” and reopening our attention to our senses, relaxing through our body, and gently contacting the felt sense in our heart. By repeatedly relaxing back, we become increasingly familiar with the vibrancy, tenderness and openness of true presence. 

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Direct download: 2016-12-07-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:05pm EDT

Trusting the Gold (retreat talk)

Trusting the Gold (retreat talk)(2016-11-10) - When we are unaware of the emotions and beliefs that shape our experience, we are in a trance characterized by an identity as a separate, incomplete self. Trance obscures the awareness and love that is our deepest essence. This talk explores the two key pathways of awakening from trance and recognizing and trusting the gold of our true nature.

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Direct download: 2016-11-10-Trusting-the-Gold-retreat-talk-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT

Heart Meditation: Taking in the Goodness (retreat)

Heart Meditation: Taking in the Goodness (2016-11-05) (from the IMCW Fall Retreat) - Rumi said, “Whenever some kindness comes to you, turn that way – toward the source of kindness." This meditation guides us to look for the source of loving and to turn in that direction. It begins with a lovingkindness practice that spreads the image of a smile into the body, then continues with a practice of seeing the goodness of ourselves and others. “What’s it like when you communicate your appreciation of goodness to another person?”


Part 2 - "Play a Greater Part" - Bodhisattva for our Times

"Play a Greater Part" - Bodhisattva for our Times - Part 2 (2016-11-23) - During scary and uncertain times, the habitual reflex is to try to find ground by creating stories about what’s happening and hardening into us-them blame. This only perpetuates the aggression and violence that is so prevalent in our societies. These two talks are a reflection on how we as awakening bodhisattvas can evolve our consciousness in a way that serves authentic societal healing and transformation.

“Though I do not expect a plant to spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” ~ Thoreau

NOTE: Part 2 includes a Tonglen meditation near the end of the talk.

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Direct download: 2016-11-23-Play-a-Greater-Part-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:20pm EDT

Meditation: Vipassana - 20 min - Opening Our Hearts to Life as It Is

Meditation: Vipassana - 20 min - Opening Our Hearts to Life as It Is (2016-11-23) - This meditation awakens the senses with a mindful scanning of the body, establishes an anchor for presence, and invites us to arrive again and again, deepening the pathway home. When difficult or intense experience arises, the practice is to learn to open to what is here with a clear, allowing and kind attention.

"...widen your heart and mind so you sense your hand is on the heart of the world. Sensing whatever prayer for the world most resonates at this moment and offering it..."  

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Direct download: 2016-11-23-Meditation-Vipassana-20min-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT

"Play a Greater Part" - Bodhisattva for Our Times - Pt1 (2016-11-16)

"Play a Greater Part" - Bodhisattva for Our Times - Pt1 (2016-11-16) - During scary and uncertain times, the habitual reflex is to try to find ground by creating stories about what’s happening and hardening into us-them blame. This only perpetuates the aggression and violence that is so prevalent in our societies. These two talks are a reflection on how we as awakening bodhisattvas can evolve our consciousness in a way that serves authentic societal healing and transformation. 

"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." - Margaret Wheatley

"From bitter searching of the heart,
Quickened with passion and with pain
We rise to play a greater part. ..."
~ Leonard Cohen

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Direct download: 2016-11-16-Play-a-Greater-Part-Pt1-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT

Meditation: Vipassana (Mindfulness or Insight)

Meditation: Vipassana (Mindfulness or Insight) - A gift of meditation is learning to open to life just how it is, with awake awareness. This meditation guides us in establishing an embodied presence, and collecting the attention with mindfulness of the breath. We then open the attention to whatever is predominant, and rest in an open, engaged and receptive presence.

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The Wings of Awakening - Self-Honesty and Love (retreat talk) (2016-11-06)

The Wings of Awakening - Self-Honesty and Love (retreat talk) (2016-11-06) - We evolve our consciousness by bringing a clear and kind attention to the tangles of suffering. This talk explores how the "second arrow" of self-judgment imprisons us in emotional reactivity, and the pathways of awakening awareness that reconnect us with our full human potential.

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Direct download: 2016-11-06-Wings-of-Awakening-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 10:28pm EDT

Starting a Meditation - with No Bell at the End (2016-11-05)

Starting a Meditation - and No Bell at the End (2016-11-05) - Given in the early morning on the first day of retreat, this recording can settle you into a meditation of any length. There is no bell at the end, so you can make your session as long or short as you wish.

Direct download: 2016-11-05-Start-a-Meditation-No-Bell-at-End.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:33pm EDT

Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times - Part 2 (2016-11-02)

Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times - Part 2 - The shadow is the unfaced, unlived fears and emotional pain in our individual and collective psyche. When not brought into awareness it expresses as “no” - the anger, aggression, hopelessness and cynicism that is resisting and opposing life. In this talk we explore how to evolve our consciousness by bringing “yes” - clarity and loving acceptance - to the parts of our being we have been unwilling to feel. This loving “yes” reconnects us to our basic goodness and helps others do the same.

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Direct download: 2016-11-02-Awakening-Consciousness-in-Shadowy-Times-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm EDT

Meditation: Cultivating a Mindful Awareness (2016-11-02)

Meditation: Cultivating a Mindful Awareness (2016-11-02) - Mindfulness means paying attention on purpose to our moment to moment experience. This meditation invites us to collect our attention with the breath and use the breath as a home base for mindful presence. We then include whatever is predominant, recognizing and allowing the changing flow. The blessing of this practice is simple and beautiful: We are learning to be here for our life.

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Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times (2016-10-26)

Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times (2016-10-26) - On both individual and societal levels, suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche. This talk looks at two interrelated ways of practice that help us to awaken from a limiting self-sense characterized by “something is wrong with me, or you.”  In addition to guided meditations, our time includes sharing from participants.

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Direct download: 2016-10-26-Awakening-Consciousness-in-Shadowy-Times-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence (2016-10-26)

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence (2016-10-26) - When we are stressed, our body and mind contract, and energetically we resist the life in the present moment. This meditation helps de-condition the stress reaction by guiding us to relax open from thoughts, relax physical tension, and gently relax back over and over into living presence.

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Reflection: Deepening the Truths We Share (2016-10-19)

Reflection: Deepening the Truths We Share (2016-10-19) - Our capacity for love grows as we practice deepening the truths we share with each other. This short reflection offers guidance in how to bring your presence and heart to truth telling.

From "Seeking What’s True — Within Ourselves, Beyond our Self, With Each Other - Part 3"

 

Direct download: 2016-10-19-Reflection-Deepening-Truths-We-Share-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:57pm EDT

Seeking What’s True  – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – (Part 2 of 3) (2016-10-19)- The ground of the spiritual path is realizing the nature of reality and living our lives from this awakened heart and mind. The first of this three-part series examines the process of radical self-honesty – the non-judgmental recognition of what’s going on inside us, and especially what has been outside of our conscious awareness. The second talk deepens this process with the practices of self-inquiry, looking directly into the one who is seeking truth. The third part explores the challenges and blessings of honesty in our relationships.

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Direct download: 2016-10-19-Seeking-Whats-True-Pt3-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT

Meditation: Relaxing Back and Saying Yes to the Moment (2016-10-19)

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

 

Direct download: 2016-10-19-Meditation-Relaxing-Back-Saying-Yes-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

Meditation: Awake, Openhearted Awareness (2016-10-12)

Meditation: Awake, Openhearted Awareness (2016-10-12) - This meditation guides us in recognizing the formless awareness that is always here, but often outside of conscious awareness.  As awareness awakens to realize itself, we come home to our primordial nature—boundless, lucid, tender presence.

Listen to the full talk: Seeking What’s True — Within Ourselves, Beyond our Self, With Each Other (part 2) at: https://www.tarabrach.com/seeking-whats-true-pt2/

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Direct download: 2016-10-12-Meditation-Awake-Openhearted-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

Seeking What's True - Pt 2 of 3 (2016-10-12)

Seeking What's True - Within Ourselves, Beyond our Self, With Each Other - Pt 2 of 3 (2016-10-12) - The ground of the spiritual path is realizing the nature of reality and living our lives from this awakened heart and mind. The first of this three part series examines the process of radical self-honesty - the non-judgmental recognition of what’s going on inside us, and especially what has been outside of our conscious awareness. The second talk deepens this process with the practices of self-inquiry, looking directly into the one who is seeking truth. The third part explores the challenges and blessings of honesty in our relationships.

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Direct download: 2016-10-12-Seeking-Whats-True-Pt2-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

Meditation: Breath and Presence (2016-10-12)

Meditation: Breath and Presence (2016-10-12) - For many, relaxing and attending to the movement of the breath provides a powerful anchor for presence. This guided meditation guides us in establishing the breath as a homebase, and then invites a clear and receptive attention to the changing waves of experience. This attention naturally unfolds into a full, tender, inclusive presence.

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Direct download: 2016-10-12-Meditation-Breath-and-Presence-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 7:23pm EDT

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

Seeking What's True: Within Ourselves, Beyond our Self, With Each Other  - Pt 1 of 3 (2016-10-05) - The ground of the spiritual path is realizing the nature of reality and living our lives from this awakened heart and mind. The first of this three part series examines the process of radical self-honesty - the non-judgmental recognition of what’s going on inside us, and especially what has been outside of our conscious awareness. The second talk deepens this process with the practices of self-inquiry, looking directly into the one who is seeking truth. The third part explores the challenges and blessings of honesty in our relationships.

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Direct download: 2016-10-05-Seeking-Whats-True-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm EDT

Meditation - Receiving Life in Open Awareness (2016-10-05)

Meditation: Receiving Life in Open Awareness (2016-10-05) - Our habit is to try to manage our experience from a mental control tower. This meditation awakens us through the body, and then invites us to rest in that vast presence that includes the changing flow of life. When we inhabit that openness, there’s a natural arising of peace, wakefulness and tenderness.

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Spiritual Empowerment (2016-09-28)

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

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

Meditation: Receiving This Life in Awareness

Meditation: Receiving This Life in Awareness (2016-09-28) - In our everyday life we are conditioned to feel that life is happening to us, or that we are the doer. This meditation deconditions that self-centrality by bringing attention to the aliveness in our bodies, and then opening to receive the entire play of sounds, sensations and feelings in awareness.

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Realizing Our Undefended and Awakened Heart (retreat talk)

Realizing Our Undefended and Awakened Heart (retreat talk) - It is our evolutionary and spiritual potential to release unnecessary habits of violating other tribes, individuals and unwanted parts of our own being. This talk explores three essential facets of the pathway to awakening: Leaving the fortress of aversive judgment, entering the wilderness of our embodied being and encircling this life with love.

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Direct download: 2013-12-29-Realizing-Our-Undefended-Heart-2016-09-21-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

Meditation: Listening to and Feeling Our Life

Meditation: Listening to and Feeling Our Life - Listening to sounds is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and connect with the natural openness of awareness. This meditation emphasizes the anchor of listening, and guides us to relax through our bodies and let sounds wash through us. In this receptivity we find a homecoming to full presence and peace.

 


The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions

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

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

Retreat - Morning Instruction - RAIN - Q and A (2016-08-27)

Retreat - Morning Instruction - RAIN - Q and A (2016-08-27) - Tara gives morning instruction on retreat including R.A.I.N. (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nourish), then responds to questions from retreatants. Includes a question on resourcing when working with trauma. Recorded at the 2016 IMCW Women's Retreat.

Direct download: 2016-08-27-Retreat-Instruction-RAIN-and-QA-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

Trusting Our Hearts

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

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

On Deepening Our Meditation and Guided Meditation from Retreat

Meditation Instructions and Guided Meditation from Retreat (2016-08-27) - Tara gives morning instructions about how to deepen our meditation, then leads us in a guided meditation.


Reflection: Your Future Self (2016-08-24)

Reflection: Your Future Self - Accessing the Wisdom of Your Heart (2016-08-24) - When we are cut off from our natural love and wisdom, there’s a way home. This meditation guides us to a visit with our future self, and reveals a pathway to our awakened, evolved consciousness. The more we practice this pathway, the more we realize and trust the loving awareness that is always and already within us.

(from the full talk: https://www.tarabrach.com/your-future-self/)

Direct download: 2016-08-26-Meditation-Your-Future-Self-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Letting Go: The Freedom of Awake Awareness

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

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

Meditation: Awakening Our Energy Body (2016-08-31) - This meditation scans the body and directly invites the awakening of key energy centers (chakras) in our body. We then rest in the openhearted awareness that includes this ever changing creative flow of aliveness.  

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Direct download: 2016-08-31-Meditation-Awakening-Our-Energy-Body-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 8:10pm EDT

Your Future Self: Turning Towards Your Awakened HeartMind

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

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

Meditation: Coming Home to Openhearted Awareness (2016-08-24)

Meditation: Coming Home to Openhearted Awareness (2016-08-24) - In daily life we often leave ourselves, get lost in thoughts, and cut off from a direct, openhearted experience of our life. This meditation reconnects by opening all the senses, turning towards the awareness that is here, and resting in the awakened heartspace that includes and tenderly holds our moment to moment experience.

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

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

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

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

Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness (2016-08-17)

Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness (2016-08-17) - This meditation awakens a receptive attention to the senses, starting with physical sensations and opening to sound. Then we sense how open awake awareness is receiving the moment to moment arising and passing life. In the final part of the practice, we explore how awake awareness is receiving the experience of our heart and offer blessings to our inner life and all living beings. 

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

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

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

Meditation: Awakening Our Full Aliveness (2016-08-10)

Meditation: Awakening Our Full Aliveness (2016-08-10) - We cut off from our aliveness when we are lost in thoughts and on auto pilot. This meditation arouses a receptivity to sensation from “the inside out,” opens the awareness to sound, and then invites a full resting in receptive, dynamic presence.

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Direct download: 2016-08-10-Meditation-Awakening-Our-Full-Aliveness.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 4:48pm EDT

Meditation: Guided Heart Forgiveness Practice (from retreat)

Meditation: Guided Heart Forgiveness Practice (2016-05-09) - Tara gives brief instructions on the forgiveness practice, then guides us through a process of forgiveness of ourselves and others.

"Forgiving is a movement of your heart not to carry aversive hatred or blame. That you can care about someone and still create boundaries... Each of you has this wisdom, heart, being place that intuits that there really isn’t freedom in the moments that you’re carrying blame and judgment."

(from the Spring 2016 IMCW 7-day retreat)

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Direct download: 2016-05-09-Guided-Heart-Forgiveness-Practice-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

Wise Investigation: Dissolving the Trance

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

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Meditation: Invitation to Practice (no bell at end)

Meditation: Invitation to Practice (no bell at end) - A brief invitation to start a longer meditation sitting. Begins with Japanese flute and continues with calming and settling to begin a sitting of any length (from retreat).

(flute passage from "A Touch of Grace" album via jonathanfoust.com)


Loving the Life Within Us (retreat talk)

Loving the Life Within Us (retreat talk) - If we don’t love the life we consider “self,” we will not realize or live from the loving awareness that is our essence. This talk guides us in bringing a kind, accepting presence to our inner life, and discovering the vastness of what we really are.

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Direct download: 2016-07-27-SatPM-Loving-the-Life-Within-Us-TaraBrach-2012-10-27.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

Meditation: Spacious Sky of Awareness (2015-12-29) (retreat)

Meditation: Spacious Sky of Awareness (2015-12-29) (retreat) - This meditation begins with a body scan that enables us to awaken our senses. Finally, we relax open fully to include the changing flow of sounds and sensations, in a spacious, open awareness.

Direct download: 2015-12-29-Meditation-Spacious-Sky-of-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT

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

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

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

Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence - 5 min (2016-05-18)

Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence - 5 min (2016-05-18) - This brief meditation can support you in pausing and arriving again in the life that’s right here.


Fear as a Pathway to Loving Presence - Night Travelers (retreat) (2016-05-08)

Fear as a Pathway to Loving Presence - Night Travelers - (retreat talk) (2016-05-08) - Shifting our relationship with fear is central to the evolution of consciousness. Our suffering arises when our thoughts, feelings and sense of identity are shaped by fear. As we learn to attend to fear with mindfulness and care, we discover the vast tender presence that has room for the waves, and can fully cherish this life.

"Life’s waters flow from darkness. Search the darkness, don’t run from it.
Night travelers are full of light, and you are too: don’t leave this companionship....
The moon appears for night travelers, be watchful when the moon is full."
~ rumi

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Direct download: 2016-05-08-Fear-as-a-Pathway--retreat--TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 8:25pm EDT

Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence (1 minute) - (2016-07-13)

Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence (1 minute) - (2016-07-13) ~ This brief meditation can support you in pausing and arriving again in the life that’s right here.

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


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

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

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

Meditation: Rest in Awake Awareness (2016-07-06)

Meditation: Rest in Awake Awareness (2016-07-06) - When we allow the body to be a portal, we discover the ever-present background of awareness that includes the whole play of sensation, sound, aliveness. This meditation awakens us through a body scan, and then invites a relaxing back into the space of awareness. The guidance is to let everything be, just as it is, and become the silence that’s listening, the stillness out of which all forms arise.

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Direct download: 2016-07-06-Meditation-Resting-in-Awake-Awareness-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:19pm EDT

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

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

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

Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You

Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You(2016-06-29) - This meditation begins with quieting the mind and collecting attention with the breath. We then awaken the senses through a body scan, open to sound, and rest in open awareness, allowing sounds and sensations to move through. Like an ocean, when we rest in openness, it’s possible to open to the waves that most want attention, without grasping or resisting. This engaged presence is the very essence of freedom, of inhabiting a wholeness of being.

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

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

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

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

Meditation: Know That You're Here (2016-06-22)

Meditation: Know That You're Here (2016-06-22) - We spend many moments in a trance, time traveling to the past and future, lost in a virtual reality. This meditation helps us collect our attention with our breath, awaken through the body, and open the senses. We then rest in the wakeful openness that includes changing experience, aware of the mystery and vividness of being Here.

 

Direct download: 2016-06-22-Meditation-Know-that-You-Are-Here-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT

Morning Question and Response from Retreat (2016-05-11) - Tara responds to questions including deepening our meditation practice, working with desire, and the RAIN practice.

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Direct download: 2016-05-11-Morning-Question-Response-on-Retreat-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Retreat Talk -- posted at: 7:05pm EDT

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

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

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

Meditation: Gladdening the Mind (2016-05-12) (from retreat)

Meditation: Gladdening the Mind (2016-05-12) (from retreat) - The Buddha taught the value of gladdening the mind. This meditation begins with an inquiry on what we are most grateful for - what we love, then continues to scan with a smile though the entire body (from a morning on the 2016 IMCW spring retreat).

Direct download: 2016-05-12-Meditation-Gladdening-the-Mind-TaraBrach.mp3
Category:Guided Meditation -- posted at: 2:55pm 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