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Tara Brach is a leading western teacher of Buddhist (mindfulness) meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She is author of Radical Acceptance (2003), and True Refuge (2013). Senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington D.C. (IMCW), Tara shares a weekly talk on Buddhist teachings and practices. Visit http://www.tarabrach.com for more information. Please support this podcast by donating at http://www.tarabrach.com. Your generosity makes a difference!


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Ask the Friend for Love


Fri, Apr 21, 2017


Ask the Friend for Love - Prayer, when cultivated consciously, energizes and guides us on the spiritual path. This talk investigates the difference between wanting, with its narrow fixation, and the prayer that arises out of our deep heart’s longing. We explore how living prayer, the prayer that arises from consciously inhabiting longing, can carry us home to loving presence. As John O’Donahue writes, prayer is the bridge between longing and belonging.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara

 



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Meditation: The Heartspace That is Home


Thu, Apr 20, 2017


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.



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Sure Heart's Release


Sat, Apr 15, 2017


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.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara



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Guided Heart Meditation: Loving Presence - from Retreat


Thu, Apr 13, 2017


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)



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Soul Recognition: The Practice of Namaste (2017-04-05)


Fri, Apr 07, 2017


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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With gratitude and love, Tara

 



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Meditation: Awakening through the Inner Body (2017-04-05)


Fri, Apr 07, 2017


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.

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



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Healing Addiction: De-conditioning the Hungry Ghosts (2017-03-22)


Fri, Mar 31, 2017


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.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara

 



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Meditation: Loving Presence - with smile body scan (2017-03-29)


Thu, Mar 30, 2017


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.

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



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Taking "The Exquisite Risk:" An Undefended Heart (2017-03-22)


Fri, Mar 24, 2017


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

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With gratitude and love, Tara

 



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Meditation: Relaxing Back into Full Presence (2017-03-22)


Fri, Mar 24, 2017


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.

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



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Reflection - The Compass of Our Heart (2017-03-15)


Sun, Mar 19, 2017


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/.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara



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Realizing Your Deepest Desires (2017-03-15)


Fri, Mar 17, 2017


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.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara

 



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Meditation: Letting Thought Clouds Come and Go (2017-03-15)


Fri, Mar 17, 2017


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.

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



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Healing Trauma: The Light Shines Through the Broken Places


Fri, Mar 10, 2017


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.)  

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

With gratitude and love, Tara



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Meditation - Getting Lost and Coming Back Here (2017-03-08)


Thu, Mar 09, 2017


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.

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



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Listening to the Song - Part 2 (2017-03-01)


Sat, Mar 04, 2017


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.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara



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Meditation: A Sky-Like Mind (2017-03-01)


Thu, Mar 02, 2017


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.

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



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Listening to the Song - Part 1 (2017-02-22)


Fri, Feb 24, 2017


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.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara



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Reflection: Heart Wisdom of Your Future Self


Fri, Feb 24, 2017


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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With gratitude and love, Tara



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Being Truthful (2017-02-15)


Fri, Feb 17, 2017


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.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara

 



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


Thu, Feb 16, 2017


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.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara

 



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Trusting Our Awakening Heart (2017-02-08)


Sat, Feb 11, 2017


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."

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

With gratitude and love, Tara

 



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


Thu, Feb 09, 2017


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.



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


Fri, Feb 03, 2017


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.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara



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


Thu, Feb 02, 2017


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.



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


Fri, Jan 27, 2017


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.



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


Thu, Jan 26, 2017


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.

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



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


Sat, Jan 21, 2017


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.  

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

With gratitude and love, Tara

 



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Meditation: Awakening Compassion (2016-11-23)


Fri, Jan 20, 2017


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.



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


Fri, Jan 20, 2017


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.

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



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Dissolving Trance with RAIN (2017-01-11)


Sat, Jan 14, 2017


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.

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



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


Fri, Jan 13, 2017


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.

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



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


Thu, Jan 12, 2017


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)



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Refuge in Truth, Love and Awareness (2017-01-04)


Sat, Jan 07, 2017


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.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara

 



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


Thu, Jan 05, 2017


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.

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



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


Fri, Dec 30, 2016


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)



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


Thu, Dec 29, 2016


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.



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


Tue, Dec 27, 2016


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



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


Tue, Dec 27, 2016


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?”



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


Sat, Dec 24, 2016


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.

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

With gratitude and love, Tara

 



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


Thu, Dec 22, 2016


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..."

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



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


Sat, Dec 17, 2016


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...

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

With gratitude and love, Tara

 



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


Fri, Dec 16, 2016


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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Spiritual Reparenting (2016-12-07)


Sat, Dec 10, 2016


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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Meditation - Relaxing Back into Living Presence


Fri, Dec 09, 2016


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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Trusting the Gold (retreat talk)


Fri, Dec 02, 2016


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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Heart Meditation: Taking in the Goodness (retreat)


Fri, Dec 02, 2016


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?”



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


Fri, Nov 25, 2016


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


Thu, Nov 24, 2016


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


Fri, Nov 18, 2016


"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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Meditation: Vipassana (Mindfulness or Insight)


Thu, Nov 17, 2016


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)


Sat, Nov 12, 2016


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


Thu, Nov 10, 2016


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.



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


Fri, Nov 04, 2016


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


Thu, Nov 03, 2016


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)


Sat, Oct 29, 2016


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


Thu, Oct 27, 2016


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)


Sun, Oct 23, 2016


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"

 



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Seeking What’s True – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – (Part 3 of 3)


Sat, Oct 22, 2016


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


Fri, Oct 21, 2016


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.

 



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


Sun, Oct 16, 2016


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


Sat, Oct 15, 2016


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


Thu, Oct 13, 2016


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


Fri, Oct 07, 2016


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


Thu, Oct 06, 2016


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)


Sat, Oct 01, 2016


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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Meditation: Receiving This Life in Awareness


Fri, Sep 30, 2016


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)


Fri, Sep 23, 2016


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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Meditation: Listening to and Feeling Our Life


Thu, Sep 22, 2016


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.

 



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The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions


Sat, Sep 17, 2016


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


Fri, Sep 16, 2016


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.



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Trusting Our Hearts


Fri, Sep 09, 2016


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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On Deepening Our Meditation and Guided Meditation from Retreat


Wed, Sep 07, 2016


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.



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


Sun, Sep 04, 2016


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/)



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Letting Go: The Freedom of Awake Awareness


Fri, Sep 02, 2016


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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Meditation: Awakening Our Energy Body


Fri, Sep 02, 2016


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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Your Future Self: Turning Towards Your Awakened HeartMind


Sat, Aug 27, 2016


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


Thu, Aug 25, 2016


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)


Sat, Aug 20, 2016


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


Sat, Aug 20, 2016


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)


Fri, Aug 12, 2016


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


Thu, Aug 11, 2016


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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Meditation: Guided Heart Forgiveness Practice (from retreat)


Sun, Aug 07, 2016


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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Wise Investigation: Dissolving the Trance


Thu, Aug 04, 2016


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)


Wed, Aug 03, 2016


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)



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Loving the Life Within Us (retreat talk)


Fri, Jul 29, 2016


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


Thu, Jul 28, 2016


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.



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


Sun, Jul 24, 2016


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.



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


Thu, Jul 21, 2016


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.



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


Fri, Jul 15, 2016


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


Wed, Jul 13, 2016


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.

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


Sat, Jul 09, 2016


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


Fri, Jul 08, 2016


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


Fri, Jul 01, 2016


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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Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You


Fri, Jul 01, 2016


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)


Fri, Jun 24, 2016


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


Fri, Jun 24, 2016


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.

 



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Morning Question and Response on Retreat (2016-05-11)


Sun, Jun 19, 2016


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


Sat, Jun 18, 2016


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


Thu, Jun 16, 2016


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).



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Three Gestures of Love (2016-06-08)


Sat, Jun 11, 2016


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.



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Meditation: The Mystery of Aliveness - from retreat (2016-05-09)


Fri, Jun 10, 2016


Meditation: The Mystery of Aliveness (2016-05-09) - This meditation from the morning of spring retreat begins with a body scan, then widens to include sounds, senses and open energetic awareness. Includes an application of the RAIN of Compassion to close. (from a morning guided meditation at the IMCW 2016 Spring Retreat)



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Reflection: Waking Up from Limiting Beliefs (2016-06-01)


Sun, Jun 05, 2016


Reflection: Waking Up from Limiting Beliefs (2016-06-01) - A guided meditation that addresses limiting beliefs surrounding interpersonal conflict. Full talk, "Real but Not True: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs" is at: https://www.tarabrach.com/real-not-true/.



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


Sat, Jun 04, 2016


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

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

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Meditation: The Silence That is Listening (2016-06-01)


Thu, Jun 02, 2016


Meditation: The Silence That is Listening (2016-06-01) - 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.



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Morning Questions and Response from Retreat (2016-05-09)


Mon, May 30, 2016


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

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


Sat, May 28, 2016


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

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Meditation: Living Presence with Body Scan (2016-05-25)


Thu, May 26, 2016


Meditation: Living Presence with Body Scan (2016-05-25) - A key pathway to full presence is awakening through the body. This meditation guides us through a body scan, relaxing and receiving the play of sensations. We then deepen attention to the breath, and rest with the rhythmic waves of breathing, experiencing the background of the whole domain of physical aliveness.



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


Sat, May 21, 2016


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

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Meditation: Letting Life Live through You (2016-05-18)


Thu, May 19, 2016


Meditation: Letting Life Live through You (2016-05-18) - This meditation awakens the senses and then guides us into the wakeful openness that includes the whole play of sensations, feelings and sound. We become fully awake and alive as we open to the awareness that allows life to live through us.

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Conscious Prayer: Finding Refuge in Loving Presence (Retreat talk) (2016-05-11)


Sun, May 15, 2016


Conscious Prayer: Finding Refuge in Loving Presence (Retreat talk) (2016-05-11) - Prayer is a communing with our enlarged being. This talk examines less conscious forms of prayer, and how we can evolve the power of our prayers by opening into the depth of our longing, and reaching toward our true belonging. (from the 2016 IMCW Spring Retreat)

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Meditation: Basic Body and Breath Scan - from retreat (2016-05-07)


Sat, May 14, 2016


Meditation: Basic Body and Breath Scan - (2016-05-07) - from the first morning of the IMCW 2016 Spring weeklong retreat, Tara offers a short introductory meditation with a body scan, bringing focus to the breath, sounds, then resting in awareness.

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RAIN of Forgiveness (2015-05-05)


Fri, May 06, 2016


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

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Meditation: Collecting and Quieting the Mind (2016-05-04)


Thu, May 05, 2016


Meditation: Collecting and Quieting the Mind (2016-05-04) - Our conditioned mind is filled with distractions, including worry-thoughts that continually create anxiety in the body. This meditation guides us in relaxing the body, and then establishing the breath as a home base. By gathering and collecting the attention, the mind can settle and allow for a relaxed, wakeful presence.

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Meditation: Spacious Clear Awareness (2016-04-20) (23 min)


Thu, May 05, 2016


Meditation: Spacious Clear Awareness (2016-04-20) (23 min) -

This meditation begins with a breath that calms and collects the attention, and then 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, clear awareness.

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


Fri, Apr 29, 2016


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

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Meditation: Awareness - Listening To and Feeling the Moment (2016-04-27)


Thu, Apr 28, 2016


Meditation: Awareness - Listening To and Feeling the Moment (2016-04-27) -

This meditation awakens a relaxed open presence through the body. We then widen attention to include sounds, and then relax back and fully inhabit the awareness that is listening to and feeling the changing flow of life.

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Love is Always Loving Us (2016-04-20)


Fri, Apr 22, 2016


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



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Meditation: Spacious Clear Awareness (2016-04-20)


Fri, Apr 22, 2016


Meditation: Spacious Clear Awareness (2016-04-20) - This meditation begins with a breath that calms and collects the attention, and then 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, clear awareness.

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


Thu, Apr 14, 2016


Releasing Self-Blame - Pathways to a Forgiving Heart

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



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Meditation: Vipassana - Practice of Seeing Clearly (2016-04-13)


Thu, Apr 14, 2016


Meditation: Vipassana - Practice of Seeing Clearly (2016-04-13)

Vipassana, also known as insight meditation, is training in bringing a clear mindful attention to our moment to moment experience. We begin by relaxing through the body and then resting attention with the breath - or some other sensory anchor - and allowing the mind to settle. Then we open to whatever is predominant or calling our attention - sensations, emotions, sounds - meeting each arising experience with a clear, kind attention. The gift of this process is discovering balance in the midst of the changing flow, and gaining deep insight into the nature of reality.



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Healing Self-Doubt (2013-10-30)


Sat, Apr 09, 2016


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



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Meditation: Awakening an Intimate Presence (2016-04-06)


Fri, Apr 08, 2016


Meditation: Awakening an Intimate Presence (2016-04-06) -

This guided meditation cultivates a relaxed, gentle presence with whatever expressions of life are arising in the moment. We begin by releasing and opening through the body, and then include all sensations, feelings and sounds in an intimate, allowing presence.

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


Sat, Apr 02, 2016


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

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Meditation: The Pathway of Deep Listening (2016-03-30)


Sat, Apr 02, 2016


Meditation: The Pathway of Deep Listening (2016-03-30) -

Listening is an ideal template for awareness itself - it is naturally receptive, open and awake. This meditation invites a deep listening to and feeling our lives, and opens us to the realization of the flow of changing experience and the background awareness that is the source of our Being.

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Reflection: RAIN - A Guide for Embodied Presence (2013-03-23)


Wed, Mar 30, 2016


Reflection: RAIN - A Guide for Embodied Presence (from 2013-03-23) - We have deep conditioning to disconnect from our body’s awareness and, in so doing, leave the site of our creativity, love and vitality. This short meditation uses the acronym RAIN as a guide in re-inhabiting our bodies and our full aliveness.  

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


Sat, Mar 26, 2016


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

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

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


Sat, Mar 26, 2016


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

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Meditation: Living Presence (2016-03-23) (20:01 min)


Fri, Mar 25, 2016


Meditation: Living Presence (2016-03-23) (20:01 min) - The pathway to experiencing full aliveness and openheartedness is by awakening awareness throughout the body. This meditation begins by establishing a rhythmic inflow and outflow of the breath, in order to calm and collect the mind. Then continuing with the conscious breathing, we are guided through the body - bringing attention to sensations and space. This attention becomes a very vibrant living presence, and we end by experiencing that living presence as a natural openheartedness that includes all of life.

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Reflection: Awakening through Conflict (13 min)


Sat, Mar 19, 2016


Guided Reflection: Awakening through Conflict (from a talk given on 2014-04-23) - (13 min)

“We live in a field where our emotions are an open loop – we affect each other. When we’re with someone who’s blaming, we tighten. Anger makes us tighten. When we’re with someone who’s open and caring, we become more open. It’s very, very powerful what’s possible when we put down the blame and we connect with our own being.”

A guided reflection: 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.

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


Fri, Mar 18, 2016


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

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

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

 



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Meditation: Touching Peace - with a Smile (2015-08-19)


Fri, Mar 18, 2016


Meditation: Touching Peace - with a Smile (2015-08-19) - Tara is traveling this week, so asked that this "smile meditation" be posted.



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


Sat, Mar 12, 2016


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

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

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Reflection: RAIN - Entering the Wilderness (2016-03-09)


Sat, Mar 12, 2016


Meditation: RAIN - Entering the Wilderness (2016-03-09) - This short reflection, guided by the acronym RAIN, engages mindfulness and compassion as we open to life that we’ve been pushing away. By including unlived life, we reconnect with the fullness of our being, with vibrant, loving awareness.

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Meditation: Embodied Awareness (2016-03-09)


Fri, Mar 11, 2016


Meditation: Embodied Awareness (2016-03-09) - This meditation reconnects us to the vibratory aliveness of our bodies, and the space of awareness that suffuses that aliveness. We inhabit embodied awareness in the moments of non-doing, of simply resting as wakeful openness, of pure Being.

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Bodhichitta - The Awakened Heart - Part 2 (2016-03-02)


Sat, Mar 05, 2016


Bodhichitta - The Awakened Heart - Part 2 (2016-03-02)

While the brightness and warmth of our hearts is always here, like the sun when blocked by clouds, our intrinsic love can be obscured. These two talks explore how we become arrested in a confining story of separate self, and how remembering love releases us from this trance. The first talk emphasizes inner pathways of freeing our heart and the second talk explores awakening bodhichitta actively in relating with each other.

"To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten." Arne Garborg

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Meditation: Awakening the Heart - Giving and Receiving Loving Blessings (2016-03-02)


Sat, Mar 05, 2016


Meditation: Awakening the Heart - Giving and Receiving Loving Blessings (2016-03-02) -

Our hearts awaken as we express and receive love in an embodied, conscious way. This guided practice brings our attention to dear ones in our life, and explores how we discover deep communion through offering and letting in love.

"To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten." Arne Garborg

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Meditation: Relaxing Back into Open Wakefulness (2016-03-02)


Fri, Mar 04, 2016


Meditation: Relaxing Back into Open Wakefulness (2016-03-02)

This meditation begins by relaxing through the body, and connecting with inner aliveness and space. We then include sounds and sense the openness that life is happening in.  At the center of the practice is and a relaxing back, and inhabiting spacious awareness.  The meditation ends as we experience the heart from the vantage of spacious awareness, and offer prayers to our inner life and all life.

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Bodhichitta - The Awakened Heart - Part 1 (2016-02-24)


Sat, Feb 27, 2016


Bodhichitta - The Awakened Heart - Part 1 (2016-02-24) - While the brightness and warmth of our hearts is always here, like the sun when blocked by clouds, our intrinsic love can be obscured. These two talks explore how we become arrested in a confining story of separate self, and how remembering love releases us from this trance. The first talk emphasizes inner pathways of freeing our heart and the second talk explores awakening bodhichitta actively in relating with each other.

"Exploring what allows the heart to wake up..."

"...being loved into being more who we are is a moment of blessing. What is a blessing? A blessing is a reminder or homecoming into more realness - more love. We're blessed when we remember."

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Meditation: Blessings of Love (2016-02-24)


Sat, Feb 27, 2016


Meditation: Blessings of Love (2016-02-24) - A blessing is whatever reminds us of the sacred loving presence that shines through all of us. This meditation is a transformational practice in receiving and offering blessings. First we connect with the vulnerable tender place within us that longs to feel loved, and call on loving presence to bless us. By imagining and allowing ourselves to receive love, our hearts become open and filled with light. We then bring that inner loving presence fully alive as we offer blessings to other beings. The image of receiving a kiss on the brow, and offering one, is suggested as a powerful channel for the blessings that awaken our heart. 

"...being loved into being more who we are is a moment of blessing. What is a blessing? A blessing is a reminder or homecoming into more realness - more love. We're blessed when we remember."

"Part of what keeps us from realness - in that small self identity - is the avoiding of what's here."

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Meditation: The Center of Now (2016-02-24)


Sat, Feb 27, 2016


Meditation: The Center of Now (2016-02-24) - The portal to presence is awakening through the body from the inside out, and then opening to include sound in field of aliveness. This reveals  the awake space that everything’s happening in; the space that lets everything be, just as it is. It’s in that full allowing that we discover the center of now, that pure still presence that is the very source of our being. The meditation ends with an offering of prayer as that presence is experienced in the domain of the heart.

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The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening - Part 2 (2016-02-17)


Sat, Feb 20, 2016


The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening - Part 2 (2016-02-17) - In spiritual life, inquiry arises from our deep yearning to understand reality, and it involves bringing an interested, engaged attention to our immediate experience.  These two talks explore how inquiry serves emotional healing by focusing on difficult “stuck” places, how inquiry enables us to become more intimate and understanding of others, and in the deepest way, how inquiry can reveal the deepest truth of what we are…our true nature. The talks include several guided reflections that can enrich your meditation practice and serve spiritual awakening.

"If we don't bring inquiry from the neck down, we cannot untangle the tangles. Our emotional life lives in our body, so inquiry needs to be embodied. One of the misconceptions of inquiry is that it's analytic - that it's conceptual... it's not. Inquiry is shining the light of awareness to what's actually happening - moment to moment in our bodies."

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Meditation: Embodied Awareness (2016-02-17)


Fri, Feb 19, 2016


This guided meditation includes a full body scan, and the recognition of the formless awareness that includes and is source of all experience. By recognizing that awareness we discover the silence and stillness that is the ground of all experience.

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Reflection: The Power of Inquiry - Untangling Emotional Tangles (2016-02-10)


Sat, Feb 13, 2016


Reflection: The Power of Inquiry - Untangling Emotional Tangles (2016-02-10) - This short meditation helps us get unstuck from emotional difficulty with the practice of Inquiry. We use the acronym RAIN as a guide, starting with Recognizing and Allowing what is arising, and then systematically Investigating (through inquiry) the limiting beliefs and reactive feelings that are challenging.  The meditation ends by offering Nourishment to our vulnerability with kindness, and discovering the shift in our own being…in our identity…that expresses increased freedom.

(From the end of Part 1: The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening)



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The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening - Part 1 (2016-02-10)


Sat, Feb 13, 2016


The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening (2016-02-10) - Parts I and II - In spiritual life, inquiry arises from our deep yearning to understand reality, and it involves bringing an interested, engaged attention to our immediate experience.  These two talks explore how inquiry serves emotional healing by focusing on difficult “stuck” places, how inquiry enables us to become more intimate and understanding of others, and in the deepest way, how inquiry can reveal the deepest truth of what we are…our true nature. The talks include several guided reflections that can enrich your meditation practice and serve spiritual awakening.

"True inquiry doesn't land on an answer. It opens to a mystery that's meant to be lived."



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Meditation: Inhabiting Awake Awareness with Intro (2016-02-10)


Fri, Feb 12, 2016


Meditation: Inhabiting Awake Awareness with Intro (2016-02-10) - This meditation begins with collecting attention with the breath, and awakens us to the experience of aliveness and inner space by scanning the body. We then open to receive all the senses in awake awareness, and to inhabiting that boundless receptive awareness that is our home.  

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Meditation: Inhabiting Awake Awareness


Fri, Feb 12, 2016


Meditation: Inhabiting Awake Awareness(2016-02-10) - This meditation begins with collecting attention with the breath, and awakens us to the experience of aliveness and inner space by scanning the body.  We then open to receive all the senses in awake awareness, and to inhabiting that boundless receptive awareness that is our home.

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Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice (2016-02-03)


Fri, Feb 05, 2016


Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice (2016-02-03) -  A key spiritual inquiry is, “In this moment, what most serves awakening?” Rather than a particular style of meditation practice, it is our way of relating to our experience - our attitude - that frees our hearts. This talk explores the attitudes that are an expression of our innately open, wakeful and loving awareness, and that carry us to realization.



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Meditation - Space, Aliveness and Letting Be (2016-02-03)


Fri, Feb 05, 2016


Meditation - Space, Aliveness and Letting Be (2016-02-03) - This practice guides us into the openness of awareness, and then invites a deep resting, a letting be.

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Part 2: Three Blessings on the Journey


Thu, Jan 28, 2016


Part 2: Three Blessings on the Journey - Drawing on a wonderful teaching story from the Upanishads, these two talks explore the role of forgiveness, inner fire and looking at our own minds, in finding freedom.

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Meditation: Center of Now (2012-02-01)


Thu, Jan 28, 2016


Meditation: Center of Now (2012-02-01) - Tara is on retreat, so asked for a meditation from the archives to be posted.



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Part 1: Three Blessings on the Journey


Fri, Jan 22, 2016


Part 1: Three Blessings on the Journey - Drawing on a wonderful teaching story from the Upanishads, these two talks explore the role of forgiveness, inner fire and looking at our own minds, in finding freedom.

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Morning Meditation Instruction with Question and Response (retreat)(14 min)


Fri, Jan 22, 2016


Morning Meditation Instruction with Question and Response (retreat) (2015-12-29) - "Discover what’s happening here, beyond the veil of thinking.” Tara gives additional instructions and responds to questions after the morning meditation at the 2015 IMCW New Year retreat.



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Widening the Circles of Compassion (retreat talk) (2015-12-31)


Fri, Jan 15, 2016


Widening the Circles of Compassion (retreat talk) (2015-12-31) - The archetypal figure of the Bodhisattva (“awakening being”) reflects our potential to realize our connectedness with all beings, and care for this living world with an open tender heart. This talk explores the four types of patterning that keep us stuck in the pain of separation and the key heart practices that evolve us on the bodhisattva path.

"Compassion arises when you see the truth behind the veils."

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Meditation: RAIN of Compassion (retreat) (2015-12-29)


Fri, Jan 15, 2016


Meditation: RAIN of Compassion (retreat) (2015-12-29) - This new version of the acronym RAIN is a powerful way of bringing compassion to the life within you, and to attuning and deepening compassion for others. (from the 2015 New Year's retreat - a guided heart meditation)



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Gateways of Remembrance: The Three Refuges (2016-01-06)


Sat, Jan 09, 2016


Gateways of Remembrance: The Three Refuges (2016-01-06) - This talk explores the traditional refuges of awareness (buddha nature), truth (dharma) and love (sangha) that are at the heart of Buddhism, and found in many spiritual and religious traditions. It includes a look at our false refuges - strategies that seek to comfort and gratify, but are temporary fixes - and moves into reflections that help us remember, trust and live from our true nature.  (Concludes with a ceremony tying red cords in remembrance of the refuges.)



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Meditation: Relaxing Open (2016-01-06)


Thu, Jan 07, 2016


Meditation: Relaxing Open (2016-01-06)

Let go of what has passed.
Let go of what may come.
Let go of what is happening now.
Don't try to figure anything out.
Don't try to make anything happen.
Relax, right now, and rest.

- Tilopa



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Meditation: Letting Life Be (from 2010-09-22)


Wed, Dec 30, 2015


Meditation: Letting Life Be (from 2010-09-22) - Tara is teaching retreat this week, so wanted to share this meditation from 2010 with you.



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


Wed, Dec 30, 2015


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

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



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Meditation: Seeing the Goodness (2015-12-23) (6:11 min)


Mon, Dec 28, 2015


Meditation: Seeing the Goodness (2015-12-23) (6:11 min) - When we focus on what we appreciate in others, our very attention helps allow that person to shine (a practice meditation from the end of the "Secret Beauty - Solstice talk").



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Reflection: Learning to Stay (2015-12-23) (4:30 min)


Sun, Dec 27, 2015


Reflection: Learning to Stay (2015-12-23) (4:30 min) - We open the door to healing by bringing a mindful and kind attention to inner vulnerability and fear (from "Secret Beauty - Solstice talk).



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


Sat, Dec 26, 2015


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

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Meditation: Awaken to HeartSpace (2015-12-23)


Fri, Dec 25, 2015


Meditation: Awaken to HeartSpace (2015-12-23) - Awaken to HeartSpace, the open awareness that is intrinsically tender and wakeful, and discover how to experience this life from the domain of heart.



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


Tue, Dec 22, 2015


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

To listen to the complete talk, go to: The RAIN of Self-Compassion.



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


Thu, Dec 17, 2015


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



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Meditation: Aliveness, Space and Awareness (2015-12-16)


Thu, Dec 17, 2015


This practice includes a body scan that opens into experience of continuous space, filled with the light of awareness.

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


Sat, Dec 12, 2015


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

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

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Meditation: Calming and Opening (2015-12-09)


Fri, Dec 11, 2015


Meditation: Calming and Opening (2015-12-09) - This meditation guides us in collecting and quieting the mind with the breath, and then relaxing all effort, and simply resting in what is.

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Meditation: Choosing Living Presence


Thu, Dec 03, 2015


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Loving Life, Loving Earth


Thu, Dec 03, 2015


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



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Feeling Gratitude, Giving Love (2015-11-25)


Sat, Nov 28, 2015


Feeling Gratitude, Giving Love - Thanksgiving 2015 (2015-11-25) - Like breathing in and breathing out, gratitude and generosity allow us to live fully. This talks explores what blocks these natural capacities, and three pathways of nourishing a grateful and giving heart.  

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Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (2015-11-25)


Sat, Nov 28, 2015


Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (2015-11-25)

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Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (with Oms) (2015-11-25)


Sat, Nov 28, 2015


Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (with community chanting Om's) (2015-11-25)

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Heart Meditation: Loving Presence (from retreat)(2015-10-12)


Sun, Nov 22, 2015


Heart Meditation: Loving Presence (from retreat)(2015-10-12) - Scanning the body, filling it with the image of a smile, meditation continues with loving presence of someone easy to love, our own being, and offering care to others.



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


Fri, Nov 20, 2015


Part 2: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-18) - While we have strong conditioning to react to aggression with more aggression, we have the capacity to pause, and instead deepen attention and connect to our natural wisdom and empathy.  This talk looks at how we can directly engage in this evolutionary adaptation when we encounter trauma related conflict in our personal lives, and in a parallel way when groups of people who have been part of traumatizing conflict seek reconciliation and healing.

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


Fri, Nov 20, 2015


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



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


Fri, Nov 13, 2015


Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-11) - Anger is naturally triggered when we feel an obstacle to meeting our needs. How do we honor the intelligence within anger, but not get hijacked into emotional reactivity that creates suffering in our individual and collective lives? This talk explores the U-turn that enables us to offer a healing attention to the feelings and unmet needs under anger. Once present with our inner life, we are able to respond to those around us with wisdom, empathy and true strength.

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

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Meditation: The Heartspace That is Home (2015-11-11)


Fri, Nov 13, 2015


Meditation: The Heartspace That is Home (2015-11-11) - This meditation awakens attention to the space of awareness, and then explores how this awake awareness is experienced as heartspace, the vast tenderness that is home.



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Compass of Our Heart (2015-11-04)


Fri, Nov 06, 2015


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

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2015-10-10-Morning-Instruction-and-Meditation (from retreat)


Thu, Nov 05, 2015


2015-10-10-Morning-Instruction-and-Meditation (from the IMCW fall residential retreat)

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Relating Wisely with Imperfection (2015-10-28)


Fri, Oct 30, 2015


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

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Meditation: A Healing Breath (2015-10-28)


Fri, Oct 30, 2015


Meditation: A Healing Breath (2015-10-28) - This meditation introduces a simple breathing practice that brings relaxation and inner ease.



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Awakening Beyond Self (2015-10-21)


Sat, Oct 24, 2015


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



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Meditation: Letting Life Be As It Is (2015-10-21)


Sat, Oct 24, 2015


Meditation: Letting Life Be As It Is (2015-10-21)



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Ten-Minute Basic Meditation Practice (from retreat) (2015-10-10)


Tue, Oct 20, 2015


Ten-Minute Basic Meditation Practice (from the first morning instructions at the 2015 IMCW fall retreat) (2015-10-10)



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Freeing Ourselves by Loving Ourselves (retreat talk) (2015-10-11)


Sun, Oct 18, 2015


(Retreat talk) Freeing Ourselves by Loving Ourselves (2015-10-11) - In this human realm, healing and spiritual realization are rooted in awakening a love for the life that is here. This talk looks at our habit of feeling we should be different than we are, and the ways that mindfulness and self-compassion help enable us to not only embrace our inner life, but bring genuine healing to others.



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Retreat Meditation: Radiant Empty Heart (2015-10-15)


Sat, Oct 17, 2015


Retreat Meditation: Radiant Empty Heart (2015-10-15) - an open focus meditation given at the 2015 IMCW Fall 7-day Residential Retreat



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


Fri, Oct 09, 2015


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

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

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Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence (2015-10-07)


Thu, Oct 08, 2015


Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence (2015-10-07)

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The Sacred Pause (2015-09-30)


Sat, Oct 03, 2015


The Sacred Pause (2015-09-30) - When we are lost in the trance of doing, our lives are on automatic, and contracted by sense that something’s wrong or missing. This talk explores the challenges of learning to pause, and the blessings that arise when step out of our incessant mental and physical activity and reconnect with the being-qualities of presence, wisdom and love.



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Meditation: Opening to the Mystery (2015-09-30)


Fri, Oct 02, 2015


Meditation: Opening to the Mystery (2015-09-30)



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Genuine Acceptance (2009-08-26)


Fri, Sep 25, 2015


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

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Guided Meditation: Center of Now - with Body Scan (2011-02-16)


Fri, Sep 25, 2015


Guided Meditation: Center of Now - with Body Scan (2011-02-16) - a favorite meditation from 2011. Includes chanting "AH."



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Letting Go of Judgment (retreat talk) (2015-09-05)


Fri, Sep 18, 2015


Letting Go of Judgment (retreat talk) (2015-09-05) - The scales of judgment confine us in a limited sense of self, they restrict the depth and fullness of our loving. This talk explores the genesis of projecting badness on to parts of ourselves and others, and how we can use mindfulness and self-compassion practices to evolve our consciousness and free our hearts.



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Heart Meditation: Letting Go of Judgment (2015-09-05) (retreat)


Fri, Sep 18, 2015


Heart Meditation: Letting Go of Judgment (2015-09-05) (retreat)



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Releasing Limiting Beliefs (2015-09-09)


Fri, Sep 11, 2015


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

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Meditation: Simplicity of Presence (2015-09-09)


Fri, Sep 11, 2015


Meditation: Simplicity of Presence (2015-09-09)

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


Thu, Sep 03, 2015


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

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Meditation - Cultivating an Intimate Presence (2015-09-02)


Thu, Sep 03, 2015


Meditation - Cultivating an Intimate Presence (2015-09-02)

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


Sat, Aug 29, 2015


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

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Meditation: Opening to the Sea of Presence (2015-08-26)


Sat, Aug 29, 2015


Meditation: Opening to the Sea of Presence (2015-08-26)

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


Fri, Aug 21, 2015


Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO (2015-08-19) - There are two common fears that can block us from our full potential - fear of failure (FOF), and fear of missing out (FOMO). This talk explores how to meet these fears with mindful presence, and discover within them the essence energies of loving awareness and full aliveness.

Note - This talk is dedicated to Tim Ferriss, who turned me on to the phrase FOMO. Tim exemplifies the creative aliveness of FOMO energy when it’s living through someone who’s dedicated to being awake, caring and real. (check out his podcasts, http://fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/)

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Meditation: Touching Peace (2015-08-19)


Fri, Aug 21, 2015


Meditation: Touching Peace (2015-08-19) - (uses the image of a smile as a supportive technique)

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Meditation: "Smile Meditation" (2010-07-07)


Tue, Aug 18, 2015


Meditation: "Smile Meditation" (2010-07-07) - posted to podcast from Tara's website by popular demand! 



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Radical Acceptance Revisited (2015-08-12)


Fri, Aug 14, 2015


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

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Meditation - The Sky-like Mind (2015-08-12)


Fri, Aug 14, 2015


Meditation - The Sky-like Mind (2015-08-12) - listening and discovering the sky-like mind that is our true home.



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


Fri, Aug 07, 2015


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

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Meditation: Relaxing, Breathing, Opening (2015-08-05)


Thu, Aug 06, 2015


Meditation: Relaxing, Breathing, Opening (2015-08-05)

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


Sun, Aug 02, 2015


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

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


Fri, Jul 31, 2015


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



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Meditation - Relaxing Back into Wakeful Openness (2015-07-22)


Fri, Jul 24, 2015


Meditation - Relaxing Back into Wakeful Openness (2015-07-22) -

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


Fri, Jul 24, 2015


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

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Unfolding of the Sacred Feminine (retreat) (2015-06-26)


Fri, Jul 17, 2015


Unfolding of the Sacred Feminine (retreat) (2015-06-26) - The sacred feminine expresses the qualities of heart that emerge as we open beyond identifying with the egoic, separate self. In this talk, Tara tracks a series of challenging experiences in her own life that catalyzed an awakening of heart, and explores how for each of us, the places of difficulty can help us realize our belonging to life and the loving awareness that is our true essence. (given at the 2015 IMCW Women's Retreat)

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Heart Meditation: Three Domains of Forgiveness (retreat) (2015-06-27)


Fri, Jul 17, 2015


Heart Meditation: Three Domains of Forgiveness (retreat) (2015-06-27) - Instruction and guided heart meditation on forgiveness from the 2015 IMCW Women's Retreat.

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The Dance with Pain (2015-07-08)


Sat, Jul 11, 2015


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

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Meditation: Presence, Breath, Full Aliveness (2015-07-08)


Sat, Jul 11, 2015


Meditation: Presence, Breath, Full Aliveness (2015-07-08)



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


Fri, Jul 03, 2015


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

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Meditation: Relaxing into the Flow (2015-07-01)


Fri, Jul 03, 2015


Meditation: Relaxing into the Flow (2015-07-01)



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


Thu, Jun 25, 2015


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



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Beloved Community (2015-06-17)


Fri, Jun 19, 2015


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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Meditation: Relaxing Open into Full Presence (2015-06-17)


Fri, Jun 19, 2015


Meditation: Relaxing Open into Full Presence (2015-06-17) - Please support this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com. Your donations allow us to continue to freely offer the teachings!



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


Sun, Jun 14, 2015


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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Meditation: Resting in Knowing (2015-06-10)


Sun, Jun 14, 2015


Meditation: Resting in Knowing (2015-06-10)



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


Sat, Jun 06, 2015


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.

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Meditation - Relaxing Open into Presence (2015-06-03)


Sat, Jun 06, 2015


Meditation - Relaxing Open into Presence (2015-06-03) - "...re-relaxing... sensing in your body what might let go a little bit more right now."



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


Fri, May 29, 2015


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.



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Meditation - Living Presence (2015-05-27)


Fri, May 29, 2015


Meditation - Living Presence (2015-05-27)



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


Sat, May 23, 2015


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.



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Meditation: Entering the Flow (2015-05-20)


Sat, May 23, 2015


Guided Meditation: Entering the Flow (2015-05-20) - "Letting go over and over into this changing flow - the river of aliveness."



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


Fri, May 15, 2015


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.



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Meditation: Opening to the Flow (2015-05-13)


Fri, May 15, 2015


Meditation: Opening to the Flow (2015-05-13)



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Namaste - Seeing the Sacred that Lives through All Beings (2015-04-23)


Sat, May 09, 2015


(retreat talk) Namaste - Seeing the Sacred that Lives through All Beings (2015-04-23) - The trance of separation is part of our evolutionary heritage, but not the end of the story. This talk explores how several key trainings of the heart can evolve and awaken our capacity to realize connectedness, and the sacredness that shines through this living world.



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Meditation: Forgiving Ourselves and Others (2015-04-19)


Sat, May 09, 2015


Meditation: Forgiving Ourselves and Others (2015-04-19) - a guided heart practice from the 2015 IMCW Spring Retreat



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2012-03-28 - Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body


Wed, May 06, 2015


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.



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


Sat, May 02, 2015


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.



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2015-04-20 - Meditation: Vipassana witih Instruction (from retreat)


Sat, May 02, 2015


2015-04-20 - Meditation: Vipassana witih Instruction - Morning guided meditation and instruction from the 2015 IMCW Spring Retreat



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2015-04-20 - Retreat Talk - Loving Yourself into Freedom


Sun, Apr 26, 2015


2015-04-20 - Retreat Talk - Loving Yourself into Freedom - The most basic truths we forget, and one is this: if we don't love ourselves, we can't love life.  In the most basic way, attending to and embracing our inner life reveals the nature of reality. This talk looks at the genesis of self-aversions and several pathways that open us to the loving presence that is our source.



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2015-04-22 - Meditation - Letting Life Be, Just As It Is


Sun, Apr 26, 2015


2015-04-22 - Meditation - Letting Life Be, Just As It Is - from morning instructions at the IMCW 2015 Spring Retreat



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


Fri, Apr 17, 2015


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.

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2015-04-15 - Meditation: Relaxing, Smiling, Being Here


Fri, Apr 17, 2015


2015-04-15 - Meditation: Relaxing, Smiling, Being Here



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


Sun, Apr 12, 2015


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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2015-04-08 - Meditation: Coming Home to the Senses


Sun, Apr 12, 2015


2015-04-08 - Meditation: Coming Home to the Senses



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


Sat, Apr 04, 2015


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.



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2015-04-01 - Meditation: Listening to and Feeling Life


Sat, Apr 04, 2015


2015-04-01 - Meditation: Listening to and Feeling Life



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


Fri, Mar 27, 2015


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.



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2015-03-25 - Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence


Fri, Mar 27, 2015


2015-03-25 - Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence



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


Sat, Mar 21, 2015


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.



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2015-03-18 - Meditation: Awakening from the Dream


Sat, Mar 21, 2015


2015-03-18 - Meditation: Awakening from the Dream



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2009-08-26 - Genuine Acceptance


Tue, Mar 17, 2015


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.



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2011-11-09 - Meditation - Discovering Inner Space


Tue, Mar 17, 2015


2011-11-09 - Meditation - Discovering Inner Space - By imagining the space inside the body, we discover the continuous space of awareness that is the source and essence of all aliveness.



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2015-03-04 - Sure Heart's Release


Sat, Mar 07, 2015


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.



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2015-03-04 - Meditation: Open Wakeful Presence


Sat, Mar 07, 2015


2015-03-04 - Meditation: Open Wakeful Presence



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


Sat, Feb 28, 2015


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.



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2015-02-25 - Meditation: Resting in Wakeful Presence


Sat, Feb 28, 2015


2015-02-25 - Meditation: Resting in Wakeful Presence - This meditation begins with a body scan, then guides us to a feeling of open presence.



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


Sat, Feb 21, 2015


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. 



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2015-02-18 - Meditation: Body Scan - Living Presence


Sat, Feb 21, 2015


2015-02-18 - Meditation: Body Scan - Living Presence



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2015-02-18 - Meditation: Body Scan - Living Presence - 11 minutes


Sat, Feb 21, 2015


2015-02-18 - Meditation: Body Scan - Living Presence - 11 minutes



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


Sat, Feb 14, 2015


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. 



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2015-02-11 - Meditation - Coming Back to the Breath


Sat, Feb 14, 2015


2015-02-11 - Meditation - Coming Back to the Breath



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2014-12-31-Retreat Meditation - Forgiving Ourselves and Others


Sun, Feb 08, 2015


2014-12-31-Retreat Meditation - Forgiving Ourselves and Others - Instruction and guided heart forgiveness practice from the 2014 IMCW New Year's Retreat.



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2015-01-28 - Inhabiting Our Bodies with Presence


Fri, Jan 30, 2015


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.



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2015-01-28 - Meditation: Living Presence


Fri, Jan 30, 2015


2015-01-28 - Meditation: Living Presence



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


Sat, Jan 24, 2015


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.



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2015-01-21 - Meditation: Awake Space - Relaxing Back Into Awareness


Sat, Jan 24, 2015


2015-01-21 - Meditation: Awake Space - Relaxing Back Into Awareness



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2015-01-14 Refuge in Loving Relationship


Sat, Jan 17, 2015


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.



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2015-01-14 - Meditation: Relaxing Back and Letting Life Be As It Is


Sat, Jan 17, 2015


2015-01-14 - Meditation: Relaxing Back and Letting Life Be As It Is



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


Fri, Jan 09, 2015


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)



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2015-01-07 - Meditation: Living Open Presence


Fri, Jan 09, 2015


2015-01-07 - Meditation: Living Open Presence



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2014-12-30 - (retreat talk) Landlocked in Fur - Three Domains of Formless Presence


Sat, Jan 03, 2015


2014-12-30 - Retreat Talk - Landlocked in Fur - Three Domains of Formless Presence - While we have evolved to experience a defining sense of separate self, our potential is to awaken to the formless dimension - the pure awareness is our shared source. This talk explores how we can undo the identification with thoughts, emotions and feelings that keeps us landlocked and unable to trust and live from our naturally loving and radiant essence. (given at the 2014 IMCW New Year's Retreat in Reisterstown, MD)

Poem at start of talk: "Landlocked in Fur" - by Tukaram. From: “Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West” (Ladinksy, 2002)



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2014-12-30 Meditation - The Luminous Space of Awareness (retreat)


Sat, Jan 03, 2015


2014-12-30 Meditation - The Luminous Space of Awareness (given at the 2014 IMCW New Year's retreat in Reisterstown, MD) - This meditation shifts attention from form to the formless source of all Being. Discover and rest in continuous space, filled with the light of awareness.



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2014-08-02 - (retreat talk) Embodying Loving Presence


Fri, Dec 26, 2014


2014-08-02 - (retreat talk) Embodying Loving Presence - This talk looks at the evolutionary fear-patterning that creates separation in our relationships, and at the practices that open us to giving and receiving love.



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


Fri, Dec 19, 2014


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.



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2014-12-17 - Meditation: Light of Awareness


Fri, Dec 19, 2014


2014-12-17 - Meditation: Light of Awareness



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


Sat, Dec 13, 2014


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.



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2014-12-10 - Meditation: Intimacy with the Flow of Life


Sat, Dec 13, 2014


2014-12-10 - Meditation: Intimacy with the Flow of Life



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2014-10-30-Retreat Talk - Removing the Barriers to Love


Fri, Dec 05, 2014


2014-10-30 - Removing the Barriers to Love - In our daily trance of feeling separate, we spend many moments wanting others to be different so we can feel better. This talk explores the heart awakening that unfolds when we deepen our commitment to seeing what is happening inside us. Only then can we see another with clear eyes, and realize the love that arises from our inherent Oneness.



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2014-11-26 - A Generous Heart


Fri, Nov 28, 2014


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.



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2014-11-26 - Guided Meditation - The Space of Awareness


Fri, Nov 28, 2014


2014-11-26 - Guided Meditation - The Space of Awareness



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2014-11-19 - Awakening Through Change and Loss


Sat, Nov 22, 2014


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.



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2014-11-19 - Meditation - Opening to Life's Flow


Sat, Nov 22, 2014


2014-11-19 - Meditation - Opening to Life's Flow



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2014-11-12 The Sacred Art of Listening


Sat, Nov 22, 2014


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.



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2014-11-12 Meditation - Listening to Life


Sat, Nov 22, 2014


2014-11-12 Meditation - Listening to Life



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


Fri, Nov 07, 2014


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." 



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2014-11-05 Meditation - Relaxing into Living Presence


Fri, Nov 07, 2014


2014-11-05 Meditation - Relaxing into Living Presence



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2014-10-26 - Retreat Talk - Sacred Fertilizer - The Portal of Fear


Sat, Nov 01, 2014


2014-10-26 - Retreat Talk - Sacred fertilizer - The Portal of Fear - Bringing presence to the contraction of fear is a universal part of spiritual awakening. This talk explores two interrelated pathways of opening to and transforming fear. 



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2014-10-22-Part 2 - Happiness


Fri, Oct 24, 2014


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.



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2014-10-22-Meditation - Opening to Full Aliveness


Fri, Oct 24, 2014


2014-10-22-Meditation - Opening to Full Aliveness



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2014-10-15 - Part 1 - Happiness


Sat, Oct 18, 2014


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.



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2014-10-15 Meditation - Coming Back to Your Senses


Sat, Oct 18, 2014


2014-10-15 Meditation - Coming Back to Your Senses



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2014-10-08 - Part 2 - Unconditional Love


Fri, Oct 10, 2014


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.



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2014-10-08 - Meditation - Loving Kindness


Fri, Oct 10, 2014


2014-10-08 - Meditation - Loving Kindness - embracing ourselves and all beings with a full and tender loving presence.



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2014-10-01 - Part 1 - Unconditional Love


Fri, Oct 03, 2014


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.



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2014-10-01 - Meditation - Listening to and Feeling Our Life


Fri, Oct 03, 2014


2014-10-01 - Guided Meditation - Listening to and Feeling Our Life



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2014-09-24 - Awakening from the Landlocked Self


Fri, Sep 26, 2014


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.



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2014-09-24 Meditation - Befriending and Opening to Life


Fri, Sep 26, 2014


2014-09-24 Meditation - Befriending and Opening to Life



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


Thu, Sep 18, 2014


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.



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2014-09-17-Meditation - Opening to Aliveness


Thu, Sep 18, 2014


2014-09-17 Guided Meditation: Opening to Aliveness



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2013-10-14 - Satsang - Peace is this Moment


Sat, Sep 13, 2014


2013-10-14 - Satsang - Peace is this Moment - Evening of question/response with Tara after a meditation on Dorothy Hunt's poem, "Peace is Moment Without Judgment."



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2011-12-31 - Meditation - Awakening Compassion - Tonglen


Sat, Sep 13, 2014


2011-12-31 - Guided Meditation - Awakening Compassion - Tonglen - Our deepest wisdom and purest actions arise out of open-hearted presence. This meditation, "Awakening Compassion," is drawn from the Tibetan tradition and carries us home to the vastness of loving presence.



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2013-05-13 - Question and Response at Satsang


Mon, Sep 08, 2014


A Special Evening Satsang – question and response with Tara from 2013-05-13. Many of the questions that evening were about R.A.I.N. NOTE: Satsang means exploring and realizing truth in the gathering of spiritual friends. The word comes from Sanskrit – sat means truth - and sangha is community or company of spiritual friends.



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2011-04-13-Metta Meditation - Happiness


Mon, Sep 08, 2014


2011-04-13-Metta Meditation - Happiness - 17 minutes - Tara was away this week, so posting a long-time and well-played favorite from her website at www.tarabrach.com.



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Mon, Sep 08, 2014




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


Sat, Aug 30, 2014


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.



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2014-08-27 - Meditation - Space and Aliveness


Sat, Aug 30, 2014


2014-08-27 - Guided Meditation - Space and Aliveness



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2014-08-20 Bringing Awareness to Doing


Sat, Aug 23, 2014


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.



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2014-08-20 Guided Meditation - Emptiness Dancing


Sat, Aug 23, 2014


2014-08-20 Guided Meditation - Emptiness Dancing



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2014-08-13 - Listening to the Song


Sat, Aug 16, 2014


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.



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2014-08-13-Guided Meditation - Coming Home to Being


Sat, Aug 16, 2014


2014-08-13-Guided Meditation - Coming Home to Being - Tara was vacationing this weekend, so she offers a favorite from the archives.



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Nuestra verdadera naturaleza


Wed, Aug 13, 2014


Nuestra verdadera naturaleza - (Meditaciones de la colecci?n de dos CD llamada  - La aceptaci?n radical: Meditaciones guiadas) (Realizing Our True Nature: Self-Inquiry)

 



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Regresando a la presencia natural


Wed, Aug 13, 2014


Regresando a la presencia natural - (Meditaciones de la colecci?n de dos CD llamada  - La aceptaci?n radical: Meditaciones guiadas) (Coming Home to Natural Presence)

 



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Invocando una presencia apacible


Wed, Aug 13, 2014


Invocando una presencia apacible - (Meditaciones de la colecci?n de dos CD llamada  - La aceptaci?n radical: Meditaciones guiadas) (Invoking Loving Presence in the Face of Difficulty - a version of tonglen)

 



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Cultivando un corazon dispuesto a perdonar


Wed, Aug 13, 2014


Cultivando un corazon dispuesto a perdonar - (Meditaciones de la colecci?n de dos CD llamada  - La aceptaci?n radical: Meditaciones guiadas)

 



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Tonglen


Wed, Aug 13, 2014


Tonglen - (Meditaciones de la colecci?n de dos CD llamada  - La aceptaci?n radical: Meditaciones guiadas) (Tonglen - Transforming Suffering into Compassion)

 



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Aceptaci?n radical del dolor


Wed, Aug 13, 2014


Aceptaci?n radical del dolor - (Meditaciones de la colecci?n de dos CD llamada  - La aceptaci?n radical: Meditaciones guiadas)

 



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Afrontar la vida con una sonrisa


Wed, Aug 13, 2014


Afrontar la vida con una sonrisa - (Meditaciones de la colecci?n de dos CD llamada  - La aceptaci?n radical: Meditaciones guiadas)



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


Sat, Aug 09, 2014


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.



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2014-08-06-Meditation: Entrusting Yourself to the Waves


Sat, Aug 09, 2014


2014-08-06-Meditation: Entrusting Yourself to the Waves



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2014-07-30 - Part 1 - Basic Trust


Sat, Aug 02, 2014


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.



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Meditation: Embodied Awareness


Sat, Aug 02, 2014


2014-07-30 Meditation: Embodied Awareness



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An Evening of Inquiry


Fri, Jul 25, 2014


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.



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Meditation: Coming Home to Your Breath


Fri, Jul 25, 2014


2014-07-23 - Meditation: Coming Home to Your Breath



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Nourishing a Liberating Intention


Sat, Jul 12, 2014


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.



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Guided Meditation: Awake, Relaxed and Open


Sat, Jul 12, 2014


2014-07-09 - Guided Meditation: Awake, Relaxed and Open



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Blessings of Soul Recognition


Fri, Jul 04, 2014


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.



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Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back


Fri, Jul 04, 2014


2014-07-02 Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back



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Awakening through Conscious Relationship


Fri, Jun 20, 2014


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.



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Meditation: Resting as Awareness


Fri, Jun 20, 2014


2014-06-18 Meditation: Resting as Awareness



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Freedom and Happiness in Daily Life


Fri, Jun 13, 2014


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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Guided Meditation: Stand Still (standing meditation instructions)


Fri, Jun 13, 2014


2014-06-11 - Guided Meditation: Stand Still (standing meditation instructions)



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Awakening from Virtual Reality


Fri, Jun 06, 2014


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!"



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Meditation: Letting Life Live through You


Fri, Jun 06, 2014


2014-06-04 - Meditation: Letting Life Live through You



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Meditation: Inner Space-Gateway to Open Awareness


Tue, Jun 03, 2014


2011-08-13 Meditation: Inner Space-Gateway to Open Awareness



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Meditation: Arriving in Presence


Tue, Jun 03, 2014


2010-02-03 Meditation: Arriving in Presence



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Meditation: Coming Home to Presence


Tue, Jun 03, 2014


2012-12-12-Meditation-Coming-Home-to-Presence



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Humility


Fri, May 30, 2014


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.



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Meditation: Dedicated to Maya Angelou: Being at Home


Fri, May 30, 2014


2015-05-28 - Guided Meditation: Dedicated to Maya Angelou: Being at Home



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Heart Training on the Bodhisatva Path


Fri, May 23, 2014


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.



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Question and Response


Fri, May 16, 2014


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.



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Guided Meditation: Vipassana Instructions


Fri, May 16, 2014


2014-05-14 - Guided Meditation: Vipassana Instructions



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Am I Dreaming? (retreat talk)


Sat, May 10, 2014


2014-05-07 - Am I Dreaming -  As we cultivate mindfulness we become increasingly aware of how we move through huge swaths of our life in trance. This talk reflects on three key domains of trance, and undoing the habitual reactivity that keeps us from the loving, open awareness that is our essence.



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


Thu, May 01, 2014


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.



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Meditation: Relaxing Back into Wakeful Openness


Thu, May 01, 2014


2014-04-30 - Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back into Wakeful Openness



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Awakening Through Conflict


Fri, Apr 25, 2014


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.



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Meditation - Listening to and Feeling the Moment


Fri, Apr 25, 2014


2014-04-23 - Meditation - Listening to and Feeling the Moment



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RAIN - Cultivating a Mindful Awareness


Sat, Apr 19, 2014


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.



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Guided Meditation: Breath as Homebase


Sat, Apr 19, 2014


2014-04-16 - Guided Meditation: Breath as Homebase



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Guided Meditation: Metta (Lovingkindness)


Tue, Apr 15, 2014


2014-02-05-Guided Meditation: Metta (Lovingkindness)



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Loving and Losing


Fri, Apr 11, 2014


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.



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Guided Meditation: Living Presence


Fri, Apr 11, 2014


2014-04-09 - Guided Meditation: Living Presence



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Guided Meditation: Arriving in Presence


Sat, Apr 05, 2014


2010-08-04 - Guided Meditation - Arriving in Presence



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Stress and Our Evolving Consciousness


Sat, Apr 05, 2014


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.



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Guided Meditation: Connecting with Aliveness and Openness


Sat, Apr 05, 2014


2014-04-02 - Guided Meditation: Connecting with Aliveness and Openness



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Planting Ourselves in the Universe


Sat, Mar 29, 2014


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.



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Guided Meditation: Relaxing into Presence


Sat, Mar 29, 2014


2014-03-26 - Guided Meditation: Relaxing into Presence



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Return of the Prodigal Son


Sat, Mar 22, 2014


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.



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Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You


Sat, Mar 22, 2014


2014-03-19 - Guided Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You



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


Sat, Mar 15, 2014


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.



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Guided Meditation: Cultivating a Relaxed Attentiveness


Sat, Mar 15, 2014


2014-03-12 - Guided Meditation: Cultivating a Relaxed Attentiveness



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Part 4: Opening to Joy


Fri, Mar 07, 2014


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.



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Meditation: Dynamic Presence


Fri, Mar 07, 2014


2014-03-05 - Guided Meditation: Dynamic Presence



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Guided Forgiveness Meditation


Sat, Mar 01, 2014


2014-02-26-Guided Forgiveness Meditation - a short cut from the end of the "A Forgiving Heart" talk



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Part 3: A Forgiving Heart


Fri, Feb 28, 2014


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.



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Meditation: A Healing Breath


Fri, Feb 28, 2014


2014-02-26 - Guided Meditation: A Healing Breath



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Part 2: Heart of Compassion


Fri, Feb 21, 2014


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.



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2014-02-19 - Guided Meditation: Into Stillness


Fri, Feb 21, 2014


2014-02-19 - Guided Meditation: Into Stillness



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Mindfulness-In-Schools-TimRyan.mp3


Fri, Feb 14, 2014


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



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


Tue, Feb 11, 2014


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.



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


Thu, Feb 06, 2014


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.



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Guided Meditation: Listening to and Feeling the Moment (2)


Thu, Feb 06, 2014


2014-02-05-Guided Meditation: Listening to and Feeling the Moment (2)



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Awakening from Virtual Reality (retreat talk)


Fri, Jan 31, 2014


2009-05-02 - 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.

"The invitation of the Path is that we can wake up out of our stories of limitation and blame. We can listen to and touch the longing in us that really wants to love without holding back and live from freedom. And we can then look at what's true within us so deeply that we discover the very awake, empty presence that is our essence. And we can live from that so that our lives become an expression of that realization. An expression of loving presence."



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Guided Meditation: Lovingkindness (metta) (from retreat)


Fri, Jan 31, 2014


2012-04-28 Guided Heart Meditation: Lovingkindness (metta) from retreat



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Listening to the Song


Fri, Jan 24, 2014


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.



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Guided Meditation: A Listening Presence


Fri, Jan 24, 2014


2014-01-22 - Guided Meditation - A Listening Presence



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Realizing Our Undefended and Awakened Heart (retreat talk)


Fri, Jan 17, 2014


2013-12-29 - 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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Walking Meditation Instructions (from retreat)


Fri, Jan 17, 2014


2013-12-28 - Walking Meditation Instruction (from the IMCW 2013 New Year's retreat)



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Path of True Refuge


Sat, Jan 11, 2014


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.



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Guided Meditation: Refuge in Living Presence


Sat, Jan 11, 2014


2014-01-08 - Guided Meditation: Refuge in Living Presence



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Part 2: The Sure Heart's Release


Fri, Jan 03, 2014


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.



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Guided Meditation: The Center of Now - Includes Body Scan


Fri, Jan 03, 2014


2011-02-16 - Guided Meditation: The Center of Now - Includes Body Scan



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Guided Meditation: The Sky of Awareness


Fri, Dec 27, 2013


2011-02-09 - Guided Meditation - The Sky of Awareness



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Part 1: The Sure Heart's Release


Thu, Dec 26, 2013


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.



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Part 2: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love


Sat, Dec 21, 2013


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.



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Guided Meditation: Being Presence 2


Sat, Dec 21, 2013


2013-12-18 - Guided Meditation: Being Presence 2



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Part 1: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love


Fri, Dec 13, 2013


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.



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Guided Meditation: Space & Aliveness


Fri, Dec 13, 2013


2013-12-11 - Guided Meditation: Space & Aliveness



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Wings of Homecoming (retreat talk)


Sat, Dec 07, 2013


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.



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The Evolving of Generosity


Thu, Nov 28, 2013


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.



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Guided Meditation: Listening to & Feeling the Moment


Thu, Nov 28, 2013


2013-11-27 Guided Meditation: Listening to & Feeling the Moment



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Accessing Innate Wisdom


Thu, Nov 21, 2013


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.



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Guided Meditation: Choiceless Awareness


Thu, Nov 21, 2013


2013-11-20 Guided Meditation: Choiceless Awareness



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Part 2: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening


Sat, Nov 16, 2013


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.



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Guided Meditation: Breath & Presence


Sat, Nov 16, 2013


2013-11-13 - Guided Meditation: Breath & Presence



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Part 1: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening


Fri, Nov 08, 2013


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.



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Guided Meditation: Continuous Space, Filled with Awareness


Fri, Nov 08, 2013


2013-11-06-Guided Meditation: Continuous Space, Filled with Awareness



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Healing Self-Doubt


Sun, Nov 03, 2013


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.



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Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence


Sun, Nov 03, 2013


2013-10-30 - Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence



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Guided Forgiveness Practice (retreat)


Sat, Oct 26, 2013


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



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The Heartspace That is Our True Home (retreat talk)


Sat, Oct 26, 2013


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.



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Part 2: Happiness


Fri, Oct 18, 2013


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.



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Guided Meditation: Listening to, and Feeling, the Moment


Fri, Oct 18, 2013


2013-10-16 Guided Meditation: Listening to, and Feeling, the Moment



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Part 1: Happiness


Fri, Oct 11, 2013


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.

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Guided Meditation: Being Presence


Fri, Oct 11, 2013


2013-10-09 - Guided Meditation: Being Presence



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Loving Life, Loving Earth


Fri, Oct 04, 2013


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