Tara Brach

Tara Brach

www.tarabrach.com
Meditation, Emotional Healing, Spiritual Awakening


Meditation: Vipassana – Opening Our Hearts to Life as It Is
Jul 18 • 20 min
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…
The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 1 (2019-07-10)
Jul 12 • 54 min
Cultivating a surrendering presence allows us to release the identity of a small, separate self, and open to the truth and fullness of who we are. These two talks explore misunderstandings about surrender (such as the fear that we will become passive or…
Meditation: Befriending Your Inner Life (2019-07-10)
Jul 11 • 16 min
This meditation establishes a gentle and caring presence through bringing the image and felt sense of a smile to various domains in the body. We then settle with the breath, and practice relaxing with whatever arises, letting life be just as it is. The…
How Hope Can Heal and Free Us – Part 2
Jul 5 • 53 min
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…
Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness
Jul 4 • 19 min
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…
How Hope Can Heal and Free Us – Part 1
Jun 28 • 44 min
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…
Meditation: Awakening Our Full Aliveness
Jun 27 • 20 min
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.
The Courage to Love - Part 2 (2019-06-19)
Jun 21 • 51 min
The gateway to full intimacy and love is our capacity to open to vulnerability. These two talks look at our ways of avoiding vulnerability, and offer guidance in learning to contact and transform our fears into awake and loving presence.
Meditation: Wakeful, Open Awareness (2019-06-19)
Jun 20 • 19 min
When we awaken our senses, we can sense in the background a wakeful openness that is our true home. This meditation guides us by first attending to the space, aliveness and awareness that fills the body, and then by sensing how interior and exterior space…
The Courage to Love - Part 1 (2019-06-12)
Jun 14 • 53 min
The gateway to full intimacy and love is our capacity to open to vulnerability. These two talks look at our ways of avoiding vulnerability, and offer guidance in learning to contact and transform our fears into awake and loving presence.
Meditation: Effortless and Wakeful Presence (2019-06-12)
Jun 13 • 16 min
Striving in meditation only creates more tension in our psyche and a solidified sense of self. This meditation invites us to awaken our senses and relax back into the presence that is always and already here. From presence we spontaneously notice and…
An Appropriate Response: Living from an Awake Heart (2019-06-05)
Jun 7 • 51 min
Much of our suffering comes from reacting to stressful situations with fear or aggression, rather than responding with wisdom and care. This talk explores the pathway of shifting from reacting to responding: this includes learning to pause, awakening the…
Meditation - Breath by Breath: Relaxing with Our Life (2019-06-05)
Jun 6 • 18 min
The breath can be a powerful portal to presence. This meditation guides us in relaxing with the breath, including the breath in a body scan, and then allowing the breath to serve as an anchor when the mind gets lost in thoughts. As we settle with the…
Part 3 - Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame (2019-05-29)
May 31 • 52 min
Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part 1 focuses on chronic self-judgment;…
Meditation: Opening to Life (2019-05-29)
May 30 • 20 min
This guided meditation includes a mindful body scan, and awakening all our senses to our moment to moment experience. We relax open to the presence that is unobscured by thoughts, letting life be just as it is.
Trusting the Gold (retreat talk) (2019-05-08)
May 24 • 62 min
This talk looks at how our upbringing and culture lead us to mistrust who we are and become identified as a separate, deficient self. We then explore the practices of presence and self-inquiry that turn us toward the openness, tenderness and wakefulness…
Meditation: RAIN on Self-Blame (2019-04-17)
May 23 • 9 min
One of the greatest roots of suffering is being at war with ourselves. This meditation, based on the acronym RAIN (recognize-allow-investigate-nurture), guides us in releasing the armoring of blame, and relating to our inner life with greater…
Compassion Towards All: Moving toward a Plant Based Diet (2019-05-15)
May 17 • 21 min
For most of human history it’s been “normal” to eat non-human animals. This is now changing. We are awakening to the massive suffering of the billions of animals killed each day for food, the horrors of the animal-food industry, and the impact it has on…
Meditation: Choosing Living Presence
May 16 • 19 min
A meditation on being present with our living, breathing life (includes chanting the Om’s in community – a favorite from Tara’s Wednesday night archives).
Conscious Prayer – Finding Refuge in Loving Awareness (retreat talk)
May 10 • 66 min
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. (given at the 2016 IMCW…
Meditation: Loving This Life – Happiness - a Metta Practice
May 9 • 16 min
This meditation turns us toward naturally arising happiness with the image of a smile, welcoming the aliveness and presence of each moment with the spirit of “yes” and then closes with a brief lovingkindness practice. Lama Gendun Rinpoche writes,…
Part 2 - Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame (2019-05-01)
May 3 • 54 min
Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and to open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part I focuses on chronic…
Meditation: Being Here (2019-05-01)
May 2 • 22 min
This practice sets the atmosphere of loving presence with a smile-down and waking up all the senses. We relax into open awareness, receptive to the breath or whatever waves of experience are calling for attention. The invitation is to rest in Hereness,…
Equanimity: A Heart That is Ready for Anything
Apr 26 • 50 min
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…
Meditation: Awakening Our Energy Body
Apr 25 • 19 min
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 (a special meditation from the archives).
Part 1 - Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame (2019-04-17)
Apr 19 • 51 min
Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and to open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part I focuses on chronic…
Meditation: Sea of Loving Presence (2019-04-17)
Apr 18 • 22 min
In this meditation we begin with the image and felt sense of a smile to arouse an atmosphere of care, and allow that caring presence to fill our body and the entire field of awareness. We then open to the changing experience of breath, sensations,…
Beyond the Controlling Self - Part 2 (2019-04-10)
Apr 12 • 49 min
It’s natural that we do what we can to ward off danger and further ourselves. While our control strategies have a developmental role, they are not a recipe for happiness, intimacy and freedom. An essential part of our evolution is to recognize when we are…
Meditation: Letting Life Be (2019-04-10)
Apr 11 • 22 min
This meditation establishes an atmosphere of loving kindness with the “smile”; relaxes and awakens through the body; and guides us into a spacious presence. We then rest in that presence, letting go of any controlling, and simply allow life to be as it…
Beyond the Controlling Self - Part 1 (2019-04-03)
Apr 5 • 50 min
It’s natural that we do what we can to ward off danger and further ourselves. While our control strategies have a developmental role, they are not a recipe for happiness, intimacy and freedom. An essential part of our evolution is to recognize when we are…
Meditation: Letting Go into Living Presence (2019-04-03)
Apr 4 • 18 min
This guided meditation starts with a scan that invites relaxing and awakening through the body. We then allow life - sounds, sensations, aliveness - to live through us, resting in open presence. When there is tightening, holding or confinement in…
The Four Remembrances (2019-03-27)
Mar 29 • 50 min
When we attune to the reality of impermanence and death, we remember what most matters to us. But in daily life we can lose precious swaths of time in a reactive trance, on our way somewhere else, and lost in problem solving, judgment and worry. This talk…
Meditation: Saying Yes to Reality (2019-03-27)
Mar 28 • 17 min
Our suffering comes from tensing and resisting the life that’s here. This meditation guides us to relax and awaken our body and senses, and resting in presence, allow life to be as it is. As our “Yes” to the changing flow becomes full, we discover the…
Embodied Presence: Portal to the Sacred – Part 2 (2019-03-20)
Mar 22 • 50 min
This two part series explores how we regularly leave our body and skim life’s surface in a mental trance, and the ways we can train our attention to come home again. We look at working with physical and emotional pain, and the gifts of love, wisdom,…
Meditation: Being Here (with OMs) (2019-03-20)
Mar 21 • 20 min
We miss many moments of this precious life drifting in a virtual thought world. This meditation helps us collect and calm ourselves with the breath; relax through our bodies; and then include the changing dance of sounds, sensations and feeling in open…
Embodied Presence: Portal to the Sacred - Part 1 (2019-03-13)
Mar 15 • 47 min
This two part series explores how we regularly leave our body and skim life’s surface in a mental trance, and the ways we can train our attention to come home again. We look at working with physical and emotional pain, and the gifts of love, wisdom,…
Meditation: Entering Heartspace with the “Smile-Down” (2019-03-13)
Mar 14 • 18 min
The practice of visualizing and feeling a smile spreading through the body helps us access the natural tenderness and openness of our being. This meditation guides us in the smile-down, and then invites a full opening and resting in openhearted presence.…
Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart – Part 2 (2019-03-06)
Mar 8 • 54 min
This series of talks offers guidance in transforming conflict into a portal for awakening your understanding, flexibility and compassion. We look at how to heal our own unmet needs and not be dependent on others changing; and how to engage with another…
Meditation: Relaxing with Life (2019-03-05)
Mar 7 • 22 min
This meditation includes a mindful body scan and guidance in relaxing with the changing waves of experience. When we say “Yes” to the moment, we open to the sea of awareness that can include, with care, whatever arises.
Pt1 - Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart (2019-02-27)
Mar 1 • 52 min
This talk series offers guidance in transforming conflict into a portal for awakening understanding, flexibility & compassion. We look at how to heal our own unmet needs and not be dependent on others changing; and how to engage with another person when…
Meditation: Resting in the Sea of Presence (2019-02-27)
Feb 28 • 20 min
This mindful body scan leads us into a practice of relaxing back into awareness, and recognizing the changing waves of sensations, sounds and feelings in the foreground. As we let go into the sea of presence, we discover an increasing sense of wholeness…
Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (18 min.)
Feb 26 • 18 min
Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (18 min.) - Many of us struggle with anxiety, and spend hours in bed wishing we could turn off our mind and get to sleep. This podcasted series of 3 guided meditations - 6, 12, and 18 minutes long - can…
Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (12 min.)
Feb 26 • 12 min
Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (12 min.) - Many of us struggle with anxiety, and spend hours in bed wishing we could turn off our mind and get to sleep. This podcasted series of 3 guided meditations - 6, 12, and 18 minutes long - can…
Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (6 min.)
Feb 26 • 6 min
Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (6 min.) - Many of us struggle with anxiety, and spend hours in bed wishing we could turn off our mind and get to sleep. This podcasted series of 3 guided meditations - 6, 12, and 18 minutes long - can…
The Sacred Art of Listening
Feb 22 • 48 min
Just as presence is the heart of meditation, so deep listening is at the center of all conscious, loving relationships. This talk explores how our wants and fears block listening, ways we can deepen our capacity for listening, and the healing that unfolds…
Meditation: Listening to Life
Feb 21 • 18 min
The attitude of meditation is one of engaged listening – a relaxed, receptive yet intimate attention. This meditation explores how we can listen to sounds, listen to and feel sensations, and then relax back into the ocean of awareness that includes and…
Spiritual Reparenting
Feb 15 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Relaxing Back into Living Presence
Feb 14 • 18 min
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…
Living with Courageous Presence (2019-02-06)
Feb 8 • 47 min
The essence of courage is to willingly feel our vulnerability; this is what allows us to respond to life with an undefended, wise heart. This talk explores the ways we resist opening to vulnerability, and three key steps in cultivating a courageous…
Meditation: The Practice of RAIN (2019-02-06)
Feb 7 • 20 min
The acronym RAIN - Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture - guides us in bringing mindfulness and compassion to difficult emotions. With practice, we can find our way home to open hearted presence in the midst of whatever arises.
Earth’s Crisis: On the Edge of the Roof (from the Archives)
Feb 1 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Collecting, Unifying and Opening the Mind
Jan 31 • 21 min
Collecting, unifying and opening the mind, we begin with a listening attention, relaxing open, letting sounds wash through. Scanning through and feeling the aliveness of the body, listening to the breath. Not pushing away anything - a very open and…
Without Anxiety About Imperfection - featuring special guest, Haemin Sunim, with Tara Brach
Jan 25 • 58 min
Internationally known Buddhist teacher and writer, Haemin Sunim, talks about his new book - Love for Imperfect Things. Then, he and Tara Brach talk together and respond to questions.
Meditation: Living Loving Awareness
Jan 24 • 19 min
By bringing our full attention to the aliveness in the body, we can open to the experience of interior space and the space that includes all sensations and sounds. This then allows us to perceive continuous space filled with the light of awareness. This…
Realizing Your Deepest Intention (2019-01-16)
Jan 18 • 49 min
The Buddha taught that this whole life - including our thoughts, feelings and actions - arise from the tip of intention. While our intentions are usually marbled with wanting and fear, when intention comes into the light of consciousness, it unfolds into…
Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness
Jan 17 • 20 min
When we fully inhabit our body, we discover the space and wakefulness of awareness itself. In this meditation, we rest in this open awareness, and when the attention narrows into thoughts, we practice relaxing back into the openness that includes passing…
Finding True Refuge: Pathways of Remembering (2019-01-09)
Jan 11 • 56 min
This talk explores the three archetypal refuges of awareness (Buddha-nature), truth (Dharma) and love (Sangha) through stories, illustrations and reflections. We end with a Refuge ceremony that can be done by anyone who feels drawn. (To participate you…
Meditation: Letting Go…Letting Be (2019-01-09)
Jan 10 • 16 min
This guided meditation invites us to imagine a clenched fist relaxing open, and explores this in releasing contractions in the body as well as the grip of thoughts. When we deeply let go and let be, our energy flows freely. We reconnect with our natural…
From Judgment to Self-Compassion (retreat talk) (2018-12-30)
Jan 4 • 55 min
When we’ve turned on ourselves with blame and aversion, it’s very difficult to arouse self-compassion. This talk looks at the role of nurturing in freeing our hearts, and offers practice in three key steps that enable us to embrace ourselves with a…
Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves (2018-12-31)
Jan 3 • 26 min
We can’t truly open to the waves of life unless we recognize our Oceanness, the formless awareness that is our source. This meditation begins with awakening the senses and then invites us to discover the spacious presence in the background of all…
Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO
Dec 28, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Meditation: Awakening the Heart - Giving and Receiving Loving Blessings
Dec 27, 2018 • 11 min
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. NOTE: This meditation is…
A 2018 Winter Solstice Ceremony (2018-12-19)
Dec 26, 2018 • 15 min
Hear performances by La Sarmiento and Alli Mosehauer on this solstice evening, followed by a candle light ceremony with Tara and the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) community.
Three Core Capacities in Loving Fully (2018-12-19)
Dec 21, 2018 • 36 min
This talk looks at three ways of awakening our hearts—seeing goodness, feeling appreciation as a bodily experience, and expressing our care. We are then guided in developing each of these capacities by focusing our attention on someone we care about, with…
Meditation: Arriving in Open Presence (2018-12-19) -
Dec 20, 2018 • 18 min
This meditation begins with a receptive opening to body sensations and sounds, and the invitation to rest in wakeful presence. We are reminded that each time we awaken from thoughts and arrive again in presence, we are deepening the pathway home. The…
Part 2 - Healing Anxiety - How Meditation Frees Us (2018-12-12)
Dec 14, 2018 • 51 min
Anxiety and the fear of failure is a pervasive suffering around the world. It is also increasing—along with the pace of life, over-consuming, addiction, noise, polarization and fears for our planet. How do we calm ourselves in a way that brings inner…
Meditation: Aware and Alive (2018-12-12)
Dec 13, 2018 • 20 min
Just as a cup is full with water, this body is filled with awareness. As we sense the awareness inside the body, and the awareness that listens to sounds beyond the body, we discover the continuous space of awareness that includes, and gives rise to this…
Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice
Dec 7, 2018 • 52 min
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…
Vipassana or Insight Meditation and Instruction: A Path of Practice from Retreat
Dec 6, 2018 • 31 min
Vipassana or “insight meditation”, is training in bringing a clear mindful attention to our moment to moment experience. We begin by relaxing through the body, resting attention with the breath – or a sensory anchor – and allowing the mind to settle.…
Part 1 - Healing Anxiety - How Meditation Frees Us (2018-11-28)
Nov 30, 2018 • 54 min
Anxiety and the fear of failure is a pervasive suffering around the world. It is also increasing—along with the pace of life, over-consuming, addiction, noise, polarization and fears for our planet. How do we calm ourselves in a way that brings inner…
Meditation: Awareness, Aliveness and Space (2018-11-28)
Nov 29, 2018 • 18 min
This guided meditation awakens our awareness within our body, extends to include sound, and invites a resting as awareness that includes all passing waves of experience.
Authentic Thanks Giving (2018-11-21)
Nov 23, 2018 • 49 min
How do we awaken our natural capacities for gratitude and generosity? This talk explores the pathways of honest presence and purposeful cultivation, and offers several reflections that guide us in contacting and expressing our love.
Meditation: Yes to Life (2018-11-21)
Nov 22, 2018 • 19 min
Meditation: Yes to Life - After relaxing our bodies and quieting our minds, this meditation guides us to open to the changing experience of being alive. We ask ourselves two questions: “What is Happening Inside me?” and “Can I be with this?” By learning…
Survival of the Nurtured - Our Path to Belonging (2018-11-14)
Nov 16, 2018 • 53 min
We flourish when nurtured with love and understanding. Yet for so many, the violence of our society and lack of attuned caretakers has severed trust and belonging. This talk explores how meditation and conscious relating with each other can restore the…
Meditation: The Presence Beyond Thoughts (2018-11-14)
Nov 15, 2018 • 17 min
We spend many life moments in a trance of thinking. This meditation awakens the senses thought a body scan, and attention to sound. We then rest in the presence that can come alive in the gap between thoughts—the presence that is our true home.
Part 2 - The Jewel in the Lotus: Cultivating Compassion (2018-11-07)
Nov 9, 2018 • 54 min
The compassion that arises from mindful awareness can heal our inner wounds, interpersonal conflict and the suffering in our world. These two talks focus on cultivating self-compassion and compassion for others. They look at the blocks to compassion and…
Meditation: Whole Body Breathing (2018-11-07)
Nov 8, 2018 • 19 min
This guided meditation includes a body scan and invites the receptivity and letting-go of whole body breathing. Once we have awakened the vitality and presence throughout the body, we have access to the formless dimension, the awareness that is our source.
Worrier Pose: Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear (retreat talk)
Nov 2, 2018 • 59 min
While fear is a natural part of our make up, many of us suffering when the “on” button gets jammed. This talk looks at how our fears generate habitual patterns of physical tension, anxious thinking, emotions and behaviors; and how this constellation…
Meditation: Loving Kindness - Awakening and Expressing Our Heart (retreat)
Nov 1, 2018 • 36 min
This short talk and guided meditation remind us that we each have the capacity to awaken our hearts. We explore together the lovingkindness (metta) meditation, and emphasize holding our own being and dear ones with a tender, open and loving presence (from…
Part 1 - The Jewel in the Lotus: Cultivating Compassion (2018-10-24)
Oct 26, 2018 • 50 min
The compassion that arises from mindful awareness can heal our inner wounds, interpersonal conflict and the suffering in our world. These two talks focus on cultivating self-compassion and compassion for others. They look at the blocks to compassion and…
Meditation: Resting in Awake Awareness (2018-10-24)
Oct 25, 2018 • 18 min
This practice opens with a body scan, employing the image and felt sense of a smile to awaken awareness through the body. We then open to all the senses, and rest in the awareness that includes this changing life.
Part 2 - Rewiring for Happiness and Freedom (2018-10-17)
Oct 19, 2018 • 51 min
The Buddha: “I would not be teaching this (a path of awakening) if genuine happiness and freedom were not possible.” While this is our potential, we each have deep conditioning to get stuck in feelings of fear, deficiency and separation from others. We…
Meditation: Relaxing Back into the Mystery (2018-10-17)
Oct 18, 2018 • 18 min
All true meditation guides us back to presence, and the mystery that is our source. In this guided meditation we awaken the senses, collect with the breath, and when lost in thought, practice relaxing back into the aliveness and awareness that is always…
Part 1 - Rewiring for Happiness and Freedom (2018-10-10)
Oct 12, 2018 • 51 min
The Buddha said, “I would not be teaching this (a path of awakening) if genuine happiness and freedom were not possible.” While this is our potential, we each have deep conditioning to get stuck in feelings of fear, deficiency & separation from others. We…
Meditation: Coming Home with the Breath (2018-10-10)
Oct 11, 2018 • 14 min
Our breath is always available as a pathway back to presence. This simple meditation guides us to relax and awaken in the body, and then establishes the breath as a home base for our attention. Our practice is to notice when the mind becomes distracted,…
The Sacred Pause
Oct 5, 2018 • 52 min
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…
Ten-Minute Basic Meditation Practice
Oct 4, 2018 • 10 min
Tara offers a short introductory meditation with a body scan, bringing focus to the breath, sounds, then resting in awareness ~ from the first morning instructions at the 2015 IMCW fall retreat. (a favorite from the archives)
Part 2: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity
Sep 28, 2018 • 54 min
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…
Reflection: Learning to Stay
Sep 27, 2018 • 4 min
We open the door to healing by bringing a mindful and kind attention to inner vulnerability and fear. “Learning to stay opens up the space that gives us our life. That’s when it becomes real with our inner life… with others. So we’ll do a brief reflection…
Part 1: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity
Sep 21, 2018 • 54 min
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…
Meditation: Opening to the Flow
Sep 20, 2018 • 24 min
This meditation begins with awareness of the breath. We then reflect on our deepest intention, sensing what most matters to us. With a listening attention, becoming aware of sounds that arise and pass away. We scan through the body, sensing the changing…
Part 2: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-18)
Sep 14, 2018 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Breathing Our Way to Peace & Freedom
Sep 13, 2018 • 19 min
This meditation guides us in collecting attention with an intentional long deep breath, and awakening a full relaxed presence as the breath resumes in its natural rhythm. Resting fully in this presence is the gateway to deep peace and inner freedom.…
Part 1: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom
Sep 7, 2018 • 56 min
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…
Meditation: The Heartspace that is Home
Sep 6, 2018 • 25 min
This meditation awakens attention to the space of awareness… “No matter how far you’ve wandered, this heartspace – this awake tender awareness – is only a half-breath of remembrance away.”
Part 2: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening
Aug 31, 2018 • 55 min
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…
Meditation: Awakening Our Energy Body
Aug 30, 2018 • 19 min
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.
Part 1: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening
Aug 24, 2018 • 59 min
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…
Meditation: Awake & Open Awareness
Aug 23, 2018 • 21 min
This calming meditation practice helps settle the mind with the breath and then opens to the changing flow of experience, letting life be just as it is.
Discovering the Power of Prayer (2018-08-15)
Aug 17, 2018 • 45 min
We all know the pain of separation and have a longing for connection. When we silently listen to and contact the depth of that longing, we are at the root of transformational prayer. This talk looks at what prayer is, who/what we are praying to, the…
Meditation: Presence and Breath (2018-08-15)
Aug 16, 2018 • 21 min
This simple meditation guides us to wake up awareness of the body, and rest with the movement of the breath. We are invited to discover the presence that arises as we come home to our moment-to-moment experience. The practice ends with a short prayer,…
Healing Depression with Meditation - Part 2 (2018-08-08)
Aug 10, 2018 • 52 min
These two talks explore several meditation practices that reconnect us with our natural aliveness, openheartedness and awareness. They empower us to develop our inner resources, energize us to awaken, free us from rumination and remind us that we are not…
Meditation: Letting Go of Doing (2018-08-11)
Aug 9, 2018 • 21 min
Meditation becomes truly freeing in the moments when there is no controlling whatsoever; when nothing is resisted or grasped after. This guided meditation begins with a simple body scan, relaxing and awakening to sensations in the body and then including…
Healing Depression with Meditation - Part 1 (2018-08-01)
Aug 3, 2018 • 55 min
These two talks explore several meditation practices that reconnect us with our natural aliveness, openheartedness and awareness. They empower us to develop our inner resources, energize us to awaken, free us from rumination and remind us that we are not…
Meditation: Refuge in Living Presence (2018-08-01)
Aug 2, 2018 • 22 min
We spend great swaths of time in a trance that removes us from awareness of our body and senses. This meditation reconnects us by scanning through the body, including sounds and then resting in the field of awareness and aliveness. We practice relaxing…
Saying “Yes” - Meeting Your Edge and Softening (2018-07-25)
Jul 27, 2018 • 56 min
Our habitual ways of avoiding unpleasant experience keep us from intimacy with our inner life and with each other. This talk helps us recognize these often unconscious patterns that keep us identified with a separate, threatened self, and offers guidance…
Meditation: Saying Yes to Life (2018-07-25)
Jul 26, 2018 • 21 min
We are conditioned to scan for “what’s wrong” and contract our body and mind in anticipation of danger. This meditation helps us undo these primal survival habits, and frees us to inhabit the full aliveness, creativity and love our natural being.
What Is It Like Being You? (2018-07-18)
Jul 20, 2018 • 56 min
Compassion is hard wired in our organism, and can be cultivated. This talk helps us identify the blocks to compassion—our outmoded survival equipment—and using RAIN, offers practical guidance in mindfully attuning to others’ emotional experience and…
Meditation: Breath by Breath - Inviting Relaxation and Ease (2018-07-18)
Jul 19, 2018 • 16 min
This meditation invites relaxation and ease. We begin with a long deep breathing that helps calm the body and mind. Then we release tensions that might be held in the body, and settle our attention in a receptive way with the breath. The intention is to…
Part 2 - From Human Doing to Human Being (2018-07-11)
Jul 13, 2018 • 50 min
Like Sisyphus eternally pushing the boulder up the hill, we can spend many moments busily trying to manage our life. This two-part talk explores how we can awaken from our non-stop doing, including the incessant inner narrative, and discover the mystery,…
Meditation: Natural, Open Awareness (2018-07-11)
Jul 12, 2018 • 16 min
When we are stressed, our attention narrows and fixates, often into obsessive thinking, worry and judgment. This meditation relaxes open the mind, first by a body scan and a “smile down,” and then by including all changing experience in a spacious…
Skeleton Woman: Embracing This Living and Dying World
Jul 6, 2018 • 45 min
Based on a wonderful myth told by Clarissa Estes, this talk looks at the way we run from “lady death” and the blessings of opening our arms and heart. If we can embrace the whole of our nature with unconditional presence – including the inevitability of…
Meditation: Blessings of Love
Jul 5, 2018 • 11 min
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. The image of receiving a kiss on the brow, and offering one, is suggested as…
Evolving Beyond “Unreal Othering” (2018-06-27)
Jun 29, 2018 • 52 min
What motivates us - as individuals and as a society - to build walls and knowingly hurt others? Exploring the evolutionary roots of “unreal othering” and how, when hijacked by fear, it can take over and disconnect us from the suffering of others. We then…
Meditation: Opening to the Waves (2018-06-27)
Jun 28, 2018 • 20 min
When we are lost in thought, we lose touch with the aliveness and awareness that is always here. This meditation guides us with a mindful body scan to open to our senses, then sound and all waves of aliveness. From that open presence we end with a loving…
Landlocked in Fur – Three Domains of Formless Presence (Retreat Talk)
Jun 22, 2018 • 65 min
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…
Meditation: The Silence That’s Listening (from retreat)
Jun 21, 2018 • 27 min
Listening to sounds is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and connect with the natural openness of awareness. We begin by opening to sound and then listening to and feeling the whole changing flow of life - allowing whatever is here to be just as…
Short Talk and Meditation: Spacious, Loving Awareness (retreat)
Jun 15, 2018 • 30 min
When our awareness is awake and open, we naturally respond to this changing life with warmth, tenderness and love. This practice helps us discover the spaciousness of awareness by realizing the space and aliveness that is in the body, and then sensing the…
Heart Meditation: Forgiving and Freeing Our Hearts (retreat)
Jun 14, 2018 • 36 min
Forgiveness for others becomes possible when we’ve held our own being with great compassion. This short talk and guided meditation brings forth our most awake and tender presence as we ask for forgiveness, offer care to the woundedness within us, and then…
Disarming Our Hearts: Letting Go of Blame (retreat talk)
Jun 8, 2018 • 63 min
Anger, judgment and blame create separation—from our inner life and our world. Only by releasing chronic blame can we free our hearts to truly give and receive love. This talk looks at the difference between healthy anger and the trance of blame, and…
Instruction & Meditation: Tonglen - Radical Compassion (retreat talk)
Jun 7, 2018 • 32 min
We are conditioned to avoid suffering - our own and others. By pulling away, we also contract our heart and disconnect from our innate capacity for compassion. This short talk and meditation is a training in touching vulnerability, and discovering the…
From Human Doing to Human Being (2018-05-30)
Jun 1, 2018 • 50 min
Like Sisyphus eternally pushing the boulder up the hill, we can spend many moments busily trying to manage our life. This two-part talk explores how we can awaken from our non-stop doing, including the incessant inner narrative, and discover the mystery,…
Meditation: Aliveness and Presence (2018-05-30)
May 31, 2018 • 20 min
This meditation includes a body scan, using the imagery of a smile, and establishing the senses as a portal to presence. The more we open into the aliveness of the senses, the more we discover the alert inner stillness that is our true home.
Seeing Basic Goodness - Part 2 (2018-05-23)
May 25, 2018 • 54 min
Most of us long to trust our goodness, but get caught in stories of deficiency and striving to affirm we’re ok. These talks look at the block to realizing the loving awareness that is our essence, and the practices that help us see this essential goodness…
Meditation: Lighting Up Your Energy Body (2018-05-23)
May 24, 2018 • 19 min
Our being has many frequencies of aliveness and as we attend to the more subtle, we discover a portal to the radiant awareness that is always here. This meditation guides us in using the breath and attention as we scan through the body and awaken an inner…
Seeing Basic Goodness - Part 1 (2018-05-16)
May 18, 2018 • 52 min
Most of us long to trust our goodness, but get caught in stories of deficiency and striving to affirm we’re ok. These talks look at the block to realizing the loving awareness that is our essence, and the practices that help us see this essential goodness…
Meditation: Resting in Breath, Relaxing into Life (2018-05-16)
May 17, 2018 • 21 min
This meditation invites us to collect our attention with a calming breath, and then with the senses as a home base, settle into presence. The reminders encourage a letting go of thoughts, shifting from virtual reality into the aliveness of…
Eating Addiction: How Meditation Helps Free Us (2018-05-09)
May 11, 2018 • 54 min
Buddhist psychology views clinging as the source of suffering, and one of the great domains of clinging is compulsive overeating. The talk includes an exploration of how, through RAIN, we can bring mindfulness and self-compassion to compulsive eating,…
Meditation: Intimacy with Life (2018-05-09)
May 10, 2018 • 21 min
This guided meditation begins with a body scan, bringing the friendliness of a smile into the body, and waking up our awareness of aliveness. We widen the attention to include sound and then sense and rest in the awareness that holds all experience. Our…
After the RAIN (retreat talk) (2018-04-29)
May 5, 2018 • 69 min
This talk offers an in-depth exploration of RAIN, applying the wings of mindfulness and compassion to painful domains of trance. We bring special attention to the fruit of RAIN, the realization of who we are beyond any limiting identity.
Meditation: Morning on Retreat (2018-05-01)
May 3, 2018 • 33 min
In this guided meditation we include an overview of different components of mindfulness practice. The reflection includes a body scan, establishing a home base for attention, and care in how to arrive in full presence after being lost in thought. We then…
Responding to Change with a Wise Heart (2018-04-25)
Apr 27, 2018 • 54 min
An intrinsic part of spiritual life is facing the truth of impermanence. When we open to the changing flow without resistance, we naturally cherish this passing life, and realize the changeless awareness that is our true home. This talk includes teachings…
Meditation: Cultivating a Clear and Relaxed Presence (2018-04-25)
Apr 26, 2018 • 22 min
This guided meditation begins with a calming breath to quiet the mind and relax the body. Following this, we establish our presence with an anchor - the breath, sound or sensation - and practice “coming back” from distractions, and including whatever…
Listening with an Awake Heart - Part 2 (2018-04-18)
Apr 20, 2018 • 58 min
Deep listening - to our inner life, each other and our world - is an intrinsic expression of our awakened heart. Yet because we have strong conditioning to be caught in wants and fears, there is often much interference in the field of communications. The…
Meditation: Mind Like a Vast Sky (2018-04-18)
Apr 19, 2018 • 18 min
This meditation opens with listening and discovering the sky-like awareness that includes changing sounds, thoughts, feelings and sensations. The sounding of bells and chimes assists in connecting to and resting in the boundless and loving awareness that…
Listening with an Awake Heart - Part 1 (2018-04-11)
Apr 13, 2018 • 50 min
Deep listening - to our inner life, each other and our world - is an intrinsic expression of our awakened heart. Yet because we have strong conditioning to be caught in wants and fears, there is often much interference in communications. This talk is an…
Meditation: A Listening, Receptive Awareness (2018-04-11)
Apr 12, 2018 • 23 min
The capacity to truly listen allows us to realize the vast and sensitive awareness that is our true essence. This meditation focuses on listening to sounds, and then listening to and feeling the whole changing flow of life. When carried off by thought, we…
From Head to Heart (2018-04-04)
Apr 6, 2018 • 55 min
If we are suffering, we are believing an interpretation of reality that is limiting and untrue. At these times we are imprisoned in a painful looping of fear-driven thoughts and feelings. This talk explores the ways our practices of mindfulness,…
Meditation: Awareness and Flow (2018-04-04)
Apr 5, 2018 • 19 min
This guided practice awakens all the senses with an embodied presence, allowing an opening to the moment-to-moment changing flow of experience. We then relax back, resting as the changeless open awareness that is conscious of the flow, and includes all…
Namaste: Seeing the Truth of Who We Are (2018-03-28)
Mar 30, 2018 • 59 min
A gift of evolving consciousness is the capacity to recognize & honor the awareness that lives through us. This capacity is blocked by our identification with our “mask” or ego self, and not seeing past other’s masks. We reflect on key superior/inferior &…
Meditation: Continuous Space Suffused with Awareness (2018-03-28)
Mar 29, 2018 • 18 min
By learning to inhabit the body, we discover the space and aliveness that fills the universe. In this meditation we are guided through the body, filling different domains with presence. We then open into the continuous awake space that is both within and…
Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk) - (2017-12-30)
Mar 23, 2018 • 62 min
The sign of spiritual freedom is a deep trust in our essential nature, and in the light of awareness that lives through all beings. This talk explores the conditioning that entraps us in a trance of separation and believing in a limited self. We then…
Meditation and Short Talk: Basic Elements of a Mindfulness Meditation Sitting (retreat)
Mar 22, 2018 • 34 min
This short talk and guided meditation offers an overview of what many people find a natural unfolding within a meditation sitting. It includes the process of arriving in an embodied presence, learning how to come back from thoughts, and then opening the…
Part 2 - Awakening our Body’s Awareness (2018-03-14)
Mar 16, 2018 • 51 min
Mindful awareness of our bodies is a portal to full aliveness, wisdom and love. These two classes will explore the trance that takes us away from our body, the pathways home, ways of working with pain, and the gifts of an embodied presence.
Meditation: Inhabiting Our Body, Realizing Wholeness (2018-03-14)
Mar 15, 2018 • 24 min
Awakening awareness in the body is the portal to resting in boundless and dynamic presence. This guided practice scans the body from feet up, and helps us inhabit all parts of our body. As we open to the aliveness and space inside the body, we discover a…
Part 1 - Awakening our Body’s Awareness (2018-03-07)
Mar 9, 2018 • 51 min
Mindful awareness of our bodies is a portal to full aliveness, wisdom and love. These two classes will explore the trance that takes us away from our body, the pathways home, ways of working with pain, and the gifts of an embodied presence.
Meditation: Homecoming with the Breath (2018-03-07)
Mar 8, 2018 • 23 min
This meditation focuses on the breath as an anchor for homecoming. We begin with an intentional breath (coherence breathing) and then establish the natural breath as a home base. The instructions are to rest in the breath, offering a relaxed, intimate…
Part 4 - Equanimity - Present Heart - Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-28)
Mar 2, 2018 • 48 min
Equanimity unfolds as we find a wise balance and spaciousness in the midst of this living, dying world. This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the…
Meditation: The Space and Aliveness of Presence (2018-02-28)
Mar 1, 2018 • 21 min
We arrive in presence by deepening attention in the body; relaxing and awakening through a body scan. That presence deepens as we bring our attention to the space of awareness that includes the changing flow of sounds, sensations and feelings. In that…
Part 3 - Joy - Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-21)
Feb 23, 2018 • 51 min
Joy blossoms in the moments our hearts open boundlessly to reality, to the 10,000 joys and sorrows. This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the…
Meditation: The Heartspace Where All is Welcome (2018-02-21)
Feb 22, 2018 • 18 min
This meditation scans through the body, and awakens attention to the open, inclusive awareness that all life arises in. We then explore experiencing that openness in the region of the heart, saying yes to life and including whatever is here with…
Part 2 - Compassion - Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-14)
Feb 16, 2018 • 51 min
Part 2 – Compassion - Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-14) - Compassion - the tender resonance of heart - awakens as we allow ourselves to be touched by our shared vulnerability. This series reflects on four primary expressions of…
Meditation: Awareness Is Our Home (2018-02-14)
Feb 15, 2018 • 21 min
This guided practice helps us come into our senses through a body scan. We then rest in the awareness that is listening to and feeling the changing flow of experience. When the mind drifts, the return is a relaxing back to our senses, and to the sea of…
Part 1 ~ Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-07}
Feb 9, 2018 • 54 min
This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings…
Meditation: Living Presence (2018-02-07)
Feb 8, 2018 • 21 min
This meditation guides us to awaken to our senses through scanning through the body and then listening to sounds. When distracted by thoughts we relax open again and again, learning to rest in the formless awareness that includes sounds, sensations and…
Part 3 - Freedom from Othering: Undoing the Myths that Imprison Us (2018-01-31)
Feb 2, 2018 • 52 min
A primary source of our suffering is the conditioning to create “bad other,” or “inferior other.” This same conditioning leads us to creating a bad self and turn on ourselves. These three talks explore how we subscribe to societal myths and beliefs that…
Meditation: Beyond the Veil of Thinking (2018-01-31)
Feb 1, 2018 • 21 min
This meditation awakens us to the space and aliveness in these bodies, and to resting in wakeful openness. When we get lost in thought, we practice relaxing open, and exploring the gap between thoughts. By opening beyond the veil of thinking, we discover…
Part 2 - Freedom from Othering: Undoing the Myths that Imprison Us (2018-01-24)
Jan 26, 2018 • 48 min
A primary source of our suffering is the conditioning to create “bad other,” or “inferior other.” This same conditioning leads us to creating a bad self and turn on ourselves. These three talks explore how we subscribe to societal myths and beliefs that…
Meditation: Resting in Reality (2018-01-24)
Jan 25, 2018 • 23 min
This guided practice awakens attention to sensations, sounds, space and aliveness, and encourages a continued “relaxing open” from thoughts into the living stream of experience. We are learning to recognize and rest in the moment to moment flow, “being…
Part 1 - Freedom from Othering: Undoing the Myths that Imprison Us (2018-01-17)
Jan 19, 2018 • 46 min
A primary source of our suffering is the conditioning to create “bad other,” or “inferior other.” This same conditioning leads us to creating a bad self and turn on ourselves. These three talks explore how we subscribe to societal myths and beliefs that…
Meditation: Receiving Life with an Open Awareness (2018-01-17)
Jan 18, 2018 • 20 min
We begin with listening and then bring a receptive attention to experience the life of the body. We then open the attention to the whole field of sensations and sound, and rest in the openness and presence that includes all the changing currents of…
Winds of Homecoming: How Intention Frees our Heart (2018-01-10)
Jan 12, 2018 • 50 min
The Buddha taught that we live our lives on the tip of intention, it is the seed of our future. This talk explores the difference between “limbic” intentions driven by grasping or fear, and intentions that are the call of our awakening heart. You will…
Meditation: Space and Aliveness and Awareness (2018-01-10)
Jan 11, 2018 • 21 min
This meditation engages the breath in a way that it connects us with our energetic aliveness and the space that holds and is intrinsic to all life. A body scan using this breath opens us to the body as a field of aliveness. We then rest in the changing…
Three Gateways to Peace and Freedom (2018-01-03)
Jan 5, 2018 • 55 min
This talk explores the three archetypal refuges of truth, love and awareness. We look at the outer and inner aspects of each refuge, and then through guided reflections and a Refuge Ritual, deepen our commitment to the pathways that awaken our minds and…
New Year’s Meditation: Awakening Loving Presence (2018-01-03)
Jan 4, 2018 • 22 min
Loving presence is an innate capacity, and it can be cultivated. This meditation begins with a scan arousing a relaxed tender presence in the body, then brings loving attention to our inner life, and in widening circles, to our world.
Remembering and Choosing Loving Presence (retreat talk) (2017-12-28)
Dec 29, 2017 • 63 min
We are conditioned to go into a limbic trance—an emotional reactivity to life within and around us—that keeps us identified with a limited, separate sense of self. This talk helps us to identify the flags of trance, and to bring a healing attention that…
Meditation: Basic Body Scan (2017-12-28)
Dec 28, 2017 • 20 min
From the first morning of the IMCW 2017 New Year retreat, Tara offers an introductory meditation with a body scan, bringing focus to the breath, sounds, then resting in awareness.
My Religion is Kindness – Part 2 (2017-12-20)
Dec 22, 2017 • 32 min
Authentic kindness must include the life within us. These two talks examine the movement from an armored to a free and loving heart. The first looks at how we can awaken from the trance of unworthiness and establish a genuinely caring relationship with…
Meditation: “Yes” to Life (2017-12-20)
Dec 21, 2017 • 13 min
This guided practice awakens a relaxed and friendly attention that rests in the breath and opens to whatever is arising. We deepen that presence with the intention to truly say “Yes” to experience, allowing life to be just as it is.
Meditation: Transforming Fear (2017-12-06)
Dec 19, 2017 • 11 min
This guided practice invites us to identify a situation where we habitually become anxious or fearful, and then to explore bringing mindfulness and self-compassion to where we feel most vulnerable. By engaging fear with an embodied and caring presence, we…
My Religion is Kindness - Part 1 (2017-12-13)
Dec 15, 2017 • 54 min
Authentic kindness must include the life within us. These two talks examine the movement from an armored to a free and loving heart. The first looks at how we can awaken from the trance of unworthiness and establish a genuinely caring relationship with…
Meditation: Boundless, Loving Awareness (2017-12-13)
Dec 14, 2017 • 21 min
Learning how to recognize and rest in spaciousness, allows us to discover the love and wakefulness that is our source. This meditation guides us to discover interior space, exterior space, and then the continuous space that is suffused with awareness. We…
Awakening from the Trance of Fear - Part 2 (2017-12-06)
Dec 8, 2017 • 51 min
While fear is a natural and intelligent emotion, when fear goes on overdrive, we are in a trance of fear that contracts our body, heart and mind. Our resistance to the direct experience of fear sustains the trance and leads to decisions and behaviors that…
Meditation: Alert Inner Stillness (2017-12-06)
Dec 7, 2017 • 20 min
Behind the changing sounds, sensations, feelings and thoughts is an alert inner stillness that is purely aware. This meditation begins with accessing the receptivity of a smile, awakening through the body and opening the senses. We then sense the…
Awakening from the Trance of Fear - Part 1 (2017-11-29)
Dec 1, 2017 • 45 min
While fear is a natural and intelligent emotion, when fear goes on overdrive, we are in a trance of fear that contracts our body, heart and mind. Our resistance to the direct experience of fear sustains the trance and leads to decisions and behaviors that…
Meditation: Breath by Breath (2017-11-29)
Nov 30, 2017 • 23 min
Our breath can be a home base that allows us to meet life with a relaxed, wakeful presence. This meditation helps us calm and settle the mind with long deep breathing, and then establishes a mindful presence with our natural breathing. When distracted, we…
A Grateful, Giving, Happy Heart (2017-11-22)
Nov 24, 2017 • 49 min
Gratitude is like breathing in - letting ourselves be touched by the goodness in others and in our world. Generosity is like breathing out - sensing our mutual belonging and offering our care. These beautiful expressions of our heart become blocked when…
Meditation: Relax Into Happiness (2017-11-22)
Nov 23, 2017 • 19 min
Lama Gendun Rinpoche writes, “Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower, but it is already there, in relaxation and letting go.” This meditation turns us toward this naturally arising happiness by awakening awareness through the body,…
The Gift of Silence
Nov 17, 2017 • 49 min
Through all spiritual traditions, there is a valuing of silence and stillness. When the mind has quieted, it becomes possible to see into the truth of what we are. Yet quieting can turn into a battle with the process of the thinking mind. This talk…
Meditation: The Silence That is Listening
Nov 16, 2017 • 14 min
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…
Power of Prayer: From Longing to Belonging (2017-11-08)
Nov 10, 2017 • 46 min
When we bring a full presence to prayer, it becomes a powerful pathway of homecoming. This talk explores how prayer heals the pain of separation, and offers practical guidance in what poet John O’Donohue calls “unearthing our ancient belonging.” “What’s…
Meditation: Relaxed Attentiveness (2017-11-08)
Nov 9, 2017 • 20 min
The primary qualities of a healing and freeing presence are being alert, open and tender. This meditation arouses these qualities by engaging a mindful awareness of the breath, and then a relaxed, gentle attentiveness to the changing experience of the…
Accessing Innate Wisdom
Nov 3, 2017 • 54 min
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, lovable and safe. We then look at the pathway home, the radical non-doing and space of silence that…
Reflection: Cultivating a Loving Heart (2017-08-30)
Nov 2, 2017 • 7 min
Love is an innate capacity, and when we intentionally cultivate it, love shifts from a state to a trait. This meditation offers guidance on how to access love, and open ourselves to it in a way that serves this awakening of our hearts. “Know that you’re…
Anger: Responding, Not Reacting (2017-10-25)
Oct 27, 2017 • 53 min
Anger is natural, intelligent and necessary for surviving and flourishing. Yet when we are hooked by anger, it causes great personal and collective suffering. This talk explores how to transform patterns of reactivity by bringing a mindful and…
Meditation: Refuge in Presence (2017-10-25)
Oct 26, 2017 • 18 min
We arrive in presence through the gateway of the body, scanning through with awareness, and then resting with the breath and body sensations. As we include whatever arises with a gentle and kind attention, our inner refuge becomes increasingly stable and…
Embodied Spirit - Mindfulness of the Body
Oct 20, 2017 • 47 min
The Buddha taught that mindfulness of the body is a direct path to the realization of truth, to peace and freedom. This talk explores how we leave a present-centered awareness of our body, and the pathways of homecoming - a favorite teaching from the 2010…
Meditation: Awakening Compassion with Tonglen
Oct 19, 2017 • 11 min
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…
River of Change - Part 2 - Bringing a Wise Heart to this Impermanent Life (2017-10-11)
Oct 13, 2017 • 49 min
These two talks look at how we relate to change - especially the notable changes involving loss of relationships and our own body and mind. We examine our strategies for avoiding uncertainty and fear; the consequences of resisting reality; our refuges of…
Meditation: Present Heart (2017-10-11)
Oct 12, 2017 • 14 min
We awaken a present heart by relaxing with the breath, and bringing the kindness of a smile into our bodily experience. This meditation ends with offering blessings to our inner life and all beings.
River of Change - Part 1 - Bringing a Wise Heart to this Impermanent Life (2017-10-04)
Oct 6, 2017 • 54 min
These two talks look at how we relate to change - especially the notable changes involving loss of relationships and our own body and mind. We examine our strategies for avoiding uncertainty and fear; the consequences of resisting reality; our refuges of…
Meditation - Saying “Yes” to Life (2017-10-04)
Oct 5, 2017 • 16 min
This meditation guides us in relaxing through the body, then opening to the changing river of experience. By continually relaxing back and letting go into what is unfolding, we discover the natural vastness, wakefulness and vitality of our essential Being.
Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO
Sep 29, 2017 • 51 min
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…
Meditation: Blessings of Love
Sep 28, 2017 • 11 min
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. By imagining and allowing ourselves to receive love, our hearts become open…
From Dragons to Schmoos – Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence
Sep 22, 2017 • 54 min
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…
Meditation: Coming Home to Openhearted Awareness
Sep 21, 2017 • 19 min
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…
Reflection: Transforming Suffering and Awakening the Heart
Sep 19, 2017 • 12 min
There is power and potential in a time of darkness to remind us of what we really cherish. In this reflection, we practice ways of paying attention that can help us transform suffering into freedom, in our own lives and in the world around us. The…
Trusting Your Basic Goodness - Part 2
Sep 15, 2017 • 55 min
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…
Meditation: Coming Home to Being
Sep 14, 2017 • 19 min
“What it’s like to be here right now and listening to your heart… sensing the state of your heart? It might have been a while since you’ve really checked in with this simple inquiry… How is my heart right now?”
Basic Trust - Part 1
Sep 8, 2017 • 54 min
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…
Meditation: Choosing Living Presence
Sep 7, 2017 • 22 min
Meditation: Choosing Living Presence - A meditation on being present with our living, breathing life (includes chanting the Om’s - a favorite from Tara’s Wednesday night archives).
True Resilience: Part 2 - Awakening through All Circumstances (2017-08-30)
Sep 1, 2017 • 48 min
Spiritual resilience enables us to deepen compassion and wisdom as we navigate life’s difficulties. In this two part series, we will look at the conditions that incline us towards or away from True Resilience, and explore practical and powerful practices…
Meditation: Present Heartspace
Aug 31, 2017 • 18 min
This meditation establishes an embodied presence with the gentleness of a smile-down scan, then opens us to the heartspace that includes the changing waves of experience. It ends with a short lovingkindness meditation that offers prayers for relief of the…
Darkness of the Womb – Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering
Aug 25, 2017 • 46 min
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. NOTE:…
30-Minute Meditation: Open Awareness - Relaxing Back into Presence
Aug 24, 2017 • 30 min
This practice brings attention to the continuous space within and around the body, and the aliveness of sound, sensation and feeling that lives through us. While it’s natural for attention to get distracted, the pathway home is a relaxing back into the…
True Resilience - Pt1 - Awakening through All Circumstances (2017-08-16)
Aug 18, 2017 • 50 min
Spiritual resilience enables us to deepen compassion and wisdom as we navigate life’s difficulties. In this two part series, we will look at the conditions that incline us towards or away from True Resilience, and explore practical and powerful practices…
Meditation: Filling our Body with Love (2017-08-16)
Aug 17, 2017 • 16 min
When we are fully awake, love shines through our entire body and being. This meditation awakens that embodied love through the image and felt sense of the smile, scanning through the body, resting in loving presence and offering loving prayer.
Three Blessings in Spiritual Life - Part 3 - The Mirror (2017-08-09)
Aug 11, 2017 • 55 min
This 3-part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner…
Meditation: Listening to Life (2017-08-09)
Aug 10, 2017 • 19 min
The attitude of meditation is one of engaged listening, a relaxed, receptive yet intimate attention. This meditation explores how we can listen to sounds, listen to and feel sensations, and then relax back into the ocean of awareness that includes and…
Three Blessings in Spiritual Life - Part 2 - Inner Fire (2017-08-02)
Aug 4, 2017 • 46 min
This 3- part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner…
Meditation: Open Awareness - Relaxing Back into Presence (2017-08-02)
Aug 3, 2017 • 19 min
This practice brings attention to the continuous space within and around the body, and the aliveness of sound, sensation and feeling that lives through us. While it’s natural for attention to get distracted, the pathway home is a relaxing back into the…
Three Blessings in Spiritual Life - Part I - (2017-07-26)
Jul 28, 2017 • 49 min
This 3- part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner…
Meditation - Living Presence (2017-07-26)
Jul 27, 2017 • 18 min
This practice uses the image and felt sense of a smile as we scan through the body, include sound and relax back into the awareness that is the source of all experience. By letting life be just as it is, we become pure living presence - wakeful, open and…
Love is Always Here (2017-07-19)
Jul 21, 2017 • 55 min
Love is Always Here (2017-07-19) - One expression of suffering is forgetting that we are intrinsically lovable and worthy. This talk looks at the pathway to trusting our belonging, and focuses on the healing that comes from letting in love and…
Meditation: Relaxing into Sleep (no bell at end) (2017-07-19)
Jul 20, 2017 • 14 min
Meditation: Relaxing into Sleep (no bell at end) (2017-07-19) - This meditation can help us to access a relaxed attentiveness, or alternately, serve as a pathway to ease-filled sleep. (version with ending bell also available) Your support enables us…
Meditation - Relaxing into Presence (with bell) (2017-07-19)
Jul 20, 2017 • 14 min
Meditation - Relaxing into Presence or Sleep (2017-07-19) - This meditation can help us to access a relaxed attentiveness, or alternately, serve as a pathway to ease-filled sleep. (version with no bell also available) Your support enables us to…
Radical Self-Honesty: The Joy of Getting Real
Jul 14, 2017 • 48 min
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. NOTE: Tara was…
Meditation: Relaxing with a Smile into Living Presence (15 min)
Jul 13, 2017 • 15 min
Meditation: Relaxing with a Smile into Living Presence (15 min) - This meditation guides us to awaken to sensation using the image of a smile and scanning through the body. We then open to sound and to the entire changing flow of experience. When we…
Meditation: Entering the Wilderness (2017-07-05) (6 min)
Jul 7, 2017 • 6 min
Meditation: Entering the Wilderness (2017-07-05) - We open to our full naturalness as we awaken the senses. This brief meditation guides us to open all the sense gates, and in that openness, experience the pure aliveness and awareness that is our…
Part 2: Refuge in the Wilderness - Coming Home to Embodied Presence
Jul 6, 2017 • 52 min
When we live from our mental control towers, we are in a trance that confines our life. These two talks look at the primary ways we are conditioned to leave embodied presence, and the consequence of unlived life—being cut off from our vitality,…
Part 1: Refuge in the Wilderness - Coming Home to Embodied Presence (2017-06-28)
Jun 30, 2017 • 52 min
Part 1: Refuge in the Wilderness - Coming Home to Embodied Presence (2017-06-28) - When we live from our mental control towers, we are in a trance that confines our life. These two talks look at the primary ways we are conditioned to leave embodied…
Meditation: Opening to Full Aliveness (2017-06-28)
Jun 29, 2017 • 17 min
Meditation: Opening to Full Aliveness (2017-06-28) - This meditation includes relaxing and awakening through the body, widening the lens to include sound and then letting life live through us, receiving all that arises in open awareness. Your support…
Stories that Imprison our Heart - Part 2 (2017-06-21)
Jun 23, 2017 • 50 min
Stories that Imprison our Heart - Part 2 (2017-06-21) - Our suffering arises from fear-based stories that are often outside our awareness. These include stories of our deficiency or importance, of being a victim, of being unseen or unloved, of facing…
Meditation: Arriving in Embodied Presence (retreat) (2017-04-30)
Jun 22, 2017 • 24 min
Meditation: Arriving in Embodied Presence - This guided meditation instruction includes: 1 - Arriving in embodied presence with senses awake, 2 - Further collecting the attention using a primary anchor or base, and 3 - Continuing to collect around an…
Stories that Imprison our Heart - Part 1 (2017-06-14)
Jun 16, 2017 • 53 min
Stories that Imprison our Heart - Part 1 (2017-06-14) - Our suffering arises from fear-based stories that are often outside our awareness. These include stories of our deficiency or importance, of being a victim, of being unseen or unloved, of facing…
Meditation: Homecoming to Our Life Breath (2017-06-14)
Jun 15, 2017 • 16 min
Meditation: Homecoming to Our Life Breath - Perhaps the most universal place to collect and deepen attention is the breath. This meditation begins with an intentional breath that calms the nervous system, and then opens to a clear, intimate…
Happiness is Possible: De-conditioning the Negativity Bias – Part 2 (2017-06-07)
Jun 9, 2017 • 49 min
Happiness is Possible: De-conditioning the Negativity Bias – Part 2 - There is an inner freedom that expresses as happiness and peace, and it is accessible when we arrive in openhearted presence. As the Buddha said, “If it were not possible to…
Meditation: Home to Awake Awareness (2017-06-07)
Jun 8, 2017 • 16 min
Meditation: Home to Awake Awareness - This guided practice establishes a kind, friendly attention with the image and felt sense of a smile, and evokes an embodied presence. We open to the awake awareness that is listening to and feeling the changing…
Happiness is Possible: De-conditioning the Negativity Bias - Part 1 (2017-05-31)
Jun 2, 2017 • 50 min
Happiness is Possible: De-conditioning the Negativity Bias - Part 1 - There is an inner freedom that expresses as happiness and peace, and it is accessible when we arrive in openhearted presence. As the Buddha said, “If it were not possible to find…
Meditation: The Breath - Portal to Presence (2017-05-31)
Jun 1, 2017 • 18 min
Meditation: The Breath - Portal to Presence - We start with breathing mindfully to collect and calm the body and mind. Then the attention opens to include the changing flow in a spacious natural presence.
Instruction and Question-Response during Retreat (2017-05-02)
May 28, 2017 • 9 min
Instruction and Question-Response during Retreat (2017-05-02) - Topics include individualizing your meditation practice, working with the “tangles,” forgiveness practice, and using the “nurturing” of RAIN. Let us know if you find this kind of short…
The Reality of Change: Embracing this Living Dying World (2017-05-24)
May 26, 2017 • 53 min
The Reality of Change: Embracing this Living Dying World (2017-05-24) - The Reality of Change: Embracing this Living Dying World - Our true refuge is reality - only by opening to “things as they are” do we find true peace and freedom. This talk…
Meditation: Opening to the River of Aliveness (2017-05-24)
May 25, 2017 • 17 min
Meditation: Opening to the River of Aliveness (2017-05-24) - This meditation guides us to awaken to sensation using the image of a smile and scanning through the body. We then open to sound and to the entire changing flow of experience. When we…
Radical-Compassion - Part 2 (2017-05-10)
May 19, 2017 • 53 min
Radical-Compassion - Part 2 (2017-05-10) - Compassion is the medicine we most need as individuals and a species to heal suffering and free our spirits. The essence of compassion for ourselves and others – what I call Radical Compassion – has three…
Instruction & Meditation: A Forgiving Heart (from retreat) (2017-05-02)
May 18, 2017 • 36 min
Instruction & Meditation: A Forgiving Heart (2017-05-02) - A forgiving heart clears the way for giving and receiving love freely. This talk and meditation explores where we have become habituated in blame towards ourselves and others, and a…
Radical Compassion - Part 1 (retreat talk) (2017-04-30)
May 12, 2017 • 58 min
Radical Compassion - Part 1 (retreat talk) (2017-04-30) - Compassion is the medicine we most need as individuals and a species to heal suffering and free our spirits. The essence of compassion for ourselves and others - what I call Radical Compassion…
Meditation: Breathing Our Way to Peace and Freedom (2017-05-10)
May 11, 2017 • 19 min
Meditation: Breathing Our Way to Peace and Freedom (2017-05-10) - This meditation guides us in collecting attention with an intentional long deep breath, and awakening a full relaxed presence as the breath resumes in its natural rhythm. Resting fully…
Relaxing the Over-Controller - Part 2 (2017-05-03) (retreat talk)
May 6, 2017 • 63 min
Relaxing the Over-Controller - Part 2 (2017-05-03) (retreat talk) - We all have conditioning to do what we can to protect and promote our wellbeing. Our suffering arises to the degree that our life and identity become organized around controlling our…
Meditation: Know That You’re Here, Right Here (2017-04-29)
May 3, 2017 • 10 min
Meditation: Know That You’re Here, Right Here (2017-04-29) - Given the first morning of the 2017 IMCW Spring Retreat, this meditation guides you through a body scan, opens to sounds, then expands to the body as a field of sensation. With no closing…
Relaxing the Over-Controller - Part 1 (2017-04-26)
Apr 27, 2017 • 51 min
Relaxing the Over-Controller - Part 1 (2017-04-26) - We all have conditioning to do what we can to protect and promote our wellbeing. Our suffering arises to the degree that our life and identity become organized around controlling our…
Meditation: The Center of Now (2017-04-26)
Apr 27, 2017 • 16 min
Meditation: The Center of Now (2017-04-26) - This meditation awakens our senses and then guides us to rest in the changing flow of experience. When the mind drifts, we are invited to relax back into full living presence, into that Beingness that is…
Ask the Friend for Love
Apr 21, 2017 • 57 min
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…
Meditation: The Heartspace That is Home
Apr 20, 2017 • 21 min
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…
Sure Heart’s Release
Apr 14, 2017 • 53 min
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…
Guided Heart Meditation: Loving Presence - from Retreat
Apr 13, 2017 • 34 min
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…
Soul Recognition: The Practice of Namaste (2017-04-05)
Apr 7, 2017 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Awakening through the Inner Body (2017-04-05)
Apr 6, 2017 • 24 min
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…
Healing Addiction: De-conditioning the Hungry Ghosts (2017-03-22)
Mar 31, 2017 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Loving Presence - with smile body scan (2017-03-29)
Mar 30, 2017 • 20 min
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…
Taking “The Exquisite Risk:” An Undefended Heart (2017-03-22)
Mar 24, 2017 • 50 min
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…
Meditation: Relaxing Back into Full Presence (2017-03-22)
Mar 23, 2017 • 23 min
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…
Reflection - The Compass of Our Heart (2017-03-15)
Mar 18, 2017 • 9 min
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…
Realizing Your Deepest Desires (2017-03-15)
Mar 17, 2017 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Letting Thought Clouds Come and Go (2017-03-15)
Mar 16, 2017 • 22 min
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…
Healing Trauma: The Light Shines Through the Broken Places
Mar 9, 2017 • 53 min
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…
Meditation - Getting Lost and Coming Back Here (2017-03-08)
Mar 9, 2017 • 19 min
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…
Listening to the Song - Part 2 (2017-03-01)
Mar 3, 2017 • 48 min
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…
Meditation: A Sky-Like Mind (2017-03-01)
Mar 2, 2017 • 23 min
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…
Listening to the Song - Part 1 (2017-02-22)
Feb 24, 2017 • 49 min
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…
Reflection: Heart Wisdom of Your Future Self
Feb 23, 2017 • 9 min
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…
Being Truthful (2017-02-15)
Feb 17, 2017 • 54 min
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…
Meditation - Sitting Like a Mountain (2017-02-15)
Feb 16, 2017 • 25 min
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…
Trusting Our Awakening Heart (2017-02-08)
Feb 10, 2017 • 50 min
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:…
Meditation: At Home in the Moment (2017-02-08)
Feb 9, 2017 • 20 min
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…
Love, and Death - Retreat Talk (2016-12-29)
Feb 3, 2017 • 61 min
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…
Retreat Meditation: A Liberating Awareness - Embodying Full Presence (2016-12-30)
Feb 2, 2017 • 30 min
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…
Darkness of the Womb - Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering (2017-01-25)
Jan 27, 2017 • 46 min
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…
Meditation - The Return to Presence: Rest Your Mind In What Is (2017-01-25)
Jan 25, 2017 • 21 min
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…
Your Awake Heart Is Calling You (2017-01-18)
Jan 20, 2017 • 51 min
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…
Meditation: Awakening Compassion (2016-11-23)
Jan 20, 2017 • 11 min
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…
Meditation: A Witnessing, Kind Presence (2017-01-18)
Jan 19, 2017 • 20 min
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…
Dissolving Trance with RAIN (2017-01-11)
Jan 13, 2017 • 50 min
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…
Meditation: Cultivating a Relaxed Attention (2017-01-11)
Jan 12, 2017 • 22 min
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…
Heart Meditation: Awakening Loving Presence (2016-12-31)
Jan 12, 2017 • 35 min
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…
Refuge in Truth, Love and Awareness (2017-01-04)
Jan 6, 2017 • 56 min
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…
Meditation: Quieting the Mind (2017-01-04)
Jan 5, 2017 • 15 min
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…
Don’t Know Mind (a talk from June 10, 2009)
Dec 30, 2016 • 50 min
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…
Meditation: A Listening Presence with Smile Body Scan (2016-11-10)
Dec 29, 2016 • 27 min
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…
Question and Response: Heart Practices - (2016-11-05)
Dec 26, 2016 • 5 min
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
Heart Meditation with Instructions: Taking in the Goodness (2016-11-05)
Dec 26, 2016 • 30 min
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…
The Revolution of Tenderness - Part 2 (2016-12-21)
Dec 23, 2016 • 46 min
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,…
Meditation: Breathing into Presence (2016-12-21)
Dec 22, 2016 • 19 min
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…
The Revolution of Tenderness - Part 1 (2016-12-14)
Dec 16, 2016 • 55 min
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,…
Meditation - Awake Awareness is our Home (2016-12-14)
Dec 15, 2016 • 19 min
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…
Spiritual Reparenting (2016-12-07)
Dec 9, 2016 • 52 min
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…
Meditation - Relaxing Back into Living Presence
Dec 8, 2016 • 19 min
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…
Trusting the Gold (retreat talk)
Dec 2, 2016 • 69 min
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…
Heart Meditation: Taking in the Goodness (retreat)
Dec 1, 2016 • 24 min
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…
Part 2 - “Play a Greater Part” - Bodhisattva for our Times
Nov 25, 2016 • 58 min
“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…
Meditation: Vipassana - 20 min - Opening Our Hearts to Life as It Is
Nov 24, 2016 • 19 min
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…
“Play a Greater Part” - Bodhisattva for Our Times - Pt1 (2016-11-16)
Nov 18, 2016 • 52 min
“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…
Meditation: Vipassana (Mindfulness or Insight)
Nov 17, 2016 • 16 min
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 Wings of Awakening - Self-Honesty and Love (retreat talk) (2016-11-06)
Nov 11, 2016 • 62 min
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…
Starting a Meditation - with No Bell at the End (2016-11-05)
Nov 10, 2016 • 9 min
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…
Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times - Part 2 (2016-11-02)
Nov 3, 2016 • 50 min
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…
Meditation: Cultivating a Mindful Awareness (2016-11-02)
Nov 3, 2016 • 18 min
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…
Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times (2016-10-26)
Oct 28, 2016 • 51 min
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…
Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence (2016-10-26)
Oct 27, 2016 • 12 min
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…
Reflection: Deepening the Truths We Share (2016-10-19)
Oct 23, 2016 • 8 min
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 of 3)
Oct 21, 2016 • 47 min
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…
Meditation: Relaxing Back and Saying Yes to the Moment (2016-10-19)
Oct 20, 2016 • 19 min
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…
Meditation: Awake, Openhearted Awareness (2016-10-12)
Oct 16, 2016 • 11 min
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…
Seeking What’s True - Pt 2 of 3 (2016-10-12)
Oct 14, 2016 • 54 min
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…
Meditation: Breath and Presence (2016-10-12)
Oct 13, 2016 • 18 min
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…
Seeking What’s True - Pt 1 of 3 (2016-10-05)
Oct 7, 2016 • 54 min
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…
Meditation - Receiving Life in Open Awareness (2016-10-05)
Oct 6, 2016 • 16 min
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…
Spiritual Empowerment (2016-09-28)
Sep 30, 2016 • 53 min
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…
Meditation: Receiving This Life in Awareness
Sep 29, 2016 • 23 min
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…
Realizing Our Undefended and Awakened Heart (retreat talk)
Sep 23, 2016 • 66 min
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…
Meditation: Listening to and Feeling Our Life
Sep 22, 2016 • 17 min
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…
The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions
Sep 16, 2016 • 49 min
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…
Retreat - Morning Instruction - RAIN - Q and A (2016-08-27)
Sep 15, 2016 • 14 min
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…
Trusting Our Hearts
Sep 9, 2016 • 51 min
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…
On Deepening Our Meditation and Guided Meditation from Retreat
Sep 7, 2016 • 24 min
Meditation Instructions and Guided Meditation from Retreat (2016-08-27) - Tara gives morning instructions about how to deepen our meditation, then leads us in a guided meditation.
Reflection: Your Future Self (2016-08-24)
Sep 4, 2016 • 7 min
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…
Letting Go: The Freedom of Awake Awareness
Sep 2, 2016 • 51 min
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…
Meditation: Awakening Our Energy Body
Sep 1, 2016 • 21 min
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…
Your Future Self: Turning Towards Your Awakened HeartMind
Aug 27, 2016 • 53 min
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…
Meditation: Coming Home to Openhearted Awareness (2016-08-24)
Aug 25, 2016 • 19 min
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…
How Hope Can Heal and Free Us - Part 2 (2016-08-17)
Aug 20, 2016 • 53 min
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…
Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness (2016-08-17)
Aug 19, 2016 • 21 min
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…
How Hope Can Heal and Free Us - Part 1 (2016-08-10)
Aug 12, 2016 • 44 min
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…
Meditation: Awakening Our Full Aliveness (2016-08-10)
Aug 11, 2016 • 20 min
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…
Meditation: Guided Heart Forgiveness Practice (from retreat)
Aug 7, 2016 • 28 min
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…
Wise Investigation: Dissolving the Trance
Aug 4, 2016 • 56 min
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…
Meditation: Invitation to Practice (no bell at end)
Aug 3, 2016 • 3 min
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…
Loving the Life Within Us (retreat talk)
Jul 28, 2016 • 66 min
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…
Meditation: Spacious Sky of Awareness (2015-12-29) (retreat)
Jul 28, 2016 • 18 min
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.
That Bird Got My Wings (from 2015-07-22)
Jul 23, 2016 • 54 min
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…
Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence - 5 min (2016-05-18)
Jul 21, 2016 • 4 min
Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence - 5 min (2016-05-18) - This brief meditation can support you in pausing and arriving again in the life that’s right here.
Fear as a Pathway to Loving Presence - Night Travelers (retreat) (2016-05-08)
Jul 14, 2016 • 61 min
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…
Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence (1 minute) - (2016-07-13)
Jul 13, 2016 • 1 min
Brief Meditation: Arriving in Mindful Presence (1 minute) - (2016-07-13) ~ This brief meditation can support you in pausing and arriving again in the life that’s right here. Free download of Tara’s 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding…
Stress and Everyday Nirvana - Part 2 (2016-07-06)
Jul 8, 2016 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Rest in Awake Awareness (2016-07-06)
Jul 7, 2016 • 18 min
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,…
Stress and Everyday Nirvana - Part 1 (2016-06-29)
Jul 1, 2016 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You
Jul 1, 2016 • 22 min
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…
Reconnecting with Our Lives - Healing from Dissociation (2016-06-22)
Jun 24, 2016 • 54 min
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…
Meditation: Know That You’re Here (2016-06-22)
Jun 23, 2016 • 19 min
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…
Morning Question and Response on Retreat (2016-05-11)
Jun 19, 2016 • 16 min
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. Free download of Tara’s 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding…
Remembering What Matters - Aspiration and Intention (from 2013-01-30)
Jun 18, 2016 • 58 min
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…
Meditation: Gladdening the Mind (2016-05-12) (from retreat)
Jun 16, 2016 • 18 min
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…
Three Gestures of Love (2016-06-08)
Jun 10, 2016 • 55 min
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…
Meditation: The Mystery of Aliveness - from retreat (2016-05-09)
Jun 10, 2016 • 27 min
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…
Reflection: Waking Up from Limiting Beliefs (2016-06-01)
Jun 5, 2016 • 7 min
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:…
Real But Not True: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs (2016-06-01)
Jun 3, 2016 • 56 min
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…
Meditation: The Silence That is Listening (2016-06-01)
Jun 2, 2016 • 14 min
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…
Morning Questions and Response from Retreat (2016-05-09)
May 29, 2016 • 12 min
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. Free download of Tara’s 10 min meditation: “Mindful…
Happy for No Reason - Part 2 (2016-05-25)
May 27, 2016 • 50 min
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…
Meditation: Living Presence with Body Scan (2016-05-25)
May 26, 2016 • 17 min
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…
Happy for No Reason - Part 1 (2016-05-18)
May 20, 2016 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Letting Life Live through You (2016-05-18)
May 19, 2016 • 18 min
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…
Conscious Prayer: Finding Refuge in Loving Presence (Retreat talk) (2016-05-11)
May 14, 2016 • 66 min
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…
Meditation: Basic Body and Breath Scan - from retreat (2016-05-07)
May 14, 2016 • 12 min
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….
RAIN of Forgiveness (2015-05-05)
May 5, 2016 • 56 min
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…
Meditation: Collecting and Quieting the Mind (2016-05-04)
May 4, 2016 • 17 min
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…
Meditation: Spacious Clear Awareness (2016-04-20) (23 min)
May 4, 2016 • 22 min
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…
Listening with an Awake Heart (2016-04-27)
Apr 28, 2016 • 53 min
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…
Meditation: Awareness - Listening To and Feeling the Moment (2016-04-27)
Apr 28, 2016 • 16 min
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…
Love is Always Loving Us (2016-04-20)
Apr 22, 2016 • 49 min
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…
Meditation: Spacious Clear Awareness (2016-04-20)
Apr 22, 2016 • 27 min
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…
Releasing Self-Blame - Pathways to a Forgiving Heart (2016-04-13)
Apr 14, 2016 • 53 min
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…
Meditation: Vipassana - Practice of Seeing Clearly (2016-04-13)
Apr 14, 2016 • 18 min
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…
Healing Self-Doubt (2013-10-30)
Apr 8, 2016 • 54 min
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…
Meditation: Awakening an Intimate Presence (2016-04-06)
Apr 7, 2016 • 20 min
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…
Embodied Awareness - Pain and Living Fully - Part 3 (2016-03-30)
Apr 2, 2016 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: The Pathway of Deep Listening (2016-03-30)
Apr 2, 2016 • 20 min
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…
Reflection: RAIN - A Guide for Embodied Presence (2013-03-23)
Mar 30, 2016 • 8 min
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…
Reflection: This Living Body - Our Portal to Freedom (2016-03-23)
Mar 26, 2016 • 12 min
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…
Embodied Awareness - Embracing the Unlived Life - Part 2 (2016-03-23)
Mar 25, 2016 • 51 min
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…
Meditation: Living Presence (2016-03-23) (20:01 min)
Mar 24, 2016 • 20 min
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…
Reflection: Awakening through Conflict (13 min)
Mar 19, 2016 • 13 min
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….
Practical Dharma for Stressful Times (2016-03-16)
Mar 17, 2016 • 58 min
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…
Meditation: Touching Peace - with a Smile (2015-08-19)
Mar 17, 2016 • 21 min
Meditation: Touching Peace - with a Smile (2015-08-19) - Tara is traveling this week, so asked that this “smile meditation” be posted.
Embodied Awareness - Embracing Unlived Life - Part 1 (2016-03-09)
Mar 11, 2016 • 54 min
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…
Reflection: RAIN - Entering the Wilderness (2016-03-09)
Mar 11, 2016 • 10 min
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…
Meditation: Embodied Awareness (2016-03-09)
Mar 10, 2016 • 22 min
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…
Bodhichitta - The Awakened Heart - Part 2 (2016-03-02)
Mar 4, 2016 • 59 min
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…
Meditation: Awakening the Heart - Giving and Receiving Loving Blessings (2016-03-02)
Mar 4, 2016 • 11 min
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…
Meditation: Relaxing Back into Open Wakefulness (2016-03-02)
Mar 3, 2016 • 20 min
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…
Bodhichitta - The Awakened Heart - Part 1 (2016-02-24)
Feb 27, 2016 • 55 min
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…
Meditation: Blessings of Love (2016-02-24)
Feb 27, 2016 • 11 min
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…
Meditation: The Center of Now (2016-02-24)
Feb 26, 2016 • 22 min
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 Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening - Part 2 (2016-02-17)
Feb 19, 2016 • 54 min
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…
Meditation: Embodied Awareness (2016-02-17)
Feb 18, 2016 • 17 min
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…
Reflection: The Power of Inquiry - Untangling Emotional Tangles (2016-02-10)
Feb 12, 2016 • 10 min
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…
The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening - Part 1 (2016-02-10)
Feb 12, 2016 • 51 min
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. …
Meditation: Inhabiting Awake Awareness with Intro (2016-02-10)
Feb 12, 2016 • 24 min
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…
Meditation: Inhabiting Awake Awareness
Feb 12, 2016 • 21 min
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…
Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice (2016-02-03)
Feb 4, 2016 • 53 min
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…
Meditation - Space, Aliveness and Letting Be (2016-02-03)
Feb 4, 2016 • 25 min
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. Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding…
Part 2: Three Blessings on the Journey
Jan 28, 2016 • 54 min
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. Free download of Tara’s new 10 min…
Meditation: Center of Now (2012-02-01)
Jan 28, 2016 • 24 min
Meditation: Center of Now (2012-02-01) - Tara is on retreat, so asked for a meditation from the archives to be posted.
Part 1: Three Blessings on the Journey
Jan 22, 2016 • 57 min
Part 1: Three Blessings on the Journey - Drawing on a wonderful teaching story from the Upanishads, these two talks explore the role of forgiveness, inner fire and looking at our own minds, in finding freedom. Free download of Tara’s new 10 min…
Morning Meditation Instruction with Question and Response (retreat)(14 min)
Jan 21, 2016 • 13 min
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…
Widening the Circles of Compassion (retreat talk) (2015-12-31)
Jan 15, 2016 • 68 min
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…
Meditation: RAIN of Compassion (retreat) (2015-12-29)
Jan 14, 2016 • 34 min
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…
Gateways of Remembrance: The Three Refuges (2016-01-06)
Jan 9, 2016 • 59 min
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…
Meditation: Relaxing Open (2016-01-06)
Jan 7, 2016 • 17 min
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
Meditation: Letting Life Be (from 2010-09-22)
Dec 30, 2015 • 19 min
Meditation: Letting Life Be (from 2010-09-22) - Tara is teaching retreat this week, so wanted to share this meditation from 2010 with you.
The Power of Mindful Investigation (from 2010-09-22)
Dec 30, 2015 • 56 min
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…
Meditation: Seeing the Goodness (2015-12-23) (6:11 min)
Dec 28, 2015 • 6 min
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”).
Reflection: Learning to Stay (2015-12-23) (4:30 min)
Dec 27, 2015 • 4 min
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).
Secret Beauty - Solstice Talk (2015-12-23)
Dec 25, 2015 • 42 min
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…
Meditation: Awaken to HeartSpace (2015-12-23)
Dec 24, 2015 • 23 min
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.
Meditation: The RAIN of Self-Compassion (2015-12-16)
Dec 22, 2015 • 10 min
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…
The RAIN of Self-Compassion (2015-12-16)
Dec 17, 2015 • 56 min
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.
Meditation: Aliveness, Space and Awareness (2015-12-16)
Dec 17, 2015 • 21 min
This practice includes a body scan that opens into experience of continuous space, filled with the light of awareness. Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email…
Desire: A Current of Homecoming (2015-12-09)
Dec 11, 2015 • 57 min
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…
Meditation: Calming and Opening (2015-12-09)
Dec 10, 2015 • 16 min
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. Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation:…
Meditation: Choosing Living Presence
Dec 3, 2015 • 23 min
Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.
Loving Life, Loving Earth
Dec 3, 2015 • 45 min
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…
Feeling Gratitude, Giving Love (2015-11-25)
Nov 27, 2015 • 56 min
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…
Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (2015-11-25)
Nov 27, 2015 • 23 min
Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (2015-11-25) Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.
Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (with Oms) (2015-11-25)
Nov 27, 2015 • 28 min
Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (with community chanting Om’s) (2015-11-25) Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.
Heart Meditation: Loving Presence (from retreat)(2015-10-12)
Nov 22, 2015 • 33 min
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.
Part 2: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-18)
Nov 20, 2015 • 53 min
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…
Instructions on Working with Trauma - Q and A from Retreat (2015-04-20)
Nov 20, 2015 • 13 min
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.
Part 1: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-11)
Nov 13, 2015 • 56 min
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…
Meditation: The Heartspace That is Home (2015-11-11)
Nov 12, 2015 • 26 min
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.
Compass of Our Heart (2015-11-04)
Nov 5, 2015 • 50 min
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,…
2015-10-10-Morning-Instruction-and-Meditation (from retreat)
Nov 5, 2015 • 30 min
2015-10-10-Morning-Instruction-and-Meditation (from the IMCW fall residential retreat) Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.
Relating Wisely with Imperfection (2015-10-28)
Oct 30, 2015 • 54 min
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…
Meditation: A Healing Breath (2015-10-28)
Oct 29, 2015 • 26 min
Meditation: A Healing Breath (2015-10-28) - This meditation introduces a simple breathing practice that brings relaxation and inner ease.
Awakening Beyond Self (2015-10-21)
Oct 23, 2015 • 59 min
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…
Meditation: Letting Life Be As It Is (2015-10-21)
Oct 23, 2015 • 25 min
Meditation: Letting Life Be As It Is (2015-10-21)
Ten-Minute Basic Meditation Practice (from retreat) (2015-10-10)
Oct 20, 2015 • 10 min
Ten-Minute Basic Meditation Practice (from the first morning instructions at the 2015 IMCW fall retreat) (2015-10-10)
Freeing Ourselves by Loving Ourselves (retreat talk) (2015-10-11)
Oct 18, 2015 • 64 min
(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…
Retreat Meditation: Radiant Empty Heart (2015-10-15)
Oct 17, 2015 • 38 min
Retreat Meditation: Radiant Empty Heart (2015-10-15) - an open focus meditation given at the 2015 IMCW Fall 7-day Residential Retreat
Trusting Ourselves, Trusting Life (2015-10-07)
Oct 8, 2015 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence (2015-10-07)
Oct 8, 2015 • 20 min
Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence (2015-10-07) Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.
The Sacred Pause (2015-09-30)
Oct 2, 2015 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Opening to the Mystery (2015-09-30)
Oct 2, 2015 • 17 min
Meditation: Opening to the Mystery (2015-09-30)
Genuine Acceptance (2009-08-26)
Sep 25, 2015 • 47 min
Genuine Acceptance (2009-08-26) - a favorite from 2009Our 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…
Guided Meditation: Center of Now - with Body Scan (2011-02-16)
Sep 25, 2015 • 24 min
Guided Meditation: Center of Now - with Body Scan (2011-02-16) - a favorite meditation from 2011. Includes chanting “AH.”
Letting Go of Judgment (retreat talk) (2015-09-05)
Sep 18, 2015 • 53 min
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…
Heart Meditation: Letting Go of Judgment (2015-09-05) (retreat)
Sep 17, 2015 • 18 min
Heart Meditation: Letting Go of Judgment (2015-09-05) (retreat)
Releasing Limiting Beliefs (2015-09-09)
Sep 11, 2015 • 47 min
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…
Meditation: Simplicity of Presence (2015-09-09)
Sep 11, 2015 • 24 min
Meditation: Simplicity of Presence (2015-09-09) Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation:“Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease”when you join her email list.
Learning to Respond, Not React (2015-09-02)
Sep 3, 2015 • 53 min
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…
Meditation - Cultivating an Intimate Presence (2015-09-02)
Sep 3, 2015 • 25 min
Meditation - Cultivating an Intimate Presence (2015-09-02) Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation:“Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease”when you join her email list.
Awakening from the Trance - Embracing Unlived Life (2015-08-26)
Aug 29, 2015 • 51 min
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…
Meditation: Opening to the Sea of Presence (2015-08-26)
Aug 29, 2015 • 23 min
Meditation: Opening to the Sea of Presence (2015-08-26) Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation:“Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease”when you join her email list.
Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO (2015-08-19)
Aug 21, 2015 • 51 min
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…
Meditation: Touching Peace (2015-08-19)
Aug 20, 2015 • 21 min
Meditation: Touching Peace (2015-08-19) - (uses the image of a smile as a supportive technique) Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.
Meditation: “Smile Meditation” (2010-07-07)
Aug 18, 2015 • 25 min
Meditation: “Smile Meditation” (2010-07-07) - posted to podcast from Tara’s website by popular demand!
Radical Acceptance Revisited (2015-08-12)
Aug 14, 2015 • 54 min
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…
Meditation - The Sky-like Mind (2015-08-12)
Aug 13, 2015 • 21 min
Meditation - The Sky-like Mind (2015-08-12) - listening and discovering the sky-like mind that is our true home.
The Sacred Art of Listening (2015-08-05)
Aug 6, 2015 • 47 min
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…
Meditation: Relaxing, Breathing, Opening (2015-08-05)
Aug 6, 2015 • 20 min
Meditation: Relaxing, Breathing, Opening (2015-08-05) Free download of Tara’s new 10 min meditation: “Mindful Breathing: Finding Calm and Ease” when you join her email list.
The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions (2015-07-29)
Aug 1, 2015 • 49 min
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…
“Coming Back” - Meditation Instructions with Q and A (from retreat) (2015-06-26)
Jul 31, 2015 • 13 min
“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….
Meditation - Relaxing Back into Wakeful Openness (2015-07-22)
Jul 24, 2015 • 23 min
Meditation - Relaxing Back into Wakeful Openness (2015-07-22) - Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time. With thanks and love, Tara www.tarabrach.com
That Bird Got My Wings (2015-07-22)
Jul 24, 2015 • 54 min
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…
Unfolding of the Sacred Feminine (retreat) (2015-06-26)
Jul 16, 2015 • 60 min
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…
Heart Meditation: Three Domains of Forgiveness (retreat) (2015-06-27)
Jul 16, 2015 • 34 min
Heart Meditation: Three Domains of Forgiveness (retreat) (2015-06-27) - Instruction and guided heart meditation on forgiveness from the 2015 IMCW Women’s Retreat. Your support will enable us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them,…
The Dance with Pain (2015-07-08)
Jul 11, 2015 • 51 min
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…
Meditation: Presence, Breath, Full Aliveness (2015-07-08)
Jul 11, 2015 • 24 min
Meditation: Presence, Breath, Full Aliveness (2015-07-08)
Part 2: Devotional Practices (2015-07-01)
Jul 2, 2015 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Relaxing into the Flow (2015-07-01)
Jul 2, 2015 • 25 min
Meditation: Relaxing into the Flow (2015-07-01)
Part 1: Devotional Practices (2015-06-24)
Jun 25, 2015 • 37 min
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…
Beloved Community (2015-06-17)
Jun 19, 2015 • 53 min
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…
Meditation: Relaxing Open into Full Presence (2015-06-17)
Jun 19, 2015 • 27 min
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!
Part 2: Beyond the Fear Body (2015-06-10)
Jun 14, 2015 • 53 min
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…
Meditation: Resting in Knowing (2015-06-10)
Jun 14, 2015 • 21 min
Meditation: Resting in Knowing (2015-06-10)
Part 1: Beyond the Fear Body (2015-06-03)
Jun 6, 2015 • 52 min
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…
Meditation - Relaxing Open into Presence (2015-06-03)
Jun 5, 2015 • 25 min
Meditation - Relaxing Open into Presence (2015-06-03) - “…re-relaxing… sensing in your body what might let go a little bit more right now.”
The Two Wings of Awareness (2015-05-27)
May 29, 2015 • 52 min
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…
Meditation - Living Presence (2015-05-27)
May 29, 2015 • 27 min
Meditation - Living Presence (2015-05-27)
Part 2: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity (2015-05-20)
May 23, 2015 • 54 min
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…
Meditation: Entering the Flow (2015-05-20)
May 23, 2015 • 24 min
Guided Meditation: Entering the Flow (2015-05-20) - “Letting go over and over into this changing flow - the river of aliveness.”
Part 1: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity (2015-05-13)
May 15, 2015 • 54 min
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…
Meditation: Opening to the Flow (2015-05-13)
May 15, 2015 • 26 min
Meditation: Opening to the Flow (2015-05-13)
Namaste - Seeing the Sacred that Lives through All Beings (2015-04-23)
May 8, 2015 • 68 min
(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…
Meditation: Forgiving Ourselves and Others (2015-04-19)
May 8, 2015 • 34 min
Meditation: Forgiving Ourselves and Others (2015-04-19) - a guided heart practice from the 2015 IMCW Spring Retreat
2012-03-28 - Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body
May 6, 2015 • 59 min
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…
2015-04-29 - Investigating Reality - Beyond an Interpreted World
May 1, 2015 • 55 min
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…
2015-04-20 - Meditation: Vipassana witih Instruction (from retreat)
May 1, 2015 • 27 min
2015-04-20 - Meditation: Vipassana witih Instruction - Morning guided meditation and instruction from the 2015 IMCW Spring Retreat
2015-04-20 - Retreat Talk - Loving Yourself into Freedom
Apr 26, 2015 • 61 min
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…
2015-04-22 - Meditation - Letting Life Be, Just As It Is
Apr 26, 2015 • 27 min
2015-04-22 - Meditation - Letting Life Be, Just As It Is - from morning instructions at the IMCW 2015 Spring Retreat
2015-04-15 - True Happiness - Realizing Well Being
Apr 16, 2015 • 54 min
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…
2015-04-15 - Meditation: Relaxing, Smiling, Being Here
Apr 16, 2015 • 20 min
2015-04-15 - Meditation: Relaxing, Smiling, Being Here
2015-04-08 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 3 - Looking in the Mirror
Apr 12, 2015 • 52 min
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…
2015-04-08 - Meditation: Coming Home to the Senses
Apr 12, 2015 • 21 min
2015-04-08 - Meditation: Coming Home to the Senses
2015-04-01 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 2 - Inner Fire
Apr 4, 2015 • 53 min
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…
2015-04-01 - Meditation: Listening to and Feeling Life
Apr 4, 2015 • 22 min
2015-04-01 - Meditation: Listening to and Feeling Life
2015-03-25 - Three Liberating Gifts: Part 1 - Forgiveness
Mar 26, 2015 • 51 min
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…
2015-03-25 - Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence
Mar 26, 2015 • 21 min
2015-03-25 - Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence
2015-03-18 - Freedom from Fear-Based Beliefs
Mar 21, 2015 • 50 min
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.
2015-03-18 - Meditation: Awakening from the Dream
Mar 21, 2015 • 23 min
2015-03-18 - Meditation: Awakening from the Dream
2009-08-26 - Genuine Acceptance
Mar 16, 2015 • 47 min
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?…
2011-11-09 - Meditation - Discovering Inner Space
Mar 16, 2015 • 27 min
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.
2015-03-04 - Sure Heart’s Release
Mar 6, 2015 • 53 min
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…
2015-03-04 - Meditation: Open Wakeful Presence
Mar 6, 2015 • 24 min
2015-03-04 - Meditation: Open Wakeful Presence
2015-02-25 - From Dragons to Schmoos - Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence
Feb 28, 2015 • 54 min
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…
2015-02-25 - Meditation: Resting in Wakeful Presence
Feb 28, 2015 • 18 min
2015-02-25 - Meditation: Resting in Wakeful Presence - This meditation begins with a body scan, then guides us to a feeling of open presence.
2015-02-18 - Part 2: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice
Feb 21, 2015 • 57 min
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…
2015-02-18 - Meditation: Body Scan - Living Presence
Feb 21, 2015 • 17 min
2015-02-18 - Meditation: Body Scan - Living Presence
2015-02-18 - Meditation: Body Scan - Living Presence - 11 minutes
Feb 21, 2015 • 10 min
2015-02-18 - Meditation: Body Scan - Living Presence - 11 minutes
2015-02-11 - Part 1: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice
Feb 13, 2015 • 52 min
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…
2015-02-11 - Meditation - Coming Back to the Breath
Feb 13, 2015 • 19 min
2015-02-11 - Meditation - Coming Back to the Breath
2014-12-31-Retreat Meditation - Forgiving Ourselves and Others
Feb 8, 2015 • 32 min
2014-12-31-Retreat Meditation - Forgiving Ourselves and Others - Instruction and guided heart forgiveness practice from the 2014 IMCW New Year’s Retreat.
2015-01-28 - Inhabiting Our Bodies with Presence
Jan 30, 2015 • 51 min
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…
2015-01-28 - Meditation: Living Presence
Jan 30, 2015 • 26 min
2015-01-28 - Meditation: Living Presence
2015-01-21 - Listening to the Calling of Our Hearts
Jan 23, 2015 • 54 min
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…
2015-01-21 - Meditation: Awake Space - Relaxing Back Into Awareness
Jan 23, 2015 • 26 min
2015-01-21 - Meditation: Awake Space - Relaxing Back Into Awareness
2015-01-14 Refuge in Loving Relationship
Jan 16, 2015 • 56 min
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…
2015-01-14 - Meditation: Relaxing Back and Letting Life Be As It Is
Jan 16, 2015 • 26 min
2015-01-14 - Meditation: Relaxing Back and Letting Life Be As It Is
2015-01-07 - Taking Refuge in Your Own True Nature
Jan 8, 2015 • 58 min
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…
2015-01-07 - Meditation: Living Open Presence
Jan 8, 2015 • 27 min
2015-01-07 - Meditation: Living Open Presence
2014-12-30 - (retreat talk) Landlocked in Fur - Three Domains of Formless Presence
Jan 2, 2015 • 65 min
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….
2014-12-30 Meditation - The Luminous Space of Awareness (retreat)
Jan 2, 2015 • 28 min
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…
2014-08-02 - (retreat talk) Embodying Loving Presence
Dec 25, 2014 • 68 min
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.
2014-12-17 - Part 2: Intimacy with Life
Dec 18, 2014 • 39 min
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…
2014-12-17 - Meditation: Light of Awareness
Dec 18, 2014 • 18 min
2014-12-17 - Meditation: Light of Awareness
2014-12-10 - Part 1: Intimacy with Life
Dec 12, 2014 • 53 min
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…
2014-12-10 - Meditation: Intimacy with the Flow of Life
Dec 12, 2014 • 24 min
2014-12-10 - Meditation: Intimacy with the Flow of Life
2014-10-30-Retreat Talk - Removing the Barriers to Love
Dec 5, 2014 • 65 min
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…
2014-11-26 - A Generous Heart
Nov 27, 2014 • 55 min
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…
2014-11-26 - Guided Meditation - The Space of Awareness
Nov 27, 2014 • 22 min
2014-11-26 - Guided Meditation - The Space of Awareness
2014-11-19 - Awakening Through Change and Loss
Nov 21, 2014 • 54 min
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…
2014-11-19 - Meditation - Opening to Life’s Flow
Nov 21, 2014 • 24 min
2014-11-19 - Meditation - Opening to Life’s Flow
2014-11-12 The Sacred Art of Listening
Nov 21, 2014 • 48 min
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…
2014-11-12 Meditation - Listening to Life
Nov 21, 2014 • 25 min
2014-11-12 Meditation - Listening to Life
2014-11-05 Radical Self-Honesty - The Joy of Getting Real
Nov 7, 2014 • 49 min
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…
2014-11-05 Meditation - Relaxing into Living Presence
Nov 7, 2014 • 23 min
2014-11-05 Meditation - Relaxing into Living Presence
2014-10-26 - Retreat Talk - Sacred Fertilizer - The Portal of Fear
Nov 1, 2014 • 63 min
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.
2014-10-22-Part 2 - Happiness
Oct 23, 2014 • 53 min
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…
2014-10-22-Meditation - Opening to Full Aliveness
Oct 23, 2014 • 24 min
2014-10-22-Meditation - Opening to Full Aliveness
2014-10-15 - Part 1 - Happiness
Oct 17, 2014 • 59 min
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…
2014-10-15 Meditation - Coming Back to Your Senses
Oct 17, 2014 • 22 min
2014-10-15 Meditation - Coming Back to Your Senses
2014-10-08 - Part 2 - Unconditional Love
Oct 10, 2014 • 42 min
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…
2014-10-08 - Meditation - Loving Kindness
Oct 10, 2014 • 22 min
2014-10-08 - Meditation - Loving Kindness - embracing ourselves and all beings with a full and tender loving presence.
2014-10-01 - Part 1 - Unconditional Love
Oct 3, 2014 • 55 min
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…
2014-10-01 - Meditation - Listening to and Feeling Our Life
Oct 3, 2014 • 19 min
2014-10-01 - Guided Meditation - Listening to and Feeling Our Life
2014-09-24 - Awakening from the Landlocked Self
Sep 26, 2014 • 52 min
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…
2014-09-24 Meditation - Befriending and Opening to Life
Sep 26, 2014 • 29 min
2014-09-24 Meditation - Befriending and Opening to Life
2014-09-17 - Earth’s Crisis - On the Edge of the Roof
Sep 18, 2014 • 52 min
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,…
2014-09-17-Meditation - Opening to Aliveness
Sep 18, 2014 • 26 min
2014-09-17 Guided Meditation: Opening to Aliveness
2013-10-14 - Satsang - Peace is this Moment
Sep 13, 2014 • 42 min
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.”
2011-12-31 - Meditation - Awakening Compassion - Tonglen
Sep 13, 2014 • 37 min
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…
2013-05-13 - Question and Response at Satsang
Sep 7, 2014 • 38 min
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…
2011-04-13-Metta Meditation - Happiness
Sep 7, 2014 • 16 min
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.
2013-05-29-Meditation-Just-This-Breath-TaraBrach-hq.mp3
Sep 7, 2014 • 23 min
2014-08-27 - Loving Truth - The Power of Investigation
Aug 29, 2014 • 54 min
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…
2014-08-27 - Meditation - Space and Aliveness
Aug 29, 2014 • 24 min
2014-08-27 - Guided Meditation - Space and Aliveness
2014-08-20 Bringing Awareness to Doing
Aug 22, 2014 • 52 min
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…
2014-08-20 Guided Meditation - Emptiness Dancing
Aug 22, 2014 • 26 min
2014-08-20 Guided Meditation - Emptiness Dancing
2014-08-13 - Listening to the Song
Aug 15, 2014 • 55 min
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…
2014-08-13-Guided Meditation - Coming Home to Being
Aug 15, 2014 • 21 min
2014-08-13-Guided Meditation - Coming Home to Being - Tara was vacationing this weekend, so she offers a favorite from the archives.
Nuestra verdadera naturaleza
Aug 12, 2014 • 13 min
Nuestra verdadera naturaleza - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas) (Realizing Our True Nature: Self-Inquiry)
Regresando a la presencia natural
Aug 12, 2014 • 12 min
Regresando a la presencia natural - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas) (Coming Home to Natural Presence)
Invocando una presencia apacible
Aug 12, 2014 • 14 min
Invocando una presencia apacible - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas) (Invoking Loving Presence in the Face of Difficulty - a version of tonglen)
Cultivando un corazon dispuesto a perdonar
Aug 12, 2014 • 17 min
Cultivando un corazon dispuesto a perdonar - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas)
Tonglen
Aug 12, 2014 • 18 min
Tonglen - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas) (Tonglen - Transforming Suffering into Compassion)
Aceptación radical del dolor
Aug 12, 2014 • 12 min
Aceptación radical del dolor - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas)
Afrontar la vida con una sonrisa
Aug 12, 2014 • 9 min
Afrontar la vida con una sonrisa - (Meditaciones de la colección de dos CD llamada - La aceptación radical: Meditaciones guiadas)
2014-08-06 - Part 2 - Trusting Your Basic Goodness
Aug 8, 2014 • 55 min
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…
2014-08-06-Meditation: Entrusting Yourself to the Waves
Aug 8, 2014 • 26 min
2014-08-06-Meditation: Entrusting Yourself to the Waves
2014-07-30 - Part 1 - Basic Trust
Aug 1, 2014 • 54 min
2014-07-30
Meditation: Embodied Awareness
Aug 1, 2014 • 24 min
2014-07-30
An Evening of Inquiry
Jul 24, 2014 • 50 min
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.
Meditation: Coming Home to Your Breath
Jul 24, 2014 • 26 min
2014-07-23 - Meditation: Coming Home to Your Breath
Nourishing a Liberating Intention
Jul 11, 2014 • 49 min
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….
Guided Meditation: Awake, Relaxed and Open
Jul 11, 2014 • 28 min
2014-07-09 - Guided Meditation: Awake, Relaxed and Open
Blessings of Soul Recognition
Jul 3, 2014 • 51 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back
Jul 3, 2014 • 23 min
2014-07-02 Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back
Awakening through Conscious Relationship
Jun 19, 2014 • 52 min
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…
Meditation: Resting as Awareness
Jun 19, 2014 • 26 min
2014-06-18 Meditation: Resting as Awareness
Freedom and Happiness in Daily Life
Jun 13, 2014 • 51 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Stand Still (standing meditation instructions)
Jun 13, 2014 • 25 min
2014-06-11 - Guided Meditation: Stand Still (standing meditation instructions)
Awakening from Virtual Reality
Jun 6, 2014 • 54 min
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…
Meditation: Letting Life Live through You
Jun 6, 2014 • 27 min
2014-06-04 - Meditation: Letting Life Live through You
Meditation: Inner Space-Gateway to Open Awareness
Jun 3, 2014 • 19 min
2011-08-13 Meditation: Inner Space-Gateway to Open Awareness
Meditation: Arriving in Presence
Jun 3, 2014 • 24 min
2010-02-03 Meditation: Arriving in Presence
Meditation: Coming Home to Presence
Jun 3, 2014 • 13 min
2012-12-12-Meditation-Coming-Home-to-Presence
Humility
May 29, 2014 • 54 min
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…
Meditation: Dedicated to Maya Angelou: Being at Home
May 29, 2014 • 23 min
2015-05-28 - Guided Meditation: Dedicated to Maya Angelou: Being at Home
Heart Training on the Bodhisatva Path
May 22, 2014 • 56 min
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…
Question and Response
May 15, 2014 • 51 min
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.
Guided Meditation: Vipassana Instructions
May 15, 2014 • 26 min
2014-05-14 - Guided Meditation: Vipassana Instructions
Am I Dreaming? (retreat talk)
May 10, 2014 • 67 min
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…
Part 2: Conflict - From Fight Flight Freeze to Attend Befriend
May 1, 2014 • 55 min
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…
Meditation: Relaxing Back into Wakeful Openness
May 1, 2014 • 22 min
2014-04-30 - Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back into Wakeful Openness
Awakening Through Conflict
Apr 24, 2014 • 58 min
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…
Meditation - Listening to and Feeling the Moment
Apr 24, 2014 • 23 min
2014-04-23 - Meditation - Listening to and Feeling the Moment
RAIN - Cultivating a Mindful Awareness
Apr 18, 2014 • 55 min
Tara Brach
Guided Meditation: Breath as Homebase
Apr 18, 2014 • 26 min
Tara Brach
Guided Meditation: Metta (Lovingkindness)
Apr 14, 2014 • 11 min
Tara Brach
Loving and Losing
Apr 11, 2014 • 53 min
Tara Brach
Guided Meditation: Living Presence
Apr 11, 2014 • 25 min
Tara Brach
Guided Meditation: Arriving in Presence
Apr 5, 2014 • 10 min
Tara Brach
Stress and Our Evolving Consciousness
Apr 4, 2014 • 54 min
Tara Brach
Guided Meditation: Connecting with Aliveness and Openness
Apr 4, 2014 • 25 min
Tara Brach
Planting Ourselves in the Universe
Mar 28, 2014 • 51 min
Tara Brach
Guided Meditation: Relaxing into Presence
Mar 28, 2014 • 23 min
Tara Brach
Return of the Prodigal Son
Mar 21, 2014 • 59 min
Tara Brach
Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You
Mar 21, 2014 • 21 min
Tara Brach
Part 5 - Equanimity - A Heart That is Ready for Anything
Mar 14, 2014 • 50 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Cultivating a Relaxed Attentiveness
Mar 14, 2014 • 27 min
2014-03-12 - Guided Meditation: Cultivating a Relaxed Attentiveness
Part 4: Opening to Joy
Mar 6, 2014 • 54 min
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.
Meditation: Dynamic Presence
Mar 6, 2014 • 23 min
2014-03-05 - Guided Meditation: Dynamic Presence
Guided Forgiveness Meditation
Mar 1, 2014 • 11 min
2014-02-26-Guided Forgiveness Meditation - a short cut from the end of the “A Forgiving Heart” talk
Part 3: A Forgiving Heart
Feb 28, 2014 • 60 min
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…
Meditation: A Healing Breath
Feb 28, 2014 • 20 min
2014-02-26 - Guided Meditation: A Healing Breath
Part 2: Heart of Compassion
Feb 21, 2014 • 55 min
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.
2014-02-19 - Guided Meditation: Into Stillness
Feb 21, 2014 • 28 min
2014-02-19 - Guided Meditation: Into Stillness
Mindfulness-In-Schools-TimRyan.mp3
Feb 14, 2014 • 29 min
2013-10-07 - Mindfulness in Schools- Enabling Children to Realize their Full Potential - Congressman (OH) Tim Ryan speaks at Walt Whitman HS, Bethesda, MD.
2013-10-07 - Mindfulness-In-Schools-TaraBrach.mp3
Feb 11, 2014 • 39 min
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…
2014-02-05 - Part 1: Universal Faces of Love
Feb 6, 2014 • 62 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Listening to and Feeling the Moment (2)
Feb 6, 2014 • 21 min
2014-02-05-Guided Meditation: Listening to and Feeling the Moment (2)
Awakening from Virtual Reality (retreat talk)
Jan 31, 2014 • 60 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Lovingkindness (metta) (from retreat)
Jan 31, 2014 • 29 min
2012-04-28 Guided Heart Meditation: Lovingkindness (metta) from retreat
Listening to the Song
Jan 23, 2014 • 55 min
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.
Guided Meditation: A Listening Presence
Jan 23, 2014 • 28 min
2014-01-22 - Guided Meditation - A Listening Presence
Realizing Our Undefended and Awakened Heart (retreat talk)
Jan 16, 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…
Walking Meditation Instructions (from retreat)
Jan 16, 2014 • 6 min
2013-12-28 - Walking Meditation Instruction (from the IMCW 2013 New Year’s retreat)
Path of True Refuge
Jan 10, 2014 • 55 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Refuge in Living Presence
Jan 10, 2014 • 28 min
2014-01-08 - Guided Meditation: Refuge in Living Presence
Part 2: The Sure Heart’s Release
Jan 2, 2014 • 51 min
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…
Guided Meditation: The Center of Now - Includes Body Scan
Jan 2, 2014 • 24 min
2011-02-16 - Guided Meditation: The Center of Now - Includes Body Scan
Guided Meditation: The Sky of Awareness
Dec 26, 2013 • 24 min
2011-02-09 - Guided Meditation - The Sky of Awareness
Part 1: The Sure Heart’s Release
Dec 26, 2013 • 59 min
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…
Part 2: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love
Dec 20, 2013 • 52 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Being Presence 2
Dec 20, 2013 • 26 min
2013-12-18 - Guided Meditation: Being Presence 2
Part 1: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love
Dec 12, 2013 • 57 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Space & Aliveness
Dec 12, 2013 • 28 min
2013-12-11 - Guided Meditation: Space & Aliveness
Wings of Homecoming (retreat talk)
Dec 6, 2013 • 67 min
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…
The Evolving of Generosity
Nov 28, 2013 • 55 min
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.
Guided Meditation: Listening to & Feeling the Moment
Nov 28, 2013 • 30 min
2013-11-27 Guided Meditation: Listening to & Feeling the Moment
Accessing Innate Wisdom
Nov 21, 2013 • 55 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Choiceless Awareness
Nov 21, 2013 • 28 min
2013-11-20 Guided Meditation: Choiceless Awareness
Part 2: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening
Nov 15, 2013 • 55 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Breath & Presence
Nov 15, 2013 • 26 min
2013-11-13 - Guided Meditation: Breath & Presence
Part 1: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening
Nov 7, 2013 • 59 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Continuous Space, Filled with Awareness
Nov 7, 2013 • 29 min
2013-11-06-Guided Meditation: Continuous Space, Filled with Awareness
Healing Self-Doubt
Nov 3, 2013 • 54 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence
Nov 3, 2013 • 27 min
2013-10-30 - Guided Meditation: Relaxing Back into Presence
Guided Forgiveness Practice (retreat)
Oct 26, 2013 • 32 min
2013-10-20 SatPM (retreat) Guided Forgiveness Practice - Instructions, then a guided forgiveness meditation.
The Heartspace That is Our True Home (retreat talk)
Oct 26, 2013 • 64 min
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,…
Part 2: Happiness
Oct 17, 2013 • 56 min
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.
Guided Meditation: Listening to, and Feeling, the Moment
Oct 17, 2013 • 28 min
2013-10-16 Guided Meditation: Listening to, and Feeling, the Moment
Part 1: Happiness
Oct 11, 2013 • 47 min
2013-10-09 - Part 1: Happiness - This 2-part series explores conditioned and unconditioned happiness: What blocks us from experiencing true well-being, and the skillful means that allow this natural expression of our being to shine through. Please…
Guided Meditation: Being Presence
Oct 11, 2013 • 28 min
2013-10-09 - Guided Meditation: Being Presence
Loving Life, Loving Earth
Oct 3, 2013 • 45 min
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…
Guided Meditation: Choosing Living Presence
Oct 3, 2013 • 23 min
2013-10-02 - Guided Meditation: Choosing Living Presence
Part 2: Entering the Wilderness
Sep 26, 2013 • 53 min
2013-09-25 - Part 2: Entering the Wilderness - On all spiritual paths, we journey into the inner wilderness to discover the nature of nature - the truth of who we are. The entry is through bringing a kind and full presence to the life of our bodies….
Vipassana (Insight or Mindfulness) Meditation
Sep 26, 2013 • 19 min
2013-09-25 - Guided Meditation - Vipassana (Insight or Mindfulness)
Part 1: Entering the Wilderness
Sep 20, 2013 • 54 min
2013-09-18 - Part 1 - Entering the Wilderness - On all spiritual paths, we journey into the inner wilderness to discover the nature of nature - the truth of who we are. The entry is through bringing a kind and full presence to the life of our…
Guided Meditation: Embodied Presence
Sep 20, 2013 • 27 min
2013-09-18 Guided Meditation: Embodied Presence
Peace Work
Sep 13, 2013 • 56 min
2013-09-11 - Peace Work - The hope for inner and world peace lies in our evolutionary capacity to shift from Fight-Flight-Freeze reactivity to responding to aggravation with Attend-Befriend. This talk explores the three elements on this path of…
Guided Meditation: Breath and Awareness
Sep 13, 2013 • 25 min
2013-09-11 - Guided Meditation: Breath and Awareness
From Egoic to Unconditioned Loving
Sep 8, 2013 • 56 min
2013-09-04 - From Egoic to Unconditioned Loving - When we are caught in the sense of separation and unmet needs, our love is marbled with fear and attachment. This talk describes the chain of conditioning that perpetuates the constrictions of…
Guided Meditation - Letting Life Be As It Is
Sep 8, 2013 • 29 min
2013-09-04 - Guided Meditation - Letting Life Be As It Is
Part 2: Relating to the Fearsome Deities
Aug 30, 2013 • 61 min
2013-08-28 - Part 2: Relating to the Fearsome Deities - Whenever Mara—the shadow side—appeared during the Buddha’s life, his response was simple and liberating: “I see you Mara,” and,”Please, come…let’s have tea.” In that spirit, this talk…
Guided Meditation: Rest As Presence
Aug 30, 2013 • 26 min
2013-08-28 - Guided Meditation: Rest As Presence
Part 1: Relating to the Fearsome Deities
Aug 23, 2013 • 56 min
2013-08-21 - Part 1: Relating to the Fearsome Deities - Our relationship to fear shapes our life experience. If we are unconscious, and reflexively try to manage fear, our identity takes the shape of the body of fear. If instead we learn to attend and…
Guided Meditation: Resting As Awareness
Aug 23, 2013 • 27 min
2013-08-21 - Guided Meditation: Resting As Awareness
The Gift of Silence - (from 2007)
Aug 17, 2013 • 49 min
2007-09-26 - The Gift of Silence - Through all spiritual traditions, there is a valuing of silence and stillness. When the mind has quieted, it becomes possible to see into the truth of what we are. Yet quieting can turn into a battle with the process…
Guided Meditation: Into the Stillness
Aug 17, 2013 • 28 min
2007-09-26 - Guided Meditation: Into the Stillness
True Belonging
Aug 8, 2013 • 53 min
2013-08-07 - True Belonging - We all have a longing to belong. When pursued at the egoic level—often through our good-personhood projects—there may be temporary satisfaction but our sense of separation is ultimately reinforced. In contrast,…
Meditation: The Aliveness and Space of Presence
Aug 8, 2013 • 27 min
2013-08-07 - Guided Meditation - The Aliveness and Space of Presence
From Story to Presence
Aug 2, 2013 • 44 min
2009-09-09 - From Story to Presence - A fundamental skill cultivated through meditation is awakening from our stories and arriving back in the aliveness of the moment. If we investigate, we find that a large portion of our stories create physical and…
Meditation - Relaxing the Heart
Aug 2, 2013 • 23 min
2009-09-09 - Relaxing the Heart
Three Gestures of Love
Jul 26, 2013 • 55 min
2013-07-24 - Three Gestures of Love - If we inquire “what is between me and presence” we usually find we’ve been caught inside a limiting story of self, contracted by wants and fears. This talk explores a simple yet powerful way of arousing loving…
Guided Meditation: A Listening, Receptive Presence
Jul 26, 2013 • 26 min
2013-07-24 - Guided Meditation: A Listening, Receptive Presence
Introducción a la Meditación Parte 1: El Arte y Ciencia de la Meditación
Jul 26, 2013 • 84 min
2010-10-13 - Introducción a la Meditación Parte 1: El Arte y Ciencia de la MeditaciónLa primera sesión define la meditación y describe las enseñanzas budistas que le dan contexto al camino de la practica….
Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable
Jul 20, 2013 • 56 min
2013-07-17 - Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable - This talk addresses common misunderstandings about acceptance (allowing, “letting be”) and explores the challenges and blessings of opening to the raw emotions that we habitually avoid. Please…
Meditation: Letting Life Be, Just As It is
Jul 20, 2013 • 25 min
2013-07-17 - Guided Meditation: Letting Life Be, Just As It Is
Skeleton Woman: Embracing This Living and Dying World
Jul 13, 2013 • 46 min
2013-07-10 - Skeleton Woman: Embracing This Living and Dying World - Based on a wonderful myth told by Clarissa Estes, this talk looks at the way we run from “lady death” and the blessings of opening our arms and heart. It is a repeat from 2009-10-07…
Guided Meditation: Embodied Spirit
Jul 13, 2013 • 27 min
2012-09-19 Guided Meditation: Embodied Spirit
Part 2: Hope and the Spiritual Path
Jul 5, 2013 • 57 min
2013-07-03 - Part 2: Hope and the Spiritual Path - In this talk we further define the nature of mature or spiritual hope as part of a trinity that includes trust and love, and explore what blocks its unfolding. We then review how different…
Guided Meditation: Beingness and Aliveness
Jul 5, 2013 • 27 min
2013-07-04 - Guided Meditation: Beingness and Aliveness
Guided Meditation: The Dance of Aliveness
Jun 29, 2013 • 28 min
2013-06-26 - Guided Meditation: The Dance of Aliveness
Part 1: Hope and the Spiritual Path
Jun 29, 2013 • 54 min
2013-06-26 - Part 1: Hope and the Spiritual Path - This talk looks at the difference between egoic hopes and fears, and the quality of hopefulness (“holy hope”) that is an essential demension in spiritual experience. We reflect on the three…
The Bodisattva Path: Widening Circles of Compassion
Jun 21, 2013 • 62 min
2009-05-07 - Bodhisattva Path - Widening Circles of Compassion - A bodhisattva (awakened being) is committed to relieving suffering and living life from an all inclusive loving presence. This shift of identity from a self centered focus to one of…
Awakening from Virtual Reality
Jun 15, 2013 • 60 min
2009-05-02 - (retreat talk) Awakening from Virtual Reality - This talk examines how we get stuck in identifying as a separate, deficient self, and the way that a deep attention frees us from trance.
Longing to Belong
Jun 8, 2013 • 54 min
Tara is away this week. Enjoy a favorite talk from 12/9/2009. Spiritual practice reveals our belonging through bringing presence to three gateways: the aliveness of the present moment, loving relatedness, and the openness and lucidity of awareness…
Practicing Meditation: “Getting Out of Your Own Way”
Jun 1, 2013 • 52 min
2013-05-29 - Practicing Meditation: “Getting Out Of Your Own Way” - The depth and vitality of a meditation practice depends on our sincerity, and an attitude of curiosity and friendliness. With this as the grounds, our practice will cultivate…
Being to Being - Loving Beyond the Trance
May 24, 2013 • 59 min
2013-05-22 - Being to Being - Loving Beyond the Trance - We have strong conditioning to relate to each other from a sense of separateness—persona to persona. This talk looks at what traps us in egoic relating and how several simple yet powerful…
2013-05-15 Guided Meditation: Open, Wakeful Presence
May 17, 2013 • 23 min
2013-05-15 Guided Meditation: Open, Wakeful Presence
Releasing the Barriers to Unconditional Loving
May 17, 2013 • 59 min
2013-05-15 - Releasing the Barriors to Unconditional Loving - We long for love and habitually armor our hearts. This talk explores the aggression and clinging that protect our wound of feeling unlovable, and the ways that mindfulness can dissolve our…
2013-05-08-Meditation-Coming-Home-to-Being
May 10, 2013 • 21 min
2013-05-08 - Meditation: Coming Home to Being - Enjoy the meditation prior to the talk at Tara’s Wednesday night’s class at RRUUC.
Remembering Being
May 10, 2013 • 53 min
2013-05-08 - Remembering Being - Our fear-based doings block us from realizing the formless dimension of our Being, and living from that source of wisdom and love. This talk explores the habitual control strategies that keep us from presence;…
Loving Ourselves (Retreat Talk)
May 5, 2013 • 59 min
2013-04-28 - Retreat Talk: Loving Ourselves - The greatest truths we forget, and one of them is that if we don’t love the life that is right here—what we perceive as self—we are unable to embrace our world. This talk explores the suffering of…
Letting Go Into Living and Dying
Apr 25, 2013 • 56 min
2013-04-24 - Letting Go Into Living and Dying - Our capacity to live and love fully is directly related to our acceptance of change and loss. This talk explores how we avoid the pain of loss, ways of practicing that open us to this changing world, and…
2013-04-17 - Entering the Mystery
Apr 17, 2013 • 53 min
2013-04-17 - Entering the Mystery - John O’Donahue writes, “We are so busy managing our lives, we forget this great mystery we are involved in.” This talk looks at the ways we pull away from the mystery and the path of “beginners mind” that enables us…
Heavenly Messengers
Apr 10, 2013 • 61 min
2013-04-10 - Heavenly Messengers - Tara interviews Frank Ostaseski, founder of Zen Hospice, on a contemplative approach to death and dying. Please support this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com or www.imcw.org. Your donations allow us to…
Part 3: Three Blessings - Looking Into the Mirror
Apr 3, 2013 • 52 min
2013-04-03 - Part 3: Three Blessings - Looking In the Mirror - The third gift on the journey of awakening is the mirror. In this talk we explore how to look back into our own minds and discover the timeless, radiant presence that is our essence. It is…
Part 2: Three Blessings - Inner Fire
Mar 27, 2013 • 53 min
2013-03-27 - Part 2: Three Blessings - Inner Fire - Each of us has the longing to manifest our full potential—to realize and live from loving, awake awareness. This longing is our inner fire, and when conscious and vibrant, it energizes the spiritual…
(retreat talk) Self Compassion
Mar 20, 2013 • 58 min
2009-10-26 - (retreat talk) Self Compassion - We can only find love and peace in this life if we are able to hold our inner life with compassion. This talk explores the subtle and therefore often unseen ways that we turn on ourselves, and the pathways…
Part 1: Three Blessings of Awakening Consciousness
Mar 13, 2013 • 52 min
2013-03-13 - Part 1: Three Blessings of Awakening Consciousness - In this two part series we explore the evolution of consciousness through the lens of three key capacities: A forgiving heart, inner fire (conscious aspiration toward freedom) and…
(retreat talk) Minting Gold - Embodying the Awakened Heart
Mar 6, 2013 • 65 min
2010-12-31 - Minting Gold - Embodying the Awakened Heart - Our core conditioning expresses as both a longing for love and the pain of not trusting we are loveable. This talk explores how we create the experience of separation, and the key meditative…
The Fires of Loss
Feb 27, 2013 • 60 min
2010-06-16 - The Fires of Loss - We all encounter the great losses of our own health and life, and of cherished others. We are conditioned to resist opening to the rawness and grief that comes with loss. This talk describes the refuge of presence in…
Beyond the Interpreted World
Feb 20, 2013 • 60 min
2013-02-20 - Beyond the Interpreted World - Hildegard of Bingen writes, “An interpreted world is not a Home.” This talk explores the suffering that arises from believing in an interpreted reality, and the love, aliveness and freedom that becomes…
The Wings of a Liberating Presence
Feb 13, 2013 • 55 min
2013-02-13 - The Wings of a Liberating Presence - No matter what is happening in our lives, if we relate to our experience with mindful recognition and an allowing presence, it becomes a portal to freedom. In this talk we explore how the cultivation…
Embodying True Refuge—Serving and Savoring Life
Feb 6, 2013 • 76 min
2013-02-06 - Embodying True Refuge—Serving and Savoring Life - This talk traces the story of the Buddha’s awakening, and reflects on four key archetypal elements that are relevant for each of us as we come home to our true nature. There is a…
Remembering What Matters
Jan 30, 2013 • 58 min
2013-01-30 - Remembering What Matters - 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…
The God Whom I Love is Inside (2012-12-29) (retreat talk)
Jan 23, 2013 • 59 min
2012-12-29 - (retreat talk) The God Whom I Love is Inside - Our suffering arises from unlived life—the fears and loneliness and hurt that we have been unable to digest and include in our heart. This talk explores our conditioning to become…
Stepping Out of the Cave
Jan 16, 2013 • 56 min
2013-01-16 - Stepping Out of the Cave - If we are suffering it is because we are believing something that is not true. This talk explores the genesis of our core beliefs and the investigation, mindfulness and compassion that can release their grip….
The Barriers to Loving Presence
Jan 9, 2013 • 58 min
2013-01-09 - The Barriers to Loving Presence - You might reflect on someone important to you, and ask: “What is between me and loving fully?” Notice what happens. This talk explores the ways we create separations from others, and the power of inquiry…
Finding True Refuge
Jan 2, 2013 • 69 min
2013-01-02 - Finding True Refuge - This talk explores the three classic gateways to peace and freedom and includes a living ritual that invites us to bring a conscious, sincere dedication to our awakening on the spiritual path. Please support this…
Meditation - Awakening Compassion (from retreat)
Dec 26, 2012 • 29 min
2012-12-31 - Meditation - Awakening Compassion - Our deepest wisdom and purest actions arise out of open-hearted presence. This meditation is drawn from the Tibetan tradition and carries us home to the vastness of loving presence. Please support this…
Turning Toward the Light
Dec 19, 2012 • 55 min
2012-12-19 - Turning Toward the Light - This solstice talk explores how, in the face of darkness - unconsciousness, ignorance, violence - we can call on the light that is within us. The two pathways are to courageously look directly into the places of…
Forgiving Our Way to Freedom
Dec 12, 2012 • 57 min
2012-12-12 - A Forgiving Heart - Living with chronic blame or resentment is a trance that confines us to a limited fragment of what we are. This talk looks at the ways this trance is fueled and the process by which we release the armoring around our…
A Forgiving Heart - Embracing our Inner Life
Dec 5, 2012 • 56 min
2012-12-05 - A Forgiving Heart - Embracing our Inner Life - Self-aggression, whether it’s low key blame or deep condemnation, prevents us from intimacy with others and discovering the truth and wholeness of our Being. This talk explores how we can…
Guided Meditation - A Forgiving Heart
Nov 28, 2012 • 29 min
2012-11-28 - Guided Meditation - A Forgiving Heart - Forgiveness is the letting go of armor we have erected around our heart. While forgiving is a life-long process, it can be engaged and deepened by practices such as the one offered here. The best…
Gratitude and Generosity - Markings of Inner Freedom
Nov 21, 2012 • 60 min
2012-11-21 - Gratitude and Generosity - Markings of Inner Freedom - Those who are genuinely happy, are also naturally grateful for life and generous in living. This Thanksgiving Eve talk explores key ways we block the arising of gratitude and…
Hands Off the Controls
Nov 14, 2012 • 56 min
2012-11-14 - Hands Off the Controls - We are deeply conditioned to respond to impermanence and inevitable loss by trying to control our experience. Our egoic reactivity prevents us from responding wisely to our life, and living the moments fully. This…
Practical Dharma for Stressful Times
Nov 7, 2012 • 58 min
2012-11-07 - Practical Dharma for Stressful Times - 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…
Loving the Life Within Us (retreat talk)
Oct 27, 2012 • 66 min
2012-10-27 - 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…
Wise Investigation: Dissolving the Trance
Oct 24, 2012 • 56 min
2012-10-24 - 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…
Question and Response with Tara
Oct 17, 2012 • 54 min
2012-10-17 - Question and Response with Tara - Please support this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com or www.imcw.org. Your donations allow us to continue to freely offer the teachings!
Part 2 - Wise Intention—Living in Truth
Oct 10, 2012 • 53 min
2012-10-10 - Part 2 - Wise Intention—Living in Truth - Evolution has conditioned us to identify as an egoic self and to protect that identity. A key strategy is trying to control how others perceive us through pretense and deception. This talk…
Part 1 - Wise Intention—the Compass of our Hearts
Oct 3, 2012 • 44 min
2012-10-03 - Part 1 - Wise Intention—the Compass of our Hearts - One of the most powerful spiritual practices in the world is to reflect on your hearts deepest intention. These two talks look at the way that ego-based intentions perpetuate thoughts,…
Part 2 - Embodied Spirit
Sep 26, 2012 • 55 min
2012-09-26 - Part 2 - Embodied Spirit - Our body—this changing field of sensation—is a portal into pure Being. These talks explore the resistance we have to embodied presence, the pathways that enable us to awaken through our bodies, and the…
Part 1 - Embodied Spirit
Sep 19, 2012 • 51 min
2012-09-19 - Part 1 - Embodied Spirit - Our body—this changing field of sensation—is a portal into pure Being. These talks explore the resistance we have to embodied presence, the pathways that enable us to awaken through our bodies, and the…
The Freedom of Yes
Sep 12, 2012 • 60 min
2012-09-12 - The Freedom of Yes - How do we accept ourselves or others when our actions are causing harm? Does acceptance mean passivity? Does it undermine our efforts towards change? This talk responds to these questions with a simple, illuminating…
Trance of the Unreal Other
Sep 5, 2012 • 59 min
2012-09-05 - Trance of the Unreal Other - We are conditioned to perceive people as unreal others- two dimensional characters who lack sentience, vulnerability and goodness. This is often most insidious when we filter people through demeaning…
Intimacy with Our Inner Life
Aug 29, 2012 • 59 min
2012-08-29 - Intimacy with Our Inner Life - Jung wrote that our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can establish a healing presence by recognizing and communicating with the parts of our being that…
Part 2 - 1000 Serious Moves
Aug 22, 2012 • 58 min
2012-08-22 - Part 2 - 1000 Serious Moves - We easily habituate to feeling stressed, leaning forward, trying to figure things out and get things done. The undercurrent is we are living reactively—resisting unpleasant experience, seeking out more…
1000 Serious Moves
Aug 15, 2012 • 58 min
2012-08-15 - 1000 Serious Moves - We easily habituate to feeling stressed, leaning forward, trying to figure things out and get things done. The undercurrent is we are living reactively—resisting unpleasant experience, seeking out more comfort and…
Real But Not True
Aug 8, 2012 • 53 min
2012-08-08 - Real but not True - One of the most liberating realizations is that we don’t have to believe our thoughts. In this talk we look at the suffering caused by limiting beliefs—“I am unworthy, unloveable, unsafe”—and the process by which we…
Back to the Garden
Aug 1, 2012 • 58 min
2012-08-01 - Back to the Garden - The suffering of perceiving ourselves as separate selves expresses as fear, aggression, shame and a host of other afflictive emotions. This talk examines how, by taking refuge in the present moment, and taking refuge…
Listening with an Awake Heart
Jul 25, 2012 • 56 min
2012-07-25 - Listening with an Awake Heart - Listening to our inner life and each other is the grounds of healing, intimacy and love. This talk explores the challenges to offering a listening presence, and the qualities of open receptivity and…
(retreat talk) Our True Nature—Emptiness Dancing
Jul 18, 2012 • 63 min
(retreat talk) 2011-10-12 - Our True Nature—Emptiness Dancing - The most profound question in spiritual life is “who (or what) am I?” This talk explores ways of inquiring into the nature of awareness, and the blessings of embodying the realization of…
(from Retreat) Introduction to the Heart Practices
Jul 11, 2012 • 39 min
2012-04-28 - Introduction to the Heart Practices - These instructions on the heart practices were given at the IMCW 2012 Spring Retreat. A guided lovingkindness or “metta” meditation to open the heart and come home to presence follows. Please support…
Part 2 - Freedom: Taking the Backward Step
Jul 4, 2012 • 57 min
2012-07-04 - Part 2 - Freedom: Taking the Backward Step - This talk investigates the core conditioning that creates and sustains trance. We then explore two gateways to realizing and inhabiting our true nature - inquiry and letting go. Please support…
Part 1 - Freedom: Seeing Who is Looking Through the Mask
Jun 27, 2012 • 54 min
2012-6-27 - Part 1 - Freedom: Seeing Who is Looking Through the Mask - We suffer when we are identified with our egoic conditioning and unable to recognize the spirit - the love and awareness - that animates our own and all beings. In this talk we…
Cultivating Equanimity (Duck Meditation)
Jun 20, 2012 • 57 min
2012-06-20 - Cultivating Equanimity (Duck Meditation) - Equinimity, the mindful presence that neither grasps nor resists experience, is the grounds for unconditional love and wise action. This talk explores the conditioning that entraps us in…
Committing to Joy
Jun 13, 2012 • 54 min
2012-06-13 - Committing to Joy - What makes joy rare? How do we awaken this beautiful capacity to embrace life? In this talk we explore the obstacles to joy and the attitude and practices that free us to “love what is.” Please support this podcast by…
Cultivating Compassion
Jun 6, 2012 • 52 min
2012-06-06 - Cultivating Compassion - We each have the potential to live with a compassionate, open heart. In this talk we explore the conditioning that closes us off to authentic caring, and the ways of deepening our attention that help us live to…
Intimacy with Life - Awakening Love
May 30, 2012 • 54 min
2012-05-30 - Intimacy with Life - Awakening Love - The Buddha taught about four Divine Abodes—dwelling places of the awakened heart mind: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In this four-part series, we will explore the ways our…
Training for Intimacy with Life
May 23, 2012 • 58 min
2012-05-23 - Training for Intimacy with Life - “Enlightenment is intimacy with all things” teaches Zen Master Dogen. While we long for this intimacy, we are conditioned to avoid the vulnerability and fear that an intimate presence can arouse. This…
Part 2: The Lion’s Roar
May 16, 2012 • 50 min
2012-05-16 - Part 2: The Lion’s Roar - The Buddha taught that faith—trust in our true nature—is intrinsic to the spiritual path and the expression of wisdom. These two talks investigate the practices of presence that awaken our faith and the freedom…
Part 1: The Lion’s Roar
May 9, 2012 • 54 min
2012-05-09 - Part 1: The Lion’s Roar - The Buddha taught that faith—trust in our true nature—is intrinsic to the spiritual path and the expression of wisdom. These two talks investigate the practices of presence that awaken our faith and the freedom…
Be Who You Are (Retreat Talk)
May 2, 2012 • 62 min
2012-05-02 - (Retreat Talk) Be Who You Are - By bringing a surrendering presence to mental, emotional and physical domains, we undo the trance of separation and discover our true nature. This talk explores the practices that cultivate the…
The World in Our Heart
Apr 25, 2012 • 59 min
2012-04-25 - The World in Our Heart - Some contemporary evolutionary theories track our development from survival of the fittest to group selection whereby we have the capacity for cooperation and empathy. This talk explores how our meditation…
Open Heart, Open Mind
Apr 18, 2012 • 64 min
2012-04-18 - Open Heart, Open Mind - Tsoknyi Rinpoche with Tara Brach - In talking about his new book, Tibetan teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche describes the layers of self that cover over our “essence love,” and the way that mindfulness reconnects us to our…
A Mindful Nation
Apr 11, 2012 • 53 min
2012-04-14 - A Mindful Nation - One of the great sources of hope is the “quiet revolution” of mindfulness that is appearing in schools, hospitals, prisons, the military, corporate settings and the lives of millions of people around the world. In this…
Beyond the Prison of Beliefs
Apr 4, 2012 • 53 min
2012-04-04 - Beyond the Prison of Beliefs - Most of us have core fear beliefs that obscure our true nature and bind us in repeating patterns of painful emotions and behavior. This talk looks at the beliefs that limit us and the freedom that is…
Alchemy of Wise Effort in Spiritual Life
Mar 21, 2012 • 58 min
2012-03-21 - Alchemy of Wise Effort in Spiritual Life - The ground of wise effort is our sincere intentionality toward presence, love and freedom. Yet our habit is to go into trance, and latch on to narrowed intentions of self-enhancement or defense….
Flowering, From Within, of Self-Blessing
Mar 14, 2012 • 57 min
2012-03-14 - Flowering, From Within, of Self-Blessing - This line from poet Galway Kinnell reminds us of the possibility of meeting our inner life with a loving, healing presence. When we do, we loosen the trance of unworthiness and reconnect with our…
Freedom in the Midst of Difficulty
Mar 7, 2012 • 61 min
2012-03-07 - Freedom in the Midst of Difficulty - We suffer when we forget who we are and get caught in a limited sense of self. This talk explores how we become identified with a sliver of what we are, and the pathway to remembering our wholeness….
Embodied Presence: Gateway to Intimacy and Freedom
Feb 29, 2012 • 57 min
2012-02-29 - Embodied Presence: Gateway to Intimacy and Freedom - We often move through the day in a reactive trance, removed from the aliveness of our bodies and this natural world. This talk explores how coming home to our bodies awakens us to…
Opening the Lotus of Your Heart
Feb 22, 2012 • 66 min
2012-02-03 - Opening the Lotus of Your Heart - (from 2012 Women’s Retreat) Our reaction to life’s stress is to contract, and we live many moments with a tight body, clenched heart and narrowed mind. This talk explores how deepening attention can…
Guided Meditation: Letting Life Live Through Us
Feb 15, 2012 • 19 min
2012-02-08 - Guided Meditation: Letting Life Live Through Us - Meditation ends with poem by Roger Keyes, “Hokusai Says.” Please support this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com or www.imcw.org. Your donation makes a difference! Thank you!
Questions, Guided Meditation and Group Sharings
Feb 8, 2012 • 51 min
2012-02-08 - Questions, Guided Meditation and Group Sharings - Led by Tara. Please support this podcast by donating at www.tarabrach.com or www.imcw.org. Your donation makes a difference! Thank you!
Part 2 - Three Blessings on the Journey
Feb 1, 2012 • 54 min
2012-02-01 - 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. Please support this podcast…
Part 1 - Three Blessings on the Journey
Jan 25, 2012 • 57 min
2012-01-25 - 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. Please support this podcast…
Part 2 - Trusting Your Basic Goodness
Jan 18, 2012 • 56 min
2012-01-18 - Part 2 - Trusting Your Basic Goodness - Einstein says the most important question we will ever ask ourselves is, “Is this universe a friendly place?” Do we trust that there is something essentially benevolent or good about this universe?…
Part 1 - Trusting Your Basic Goodness
Jan 11, 2012 • 57 min
2012-01-11 - Part 1 - Trusting Your Basic Goodness - Einstein says the most important question we will ever ask ourselves is, “Is this universe a friendly place?” Do we trust that there is something essentially benevolent or good about this universe?…
Taking Refuge
Jan 4, 2012 • 62 min
2012-01-04 - Taking Refuge - This class explores the three classic gateways to true refuge - Buddha (awareness), Dharma (path, truth of reality) and Sangha (spiritual friends, loving relatedness). It includes reflections and a ceremony that supports…
The Blessings of Embodied Presence
Dec 29, 2011 • 57 min
2011-12-29 - The Blessings of Embodied Presence (retreat talk) - All that we cherish - love, creativity, wisdom and aliveness - becomes available when we come home to an embodied presence. This talk looks at how the two wings of mindfulness and…
No Mud No Lotus
Dec 21, 2011 • 54 min
2011-12-21 - No Mud No Lotus - Our attitude in the face of life’s challenges determines our suffering or our freedom. This solstice talk explores the light of compassion that blossoms when we honor our difficult times with a deep, mindful attention….
The Dance of Relational Trance
Dec 14, 2011 • 54 min
2011-12-14 - The Dance of Relational Trance - When we become emotionally reactive in our relationships, we often go into a trance that creates separation and locks us into a narrow sense of self. This talk explores how, by pausing and deepening our…
The Backward Step
Dec 7, 2011 • 54 min
2011-12-07 - The Backward Step - Our habit is to think we are on our way someplace else, and that our happiness is to be found outside ourselves. Yet realization becomes possible when we take the backward step into the formless dimension of our own…
Genuine Acceptance
Nov 30, 2011 • 47 min
2009-08-26 - 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…
Pathways to a Grateful Heart
Nov 23, 2011 • 57 min
2011-11-23 - Pathways to a Grateful Heart - When we are filled with gratitude, we are living from the most sincere, awake part of our being. This talk explores three pathways of practice that open us to serving and savoring this life. Please support…
Mindful Speech
Nov 16, 2011 • 60 min
2011-11-16 - Mindful Speech - Deception, gossip and aggressive speech are pervasive in our culture. This talk looks at the roots of these forms of communication, and the way they entrap us in a contracted and separate sense of self. We then explore…
The Space of Presence
Nov 9, 2011 • 49 min
2011-11-09 - The Space of Presence - The perception of “there’s not enough time or space” in life blocks our natural capacity for intimacy, creativity and wisdom. Pausing and connecting with the space of presence transforms our entire experience of…
Divine Abodes: Equanimity
Nov 2, 2011 • 55 min
2011-11-02 - Divine Abodes: Equanimity - Equanimity is the mental state of balance and non-reactivity that arises when we are resting in open, wakeful presence. This talk reviews the key pathways to equanimity in the face of difficulty. We also…
Divine Abodes: Joy
Oct 26, 2011 • 59 min
2011-10-26 - Divine Abodes: Joy - Joy is an innate capacity, an expression of unconditional presence with life. Yet for many, it is blocked by our conditioning to grasp after life and to defend against loss. This talk explores how we can develop the…
Divine Abodes: Compassion
Oct 19, 2011 • 56 min
2011-10-19 - Divine Abodes: Compassion - We cultivate compassion by letting ourselves be touched by the suffering within and around us. Because our conditioning is to avoid vulnerability, the path of compassion requires courage and purposefulness. …
Unconditional Love for the Life Within
Oct 8, 2011 • 60 min
2011-10-08 - Unconditional Love for the Life Within - (Retreat Talk) The tyranny of “should” prevents us from living and loving fully. This talk explores how we get trapped in the identity of a flawed self and the ways a wise attention can free us….
Divine Abodes: Lovingkindness
Oct 5, 2011 • 60 min
2011-10-05 - Divine Abodes: Lovingkindness - Love is the most basic expression of who we are, and yet it is often obscured by the trance of separation and fear. This talk explores how we habitually armor our hearts, and the training of attention that…
Causing No Harm
Sep 28, 2011 • 54 min
2011-09-28 - Causing No Harm - The mindstates behind violence—anger and fear—are universal and natural. If they possess us and drive our actions, we suffer. If we learn to meet them with a mindful awareness—if we step out of judgment and angry…
Part 2 - Do You Make Regular Visits to Yourself?
Sep 21, 2011 • 55 min
2011-09-21 - Part 2 - Do You Make Regular Visits to Yourself? - These two classes cover the basic instructions for Buddhist mindfulness (vipassana or insight) meditation. The first class explores the attitude we bring to meditation that makes it…
Part 1 - Do You Make Regular Visits to Yourself?
Sep 14, 2011 • 57 min
2011-09-14 - Part 1 - Do You Make Regular Visits to Yourself? - These two classes cover the basic instructions for Buddhist mindfulness (vipassana or insight) meditation. The first class explores the attitude we bring to meditation that makes it…
Finding The Juice Inside Fear
Sep 7, 2011 • 55 min
2011-09-07 - Finding The Juice Inside of Fear - Learning to bring a mindful presence to fear is an intrinsic part of spiritual awakening. In this talk we look at the ways we get caught in the trance of fear, and how the two wings of presence—clear…
Befriending Irene
Aug 31, 2011 • 58 min
2011-08-31 - Befriending Irene - Whether you face chronic anxiety or more violent storms of fear and anger, you can cultivate the wings of freedom—the mindfulness and compassion—that free you. This talk explores how the habit of being reactive…
Wholehearted Living
Aug 24, 2011 • 54 min
2011-08-24 - Wholehearted Living - What stops us from being wholehearted in our relationships and life? This talk explores the conditioning that keeps us from an engaged presence, and the key elements to manifesting heart and spirit in all that we do….
The Gift of Silence
Aug 17, 2011 • 48 min
2007-09-26 - The Gift of Silence - Through all spiritual traditions, there is a valuing of silence and stillness. When the mind has quieted, it becomes possible to see into the truth of what we are. Yet quieting can turn into a battle with the process…
Relating Wisely to Desire
Aug 10, 2011 • 48 min
2011-08-10 - Relating Wisely to Desire - Without desire, this world would not exist. While this universal energy is entirely natural, if we are not mindful of it, desire can become a narrowed fixation or addiction that creates deep suffering. This…
Learning to Respond, Not React
Aug 3, 2011 • 47 min
2011-08-03 - Learning to Respond, Not React - When life doesn’t go our way, we often launch into a chain reaction of obsessive thinking, blaming and unpleasant emotions. This talk explores how we can use meditative practices to step out of reactive…
Part 2: The Mystery of Who We Are
Jul 27, 2011 • 56 min
2011-07-27 - Part 2: The Mystery of Who We Are - Everything we cherish—love, creativity, wisdom, aliveness— arises out of our capacity to arrive in Beingness. This talk explores the stress that leads us to cut off from our natural state of being,…
The Mystery of Who We Are
Jul 20, 2011 • 54 min
2011-07-20 - The Mystery of Who We Are - The Buddha taught that we suffer because we don’t realize who we are. This talk explores two pathways of awakening from the insecurity and reactivity that arises from a narrow sense of self. Listeners are…
The Joy of Conscious Relationships
Jul 13, 2011 • 54 min
2011-07-06 - The Joy of Conscious Relationships (from 2007-09-19) - We live in a relational field, and as we develop the capacity for presence with others, we discover the truth of our connectedness. This discovery is experienced as love, and gives…
Flow and Presence
Jul 6, 2011 • 53 min
2011-07-06 - Flow and Presence - In the moments when we are truly happy, there is a sense of both aliveness and presence. This talk reflects on three key ways we remove ourselves from living presence; and offers guided reflections that can re-open us…
Compass of the Heart
Jun 29, 2011 • 53 min
2011-06-29 - Compass of the Heart - Are you aware of the intentions that are shaping your thoughts, moods and life experience? This talk explores how mindfulness of intention allows us to open to our deepest heart’s aspiration, and have that guide the…
Presence and Empowerment
Jun 22, 2011 • 51 min
2011-06-22 - Presence and Empowerment - In the moments we feel threatened, hurt or dissatisfied, we often flip into controlling mode—our body, heart and mind become contracted and we disconnect from presence. This talk explores how we can shift from…
Soul Recognition - Seeing Past the Mask
Jun 15, 2011 • 54 min
2011-06-15 - Soul Recognition - Seeing Past the Mask - We each long to be true to ourselves—to live from the love, creativity and wisdom that is our essence. This talk explores how, by attending to three key domains, we train ourselves to see beyond…
The Art of Listening—Nourishing Loving Relationships
Jun 8, 2011 • 50 min
2011-06-08 - The Art of Listening—Nourishing Loving Relationships - Deep listening is an essential ingredient in intimate, caring relationships. This talk reflects on the intentionality, presence and quest for understanding that create the grounds…
Part 2: Stress and Meditation
Jun 1, 2011 • 57 min
2011-06-01 - Part 2: Stress and Meditation - When we are suffering from stress, we are paying attention to our world in a narrow and rigid way. Through meditations that cultivate a wakeful and open attention, we can dramatically transform the…
Part 1: Stress and Meditation
May 25, 2011 • 60 min
2011-05-25 - Part 1: Stress and Meditation - When we are suffering from stress, we are paying attention to our world in a narrow and rigid way. Through meditations that cultivate a wakeful and open attention, we can dramatically transform the…
Stepping Out of Time
May 18, 2011 • 52 min
2011-05-18 - Stepping Out of Time - We spend much of our life on our way somewhere else, driven by the sense that something is missing or wrong. This talk explores the suffering that arises from our addiction to busyness and “doing,” and the healing,…
The Buddha’s Spiritual Awakening
May 11, 2011 • 53 min
2011-05-11 - The Buddha’s Spiritual Awakening: A Myth For Us All! - In this telling of the Buddha’s story, we find archetypes that reveal a universal path of awakening and freedom. We explore how each of us has the potential to realize the loving and…
Remembering Love (Retreat Talk)
May 1, 2011 • 54 min
2011-05-01 - Remembering Love (from IMCW Spring Retreat) - The habit of self-judgment not only causes emotional pain, it creates a trance that obscures the purity and vastness of our Being. This talk explores how a wakeful and forgiving heart can heal…
The Blessings of Embodied Awareness
Apr 27, 2011 • 54 min
2011-04-27 - The Blessings of Embodied Awareness - One expression of our suffering is homelessness—feeling cut off from the presence and aliveness that is our source. This talk explores the existential and cultural forces that foster disconnection…
Part 2 - Realizing True Well-being
Apr 20, 2011 • 52 min
2011-04-20 - Part 2 — Realizing True Well-being - Buddhist psychology and the Western oriented field of positive psychology agree: How we pay attention determines whether we live primarily in fear and judgment, or happiness and peace. This two part…
Realizing True Well-being
Apr 13, 2011 • 49 min
2011-04-13 - Part 1 — Realizing True Well-being - Buddhist psychology and the Western oriented field of positive psychology agree: How we pay attention determines whether we live primarily in fear and judgment, or happiness and peace. This two part…
Part 2: The Healing Power of Self-Compassion
Mar 30, 2011 • 53 min
2011-03-30 - Part 2: The Healing Power of Self-Compassion - Learning to hold our own lives with a gentle compassion is a key element in all emotional healing and spiritual awakening. This two part series explores the suffering of being at war with…
Part 1: The Healing Power of Self-Compassion
Mar 23, 2011 • 53 min
2011-03-23 - Part 1: The Healing Power of Self-Compassion - Learning to hold our own lives with a gentle compassion is a key element in all emotional healing and spiritual awakening. This two part series explores the suffering of being at war with…
Impermanence: the Gifts of Facing Reality
Mar 16, 2011 • 54 min
2011-03-16 - Impermanence: the Gifts of Facing Reality - Only by opening our hearts to change and loss can we live and love fully. Yet much of our life is organized around finding ground— avoiding the insecurity of change, loss and death. This talk…
Trusting Our Secret Beauty
Mar 9, 2011 • 57 min
2011-03-09 - Trusting Our Secret Beauty - When caught in emotional suffering, we sense that we are living from a reactive, contracted place, and don’t trust or like ourselves. This talk explores the severed belonging that is the genesis of that…
Healing into Life and Death
Mar 2, 2011 • 57 min
2011-03-02 - Healing into Life and Death - Given the universal truth that these bodies get sick and they die, what allows us to find freedom, happiness and peace in the midst? This talk explores how, when we get caught in the suffering that arises…
When We are Lost
Feb 23, 2011 • 56 min
2011-02-23 - When We are Lost - It’s part of our make up to get lost in the trance of thinking— to believe our thoughts to be real and to live in the story of a separate, endangered self. It is also our capacity to recognize our trance and choose…
Part 2 - The Sure Heart’s Release
Feb 16, 2011 • 51 min
2011-02-16 - 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…
The Sure Heart’s Release
Feb 9, 2011 • 59 min
2011-02-09 - 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…
Minting Gold (retreat talk)
Jan 26, 2011 • 65 min
2010-12-31 - Minting Gold - Embodying the Awakened Heart - Our core conditioning expresses as both a longing for love and the pain of not trusting we are loveable. This talk explores how we create the experience of separation, and the key meditative…
Inviting Life’s Difficulties to Tea
Jan 19, 2011 • 55 min
2011-01-19 - Inviting Life’s Difficulties to Tea - One of the most illuminating themes in the Buddha’s life story was the regular appearance of Mara—god of selfishness and greed, anger and fear, doubt and shame. Each time Mara surfaced, the Buddha’s…
Evolving Consciousness—Beyond limiting Identities
Jan 12, 2011 • 54 min
2011-01-12 - The flag of trance is identifying as a separate, deficient self. This talk explores how developmentally we can get fixated on fears and unmet needs and cut off from the wholeness of Being that is our true nature. We explore the power of…
Three Gateways to Freedom
Jan 5, 2011 • 66 min
2011-01-05 - This talk invites a contemplation of three archetypal domains of spiritual awakening: Buddha-awareness, Dharma- truth (the way things are), and Sangha-loving relatedness. We explore our habit of turning toward false refuges, and the way…
Path of Transformation
Dec 29, 2010 • 62 min
2010-12-29 - Awakening arises out of presence with the changing ground of our lives. This talk explores three key gateways to liberating presence: Forgiveness, inner fire (aspiration) and a deep inquiry into the nature of our own mind. This talk was…
The Grounds of Living Compassion
Dec 22, 2010 • 53 min
2009-09-02 - A critical question on the spiritual path is how we can bring the loving presence awakened by meditation into every facet of daily life. This talk explores the conditioning that keeps us in reactive trance and the ways we can deepen our…
Seeing Beyond the Veil
Dec 15, 2010 • 52 min
2010-12-15 - The source of our suffering is that we become identified with egoic roles and defenses that separate us from the truth of what we are. This talk explores some of the constricting identities that we take on, and the process of…
Ask the Friend for Love
Dec 8, 2010 • 57 min
2010-12-08 - Prayer, when cultivated consciously, energizes and guides us on the spiritual path. This talk investigates the difference between wanting, with it’s narrow fixation, and the prayer that arises out of our deep heart’s longing. We explore…
Meditation on Intention
Dec 8, 2010 • 21 min
2010-12-08 - This guided meditation was given as a prelude to the December 8th talk on “Ask the Friend for Love.” Find more of Tara’s guided meditations on www.tarabrach.com. Sign up for her new email list there, too.
A Listening Meditation
Dec 1, 2010 • 26 min
2010-11-17 - This guided meditation was given as a prelude to the November 17th talk on “A Listening Presence.” Find more of Tara’s guided meditations on www.tarabrach.com. Sign up for her new email list there, too.
Loving Life: Gratitude and Generosity
Nov 24, 2010 • 51 min
2010-11-24 - Loving Life: Gratitude and Generosity - Love is innate, and blossoms as we intentionally cultivate it. This talk on two natural expressions of loving life—gratitude and generosity—includes several guided reflections that awaken the…
A Listening Presence - Three Domains of Training
Nov 17, 2010 • 49 min
2010-11-17 - A Listening Presence - Three Domains of Training - Cultivating the capacity for listening is essential to loving well and to realizing the truth of who we are. This talk focuses on three key facets of deep listening—non-distractedness,…
Releasing Karmic Patterns
Nov 10, 2010 • 55 min
2010-11-10 - Releasing Karmic Patterns - We all have conditioned patterns of thinking and behaving that keep us identified as a separate, deficient self. This talk investigates the roots of this conditioning and ways that pausing and awakening…
Part 4 - Living From Presence - Introductory Series
Nov 3, 2010 • 83 min
2010-11-03 - Part 4 - Living from Presence - Our human potential is to express the wings of presence—mindfulness and lovingkindness—through all facets of daiy living. This talk explores the practices that enable us to both serve and savor this…
Part 3 - Mindfulness of Thoughts - Introductory Series
Oct 27, 2010 • 74 min
2010-10-27 - Part 3 - Mindfulness of Thoughts - The primary element in meditation is training to awaken from the trance of thoughts. This class explores two key ways that mindfulness supports this awakening. The first is using wise reflection to…
Part 2 - Mindfulness of Emotions - Introductory Series
Oct 20, 2010 • 84 min
2010-10-20 - Part 2 - Mindfulness of Emotions - Our conditioning is to live in a reactive trance of either resisting or become possessed by strong emotions. This reactivity fuels a trance of being separate from others, and feeling defective and…
Part 1 - The Art and Science of Meditation - Introductory Series
Oct 13, 2010 • 78 min
2010-10-13 - Part 1 - The Art and Science of Meditation - Introductory Series - The first session defines meditation and describes the Buddhist teachings that give a context to the path of practice. We explore the two basic types of…
The Path of Peace
Oct 6, 2010 • 48 min
2007-10-03 - The Path of Peace - Awakening from the Trance of Separation - We all have conditioning that can keep us at war with our inner life, and fuel violence in the world. These universal tendencies can block our natural attunement and capacity…
Loving the Earth
Sep 29, 2010 • 49 min
2010-09-29 - Loving the Earth - How is it possible that we humans have wreaked such havoc on this planet, on the web of life that we belong to? This talk explores the ways that egoic consciousness can lead to violating life, and how evolving…
Be All That You Are
Sep 15, 2010 • 54 min
2010-09-15 - Be All That You Are - We are conditioned to live in stories that obscure the vastness, goodness and mystery of what we are. This talk explores the ways we construct a limited self-identity and the pathways to realizing and living from a…
Equanimity
Sep 8, 2010 • 49 min
2010-09-08 - Equanimity - Cultivating equanimity means awakening our capacity to meet the winds of life with a non-reactive, open, balanced presence. The gift of this presence is that we can see clearly what is happening within and around us, and…
Joy
Sep 1, 2010 • 60 min
2010-09-01 - Joy - Joy is an innate capacity, one of the primary expressions of an awakened heart and mind. Yet because of our conditioned patterns of thought and emotion, this capacity for openness, happiness and full aliveness can be obscured. This…
Compassion - Responding to Suffering with Care
Aug 25, 2010 • 60 min
2010-08-25 - Compassion - Responding to Suffering with Care - Our capacity to respond to ourselves and our world with compassion is the essence of all healing and spiritual awakening. This talk explores the trance of separation that blocks our natural…
Metta - Lovingkindness
Aug 18, 2010 • 53 min
2010-08-18 - Metta - Lovingkindness - This talk explores what gets in the way of loving presence and the training that awakens and frees our hearts. Please donate at www.tarabrach.com or www.imcw.org. Thank you!
Blessings of a Forgiving Heart
Aug 11, 2010 • 54 min
2010-08-11 - The roots of peace and war are within these very hearts. In the moments that we release blame, we reconnect with the compassionate presence that heals ourselves and others as well. This talk includes a meditation that guides us in…
Self-Forgiveness
Aug 4, 2010 • 45 min
2010-08-04 - Holding ourselves with a compassionate, forgiving heart is the gateway to healing, and to intimacy with our world. This talk explores our deep conditioning to be at war with ourselves, and the insights and elements of forgiving that can…
Trusting Who We Are
Jul 28, 2010 • 52 min
2010-07-28 - If we investigate, we will find that much suffering arises out of mistrust—of ourselves, others and life. This talk explores the genesis of the great challenges of doubt and mistrust, and the pathway to trusting the goodness that is our…
Turning Towards What You Love
Jul 21, 2010 • 54 min
2010-07-21 - For many of us, the most apparent junctures of spiritual transformation are spurred on by challenging life situations. This talk looks at how our conscious aspiration for awakening, and our practice of mindful presence, can help us find…
The True Revolution
Jul 14, 2010 • 22 min
2007-12-19 - In Buddhism, lovingkindness is considered a divine abode, our true home. This talk explores how we can recognize the mask that covers insecurity, inhabit our essential goodness of Being, and let ourselves touch and be touched by love….
The Power of Mind
Jul 7, 2010 • 56 min
2010-07-07 - The Buddha taught that “Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind.” This talk explores how our intention and attention can tap into the living awareness that is our source, and give rise to healing of body, heart…
Stress, Presence and Freedom
Jun 30, 2010 • 44 min
2007-10-31 - We are designed to respond to stress with flight/fight/freeze and this can proliferate and then harden into our ongoing response to life. The practice of presence, of recognizing and relaxing with what is arising, can cut through this…
Gateways to Happiness
Jun 23, 2010 • 48 min
2008-02-06 While we all want to be happy, our habitual ways of pursuing happiness leave us dissatisfied. What prevents us from being happy? What is true happiness? How do we relax and open to the blessings of our life that are always and already here?…
The Unreal Other
Jun 9, 2010 • 52 min
2010-06-09 - When we experience others through a conditioned lens of wants and fears, and of unexamined beliefs, we react in ways that cause distance and sometimes obvious injury. This talk explores how we create separation from others, and the ways…
Part 2 - Relating Wisely with Fear
Jun 2, 2010 • 56 min
2010-06-02 - While fear is essential to survival, it can also strangle our capacity to live fully and awaken spiritually. These two talks explore how fear takes over our lives, and the ways we can train our attention to free ourselves from its grip.
Part 1 - Relating Wisely with Fear
May 26, 2010 • 59 min
2010-05-26 - While fear is essential to survival, it can also strangle our capacity to live fully and awaken spiritually. These two talks explore how fear takes over our lives, and the ways we can train our attention to free ourselves from its grip.
Desire and Spiritual Freedom
May 19, 2010 • 55 min
2010-05-19 - The Buddha taught that becoming identified with “wanting mind” obscures our true nature and binds us in suffering. This talk explores a wise attitude in relating to desire, and offers three pathways towards freedom: Mindfulness of…
Relating Wisely to “Wanting Mind”
May 12, 2010 • 56 min
2010-05-12 - While desire is intrinsic to life, it can contract into the craving that traps us in suffering. This talk explores how we seek happiness yet become habituated to false refuges—substitutes like over- consuming food, dependent…
My Religion is Kindness
May 5, 2010 • 48 min
2008-05-28 - The expression of inner freedom is a kind heart. This talk explores how we armor our hearts, and the pathways of awakening our natural capacity for loving unconditionally. The session includes an experiential inquiry that helps reveal the…
Embodied Spirit
Apr 28, 2010 • 47 min
2010-04-28 - The Buddha taught that mindfulness of the body is a direct path to the realization of truth, to peace and freedom. This talk explores how we leave a present-centered awareness of our body, and the pathways of homecoming.
True Belonging - Refuge in Presence and Relatedness
Apr 21, 2010 • 59 min
2010-04-21 - We become homesick when our insecurity compels us to find refuge in exclusive affiliations, in over-consuming, in avoiding intimacy or grasping tightly to the approval of others. This talk explores how we come home to the truth of who we…
Part 1-Realizing Our Natural Joy
Apr 14, 2010 • 49 min
2008-04-23 In the buddhist teachings, joy is a natural expression of our awakened heart. In these two talks we will explore how we block off joy, and ways that we can cultivate and embody this intrinsic facet of our being.
Part 2-Realizing Our Natural Joy
Apr 14, 2010 • 45 min
2008-04-30 In the buddhist teachings, joy is a natural expression of our awakened heart. In these two talks we will explore how we block off joy, and ways that we can cultivate and embody this intrinsic facet of our being.
Beyond Small Self
Apr 7, 2010 • 51 min
2010-04-07 - While we are conditioned to become identified with limited sense of self, we have the capacity to recognize and open to who we are beyond the self. This talk investigates our most compelling domains of getting identified, and the ways a…
Meditation and Healing Trauma
Mar 31, 2010 • 52 min
2010-03-31 - Spiritual awakening often involves offering a healing presence to the suffering of post traumatic stress or deep emotional wounding. This talk explores the three key elements that support this process: self-forgiveness, accessing a source…
The Blessings of Deep Listening
Mar 24, 2010 • 49 min
2010-03-24 - The Blessings of Deep Listening - Our capacity to listen deeply—to our inner life and each other—is the grounds of true understanding and love. This talk explores the challenges to listening and guidelines and practices that awaken a…
Realizing Your True Nature—Four Reflections
Mar 17, 2010 • 54 min
2010-03-17 This talk explores a Tibetan teaching through reflection and guided meditations: Our true nature—our inherent wakefuness, openness and love—is closer than we can imagine; it is more profound than we can imagine; it is easier than we can…
2008-07-09 - Three Attitudes that Awaken and Free Our Spirit
Mar 10, 2010 • 48 min
2008-07-09 Our predicament is intuiting our true nature—love, awareness—and yet regularly contracting into the self-identity conditioned by wants and fears. This talk explores three essential and liberating ways of relating to our human…
Trusting Your Basic Goodness
Mar 3, 2010 • 48 min
2010-03-03 - When we don’t trust who we are, we are unable to be at home in our world. This talk explores how we come to be at war with ourselves and the pathway to realizing our basic goodness.
Living Aligned with the Heart
Feb 24, 2010 • 50 min
2010-02-24 - We suffer when our words or actions arise from unconscious wants and fears. This talk explores how we can awaken from the habitual ways we cause harm to ourselves and others, and live from our natural intelligence and tender warmth.
Soul Retrieval
Feb 17, 2010 • 47 min
2008-09-24 - When we become stressed and reactive, we lose contact with our natural spontaneity, wisdom and openheartedness. This talk investigates the ways we become caught in the stress-trance and the key elements in awakening: pausing and…
Listening to Our Life
Feb 10, 2010 • 54 min
2008-08-27 Listening in a full and open way allows us to come home to our natural state—awake, vast awareness. In an immediate way, a listening attention dissolves the tangles of fear and craving that obscure our wholeness. This class includes both a…
Turning Towards What you Love
Feb 10, 2010 • 50 min
2008-09-03 - There is a saying: The road to hell is paved with “bad” intentions. From the Buddha we learn the path to freedom arises from wise intentions. Yet because we habitually grasp after what will immediately relieve or comfort or please us, we…
Deepening Practice
Feb 3, 2010 • 62 min
2010-02-03 - This talk and question/answer format addresses the attitudes and practices that cultivate our natural wisdom and compassion.
Part 2 - Presence and Aliveness
Jan 27, 2010 • 48 min
2010-01-27 - Part 2 - Presence and Aliveness - These two talks explore how we leave our bodies, the challenge of working with pain, the pathway home to embodied awareness, and the gifts of presence and aliveness.
Part 1 - Presence and Aliveness
Jan 20, 2010 • 47 min
2010-01-20 - Part 1 - Presence and Aliveness - These two talks explore how we leave our bodies, the challenge of working with pain, the pathway home to embodied awareness, and the gifts of presence and aliveness.
Awakening to the Sacred
Jan 13, 2010 • 43 min
2010-01-13 - Awakening to the Sacred - The tendency to think “life should be different” and to try to control experience removes us from the wisdom and compassion that naturally gives rise to healing and transformation. We learn to trust the power of…
2010-01-06 - Taking Refuge
Jan 6, 2010 • 55 min
2010-01-06 - Taking Refuge - The Buddha taught of three archetypal domains in which we awaken presence and realize freedom. In contrast to our habitual false refuges, these gateways of true refuge are dependable because they express the timeless truth…