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Tara Brach

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Tara Brach

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Tara Brach

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Tara Brach, Ph.D is an internationally known meditation teacher and author of bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. Tara shares a weekly guided meditation and talk that blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices. The podcast addresses the value of mindfulness meditation and self-compassion in relieving emotional suffering, serving spiritual awakening and bringing healing to our world.

Latest Episodes

The Four Remembrances

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 reflects on four remembrances or practices—Pausing, Yes to life, Turning toward love, and Resting in awareness—that help us awaken from trance and live true to the loving presence that is our essence.

50 min5 d ago
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The Four Remembrances

Meditation: Loving What Is

While we might not directly love what is, there is a pathway to this inner freedom. As we explore in this meditation, we begin with allowing the changing sensations and emotions to move through us, just as they are. As this allowing presence deepens, it becomes suffused with the tenderness of love.

18 min6 d ago
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Meditation: Loving What Is

Awakening from the Trance of Bad-Othering

Great spiritual leaders of social movements teach that true transformation arises from realizing our interconnectedness, and the light of the divine in each being. Sadly, through human history, much suffering has come from perceiving others as bad-others. We look at how stories and mistrust of others—in personal relationships and in our society—can lead to cycles of violence, harm and deepening alienation. We explore the inner process that allows us to respond to suffering with love-in-action.

46 min1 w ago
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Awakening from the Trance of Bad-Othering

Meditation: Meeting Life with a Spacious Heart

Especially when we’re stressed, we need pathways to an allowing, kind presence. This meditation guides us to relax and open through our bodies, and then meet changing waves of experience with a sea of awareness that is intrinsically allowing and tender.

22 min1 w ago
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Meditation: Meeting Life with a Spacious Heart

Guided Reflection: The RAIN of Compassion – What Is It Like to Be You

Compassion is hard wired in our organism, and can be cultivated. We have the capacity for affiliative care, to tune into each other and to hold each other in our hearts. Developing this innate potential is the hope of our world. Using the acronym R-A-I-N (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture), this meditation offers guidance in mindfully attuning to the emotional experience of others and awakening our natural tenderness and care.

11 min2 w ago
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Guided Reflection: The RAIN of Compassion – What Is It Like to Be You

Transforming Your Relationship with Anxiety

Strong anxiety frequently triggers fight-flight-freeze, our survival brain’s strategy for dealing with threats. This can become a trance that dominates our thoughts, feelings, behaviors and deepest experience of who we are. This talk explores how we get caught in reactive trance, and ways of calming anxiety and radically shifting our way of relating to the experience of threat. The gift is discovering inner freedom in the midst of life, and capacity to respond to what arises with love-in-action.

79 min2 w ago
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Transforming Your Relationship with Anxiety

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness

When we are in our daily trance, we are often leaning forward, on our way somewhere else. In this meditation we are guided to relax back into the awareness that is always, already here. We explore relaxing back through a body scan, and then with all our senses wide open. With practice we increasingly find our pathway home by relaxing the clench of doings, and resting in what is.

21 min2 w ago
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Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness

Meditation: Listening to our Life

A receptive listening attention brings intimacy with our inner experience and our world. This meditation guides us in listening to sounds, states of mind, sensations and the deepest aspiration of our heart.

17 min3 w ago
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Meditation: Listening to our Life

Meditation: Waking up from the Dream

We spend many life moments in a virtual reality of thoughts. This guided practice helps us reconnect with our senses and discover in the space between thoughts the light of awareness, the mystery of what we are.

16 min3 w ago
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Meditation: Waking up from the Dream

Worrier Pose – Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear (retreat talk)

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 prevents us from inhabiting our full wisdom and love. We then explore two interrelated pathways of healing—unconditional presence, and resourcing, or cultivating access to safety and belonging (from the 2018 IMCW Fall Silent Retreat).

59 min3 w ago
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Worrier Pose – Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear (retreat talk)

Latest Episodes

The Four Remembrances

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 reflects on four remembrances or practices—Pausing, Yes to life, Turning toward love, and Resting in awareness—that help us awaken from trance and live true to the loving presence that is our essence.

50 min5 d ago
Comments
The Four Remembrances

Meditation: Loving What Is

While we might not directly love what is, there is a pathway to this inner freedom. As we explore in this meditation, we begin with allowing the changing sensations and emotions to move through us, just as they are. As this allowing presence deepens, it becomes suffused with the tenderness of love.

18 min6 d ago
Comments
Meditation: Loving What Is

Awakening from the Trance of Bad-Othering

Great spiritual leaders of social movements teach that true transformation arises from realizing our interconnectedness, and the light of the divine in each being. Sadly, through human history, much suffering has come from perceiving others as bad-others. We look at how stories and mistrust of others—in personal relationships and in our society—can lead to cycles of violence, harm and deepening alienation. We explore the inner process that allows us to respond to suffering with love-in-action.

46 min1 w ago
Comments
Awakening from the Trance of Bad-Othering

Meditation: Meeting Life with a Spacious Heart

Especially when we’re stressed, we need pathways to an allowing, kind presence. This meditation guides us to relax and open through our bodies, and then meet changing waves of experience with a sea of awareness that is intrinsically allowing and tender.

22 min1 w ago
Comments
Meditation: Meeting Life with a Spacious Heart

Guided Reflection: The RAIN of Compassion – What Is It Like to Be You

Compassion is hard wired in our organism, and can be cultivated. We have the capacity for affiliative care, to tune into each other and to hold each other in our hearts. Developing this innate potential is the hope of our world. Using the acronym R-A-I-N (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture), this meditation offers guidance in mindfully attuning to the emotional experience of others and awakening our natural tenderness and care.

11 min2 w ago
Comments
Guided Reflection: The RAIN of Compassion – What Is It Like to Be You

Transforming Your Relationship with Anxiety

Strong anxiety frequently triggers fight-flight-freeze, our survival brain’s strategy for dealing with threats. This can become a trance that dominates our thoughts, feelings, behaviors and deepest experience of who we are. This talk explores how we get caught in reactive trance, and ways of calming anxiety and radically shifting our way of relating to the experience of threat. The gift is discovering inner freedom in the midst of life, and capacity to respond to what arises with love-in-action.

79 min2 w ago
Comments
Transforming Your Relationship with Anxiety

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness

When we are in our daily trance, we are often leaning forward, on our way somewhere else. In this meditation we are guided to relax back into the awareness that is always, already here. We explore relaxing back through a body scan, and then with all our senses wide open. With practice we increasingly find our pathway home by relaxing the clench of doings, and resting in what is.

21 min2 w ago
Comments
Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness

Meditation: Listening to our Life

A receptive listening attention brings intimacy with our inner experience and our world. This meditation guides us in listening to sounds, states of mind, sensations and the deepest aspiration of our heart.

17 min3 w ago
Comments
Meditation: Listening to our Life

Meditation: Waking up from the Dream

We spend many life moments in a virtual reality of thoughts. This guided practice helps us reconnect with our senses and discover in the space between thoughts the light of awareness, the mystery of what we are.

16 min3 w ago
Comments
Meditation: Waking up from the Dream

Worrier Pose – Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear (retreat talk)

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 prevents us from inhabiting our full wisdom and love. We then explore two interrelated pathways of healing—unconditional presence, and resourcing, or cultivating access to safety and belonging (from the 2018 IMCW Fall Silent Retreat).

59 min3 w ago
Comments
Worrier Pose – Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear (retreat talk)

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