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Meditation: Inner Refuge of Calm (2020-06-10)

Tara Brach

Release Date: 06/11/2020

Authentic Thanks Giving (2020-11-25) show art Authentic Thanks Giving (2020-11-25)

Tara Brach

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 (a favorite Thanksgiving talk from the archives).

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Meditation: Yes to Life (2020-11-25)  show art Meditation: Yes to Life (2020-11-25)

Tara Brach

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 to bring an unconditional presence and an accepting Yes to our lives, we begin to touch openheartedness and freedom.

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The Stories that Empower Us: A Conversation between Tara Brach and Elizabeth Lesser (2020-11-18) show art The Stories that Empower Us: A Conversation between Tara Brach and Elizabeth Lesser (2020-11-18)

Tara Brach

Whether we know it or not, our daily lives take direction from myths and tales that are hundreds, even thousands of years old. During their time together, Tara and Elizabeth will speak about how these origin tales have shaped our psyches and perpetuated the violence and suffering that marks our world. They will then explore how we can create fresh stories that guide our collective awakening to peace, compassion and healing.engaging new book, “Cassandra Speaks."

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Meditation: The “Do No Harm and Take No S***” Practice, by Guest Elizabeth Lesser (2020-11-18) show art Meditation: The “Do No Harm and Take No S***” Practice, by Guest Elizabeth Lesser (2020-11-18)

Tara Brach

This practice-based on an ancient Buddhist meditation - bears the name of needlepoint I found in my sister's office after she died. She was a nurse, and as such had taken the oath all medical practitioners take: to do no harm. The meditation is a training in both, being kind and being strong are not mutually exclusive. Doing no harm and taking no s*** is not an either/or choice. It’s the marriage of the two that will make a difference in your life and will change the story in the world.

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“Play a Greater Part” – Bodhisattva for Our Times show art “Play a Greater Part” – Bodhisattva for Our Times

Tara Brach

During scary and uncertain times, the habitual reflex is to try to find ground by creating stories about what’s happening and hardening into us-them blame. This only perpetuates the aggression and violence that is so prevalent in our societies. This talk is a reflection on how we as awakening bodhisattvas can evolve our consciousness in a way that serves authentic societal healing and transformation (a favorite from the archives).

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Meditation: Vipassana – Opening Our Hearts to Life as It Is (2020-11-11)  show art Meditation: Vipassana – Opening Our Hearts to Life as It Is (2020-11-11)

Tara Brach

This meditation awakens the senses with a mindful scanning of the body, establishes an anchor for presence, and invites us to arrive again and again, deepening the pathway home. When difficult or intense experience arises, the practice is to learn to open to what is here with a clear, allowing and kind attention (a favorite from the archives).

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Our Refuge of Heartspace (2020-11-04)  show art Our Refuge of Heartspace (2020-11-04)

Tara Brach

Amidst the great emotional reactivity of our times, this talk looks at: How do we hold this? What will allow us to respond wisely to our hurting world? How can we widen the circles of compassion? Our time includes a guided meditation, sharing of responses to several inquiries and a period of question/response.

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Meditation: Refuge in Living Presence (2020-11-04) show art Meditation: Refuge in Living Presence (2020-11-04)

Tara Brach

This meditation guides us to rest in the aliveness of the changing stream of sensations, sounds and feelings. As we open to the awareness that includes all life, we touch the peace, stillness and wakefulness that is our essence. We close with Wendell Berry’s beautiful poem, “The Peace of Wild Things.”  

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Change, Loss and Timeless Love (Part 2) (2020-10-28) show art Change, Loss and Timeless Love (Part 2) (2020-10-28)

Tara Brach

Our capacity to live and love fully is entirely intertwined with how we relate to change and loss. These two talks are an invitation to look honestly, and without judgment, at the ways, we resist facing our fears and grieving our losses. We then explore how to bring mindfulness and compassion to processing what we’ve resisted, and opening to the timeless love that is our true nature (given on the IMCW 2020 Fall 7-Day Virtual Retreat).

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Instruction and Meditation: Pathway to Non-Doing Presence (2020-10-27) show art Instruction and Meditation: Pathway to Non-Doing Presence (2020-10-27)

Tara Brach

While meditation begins with purposeful collecting of attention, it leads to non-doing presence, to Being. In this guided practice, we arrive in presence through a body scan and attention to the breath, open the attention to changing experience, and then explore the freedom of not controlling anything, and letting life be just as it is.

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Meditation: Inner Refuge of Calm (2020-06-10) - In times of great stress, it’s crucial that we have pathways to quiet our minds, relax our bodies and rest in a calm, steady presence. This meditation guides us in using the breath, body scan and a home base of presence to find that inner refuge that can carry us through difficult times.