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Spiritual Hope (2020-06-24)

Tara Brach

Release Date: 06/26/2020

Freedom from the Prison of Limiting Beliefs (2020-09-23) show art Freedom from the Prison of Limiting Beliefs (2020-09-23)

Tara Brach

(dedicated to Ruth Bader Ginsberg) - We suffer when we are caught in beliefs of our own or other's badness, unworthiness, or lack of value. These beliefs hurt our bodies, lead to violent and/or addictive behaviors, and separate us from our own heart and each other. This talk explores how we can discover who we are beyond these beliefs by recognizing when we are trapped, and learning how to turn to presence and love.

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Meditation: Refuge in Presence (2020-09-23) show art Meditation: Refuge in Presence (2020-09-23)

Tara Brach

The movement from virtual reality – thoughts - to the awareness of sense-based reality is true homecoming. This meditation guides us in awakening our senses, and returning again and again to the freedom of embodied presence. We close with part of a poem “Come Home” by Jane Hooper.

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The Four Remembrances (2020-09-16) show art The Four Remembrances (2020-09-16)

Tara Brach

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.

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Meditation: Loving What Is (2020-09-12) show art Meditation: Loving What Is (2020-09-12)

Tara Brach

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.

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Meditation: Loving What Is (2020-09-12) show art Meditation: Loving What Is (2020-09-12)

Tara Brach

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.

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Awakening from the Trance of Bad-Othering (2020-09-09) show art Awakening from the Trance of Bad-Othering (2020-09-09)

Tara Brach

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.

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Meditation: Meeting Life with a Spacious Heart (2020-09-09) show art Meditation: Meeting Life with a Spacious Heart (2020-09-09)

Tara Brach

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.

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

Tara Brach

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.

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Transforming Your Relationship with Anxiety (2020-09-02) show art Transforming Your Relationship with Anxiety (2020-09-02)

Tara Brach

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.

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Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness (2020-09-02) show art Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness (2020-09-02)

Tara Brach

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.

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Spiritual Hope (2020-06-24) - Spiritual hope opens us to possibility and energizes us to manifest our potential for love and wisdom. In contrast to attachment or egoic hope, which is the grasping for what will benefit a separate self, spiritual hope arises from trust in the openhearted awareness (bodhichitta) that is always and already within us. This talk explores how, as individuals and as a society, we can nourish spiritual hope, and create the grounds for healing and radical transformation.