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Bridging the Divide: Learning to Tend and Befriend

Tara Brach

Release Date: 05/14/2021

Radical Friendship: Conversation between Tara Brach and Kate Johnson show art Radical Friendship: Conversation between Tara Brach and Kate Johnson

Tara Brach

The often unseen cause of our difficulties in relationships is the societal structures that are marked by violence and domination. This conversation looks at what blocks authentic and loving connectedness, and ways to intentionally cultivate authentic, openhearted awake relationships.

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Meditation: Sitting Like a Mountain (2021-09-15)  show art Meditation: Sitting Like a Mountain (2021-09-15)

Tara Brach

Meditation can empower us as we learn to access our potential for stability, strength and openness. This meditation calls on the image of a mountain as we awaken our body and mind to a full, vibrant presence. Closes with a metta (loving-kindness) prayer.

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A Conversation Between Tara and Mark Nepo  show art A Conversation Between Tara and Mark Nepo

Tara Brach

Mark is a spiritual teacher, wonderful poet, and author of many books including best selling "The Book of Awakening." In this wide-ranging and rich conversation, Tara and Mark explore shedding our defenses, faith, compassion for ourselves and others, spiritual practice, and facing illness, aging and death.

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Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness show art Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness

Tara Brach

This meditation awakens a receptive attention to the senses, starting with physical sensations and opening to sound. Then we sense how open awake awareness is receiving the moment to moment arising and passing life. In the final part of the practice, we explore how awake awareness is receiving the experience of our heart and offer blessings to our inner life and all living beings.

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The Wise Heart of Radical Acceptance  show art The Wise Heart of Radical Acceptance

Tara Brach

When we are caught in self-judgment we forget the truth of who we are - our wholeness, awareness and love. This talk examines how we take the imperfect waves of our being personally, and become imprisoned in the trance of unworthiness, a limited and distorted reality. We then look at how the practice of radical acceptance enables us to come home to a fullness of being, and live from a growing sense of loving connectedness with all beings.

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Meditation: Relaxing Back and Saying Meditation: Relaxing Back and Saying "Yes" to the Moment

Tara Brach

When we are stressed, our conditioning is to tighten our body. We tense against our moment-to-moment experience. This meditation is a powerful practice of de-conditioning this reactivity by learning to relax back into presence, and to respond to difficulty by saying “yes.” Through relaxing back and saying “yes,” we discover our heart’s capacity for unconditional love.

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The Blessings of “Enough” - Discovering Contentment in Daily Life (PT 2) show art The Blessings of “Enough” - Discovering Contentment in Daily Life (PT 2)

Tara Brach

One of the great gifts of mindful awareness is access to true contentment. These two talks look at the universal blocks to contentment—habits of fixating on what's wrong and what’s missing. We then explore the practices of presence that awaken us from wanting life to be different, reveal our intrinsic wholeness and offer a profound sense of well-being (Part 2 of a 2-part series).

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Meditation: Resting Your Heart in Presence show art Meditation: Resting Your Heart in Presence

Tara Brach

When we’re having difficulty, we typically tense up our body and mind, and armor our heart. This practice offers a pathway of relaxing that tension and tasting the peace that comes from resting in presence.

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The Blessings of “Enough” - Discovering Contentment in Daily Life (Part 1) show art The Blessings of “Enough” - Discovering Contentment in Daily Life (Part 1)

Tara Brach

One of the great gifts of mindful awareness is access to true contentment. These two talks look at the universal blocks to contentment—habits of fixating on what's wrong and what’s missing. We then explore the practices of presence that awaken us from wanting life to be different, reveal our intrinsic wholeness and offer a profound sense of well-being.

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Meditation: Saying “Yes” to Life  show art Meditation: Saying “Yes” to Life

Tara Brach

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.

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Bridging the Divide: Learning to Tend and Befriend - One of the great sufferings facing us is the growing divide between humans with different views, different realities. This talk looks at several levels of divides—being at war with ourselves, creating separation in our personal relationships, and societal divides. We then reflect on how we can evolve consciousness from the trance of “Fight, Flight, Freeze” to the wholeness that arises with “Tend and Befriend.”