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

Tara Brach

Release Date: 08/20/2021

Grieving and Timeless Love  show art Grieving and Timeless Love

Tara Brach

How we relate to change and loss is directly connected to how fully we live and love. This talk looks at the classic ways we avoid opening to the realness of loss, and how our sorrows and grief can become a portal to awakening our heart and spirit.

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Meditation: A Practice of RAIN show art Meditation: A Practice of RAIN

Tara Brach

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.

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Realizing Your Deepest Desires  show art Realizing Your Deepest Desires

Tara Brach

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 realize and open to our deepest desires when we are stuck in self-promotion, grasping and conflict, so that our aspiration becomes a compass of the heart that can guide us in living with wisdom and compassion.

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Meditation: Letting Thought Clouds Come and Go  show art Meditation: Letting Thought Clouds Come and Go

Tara Brach

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 life of the present moment. We are training to become increasingly aware of the gap between thoughts, the space where the light of awareness shines through.

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Facing Fear in a Traumatized World  show art Facing Fear in a Traumatized World

Tara Brach

Unprocessed fear cuts us off from our full aliveness and spirit, and it separates us from others. This talk looks at how we bring healing to the trauma and deep fears that cause us to dissociate from our body. We focus on ways we increase safety, diminish shame and then, with a courageous, embodied and compassionate presence, learn to contact and integrate fear into our larger awareness.

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Meditation: The Heart-Wisdom of Your Future Self (2021-09-29)  show art Meditation: The Heart-Wisdom of Your Future Self (2021-09-29)

Tara Brach

In this meditation, we relax and open our body and mind, and then explore an encounter with our Future Self - facing Fear in a Traumatized World is the expression of our most evolved and awakened heart.

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Anger: Responding, Not Reacting (2021-09-22) show art Anger: Responding, Not Reacting (2021-09-22)

Tara Brach

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 compassionate attention to the unmet needs that underlie angry reactivity. When we learn how to pause and connect honestly with our inner experience, we are then able to respond to others from our full intelligence and heart.

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Meditation: Present Heart (2021-09-22)  show art Meditation: Present Heart (2021-09-22)

Tara Brach

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.

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