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Meditation: Say “Yes” to Life

Tara Brach

Release Date: 03/16/2023

Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 1: Forgiveness show art Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 1: Forgiveness

Tara Brach

This 3-part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of “who am I” that reveals our deepest nature.

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Meditation: Living Presence - Experiencing Aliveness and Openheartedness show art Meditation: Living Presence - Experiencing Aliveness and Openheartedness

Tara Brach

The pathway to experiencing full aliveness and openheartedness is by awakening awareness throughout the body. This meditation begins by establishing a rhythmic inflow and outflow of the breath, in order to calm and collect the mind. Then continuing with the conscious breathing, we are guided through the body – bringing attention to sensations and space. This attention becomes a very vibrant living presence, and we end by experiencing that living presence as a natural openheartedness that includes all of life.

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Living with a Courageous Heart in Times of Crisis: A Conversation with Tara Brach & Oren Jay Sofer show art Living with a Courageous Heart in Times of Crisis: A Conversation with Tara Brach & Oren Jay Sofer

Tara Brach

The pace of change is speeding up and much of the news we receive is alarming. More than ever, we need the inner reflections and meditations that help us connect with our capacities for clarity, bravery and openheartedness. This is what Tara explores with Oren Jay Sofer, in his book entitled: Your Heart Was Made For This: Contemplative Practices to Meet a World in Crisis with Courage, Integrity, and Love (2023.) Oren teaches mindfulness, meditation and non violent communication, and his prior book is bestselling Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication (2018.) Learn...

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Guided Meditation: Letting Life Be As It Is show art Guided Meditation: Letting Life Be As It Is

Tara Brach

When we learn to listen to our inner life without interference, we open to a tender and full experience of presence. This meditation guides us in awakening an intimate quality of listening, as we attend to sensations, moods, sounds and the entire dance of life.

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Homecoming to Loving Awareness (Retreat talk) show art Homecoming to Loving Awareness (Retreat talk)

Tara Brach

We have strong conditioning to identify as a separate self, and to feel all the fears and attachments that arise from not realizing our true belonging. This talk includes teachings and several experiential reflections that help us wake up from the trance of separation. As we grow familiar with the awareness and love that is our shared true nature, we naturally live from that loving, and experience a growing freedom and joy. [Spring Retreat, April 2024 - Art of Living Retreat Center]

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Meditation: Open Awareness – Relaxing Back into Presence show art Meditation: Open Awareness – Relaxing Back into Presence

Tara Brach

This practice brings attention to the continuous space within and around the body, and the aliveness of sound, sensation and feeling that lives through us. While it’s natural for attention to get distracted, the pathway home is a relaxing back into the awake space that is aware of this changing life.

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Cherishing Each Other: A Conversation with Tara Brach and Father Gregory Boyle show art Cherishing Each Other: A Conversation with Tara Brach and Father Gregory Boyle

Tara Brach

Many are familiar with the Dali Lama’s words “My religion is kindness.” In this conversation you will sense the gritty and real way that we struggling humans can learn to cherish one another. We talk about the relationship between boundaries and compassion; the unshakeable goodness at our core; how we belong to each other, and how judgments arise from delusion and blind us to the blessing of that belonging. Father Greg Boyle is an American Catholic priest of the Jesuit order. He is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, the world's largest gang intervention and rehabilitation...

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2024-04-24 - Meditation: Awakening through the Inner Body show art 2024-04-24 - Meditation: Awakening through the Inner Body

Tara Brach

When we attune to the inner body, we discover a field of energy and aliveness that is the portal to pure presence. This meditation guides our attention to the inner body, opens to the play of sound and invites us to rest in the awake awareness that includes and is the grounds of this living world.

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Spiritual Reparenting:  Loving Ourselves into Healing (from retreat) show art Spiritual Reparenting: Loving Ourselves into Healing (from retreat)

Tara Brach

Mindfulness and compassion, when brought to our wounded heart, have the capacity to rewire our brain and free our spirit. This talk explores the ways we get trapped in the trance of feeling unworthy and unlovable, and how, with a wise attention, we can profoundly transform our relationship with our inner life. NOTE: this talk was given at the 5-day "The Undivided Heart" residential retreat on 2024-04-09.

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Meditation: Inner Refuge of Calm  show art Meditation: Inner Refuge of Calm

Tara Brach

In times of 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.

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Meditation:  Say “Yes” to Life - This guided practice awakens a relaxed and friendly attention that rests in the breath and opens to whatever is arising. We deepen that presence with the intention to truly say “Yes” to experience, allowing life to be just as it is.