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Meditation: Vipassana – The Practice of Seeing Clearly

Tara Brach

Release Date: 08/31/2023

Meditation: Listening to Life  show art Meditation: Listening to Life

Tara Brach

The attitude of meditation is one of engaged listening – a relaxed, receptive yet intimate attention. This meditation explores how we can listen to sounds, listen to and feel sensations, and then relax back into the ocean of awareness that includes and perceives the changing waves. In this relaxing back, we realize the peace and freedom of inhabiting our wholeness and essence.

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Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 2: Inner Fire show art Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 2: Inner Fire

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: Reconnecting to Silence and Presence show art Meditation: Reconnecting to Silence and Presence

Tara Brach

Only in silence and presence do we realign with what matters to our hearts. This simple practice of arriving in an embodied awareness supports us in touching the grounds of true transformation and healing. It closes with a powerful poem by Gunilla Norris, “Sharing Silence.”

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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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Meditation: Vipassana – The Practice of Seeing Clearly - Vipassana, also known as insight meditation, is training in bringing a clear mindful attention to our moment to moment experience. We begin by relaxing through the body and then resting attention with the breath – or some other sensory anchor – and allowing the mind to settle. Then we open to whatever is predominant or calling our attention – sensations, emotions, sounds – meeting each arising experience with a clear, kind attention. The gift of this process is discovering balance in the midst of the changing flow, and gaining deep insight into the nature of reality.