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Tara Brach, Ph.D is an internationally known meditation teacher and author of bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. Tara shares a weekly guided meditation and talk that blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices. The podcast addresses the value of mindfulness meditation and s…

Tara Brach


    • May 26, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Nourishing Our Spirit in Times of Collective Fear

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 46:48

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    Meditation: Whole Body Breathing

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 21:26

    Meditation: Whole Body Breathing - This guided meditation includes a body scan and invites the receptivity and letting-go of whole body breathing. Once we have awakened the vitality and presence throughout the body, we have access to the formless dimension, the awareness that is our source.

    Self Forgiveness with RAIN

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 57:58

    Self Forgiveness with RAIN - Our inability to forgive ourselves blocks healing and freedom. As we explore in this talk, the habit of judging and blaming ourselves traps us in fears, prevents intimacy with our world, and veils over the goodness and mystery of who we are. This talk includes several reflections that can support us as we cultivate a wise and forgiving heart.

    Meditation: Awake and Alive

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 18:27

    Meditation: Awake and Alive - This guided practice includes a body scan, and an opening to the awareness that includes all of life. From that wakeful openness we offer a relaxed attentiveness to the changing flow, and close with loving kindness to ourselves and our world.

    Equanimity – Part 4 of Present Heart: Universal Expressions of Love

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 51:21

    Equanimity – Part 4 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love

    Meditation: The Space and Aliveness of Presence

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 21:54

    Meditation: The Space and Aliveness of Presence - We arrive in presence by deepening attention in the body; relaxing and awakening through a body scan. That presence deepens as we bring our attention to the space of awareness that includes the changing flow of sounds, sensations and feelings. In that wholeness of formlessness and form, we discover our natural being - open, awake and tender.  

    Joy – Part 3 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 53:36

    Joy – Part 3 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love - Part 3: Joy – blossoms in the moments our hearts open boundlessly to reality, to the 10,000 joys and sorrows. This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings and practices that nurture their unfolding.

    Meditation: The Heartspace Where All is Welcome

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 18:52

    Meditation: The Heartspace Where All is Welcome - This meditation scans through the body, and awakens attention to the open, inclusive awareness that all life arises in. We then explore experiencing that openness in the region of the heart, saying yes to life and including whatever is here with unconditional presence (a favorite "open space" meditation from the archives).

    Compassion – Part 2 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 52:04

    Compassion – Part 2 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love - Part 2: Compassion – the tender resonance of heart – awakens as we allow ourselves to be touched by our shared vulnerability. This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings and practices that nurture their unfolding.

    Meditation: Awareness Is Our Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 21:32

    Meditation: Awareness Is Our Home - This guided practice helps us come into our senses through a body scan. We then rest in the awareness that is listening to and feeling the changing flow of experience. When the mind drifts, the return is a relaxing back to our senses, and to the sea of awareness that includes and experiences the waves of life.

    Lovingkindness – Part 1 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 56:35

    Lovingkindness – Part 1 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love - We awaken our natural lovingkindness by learning to attend to and take in the goodness of this life. This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings and practices that nurture their unfolding.

    Meditation: Path of Love

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 18:05

    Meditation: Path of Love - This heart practice opens with the intention to bring a kind presence to whatever arises. After arriving with a body scan, we are guided to meet all experience with an open tender awareness. The practice ends with a poem by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer called “Is this the Path of Love?”

    Responding with Heart to Painful Times: Conversation with Tara & Frank Ostaseski

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 74:17

    Responding with Heart to Painful Times: A Conversation with Tara & Frank Ostaseski - This event includes short talks addressing the suffering so many are experiencing, and questions and engagement with participants

    Meditation: Present Heart

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 14:16

    Meditation: Present Heart - 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.

    Relationships - from Reactivity to Rechoosing Love

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 51:39

    Relationships - from Reactivity to Rechoosing Love - Most of us have habitual ways we create separation from others. This talk takes a look at the roots of our emotional reactivity and ways our meditation practice can foster more loving connection in our lives.  

    Meditation: Meeting Life with a Spacious Heart

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 22:01

    Meditation: Meeting Life with a Spacious Heart - 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.

    Compassion toward Non-Human Animals - A Conversation between Konda Mason and Tara Brach

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 68:21

    Compassion toward Non-Human Animals - A Conversation between Konda Mason and Tara Brach - The medicine our world most needs is compassion, and it is crucial that this include all living beings. Our societal conditioning blinds us to the horror of suffering experienced by non-human animals through our cruel system of factory farming. This conversation looks at how facing and responding to this suffering is necessary for the freedom of our own hearts, and the healing of the world.  

    Meditation: Entrusting Yourself to the Waves

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 20:28

    Meditation: Entrusting Yourself to the Waves - By not resisting, by letting the waves wash through us, we began to relax. Rather than fighting the stormy surges, we rest in an ocean of awareness that embraces all the moving waves. We arrive in a sanctuary that feels large enough to hold whatever was going on.

    Being Embodied: Gateway to Aliveness and Spirit – Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 57:12

    Being Embodied: Gateway to Aliveness and Spirit – Part 2 - All that we cherish—creativity, love, wisdom, realization—arises from an embodied presence. Yet as we know, the wounds and trauma of our society and individual lives leads toward dissociation. These two talks look at the challenges to awakening through our bodies, and the practices and teachings that guide us on the path.

    Meditation: Inhabiting Our Body, Realizing Wholeness

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 24:14

    Meditation: Inhabiting Our Body, Realizing Wholeness - Awakening awareness in the body is the portal to resting in boundless and dynamic presence. This guided practice scans the body from feet up, and helps us inhabit all parts of our body. As we open to the aliveness and space inside the body, we discover a permeability that allows us to inhabit the universe of aliveness and space, form and formlessness. With this homecoming to whole beingness is an intrinsic experience of freedom.

    Being Embodied: Gateway to Aliveness and Spirit – Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 47:19

    Being Embodied: Gateway to Aliveness and Spirit – Part 1 - All that we cherish—creativity, love, wisdom, realization—arises from an embodied presence. Yet as we know, the wounds and trauma of our society and individual lives leads toward dissociation. These two talks look at the challenges to awakening through our bodies, and the practices and teachings that guide us on the path. 

    Meditation: Embodied Spirit

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 16:55

    Meditation: Embodied Spirit - Experiencing our aliveness through our senses is the gateway to resting in formless loving presence. This meditation guides us to awakening through our body, and recognizing the backdrop of silence, of awake awareness that is the source of all being.

    Engaged Spirituality during Times of Upheaval

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 45:22

    Engaged Spirituality during Times of Upheaval - Engaged spirituality means responding to our world's suffering with wisdom and deep care. This talk looks at three blocks to aligning our actions with our heart – “bad othering,” dissociation and overwhelm. We explore how we can awaken from each reaction to suffering by drawing on our practices of presence and remembering our larger belonging.

    Meditation – Compassion Practice – Tonglen

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 23:40

    Meditation: Compassion Practice – Tonglen - Our deepest wisdom and purest actions arise out of open-hearted presence. This meditation, “Awakening Compassion,” is drawn from the Tibetan tradition and carries us home to the vastness of loving presence (re-mastered from the 2013 IMCW fall 7-day silent retreat).

    Equanimity: The Gifts of Non-Reactive Mindful Presence

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 41:59

    Equanimity: The Gifts of Non-Reactive Mindful Presence - If we want to bring our intelligence, creativity and love into our relationships and world, we need to be able to access an inner refuge of presence. This talk explores how, when we're reacting from anger, clinging or fear, to pause, reconnect to the immediate experience of “just this” and remember the love and awareness that has room for the changing waves of life. 

    Meditation: Being a Kind Witness

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 18:47

    Meditation: Being a Kind Witness - Learning to witness what is going on inside us is the gateway to inner freedom and deep realization. This meditation guides us in witnessing our experience with a non-judging and kind awareness.

    Radical Acceptance - Gateway to Love, Wisdom and Peace

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 49:18

    Radical Acceptance - Gateway to Love, Wisdom and Peace - (2022-02-23) - Acceptance is radical because it undoes our resistance to reality. This talk explores how our meditation practice can cultivate a liberating acceptance, a heartspace that includes all of life and enables us to respond to our world with deep intelligence and compassion.

    Meditation: Embodying Acceptance and Care

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 15:53

    Meditation: Embodying Acceptance and Care - This guided meditation helps us cultivate a friendly relationship with our experience. Using the image of a smile, we bring a gentle presence alive in our bodies, and then open to the heartspace that includes all facets of life. The meditation closes with a verse from poet Dorothy Hunt.

    Cultivating Loving Kindness

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 56:47

    Cultivating Loving Kindness - The ground of loving kindness is seeing the basic goodness in ourselves, each other and our world. This is what gives rise to pure appreciation, friendliness, love and the felt-sense of belonging. In this talk we explore what obscures and contracts our perceptual field, and the pathway of purposefully awakening this transformational capacity of cherishing all life.

    Heart Meditation: Loving Kindness – Befriending our Lives

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 27:22

    Heart Meditation: Loving Kindness – Befriending our Lives - This heart meditation guides us in how to cultivate a deep quality of friendliness in relating to our inner life and each other. The gift of this practice is a direct sense of belonging – knowing that we can never be alone (given at the Fall 2019 IMCW 7-Day Silent Retreat).

    Love in Action: Realizing Interbeing

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 53:58

    Love in Action: Realizing Interbeing - The suffering in our world arises out of a sense of separation—from our own bodies and hearts, each other, and this living web. These two talks explore this trance of separation and how it's led humans to destroying our larger body, Earth. We then look at the pathways of awakening to the truth of “interbeing” and responding to our precious world with love.  

    Meditation: Spacious, Clear Awareness

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 22:42

    Meditation: Spacious, Clear Awareness - This meditation begins with a breath that calms and collects the attention, and then a body scan that enables us to awaken our senses. Finally, we relax open fully to include the changing flow of sounds and sensations, in a spacious, clear awareness.

    The Earth is Crying in our Hearts

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 43:59

    The Earth is Crying in our Hearts - The suffering in our world arises out of a sense of separation—from our own bodies and hearts, each other, and this living web.  These two talks explore this trance of separation and how it's led humans to destroying our larger body, earth. We then look at the pathways of awakening to the truth of “interbeing” and responding to our precious world with love.

    Meditation: Breathing Through

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 17:09

    Meditation: Breathing Through - Drawn from a classic Tibetan Buddhist compassion practice, this guided meditation invites us to open to the sufferings of the world, and let it move through our hearts and out again. The blessing of this offering of presence is that our hearts become a transformer of sorrow.

    Living with Courageous Presence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 46:54

    Living with Courageous Presence - The essence of courage is to willingly feel our vulnerability; this is what allows us to respond to life with an undefended, wise heart. This talk explores the ways we resist opening to vulnerability, and three key steps in cultivating a courageous presence.

    Meditation: Know That You're Here

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 19:23

    Meditation: Know That You're Here - We spend many moments in a trance, time traveling to the past and future, lost in a virtual reality. This meditation helps us collect our attention with our breath, awaken through the body, and open the senses. We then rest in the wakeful openness that includes changing experience, aware of the mystery and vividness of being Here.

    Resilience and Wisdom in an Uncertain World (Conversation: Tara & Trisha Stotler, IMCW)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 65:23

    Resilience and Wisdom in an Uncertain World (Conversation: Tara & Trisha Stotler, IMCW) - The Buddhist scriptures describe a mind that “no longer shakes, in a world where everything is shaking.” Our times are deeply stressful and troubling, and we need individual and collective ways of responding from our deepest understanding and care. In this interview, Tara reflects on the perspectives and ways of practicing that allow us to engage in relationships and our larger society from an awake compassionate heart.

    Meditation: Silence, Presence and Care (2022-01-19)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 21:05

    Meditation: Silence, Presence and Care (2022-01-19) - Quieting our busy bodies and minds brings alive our heart and spirit. This practice begins with a reading on silence by Gunilla Norris, and then includes guidance in letting go of tension, opening to aliveness and resting in a caring and wakeful awareness.

    Compass of Our Heart

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 50:25

    Compass of Our Heart - All of our actions, our entire life experience, arises from the energy of intention. While it's natural that our intentions are shaped by egoic wants and fears, when we bring this into conscious, compassionate awareness, we can discover the deep aspiration that guides and energizes our awakening hearts and minds. This talk explores the movement from egoic intention to liberating intention…the movement from “my will” to “my heart's will” (a favorite from the archives).

    Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness (2022-01-12)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 20:04

    Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness (2022-01-12) - When we fully inhabit our body, we discover the space and wakefulness of awareness itself. In this meditation, we rest in this open awareness, and when the attention narrows into thoughts, we practice relaxing back into the openness that includes passing sounds, sensations and feelings. We close with a brief offering of lovingkindness to our own hearts and our world (with community OMs – no bell at end).

    Finding True Refuge: Pathways of Remembering

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 56:01

    Finding True Refuge: Pathways of Remembering - This talk explores the three archetypal refuges of awareness (Buddha-nature), truth (Dharma) and love (Sangha) through stories, illustrations and reflections. We end with a Refuge ceremony that can be done by anyone who feels drawn (to participate you will need a 20” red string.) A verse from Ryokan, an eighteenth-century Zen poet, came to mind: “To find the Buddhist law, drift east and west, come and go, entrusting yourself to the waves.”

    Meditation: Letting Go… Letting Be (2022-01-05)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 16:55

    Meditation: Letting Go… Letting Be (2022-01-05) - This guided meditation invites us to imagine a clenched fist relaxing open, and explores this in releasing contractions in the body as well as the grip of thoughts. When we deeply let go and let be, our energy flows freely. We reconnect with our natural aliveness, love and awareness.

    Meditation: What Matters to your Heart?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 9:27

    Meditation: What Matters to your Heart? - Entering a new year is a wonderful opportunity to clarify our purpose. In this guided visualization, we are invited to attune to the state of our heart and our deepest aspiration.

    Loving Ourselves into Healing - Part 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 57:36

    Loving Ourselves into Healing - Part 3 - We are often at war with our difficult emotions—judging and hating ourselves for our fear, anger, clinging or shame. And as a society, we turn on others as lesser or bad, as the enemy. These talks explore how, in both domains, our continued evolution, healing and freedom depends on learning how to embrace what we have pushed away.

    Meditation: Awakening an Intimate Presence (2021-12-29)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 20:24

    Meditation: Awakening an Intimate Presence (2021-12-29) - This guided meditation cultivates a relaxed, gentle presence with whatever expressions of life are arising in the moment. We begin by releasing and opening through the body, and then include all sensations, feelings and sounds in an intimate, allowing presence.

    Loving Ourselves into Healing - Part II (2021-12-22)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 52:41

    Loving Ourselves into Healing - Part II (2021-12-22) - We are often at war with our difficult emotions—judging and hating ourselves for our fear, anger, clinging or shame. And as a society, we turn on others as lesser or bad, as the enemy. These talks explore how, in both domains, our continued evolution, healing and freedom depends on learning how to embrace what we have pushed away.    

    Meditation: Awakening Loving Presence (2021-12-22)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 22:24

    Meditation: Awakening Loving Presence (2021-12-22) - Loving presence is an innate capacity, and it can be cultivated. This meditation begins with a scan arousing a relaxed tender presence in the body, then brings loving attention to our inner life, and in widening circles, to our world.

    Loving Ourselves into Healing - Part I (2021-12-15)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 64:41

    Loving Ourselves into Healing - Part I (2021-12-15) - We are often at war with our difficult emotions—judging and hating ourselves for our fear, anger, clinging or shame. And as a society, we turn on others as lesser or bad, as the enemy. These talks explore how, in both domains, our continued evolution, healing and freedom depends on learning how to embrace what we have pushed away.

    Meditation: Collecting and Quieting the Mind (2021-12-15)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 16:49

    Meditation: Collecting and Quieting the Mind (2021-12-15) - Our conditioned mind is filled with distractions, including worry-thoughts that continually create anxiety in the body. This meditation guides us in relaxing the body, and then establishing the breath as a home base. By gathering and collecting the attention, the mind can settle and allow for a relaxed, wakeful presence.

    Awakening from the Trance of Unworthiness - Interview with Tara and Dr. Mark Hyman

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 73:51

    Awakening from the Trance of Unworthiness - Interview with Tara and Dr. Mark Hyman (2021-12-09) - Our healing and freedom unfolds as we bring radical acceptance - a mindful, allowing presence - to our moments. This interview looks at how we wake up out of the stories that keep us in fear and self-doubt, and discover a true intimacy with ourselves and our world.

    Meditation: Refuge in Presence (2021-12-08)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 18:26

    Meditation: Refuge in Presence (2021-12-08) - We arrive in presence through the gateway of the body, scanning through with awareness, and then resting with the breath and body sensations. As we include whatever arises with a gentle and kind attention, our inner refuge becomes increasingly stable and openhearted. This meditation ends with a brief loving-kindness prayer.

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