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Tara Brach

Tara Brach

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Tara Brach is a leading western teacher of Buddhist (mindfulness) meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She is author of Radical Acceptance (2003), and True Refuge (2013). Senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Community of Washin...Show More
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An Appropriate Response: Living from an Awake Heart (2019-06-05)

51:01 | Jun 7th

Much of our suffering comes from reacting to stressful situations with fear or aggression, rather than responding with wisdom and care. This talk explores the pathway of shifting from reacting to responding: this includes learning to pause, awakening...Show More
Living with Courageous Presence (2019-02-06)

47:00 | Feb 8th

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 p...Show More
Listening with an Awake Heart - Part 1 (2018-04-11)

50:23 | Apr 13th, 2018

Deep listening - to our inner life, each other and our world - is an intrinsic expression of our awakened heart. Yet because we have strong conditioning to be caught in wants and fears, there is often much interference in communications. This talk is...Show More
Awakening from the Trance of Fear - Part 1 (2017-11-29)

45:14 | Dec 1st, 2017

While fear is a natural and intelligent emotion, when fear goes on overdrive, we are in a trance of fear that contracts our body, heart and mind. Our resistance to the direct experience of fear sustains the trance and leads to decisions and behaviors...Show More
River of Change - Part 1 - Bringing a Wise Heart to this Impermanent Life (2017-10-04)

54:36 | Oct 6th, 2017

These two talks look at how we relate to change - especially the notable changes involving loss of relationships and our own body and mind. We examine our strategies for avoiding uncertainty and fear; the consequences of resisting reality; our refuge...Show More
Three Blessings in Spiritual Life - Part 2 - Inner Fire (2017-08-02)

46:22 | Aug 4th, 2017

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 in...Show More
Three Blessings in Spiritual Life - Part I - (2017-07-26)

49:16 | Jul 28th, 2017

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 in...Show More
Meditation: Vipassana – Opening Our Hearts to Life as It Is

20:01 | Jul 18th

This meditation awakens the senses with a mindful scanning of the body, establishes an anchor for presence, and invites us to arrive again and again, deepening the pathway home. When difficult or intense experience arises, the practice is to learn to...Show More
The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 1 (2019-07-10)

54:49 | Jul 12th

Cultivating a surrendering presence allows us to release the identity of a small, separate self, and open to the truth and fullness of who we are. These two talks explore misunderstandings about surrender (such as the fear that we will become passive...Show More
Meditation: Befriending Your Inner Life (2019-07-10)

16:11 | Jul 11th

This meditation establishes a gentle and caring presence through bringing the image and felt sense of a smile to various domains in the body. We then settle with the breath, and practice relaxing with whatever arises, letting life be just as it is. T...Show More
How Hope Can Heal and Free Us – Part 2

53:05 | Jul 5th

The mature expression of hope includes three elements: the aspiration for manifesting our full potential, a trust that this is possible, and an energy that engages to serve this unfolding. In this talk, we explore the importance of hope on the spirit...Show More
Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness

19:45 | Jul 4th

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,...Show More
How Hope Can Heal and Free Us – Part 1

44:48 | Jun 28th

The mature expression of hope includes three elements: the aspiration for manifesting our full potential, a trust that this is possible, and an energy that engages to serve this unfolding. In this talk, we explore the importance of hope on the spirit...Show More
Meditation: Awakening Our Full Aliveness

20:30 | Jun 27th

We cut off from our aliveness when we are lost in thoughts and on auto pilot. This meditation arouses a receptivity to sensation from “the inside out,” opens the awareness to sound, and then invites a full resting in receptive, dynamic presence.
The Courage to Love - Part 2 (2019-06-19)

51:41 | Jun 21st

The gateway to full intimacy and love is our capacity to open to vulnerability. These two talks look at our ways of avoiding vulnerability, and offer guidance in learning to contact and transform our fears into awake and loving presence.
Meditation: Wakeful, Open Awareness (2019-06-19)

19:39 | Jun 20th

When we awaken our senses, we can sense in the background a wakeful openness that is our true home. This meditation guides us by first attending to the space, aliveness and awareness that fills the body, and then by sensing how interior and exterior ...Show More
The Courage to Love - Part 1 (2019-06-12)

53:37 | Jun 14th

The gateway to full intimacy and love is our capacity to open to vulnerability. These two talks look at our ways of avoiding vulnerability, and offer guidance in learning to contact and transform our fears into awake and loving presence.
Meditation: Effortless and Wakeful Presence (2019-06-12)

16:58 | Jun 13th

Striving in meditation only creates more tension in our psyche and a solidified sense of self. This meditation invites us to awaken our senses and relax back into the presence that is always and already here. From presence we spontaneously notice and...Show More
Meditation - Breath by Breath: Relaxing with Our Life (2019-06-05)

18:39 | Jun 6th

The breath can be a powerful portal to presence. This meditation guides us in relaxing with the breath, including the breath in a body scan, and then allowing the breath to serve as an anchor when the mind gets lost in thoughts. As we settle with the...Show More
Part 3 - Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame (2019-05-29)

52:59 | May 31st

Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part 1 focuses on chronic self-judgme...Show More
Meditation: Opening to Life (2019-05-29)

20:49 | May 30th

This guided meditation includes a mindful body scan, and awakening all our senses to our moment to moment experience. We relax open to the presence that is unobscured by thoughts, letting life be just as it is.
Trusting the Gold (retreat talk) (2019-05-08)

1:02:07 | May 24th

This talk looks at how our upbringing and culture lead us to mistrust who we are and become identified as a separate, deficient self. We then explore the practices of presence and self-inquiry that turn us toward the openness, tenderness and wakeful...Show More
Meditation: RAIN on Self-Blame (2019-04-17)

09:46 | May 23rd

One of the greatest roots of suffering is being at war with ourselves. This meditation, based on the acronym RAIN (recognize-allow-investigate-nurture), guides us in releasing the armoring of blame, and relating to our inner life with greater underst...Show More
Compassion Towards All: Moving toward a Plant Based Diet (2019-05-15)

23:31 | May 17th

For most of human history it’s been “normal” to eat non-human animals. This is now changing. We are awakening to the massive suffering of the billions of animals killed each day for food, the horrors of the animal-food industry, and the impact it has...Show More
Meditation: Choosing Living Presence

19:14 | May 16th

A meditation on being present with our living, breathing life (includes chanting the Om’s in community – a favorite from Tara’s Wednesday night archives).
Conscious Prayer – Finding Refuge in Loving Awareness (retreat talk)

1:06:24 | May 10th

Prayer is a communing with our enlarged being. This talk examines less conscious forms of prayer, and how we can evolve the power of our prayers by opening into the depth of our longing, and reaching toward our true belonging. (given at the 2016 IMC...Show More
Meditation: Loving This Life – Happiness - a Metta Practice

16:30 | May 9th

This meditation turns us toward naturally arising happiness with the image of a smile, welcoming the aliveness and presence of each moment with the spirit of “yes” and then closes with a brief lovingkindness practice. Lama Gendun Rinpoche writes,...Show More
Part 2 - Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame (2019-05-01)

54:52 | May 3rd

Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and to open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part I focuses on chronic self-jud...Show More
Meditation: Being Here (2019-05-01)

22:41 | May 2nd

This practice sets the atmosphere of loving presence with a smile-down and waking up all the senses. We relax into open awareness, receptive to the breath or whatever waves of experience are calling for attention. The invitation is to rest in Herenes...Show More
Equanimity: A Heart That is Ready for Anything

50:31 | Apr 26th

Equanimity is the quality of presence that is open, balanced and non-reactive. As this talk explores, when equanimity is lacking, we become easily lost in trance, identified as a defended and controlling egoic self. When present, the solidity and con...Show More
Meditation: Awakening Our Energy Body

19:50 | Apr 25th

This meditation scans the body and directly invites the awakening of key energy centers (chakras) in our body. We then rest in the openhearted awareness that includes this ever changing creative flow of aliveness (a special meditation from the archiv...Show More
Part 1 - Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame (2019-04-17)

51:53 | Apr 19th

Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and to open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part I focuses on chronic self-jud...Show More
Meditation: Sea of Loving Presence (2019-04-17)

22:15 | Apr 18th

In this meditation we begin with the image and felt sense of a smile to arouse an atmosphere of care, and allow that caring presence to fill our body and the entire field of awareness. We then open to the changing experience of breath, sensations, fe...Show More
Beyond the Controlling Self - Part 2 (2019-04-10)

49:23 | Apr 12th

It’s natural that we do what we can to ward off danger and further ourselves. While our control strategies have a developmental role, they are not a recipe for happiness, intimacy and freedom. An essential part of our evolution is to recognize when w...Show More
Meditation: Letting Life Be (2019-04-10)

22:56 | Apr 11th

This meditation establishes an atmosphere of loving kindness with the “smile”; relaxes and awakens through the body; and guides us into a spacious presence. We then rest in that presence, letting go of any controlling, and simply allow life to be as ...Show More
Beyond the Controlling Self - Part 1 (2019-04-03)

50:30 | Apr 5th

It’s natural that we do what we can to ward off danger and further ourselves. While our control strategies have a developmental role, they are not a recipe for happiness, intimacy and freedom. An essential part of our evolution is to recognize when w...Show More
Meditation: Letting Go into Living Presence (2019-04-03)

18:15 | Apr 4th

This guided meditation starts with a scan that invites relaxing and awakening through the body. We then allow life - sounds, sensations, aliveness - to live through us, resting in open presence. When there is tightening, holding or confinement in tho...Show More
The Four Remembrances (2019-03-27)

50:44 | Mar 29th

When we attune to the reality of impermanence and death, we remember what most matters to us. But in daily life we can lose precious swaths of time in a reactive trance, on our way somewhere else, and lost in problem solving, judgment and worry. This...Show More
Meditation: Saying Yes to Reality (2019-03-27)

17:38 | Mar 28th

Our suffering comes from tensing and resisting the life that’s here. This meditation guides us to relax and awaken our body and senses, and resting in presence, allow life to be as it is. As our “Yes” to the changing flow becomes full, we discover th...Show More
Embodied Presence: Portal to the Sacred – Part 2 (2019-03-20)

50:55 | Mar 22nd

This two part series explores how we regularly leave our body and skim life’s surface in a mental trance, and the ways we can train our attention to come home again. We look at working with physical and emotional pain, and the gifts of love, wisdom, ...Show More
Meditation: Being Here (with OMs) (2019-03-20)

20:43 | Mar 21st

We miss many moments of this precious life drifting in a virtual thought world. This meditation helps us collect and calm ourselves with the breath; relax through our bodies; and then include the changing dance of sounds, sensations and feeling in o...Show More
Embodied Presence: Portal to the Sacred - Part 1 (2019-03-13)

47:09 | Mar 15th

This two part series explores how we regularly leave our body and skim life’s surface in a mental trance, and the ways we can train our attention to come home again. We look at working with physical and emotional pain, and the gifts of love, wisdom, ...Show More
Meditation: Entering Heartspace with the “Smile-Down” (2019-03-13)

18:29 | Mar 14th

The practice of visualizing and feeling a smile spreading through the body helps us access the natural tenderness and openness of our being. This meditation guides us in the smile-down, and then invites a full opening and resting in openhearted prese...Show More
Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart – Part 2 (2019-03-06)

54:07 | Mar 9th

This series of talks offers guidance in transforming conflict into a portal for awakening your understanding, flexibility and compassion. We look at how to heal our own unmet needs and not be dependent on others changing; and how to engage with anoth...Show More
Meditation: Relaxing with Life (2019-03-05)

22:57 | Mar 8th

This meditation includes a mindful body scan and guidance in relaxing with the changing waves of experience. When we say “Yes” to the moment, we open to the sea of awareness that can include, with care, whatever arises.
Pt1 - Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart (2019-02-27)

52:32 | Mar 2nd

This talk series offers guidance in transforming conflict into a portal for awakening understanding, flexibility & compassion. We look at how to heal our own unmet needs and not be dependent on others changing; and how to engage with another person w...Show More
Meditation: Resting in the Sea of Presence (2019-02-27)

20:50 | Mar 1st

This mindful body scan leads us into a practice of relaxing back into awareness, and recognizing the changing waves of sensations, sounds and feelings in the foreground. As we let go into the sea of presence, we discover an increasing sense of wholen...Show More
Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (18 min.)

18:01 | Feb 27th

Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (18 min.) - Many of us struggle with anxiety, and spend hours in bed wishing we could turn off our mind and get to sleep. This podcasted series of 3 guided meditations - 6, 12, and 18 minutes long - c...Show More
Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (12 min.)

12:00 | Feb 27th

Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (12 min.) - Many of us struggle with anxiety, and spend hours in bed wishing we could turn off our mind and get to sleep. This podcasted series of 3 guided meditations - 6, 12, and 18 minutes long - c...Show More
Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (6 min.)

06:53 | Feb 27th

Meditation: Reducing Anxiety and Getting to Sleep (6 min.) - Many of us struggle with anxiety, and spend hours in bed wishing we could turn off our mind and get to sleep. This podcasted series of 3 guided meditations - 6, 12, and 18 minutes long - ca...Show More
The Sacred Art of Listening

48:43 | Feb 22nd

Just as presence is the heart of meditation, so deep listening is at the center of all conscious, loving relationships. This talk explores how our wants and fears block listening, ways we can deepen our capacity for listening, and the healing that un...Show More
Meditation: Listening to Life

18:54 | Feb 21st

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 a...Show More
Spiritual Reparenting

52:30 | Feb 15th

This talk explores how meditation offers “spiritual reparenting” as we learn to bring interest, understanding and love to our own inner vulnerability. This process of healing extends to our relationships with others and our larger society – by reachi...Show More
Meditation: Relaxing Back into Living Presence

18:55 | Feb 15th

When we are lost in thoughts our mind contracts, our body tightens and we disconnect from true openheartedness. The pathway home is through “relaxing back” and reopening our attention to our senses, relaxing through our body, and gently contacting th...Show More
Meditation: The Practice of RAIN (2019-02-06)

20:08 | Feb 7th

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.
Earth's Crisis: On the Edge of the Roof (from the Archives)

52:33 | Feb 1st

This talk views the ecological dis-ease of our planet through the lens of our evolutionary unfolding. We explore the egoic trance that has precipitated the destruction of our environment, and the inner practices of presence that enable us to respond ...Show More
Meditation: Collecting, Unifying and Opening the Mind

21:32 | Jan 31st

Collecting, unifying and opening the mind, we begin with a listening attention, relaxing open, letting sounds wash through. Scanning through and feeling the aliveness of the body, listening to the breath. Not pushing away anything - a very open and r...Show More
Without Anxiety About Imperfection - featuring special guest, Haemin Sunim, with Tara Brach

58:25 | Jan 25th

Internationally known Buddhist teacher and writer, Haemin Sunim, talks about his new book - Love for Imperfect Things. Then, he and Tara Brach talk together and respond to questions.
Meditation: Living Loving Awareness

19:54 | Jan 24th

By bringing our full attention to the aliveness in the body, we can open to the experience of interior space and the space that includes all sensations and sounds. This then allows us to perceive continuous space filled with the light of awareness. T...Show More
Realizing Your Deepest Intention (2019-01-16)

49:32 | Jan 18th

The Buddha taught that this whole life - including our thoughts, feelings and actions - arise from the tip of intention. While our intentions are usually marbled with wanting and fear, when intention comes into the light of consciousness, it unfolds ...Show More
Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness

20:05 | Jan 17th

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 pas...Show More
Finding True Refuge: Pathways of Remembering (2019-01-09)

56:03 | Jan 11th

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 y...Show More
Meditation: Letting Go…Letting Be (2019-01-09)

16:58 | Jan 10th

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 natu...Show More
From Judgment to Self-Compassion (retreat talk) (2018-12-30)

55:59 | Jan 4th

When we’ve turned on ourselves with blame and aversion, it’s very difficult to arouse self-compassion. This talk looks at the role of nurturing in freeing our hearts, and offers practice in three key steps that enable us to embrace ourselves with a h...Show More
Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves (2018-12-31)

26:55 | Jan 3rd

We can’t truly open to the waves of life unless we recognize our Oceanness, the formless awareness that is our source. This meditation begins with awakening the senses and then invites us to discover the spacious presence in the background of all exp...Show More
Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO

51:22 | Dec 28th, 2018

There are two common fears that can block us from our full potential – fear of failure (FOF), and fear of missing out (FOMO). This talk explores how to meet these fears with mindful presence, and discover within them the essence energies of loving aw...Show More
Meditation: Awakening the Heart - Giving and Receiving Loving Blessings

11:07 | Dec 27th, 2018

Our hearts awaken as we express and receive love in an embodied, conscious way. This guided practice brings our attention to dear ones in our life, and explores how we discover deep communion through offering and letting in love. NOTE: This medita...Show More
A 2018 Winter Solstice Ceremony (2018-12-19)

15:11 | Dec 27th, 2018

Hear performances by La Sarmiento and Alli Mosehauer on this solstice evening, followed by a candle light ceremony with Tara and the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) community.
Three Core Capacities in Loving Fully (2018-12-19)

36:59 | Dec 21st, 2018

This talk looks at three ways of awakening our hearts—seeing goodness, feeling appreciation as a bodily experience, and expressing our care. We are then guided in developing each of these capacities by focusing our attention on someone we care about,...Show More
Meditation: Arriving in Open Presence (2018-12-19) -

18:01 | Dec 20th, 2018

This meditation begins with a receptive opening to body sensations and sounds, and the invitation to rest in wakeful presence. We are reminded that each time we awaken from thoughts and arrive again in presence, we are deepening the pathway home. The...Show More
Part 2 - Healing Anxiety - How Meditation Frees Us (2018-12-12)

51:26 | Dec 14th, 2018

Anxiety and the fear of failure is a pervasive suffering around the world. It is also increasing—along with the pace of life, over-consuming, addiction, noise, polarization and fears for our planet. How do we calm ourselves in a way that brings inner...Show More
Meditation: Aware and Alive (2018-12-12)

20:00 | Dec 13th, 2018

Just as a cup is full with water, this body is filled with awareness. As we sense the awareness inside the body, and the awareness that listens to sounds beyond the body, we discover the continuous space of awareness that includes, and gives rise to ...Show More
Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice

52:42 | Dec 7th, 2018

A key spiritual inquiry is, “In this moment, what most serves awakening?” Rather than a particular style of meditation practice, it is our way of relating to our experience – our attitude – that frees our hearts. This talk explores the attitudes that...Show More
Vipassana or Insight Meditation and Instruction: A Path of Practice from Retreat

31:16 | Dec 6th, 2018

Vipassana or "insight meditation", is training in bringing a clear mindful attention to our moment to moment experience. We begin by relaxing through the body, resting attention with the breath – or a sensory anchor – and allowing the mind to settle....Show More
Part 1 - Healing Anxiety - How Meditation Frees Us (2018-11-28)

54:39 | Nov 30th, 2018

Anxiety and the fear of failure is a pervasive suffering around the world. It is also increasing—along with the pace of life, over-consuming, addiction, noise, polarization and fears for our planet. How do we calm ourselves in a way that brings inner...Show More
Meditation: Awareness, Aliveness and Space (2018-11-28)

18:37 | Nov 30th, 2018

This guided meditation awakens our awareness within our body, extends to include sound, and invites a resting as awareness that includes all passing waves of experience.
Authentic Thanks Giving (2018-11-21)

49:27 | Nov 24th, 2018

How do we awaken our natural capacities for gratitude and generosity? This talk explores the pathways of honest presence and purposeful cultivation, and offers several reflections that guide us in contacting and expressing our love.
Meditation: Yes to Life (2018-11-21)

19:53 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Meditation: Yes to Life - After relaxing our bodies and quieting our minds, this meditation guides us to open to the changing experience of being alive. We ask ourselves two questions: "What is Happening Inside me?" and “Can I be with this?” By learn...Show More
Survival of the Nurtured - Our Path to Belonging (2018-11-14)

53:27 | Nov 16th, 2018

We flourish when nurtured with love and understanding. Yet for so many, the violence of our society and lack of attuned caretakers has severed trust and belonging. This talk explores how meditation and conscious relating with each other can restore t...Show More
Meditation: The Presence Beyond Thoughts (2018-11-14)

17:34 | Nov 15th, 2018

We spend many life moments in a trance of thinking. This meditation awakens the senses thought a body scan, and attention to sound. We then rest in the presence that can come alive in the gap between thoughts—the presence that is our true home.
Part 2 - The Jewel in the Lotus: Cultivating Compassion (2018-11-07)

54:59 | Nov 9th, 2018

The compassion that arises from mindful awareness can heal our inner wounds, interpersonal conflict and the suffering in our world. These two talks focus on cultivating self-compassion and compassion for others. They look at the blocks to compassion ...Show More
Meditation: Whole Body Breathing (2018-11-07)

19:54 | Nov 9th, 2018

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 s...Show More
Worrier Pose: Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear (retreat talk)

59:36 | Nov 2nd, 2018

While fear is a natural part of our make up, many of us suffering when the “on” button gets jammed. This talk looks at how our fears generate habitual patterns of physical tension, anxious thinking, emotions and behaviors; and how this constellation ...Show More
Meditation: Loving Kindness - Awakening and Expressing Our Heart (retreat)

36:51 | Nov 1st, 2018

This short talk and guided meditation remind us that we each have the capacity to awaken our hearts. We explore together the lovingkindness (metta) meditation, and emphasize holding our own being and dear ones with a tender, open and loving presence ...Show More
Part 1 - The Jewel in the Lotus: Cultivating Compassion (2018-10-24)

50:36 | Oct 26th, 2018

The compassion that arises from mindful awareness can heal our inner wounds, interpersonal conflict and the suffering in our world. These two talks focus on cultivating self-compassion and compassion for others. They look at the blocks to compassion ...Show More
Meditation: Resting in Awake Awareness (2018-10-24)

18:53 | Oct 25th, 2018

This practice opens with a body scan, employing the image and felt sense of a smile to awaken awareness through the body. We then open to all the senses, and rest in the awareness that includes this changing life.
Part 2 - Rewiring for Happiness and Freedom (2018-10-17)

51:11 | Oct 19th, 2018

The Buddha: “I would not be teaching this (a path of awakening) if genuine happiness and freedom were not possible.” While this is our potential, we each have deep conditioning to get stuck in feelings of fear, deficiency and separation from others. ...Show More
Meditation: Relaxing Back into the Mystery (2018-10-17)

18:28 | Oct 18th, 2018

All true meditation guides us back to presence, and the mystery that is our source. In this guided meditation we awaken the senses, collect with the breath, and when lost in thought, practice relaxing back into the aliveness and awareness that is alw...Show More
Part 1 - Rewiring for Happiness and Freedom (2018-10-10)

51:23 | Oct 12th, 2018

The Buddha said, “I would not be teaching this (a path of awakening) if genuine happiness and freedom were not possible.” While this is our potential, we each have deep conditioning to get stuck in feelings of fear, deficiency & separation from other...Show More
Meditation: Coming Home with the Breath (2018-10-10)

14:49 | Oct 11th, 2018

Our breath is always available as a pathway back to presence. This simple meditation guides us to relax and awaken in the body, and then establishes the breath as a home base for our attention. Our practice is to notice when the mind becomes distract...Show More
The Sacred Pause

52:09 | Oct 5th, 2018

When we are lost in the trance of doing, our lives are on automatic, and contracted by sense that something’s wrong or missing. This talk explores the challenges of learning to pause, and the blessings that arise when step out of our incessant mental...Show More
Ten-Minute Basic Meditation Practice

10:00 | Oct 4th, 2018

Tara offers a short introductory meditation with a body scan, bringing focus to the breath, sounds, then resting in awareness ~ from the first morning instructions at the 2015 IMCW fall retreat. (a favorite from the archives)
Part 2: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity

54:31 | Sep 28th, 2018

From the view of the separate self, this existence is inherently uncertain, and we are profoundly vulnerable. Our habitual reaction to insecurity fuels separation, and limits our capacity to live and love fully. These two talks explore the blessings ...Show More
Reflection: Learning to Stay

04:41 | Sep 27th, 2018

We open the door to healing by bringing a mindful and kind attention to inner vulnerability and fear. "Learning to stay opens up the space that gives us our life. That's when it becomes real with our inner life… with others. So we'll do a brief re...Show More
Part 1: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity

54:12 | Sep 21st, 2018

From the view of the separate self, this existence is inherently uncertain, and we are profoundly vulnerable. Our habitual reaction to insecurity fuels separation, and limits our capacity to live and love fully. These two talks explore the blessings ...Show More
Meditation: Opening to the Flow

24:18 | Sep 20th, 2018

This meditation begins with awareness of the breath. We then reflect on our deepest intention, sensing what most matters to us. With a listening attention, becoming aware of sounds that arise and pass away. We scan through the body, sensing the chang...Show More
Part 2: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom (2015-11-18)

52:53 | Sep 14th, 2018

While we have strong conditioning to react to aggression with more aggression, we have the capacity to pause, and instead deepen attention and connect to our natural wisdom and empathy. This talk looks at how we can directly engage in this evolution...Show More
Meditation: Breathing Our Way to Peace & Freedom

19:38 | Sep 13th, 2018

This meditation guides us in collecting attention with an intentional long deep breath, and awakening a full relaxed presence as the breath resumes in its natural rhythm. Resting fully in this presence is the gateway to deep peace and inner freedom. ...Show More
Part 1: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom

56:31 | Sep 7th, 2018

Anger is naturally triggered when we feel an obstacle to meeting our needs. How do we honor the intelligence within anger, but not get hijacked into emotional reactivity that creates suffering in our individual and collective lives? This talk explore...Show More
Meditation: The Heartspace that is Home

25:08 | Sep 6th, 2018

This meditation awakens attention to the space of awareness… “No matter how far you’ve wandered, this heartspace – this awake tender awareness – is only a half-breath of remembrance away.”
Part 2: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening

55:07 | Aug 31st, 2018

We each live with uncertainty and the fear of rejection and loss, and we each are conditioned to avoid feeling or expressing that vulnerability. Yet intimacy with this unlived life is the gateway to connecting authentically with others, full alivenes...Show More
Meditation: Awakening Our Energy Body

19:51 | Aug 30th, 2018

This meditation scans the body and directly invites the awakening of key energy centers (chakras) in our body. We then rest in the openhearted awareness that includes this ever changing creative flow of aliveness.
Part 1: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening

59:12 | Aug 24th, 2018

We each live with uncertainty and the fear of rejection and loss, and we each are conditioned to avoid feeling or expressing that vulnerability. Yet intimacy with this unlived life is the gateway to connecting authentically with others, full alivenes...Show More
Meditation: Awake & Open Awareness

21:03 | Aug 23rd, 2018

This calming meditation practice helps settle the mind with the breath and then opens to the changing flow of experience, letting life be just as it is.
Discovering the Power of Prayer (2018-08-15)

45:37 | Aug 17th, 2018

We all know the pain of separation and have a longing for connection. When we silently listen to and contact the depth of that longing, we are at the root of transformational prayer. This talk looks at what prayer is, who/what we are praying to, the ...Show More
Meditation: Presence and Breath (2018-08-15)

21:40 | Aug 16th, 2018

This simple meditation guides us to wake up awareness of the body, and rest with the movement of the breath. We are invited to discover the presence that arises as we come home to our moment-to-moment experience. The practice ends with a short prayer...Show More
Healing Depression with Meditation - Part 2 (2018-08-08)

52:20 | Aug 10th, 2018

These two talks explore several meditation practices that reconnect us with our natural aliveness, openheartedness and awareness. They empower us to develop our inner resources, energize us to awaken, free us from rumination and remind us that we are...Show More
Meditation: Letting Go of Doing (2018-08-11)

21:51 | Aug 9th, 2018

Meditation becomes truly freeing in the moments when there is no controlling whatsoever; when nothing is resisted or grasped after. This guided meditation begins with a simple body scan, relaxing and awakening to sensations in the body and then inclu...Show More
Healing Depression with Meditation - Part 1 (2018-08-01)

55:38 | Aug 3rd, 2018

These two talks explore several meditation practices that reconnect us with our natural aliveness, openheartedness and awareness. They empower us to develop our inner resources, energize us to awaken, free us from rumination and remind us that we are...Show More
Meditation: Refuge in Living Presence (2018-08-01)

22:56 | Aug 3rd, 2018

We spend great swaths of time in a trance that removes us from awareness of our body and senses. This meditation reconnects us by scanning through the body, including sounds and then resting in the field of awareness and aliveness. We practice relaxi...Show More
Saying “Yes” - Meeting Your Edge and Softening (2018-07-25)

56:38 | Jul 27th, 2018

Our habitual ways of avoiding unpleasant experience keep us from intimacy with our inner life and with each other. This talk helps us recognize these often unconscious patterns that keep us identified with a separate, threatened self, and offers guid...Show More
Meditation: Saying Yes to Life (2018-07-25)

21:53 | Jul 26th, 2018

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.
What Is It Like Being You? (2018-07-18)

56:25 | Jul 20th, 2018

Compassion is hard wired in our organism, and can be cultivated. This talk helps us identify the blocks to compassion—our outmoded survival equipment—and using RAIN, offers practical guidance in mindfully attuning to others' emotional experience and ...Show More
Meditation: Breath by Breath - Inviting Relaxation and Ease (2018-07-18)

16:47 | Jul 19th, 2018

This meditation invites relaxation and ease. We begin with a long deep breathing that helps calm the body and mind. Then we release tensions that might be held in the body, and settle our attention in a receptive way with the breath. The intention is...Show More
Part 2 - From Human Doing to Human Being (2018-07-11)

50:16 | Jul 13th, 2018

Like Sisyphus eternally pushing the boulder up the hill, we can spend many moments busily trying to manage our life. This two-part talk explores how we can awaken from our non-stop doing, including the incessant inner narrative, and discover the myst...Show More
Meditation: Natural, Open Awareness (2018-07-11)

16:55 | Jul 12th, 2018

When we are stressed, our attention narrows and fixates, often into obsessive thinking, worry and judgment. This meditation relaxes open the mind, first by a body scan and a “smile down,” and then by including all changing experience in a spacious aw...Show More
Skeleton Woman: Embracing This Living and Dying World

45:59 | Jul 6th, 2018

Based on a wonderful myth told by Clarissa Estes, this talk looks at the way we run from “lady death” and the blessings of opening our arms and heart. If we can embrace the whole of our nature with unconditional presence – including the inevitability...Show More
Meditation: Blessings of Love

11:28 | Jul 5th, 2018

A blessing is whatever reminds us of the sacred loving presence that shines through all of us. This meditation is a transformational practice in receiving and offering blessings. The image of receiving a kiss on the brow, and offering one, is suggest...Show More
Evolving Beyond “Unreal Othering" (2018-06-27)

52:20 | Jun 29th, 2018

What motivates us - as individuals and as a society - to build walls and knowingly hurt others? Exploring the evolutionary roots of “unreal othering” and how, when hijacked by fear, it can take over and disconnect us from the suffering of others. We ...Show More
Meditation: Opening to the Waves (2018-06-27)

20:19 | Jun 28th, 2018

When we are lost in thought, we lose touch with the aliveness and awareness that is always here. This meditation guides us with a mindful body scan to open to our senses, then sound and all waves of aliveness. From that open presence we end with a lo...Show More
Landlocked in Fur – Three Domains of Formless Presence (Retreat Talk)

1:05:18 | Jun 22nd, 2018

While we have evolved to experience a defining sense of separate self, our potential is to awaken to the formless dimension – the pure awareness is our shared source. This talk explores how we can undo the identification with thoughts, emotions and f...Show More
Meditation: The Silence That's Listening (from retreat)

27:16 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Listening to sounds is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and connect with the natural openness of awareness. We begin by opening to sound and then listening to and feeling the whole changing flow of life - allowing whatever is here to be just...Show More
Short Talk and Meditation: Spacious, Loving Awareness (retreat)

30:03 | Jun 15th, 2018

When our awareness is awake and open, we naturally respond to this changing life with warmth, tenderness and love. This practice helps us discover the spaciousness of awareness by realizing the space and aliveness that is in the body, and then sensin...Show More
Heart Meditation: Forgiving and Freeing Our Hearts (retreat)

36:53 | Jun 15th, 2018

Forgiveness for others becomes possible when we’ve held our own being with great compassion. This short talk and guided meditation brings forth our most awake and tender presence as we ask for forgiveness, offer care to the woundedness within us, and...Show More
Disarming Our Hearts: Letting Go of Blame (retreat talk)

1:03:30 | Jun 8th, 2018

Anger, judgment and blame create separation—from our inner life and our world. Only by releasing chronic blame can we free our hearts to truly give and receive love. This talk looks at the difference between healthy anger and the trance of blame, and...Show More
Instruction & Meditation: Tonglen - Radical Compassion (retreat talk)

32:43 | Jun 7th, 2018

We are conditioned to avoid suffering - our own and others. By pulling away, we also contract our heart and disconnect from our innate capacity for compassion. This short talk and meditation is a training in touching vulnerability, and discovering th...Show More
From Human Doing to Human Being (2018-05-30)

50:23 | Jun 1st, 2018

Like Sisyphus eternally pushing the boulder up the hill, we can spend many moments busily trying to manage our life. This two-part talk explores how we can awaken from our non-stop doing, including the incessant inner narrative, and discover the myst...Show More
Meditation: Aliveness and Presence (2018-05-30)

20:03 | May 31st, 2018

This meditation includes a body scan, using the imagery of a smile, and establishing the senses as a portal to presence. The more we open into the aliveness of the senses, the more we discover the alert inner stillness that is our true home.
Seeing Basic Goodness - Part 2 (2018-05-23)

54:14 | May 25th, 2018

Most of us long to trust our goodness, but get caught in stories of deficiency and striving to affirm we’re ok. These talks look at the block to realizing the loving awareness that is our essence, and the practices that help us see this essential goo...Show More
Meditation: Lighting Up Your Energy Body (2018-05-23)

19:01 | May 25th, 2018

Our being has many frequencies of aliveness and as we attend to the more subtle, we discover a portal to the radiant awareness that is always here. This meditation guides us in using the breath and attention as we scan through the body and awaken an ...Show More
Seeing Basic Goodness - Part 1 (2018-05-16)

52:38 | May 18th, 2018

Most of us long to trust our goodness, but get caught in stories of deficiency and striving to affirm we’re ok. These talks look at the block to realizing the loving awareness that is our essence, and the practices that help us see this essential goo...Show More
Meditation: Resting in Breath, Relaxing into Life (2018-05-16)

21:22 | May 17th, 2018

This meditation invites us to collect our attention with a calming breath, and then with the senses as a home base, settle into presence. The reminders encourage a letting go of thoughts, shifting from virtual reality into the aliveness of moment-to-...Show More
Eating Addiction: How Meditation Helps Free Us (2018-05-09)

54:02 | May 11th, 2018

Buddhist psychology views clinging as the source of suffering, and one of the great domains of clinging is compulsive overeating. The talk includes an exploration of how, through RAIN, we can bring mindfulness and self-compassion to compulsive eating...Show More
Meditation: Intimacy with Life (2018-05-09)

21:16 | May 10th, 2018

This guided meditation begins with a body scan, bringing the friendliness of a smile into the body, and waking up our awareness of aliveness. We widen the attention to include sound and then sense and rest in the awareness that holds all experience. ...Show More
After the RAIN (retreat talk) (2018-04-29)

1:09:50 | May 5th, 2018

This talk offers an in-depth exploration of RAIN, applying the wings of mindfulness and compassion to painful domains of trance. We bring special attention to the fruit of RAIN, the realization of who we are beyond any limiting identity.
Meditation: Morning on Retreat (2018-05-01)

33:47 | May 3rd, 2018

In this guided meditation we include an overview of different components of mindfulness practice. The reflection includes a body scan, establishing a home base for attention, and care in how to arrive in full presence after being lost in thought. We ...Show More
Responding to Change with a Wise Heart (2018-04-25)

54:49 | Apr 27th, 2018

An intrinsic part of spiritual life is facing the truth of impermanence. When we open to the changing flow without resistance, we naturally cherish this passing life, and realize the changeless awareness that is our true home. This talk includes teac...Show More
Meditation: Cultivating a Clear and Relaxed Presence (2018-04-25)

22:01 | Apr 26th, 2018

This guided meditation begins with a calming breath to quiet the mind and relax the body. Following this, we establish our presence with an anchor - the breath, sound or sensation - and practice “coming back” from distractions, and including whatever...Show More
Listening with an Awake Heart - Part 2 (2018-04-18)

58:36 | Apr 20th, 2018

Deep listening - to our inner life, each other and our world - is an intrinsic expression of our awakened heart. Yet because we have strong conditioning to be caught in wants and fears, there is often much interference in the field of communications....Show More
Meditation: Mind Like a Vast Sky (2018-04-18)

18:14 | Apr 19th, 2018

This meditation opens with listening and discovering the sky-like awareness that includes changing sounds, thoughts, feelings and sensations. The sounding of bells and chimes assists in connecting to and resting in the boundless and loving awareness ...Show More
Meditation: A Listening, Receptive Awareness (2018-04-11)

23:57 | Apr 12th, 2018

The capacity to truly listen allows us to realize the vast and sensitive awareness that is our true essence. This meditation focuses on listening to sounds, and then listening to and feeling the whole changing flow of life. When carried off by though...Show More
From Head to Heart (2018-04-04)

55:52 | Apr 6th, 2018

If we are suffering, we are believing an interpretation of reality that is limiting and untrue. At these times we are imprisoned in a painful looping of fear-driven thoughts and feelings. This talk explores the ways our practices of mindfulness, comp...Show More
Meditation: Awareness and Flow (2018-04-04)

19:46 | Apr 5th, 2018

This guided practice awakens all the senses with an embodied presence, allowing an opening to the moment-to-moment changing flow of experience. We then relax back, resting as the changeless open awareness that is conscious of the flow, and includes a...Show More
Namaste: Seeing the Truth of Who We Are (2018-03-28)

59:33 | Mar 30th, 2018

A gift of evolving consciousness is the capacity to recognize & honor the awareness that lives through us. This capacity is blocked by our identification with our “mask” or ego self, and not seeing past other's masks. We reflect on key superior/infer...Show More
Meditation: Continuous Space Suffused with Awareness (2018-03-28)

18:42 | Mar 29th, 2018

By learning to inhabit the body, we discover the space and aliveness that fills the universe. In this meditation we are guided through the body, filling different domains with presence. We then open into the continuous awake space that is both within...Show More
Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk) - (2017-12-30)

1:02:33 | Mar 23rd, 2018

The sign of spiritual freedom is a deep trust in our essential nature, and in the light of awareness that lives through all beings. This talk explores the conditioning that entraps us in a trance of separation and believing in a limited self. We th...Show More
Meditation and Short Talk: Basic Elements of a Mindfulness Meditation Sitting (retreat)

34:30 | Mar 22nd, 2018

This short talk and guided meditation offers an overview of what many people find a natural unfolding within a meditation sitting. It includes the process of arriving in an embodied presence, learning how to come back from thoughts, and then opening ...Show More
Part 2 - Awakening our Body’s Awareness (2018-03-14)

51:01 | Mar 16th, 2018

Mindful awareness of our bodies is a portal to full aliveness, wisdom and love. These two classes will explore the trance that takes us away from our body, the pathways home, ways of working with pain, and the gifts of an embodied presence.
Meditation: Inhabiting Our Body, Realizing Wholeness (2018-03-14)

24:12 | Mar 15th, 2018

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 discov...Show More
Part 1 - Awakening our Body’s Awareness (2018-03-07)

51:14 | Mar 9th, 2018

Mindful awareness of our bodies is a portal to full aliveness, wisdom and love. These two classes will explore the trance that takes us away from our body, the pathways home, ways of working with pain, and the gifts of an embodied presence.
Meditation: Homecoming with the Breath (2018-03-07)

23:53 | Mar 8th, 2018

This meditation focuses on the breath as an anchor for homecoming. We begin with an intentional breath (coherence breathing) and then establish the natural breath as a home base. The instructions are to rest in the breath, offering a relaxed, intimat...Show More
Part 4 - Equanimity - Present Heart - Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-28)

48:15 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Equanimity unfolds as we find a wise balance and spaciousness in the midst of this living, dying world. This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore ...Show More
Meditation: The Space and Aliveness of Presence (2018-02-28)

21:55 | Mar 1st, 2018

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 tha...Show More
Part 3 - Joy - Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-21)

51:25 | Feb 23rd, 2018

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 t...Show More
Meditation: The Heartspace Where All is Welcome (2018-02-21)

18:37 | Feb 22nd, 2018

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 unco...Show More
Part 2 - Compassion - Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-14)

51:51 | Feb 16th, 2018

Part 2 – Compassion - Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-14) - Compassion - the tender resonance of heart - awakens as we allow ourselves to be touched by our shared vulnerability. This series reflects on four primary expre...Show More
Meditation: Awareness Is Our Home (2018-02-14)

21:33 | Feb 15th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Part 1 ~ Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love (2018-02-07}

54:12 | Feb 9th, 2018

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 understandi...Show More
Meditation: Living Presence (2018-02-07)

21:20 | Feb 8th, 2018

This meditation guides us to awaken to our senses through scanning through the body and then listening to sounds. When distracted by thoughts we relax open again and again, learning to rest in the formless awareness that includes sounds, sensations a...Show More
Part 3 - Freedom from Othering: Undoing the Myths that Imprison Us (2018-01-31)

52:24 | Feb 3rd, 2018

A primary source of our suffering is the conditioning to create “bad other,” or “inferior other.” This same conditioning leads us to creating a bad self and turn on ourselves. These three talks explore how we subscribe to societal myths and beliefs t...Show More
Meditation: Beyond the Veil of Thinking (2018-01-31)

21:04 | Feb 2nd, 2018

This meditation awakens us to the space and aliveness in these bodies, and to resting in wakeful openness. When we get lost in thought, we practice relaxing open, and exploring the gap between thoughts. By opening beyond the veil of thinking, we disc...Show More
Part 2 - Freedom from Othering: Undoing the Myths that Imprison Us (2018-01-24)

48:55 | Jan 26th, 2018

A primary source of our suffering is the conditioning to create “bad other,” or “inferior other.” This same conditioning leads us to creating a bad self and turn on ourselves. These three talks explore how we subscribe to societal myths and beliefs t...Show More
Meditation: Resting in Reality (2018-01-24)

23:01 | Jan 26th, 2018

This guided practice awakens attention to sensations, sounds, space and aliveness, and encourages a continued “relaxing open” from thoughts into the living stream of experience. We are learning to recognize and rest in the moment to moment flow, “bei...Show More
Part 1 - Freedom from Othering: Undoing the Myths that Imprison Us (2018-01-17)

46:55 | Jan 20th, 2018

A primary source of our suffering is the conditioning to create “bad other,” or “inferior other.” This same conditioning leads us to creating a bad self and turn on ourselves. These three talks explore how we subscribe to societal myths and beliefs t...Show More
Meditation: Receiving Life with an Open Awareness (2018-01-17)

20:45 | Jan 18th, 2018

We begin with listening and then bring a receptive attention to experience the life of the body. We then open the attention to the whole field of sensations and sound, and rest in the openness and presence that includes all the changing currents of e...Show More
Winds of Homecoming: How Intention Frees our Heart (2018-01-10)

50:42 | Jan 13th, 2018

The Buddha taught that we live our lives on the tip of intention, it is the seed of our future. This talk explores the difference between “limbic” intentions driven by grasping or fear, and intentions that are the call of our awakening heart. You wil...Show More
Meditation: Space and Aliveness and Awareness (2018-01-10)

21:37 | Jan 11th, 2018

This meditation engages the breath in a way that it connects us with our energetic aliveness and the space that holds and is intrinsic to all life. A body scan using this breath opens us to the body as a field of aliveness. We then rest in the chang...Show More
Three Gateways to Peace and Freedom (2018-01-03)

55:08 | Jan 5th, 2018

This talk explores the three archetypal refuges of truth, love and awareness. We look at the outer and inner aspects of each refuge, and then through guided reflections and a Refuge Ritual, deepen our commitment to the pathways that awaken our minds ...Show More
New Year's Meditation: Awakening Loving Presence (2018-01-03)

22:27 | Jan 4th, 2018

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.
Remembering and Choosing Loving Presence (retreat talk) (2017-12-28)

1:03:10 | Dec 29th, 2017

We are conditioned to go into a limbic trance—an emotional reactivity to life within and around us—that keeps us identified with a limited, separate sense of self. This talk helps us to identify the flags of trance, and to bring a healing attention t...Show More
Meditation: Basic Body Scan (2017-12-28)

20:01 | Dec 28th, 2017

From the first morning of the IMCW 2017 New Year retreat, Tara offers an introductory meditation with a body scan, bringing focus to the breath, sounds, then resting in awareness.
My Religion is Kindness – Part 2 (2017-12-20)

32:39 | Dec 23rd, 2017

Authentic kindness must include the life within us. These two talks examine the movement from an armored to a free and loving heart. The first looks at how we can awaken from the trance of unworthiness and establish a genuinely caring relationship wi...Show More
Meditation: “Yes” to Life (2017-12-20)

13:01 | Dec 22nd, 2017

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.
Meditation: Transforming Fear (2017-12-06)

11:19 | Dec 19th, 2017

This guided practice invites us to identify a situation where we habitually become anxious or fearful, and then to explore bringing mindfulness and self-compassion to where we feel most vulnerable. By engaging fear with an embodied and caring presenc...Show More
My Religion is Kindness - Part 1 (2017-12-13)

54:24 | Dec 16th, 2017

Authentic kindness must include the life within us. These two talks examine the movement from an armored to a free and loving heart. The first looks at how we can awaken from the trance of unworthiness and establish a genuinely caring relationship wi...Show More
Meditation: Boundless, Loving Awareness (2017-12-13)

21:06 | Dec 15th, 2017

Learning how to recognize and rest in spaciousness, allows us to discover the love and wakefulness that is our source. This meditation guides us to discover interior space, exterior space, and then the continuous space that is suffused with awareness...Show More
Awakening from the Trance of Fear - Part 2 (2017-12-06)

51:02 | Dec 8th, 2017

While fear is a natural and intelligent emotion, when fear goes on overdrive, we are in a trance of fear that contracts our body, heart and mind. Our resistance to the direct experience of fear sustains the trance and leads to decisions and behaviors...Show More
Meditation: Alert Inner Stillness (2017-12-06)

20:01 | Dec 7th, 2017

Behind the changing sounds, sensations, feelings and thoughts is an alert inner stillness that is purely aware. This meditation begins with accessing the receptivity of a smile, awakening through the body and opening the senses. We then sense the bac...Show More
Meditation: Breath by Breath (2017-11-29)

23:03 | Nov 30th, 2017

Our breath can be a home base that allows us to meet life with a relaxed, wakeful presence. This meditation helps us calm and settle the mind with long deep breathing, and then establishes a mindful presence with our natural breathing. When distracte...Show More
A Grateful, Giving, Happy Heart (2017-11-22)

49:21 | Nov 24th, 2017

Gratitude is like breathing in - letting ourselves be touched by the goodness in others and in our world. Generosity is like breathing out - sensing our mutual belonging and offering our care. These beautiful expressions of our heart become blocked w...Show More
Meditation: Relax Into Happiness (2017-11-22)

19:19 | Nov 24th, 2017

Lama Gendun Rinpoche writes, “Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower, but it is already there, in relaxation and letting go.” This meditation turns us toward this naturally arising happiness by awakening awareness through the bo...Show More
The Gift of Silence

49:09 | Nov 17th, 2017

Through all spiritual traditions, there is a valuing of silence and stillness. When the mind has quieted, it becomes possible to see into the truth of what we are. Yet quieting can turn into a battle with the process of the thinking mind. This talk e...Show More
Meditation: The Silence That is Listening

14:01 | Nov 17th, 2017

Listening to sounds is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and connect with the natural openness of awareness. This meditation emphasizes the anchor of listening, and guides us to relax through our bodies and let sounds wash through us. In this...Show More
Power of Prayer: From Longing to Belonging (2017-11-08)

46:15 | Nov 11th, 2017

When we bring a full presence to prayer, it becomes a powerful pathway of homecoming. This talk explores how prayer heals the pain of separation, and offers practical guidance in what poet John O’Donohue calls “unearthing our ancient belonging.” "...Show More
Meditation: Relaxed Attentiveness (2017-11-08)

20:01 | Nov 9th, 2017

The primary qualities of a healing and freeing presence are being alert, open and tender. This meditation arouses these qualities by engaging a mindful awareness of the breath, and then a relaxed, gentle attentiveness to the changing experience of th...Show More
Accessing Innate Wisdom

54:41 | Nov 4th, 2017

Wisdom is an innate capacity, but often covered over by trance. This talk explores how we abandon ourselves as we busily seek ways to feel more worthy, lovable and safe. We then look at the pathway home, the radical non-doing and space of silence tha...Show More
Reflection: Cultivating a Loving Heart (2017-08-30)

07:11 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Love is an innate capacity, and when we intentionally cultivate it, love shifts from a state to a trait. This meditation offers guidance on how to access love, and open ourselves to it in a way that serves this awakening of our hearts. "Know that ...Show More
Anger: Responding, Not Reacting (2017-10-25)

53:23 | Oct 27th, 2017

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 compas...Show More
Meditation: Refuge in Presence (2017-10-25)

18:13 | Oct 26th, 2017

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...Show More
Embodied Spirit - Mindfulness of the Body

47:39 | Oct 21st, 2017

The Buddha taught that mindfulness of the body is a direct path to the realization of truth, to peace and freedom. This talk explores how we leave a present-centered awareness of our body, and the pathways of homecoming - a favorite teaching from the...Show More
Meditation: Awakening Compassion with Tonglen

11:36 | Oct 19th, 2017

Our hearts awaken as we let ourselves be touched by the suffering within and around us. They shine as we respond with care to what has touched us. This meditation uses the breath to guide us in letting in and contacting suffering, and offering out ou...Show More
River of Change - Part 2 - Bringing a Wise Heart to this Impermanent Life (2017-10-11)

49:07 | Oct 13th, 2017

These two talks look at how we relate to change - especially the notable changes involving loss of relationships and our own body and mind. We examine our strategies for avoiding uncertainty and fear; the consequences of resisting reality; our refuge...Show More
Meditation: Present Heart (2017-10-11)

14:38 | Oct 12th, 2017

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.
Meditation - Saying “Yes” to Life (2017-10-04)

16:30 | Oct 5th, 2017

This meditation guides us in relaxing through the body, then opening to the changing river of experience. By continually relaxing back and letting go into what is unfolding, we discover the natural vastness, wakefulness and vitality of our essential...Show More
Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO

51:25 | Sep 29th, 2017

There are two common fears that can block us from our full potential – fear of failure (FOF), and fear of missing out (FOMO). This talk explores how to meet these fears with mindful presence, and discover within them the essence energies of loving aw...Show More
Meditation: Blessings of Love

11:27 | Sep 28th, 2017

A blessing is whatever reminds us of the sacred loving presence that shines through all of us. This meditation is a transformational practice in receiving and offering blessings. By imagining and allowing ourselves to receive love, our hearts become ...Show More
From Dragons to Schmoos – Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence

54:35 | Sep 22nd, 2017

The trance of unworthiness is sustained by our aversion to the dragons – the difficult emotions and related behaviors that are a deeply conditioned part of the human experience. In this talk we explore the awakening that is possible as we recognize o...Show More
Meditation: Coming Home to Openhearted Awareness

19:01 | Sep 21st, 2017

In daily life we often leave ourselves, get lost in thoughts, and cut off from a direct, openhearted experience of our life. This meditation reconnects by opening all the senses, turning towards the awareness that is here, and resting in the awakened...Show More
Reflection: Transforming Suffering and Awakening the Heart

12:46 | Sep 20th, 2017

There is power and potential in a time of darkness to remind us of what we really cherish. In this reflection, we practice ways of paying attention that can help us transform suffering into freedom, in our own lives and in the world around us. The...Show More
Trusting Your Basic Goodness - Part 2

55:26 | Sep 15th, 2017

This talk continues the exploration of what causes our distrust of ourselves, others and life, and the pathways to realizing and trusting who we are. We explore the steps of awakening from limiting beliefs, dissolving the resistance to direct embodie...Show More
Meditation: Coming Home to Being

19:54 | Sep 14th, 2017

"What it's like to be here right now and listening to your heart… sensing the state of your heart? It might have been a while since you've really checked in with this simple inquiry… How is my heart right now?"
Basic Trust - Part 1

54:21 | Sep 8th, 2017

One of the expressions of an awakened heart-mind is a basic trust in reality. These talks explore the severed belonging that gives rise to mistrust, and two primary pathways to realizing and trusting the indivisible field of loving awareness that is ...Show More
Meditation: Choosing Living Presence

22:40 | Sep 7th, 2017

Meditation: Choosing Living Presence - A meditation on being present with our living, breathing life (includes chanting the Om's - a favorite from Tara's Wednesday night archives).
True Resilience: Part 2 - Awakening through All Circumstances (2017-08-30)

48:07 | Sep 1st, 2017

Spiritual resilience enables us to deepen compassion and wisdom as we navigate life’s difficulties. In this two part series, we will look at the conditions that incline us towards or away from True Resilience, and explore practical and powerful pract...Show More
Meditation: Present Heartspace

18:01 | Aug 31st, 2017

This meditation establishes an embodied presence with the gentleness of a smile-down scan, then opens us to the heartspace that includes the changing waves of experience. It ends with a short lovingkindness meditation that offers prayers for relief o...Show More
Darkness of the Womb – Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering

46:51 | Aug 25th, 2017

We can either repeat old fear based patterns, or our suffering can awaken us to a deeper wisdom and greater love. This talk explores four principles in relating to difficulty that move us towards healing and freedom—both personally and as a society. ...Show More
30-Minute Meditation: Open Awareness - Relaxing Back into Presence

30:01 | Aug 24th, 2017

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 t...Show More
True Resilience - Pt1 - Awakening through All Circumstances (2017-08-16)

50:02 | Aug 19th, 2017

Spiritual resilience enables us to deepen compassion and wisdom as we navigate life’s difficulties. In this two part series, we will look at the conditions that incline us towards or away from True Resilience, and explore practical and powerful prac...Show More
Meditation: Filling our Body with Love (2017-08-16)

16:28 | Aug 17th, 2017

When we are fully awake, love shines through our entire body and being. This meditation awakens that embodied love through the image and felt sense of the smile, scanning through the body, resting in loving presence and offering loving prayer.
Three Blessings in Spiritual Life - Part 3 - The Mirror (2017-08-09)

55:50 | Aug 11th, 2017

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 inn...Show More
Meditation: Listening to Life (2017-08-09)

19:21 | Aug 10th, 2017

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 an...Show More
Meditation: Open Awareness - Relaxing Back into Presence (2017-08-02)

19:22 | Aug 3rd, 2017

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 t...Show More
Meditation - Living Presence (2017-07-26)

18:46 | Jul 27th, 2017

This practice uses the image and felt sense of a smile as we scan through the body, include sound and relax back into the awareness that is the source of all experience. By letting life be just as it is, we become pure living presence - wakeful, open...Show More
Love is Always Here (2017-07-19)

55:28 | Jul 21st, 2017

Love is Always Here (2017-07-19) - One expression of suffering is forgetting that we are intrinsically lovable and worthy. This talk looks at the pathway to trusting our belonging, and focuses on the healing that comes from letting in love and mirror...Show More
Meditation: Relaxing into Sleep (no bell at end) (2017-07-19)

14:24 | Jul 20th, 2017

Meditation: Relaxing into Sleep (no bell at end) (2017-07-19) - This meditation can help us to access a relaxed attentiveness, or alternately, serve as a pathway to ease-filled sleep. (version with ending bell also available) Your support enables us ...Show More
Meditation - Relaxing into Presence (with bell) (2017-07-19)

14:46 | Jul 20th, 2017

Meditation - Relaxing into Presence or Sleep  (2017-07-19) - This meditation can help us to access a relaxed attentiveness, or alternately, serve as a pathway to ease-filled sleep. (version with no bell also available) Your support enables us to cont...Show More
Radical Self-Honesty: The Joy of Getting Real

48:41 | Jul 14th, 2017

Our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt, resisted parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can deepen self-honesty and reconnect to a wholeness of being that enables us to live with spontaneity, confidence, wisdom and love. NOTE: Tara was...Show More
Meditation: Relaxing with a Smile into Living Presence (15 min)

15:00 | Jul 13th, 2017

Meditation: Relaxing with a Smile into Living Presence (15 min) - This meditation guides us to awaken to sensation using the image of a smile and scanning through the body. We then open to sound and to the entire changing flow of experience. When we ...Show More
Meditation: Entering the Wilderness (2017-07-05) (6 min)

06:01 | Jul 7th, 2017

Meditation: Entering the Wilderness (2017-07-05) - We open to our full naturalness as we awaken the senses. This brief meditation guides us to open all the sense gates, and in that openness, experience the pure aliveness and awareness that is our ess...Show More
Part 2: Refuge in the Wilderness - Coming Home to Embodied Presence

52:41 | Jul 6th, 2017

When we live from our mental control towers, we are in a trance that confines our life. These two talks look at the primary ways we are conditioned to leave embodied presence, and the consequence of unlived life—being cut off from our vitality, intel...Show More
Part 1: Refuge in the Wilderness - Coming Home to Embodied Presence (2017-06-28)

52:21 | Jun 30th, 2017

Part 1: Refuge in the Wilderness - Coming Home to Embodied Presence (2017-06-28) - When we live from our mental control towers, we are in a trance that confines our life. These two talks look at the primary ways we are conditioned to leave embodied p...Show More
Meditation: Opening to Full Aliveness (2017-06-28)

17:44 | Jun 29th, 2017

Meditation: Opening to Full Aliveness (2017-06-28) - This meditation includes relaxing and awakening through the body, widening the lens to include sound and then letting life live through us, receiving all that arises in open awareness. Your support...Show More
Stories that Imprison our Heart - Part 2 (2017-06-21)

50:51 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Stories that Imprison our Heart - Part 2 (2017-06-21) - Our suffering arises from fear-based stories that are often outside our awareness. These include stories of our deficiency or importance, of being a victim, of being unseen or unloved, of facing...Show More
Meditation: Arriving in Embodied Presence (retreat) (2017-04-30)

24:00 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Meditation: Arriving in Embodied Presence - This guided meditation instruction includes: 1 - Arriving in embodied presence with senses awake, 2 - Further collecting the attention using a primary anchor or base, and 3 - Continuing to collect around an...Show More
Stories that Imprison our Heart - Part 1 (2017-06-14)

53:01 | Jun 17th, 2017

Stories that Imprison our Heart - Part 1 (2017-06-14) - Our suffering arises from fear-based stories that are often outside our awareness. These include stories of our deficiency or importance, of being a victim, of being unseen or unloved, of facing...Show More
Meditation: Homecoming to Our Life Breath (2017-06-14)

16:00 | Jun 15th, 2017

Meditation: Homecoming to Our Life Breath - Perhaps the most universal place to collect and deepen attention is the breath.  This meditation begins with an intentional breath that calms the nervous system, and then opens to a clear, intimate presence...Show More
Happiness is Possible: De-conditioning the Negativity Bias – Part 2 (2017-06-07)

49:46 | Jun 9th, 2017

Happiness is Possible: De-conditioning the Negativity Bias – Part 2 - There is an inner freedom that expresses as happiness and peace, and it is accessible when we arrive in openhearted presence. As the Buddha said, “If it were not possible to find l...Show More
Meditation: Home to Awake Awareness (2017-06-07)

16:59 | Jun 8th, 2017

Meditation: Home to Awake Awareness - This guided practice establishes a kind, friendly attention with the image and felt sense of a smile, and evokes an embodied presence. We open to the awake awareness that is listening to and feeling the changing ...Show More
Happiness is Possible: De-conditioning the Negativity Bias - Part 1 (2017-05-31)

50:37 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Happiness is Possible: De-conditioning the Negativity Bias - Part 1 - There is an inner freedom that expresses as happiness and peace, and it is accessible when we arrive in openhearted presence. As the Buddha said, “If it were not possible to find l...Show More
Meditation: The Breath - Portal to Presence (2017-05-31)

18:51 | Jun 1st, 2017

Meditation: The Breath - Portal to Presence - We start with breathing mindfully to collect and calm the body and mind. Then the attention opens to include the changing flow in a spacious natural presence.
Instruction and Question-Response during Retreat (2017-05-02)

09:45 | May 28th, 2017

Instruction and Question-Response during Retreat (2017-05-02) - Topics include individualizing your meditation practice, working with the "tangles," forgiveness practice, and using the "nurturing" of RAIN. Let us know if you find this kind of short c...Show More
The Reality of Change: Embracing this Living Dying World (2017-05-24)

53:03 | May 26th, 2017

The Reality of Change: Embracing this Living Dying World (2017-05-24) - The Reality of Change: Embracing this Living Dying World - Our true refuge is reality - only by opening to “things as they are" do we find true peace and freedom. This talk explo...Show More
Meditation: Opening to the River of Aliveness (2017-05-24)

17:23 | May 25th, 2017

Meditation: Opening to the River of Aliveness (2017-05-24) - This meditation guides us to awaken to sensation using the image of a smile and scanning through the body. We then open to sound and to the entire changing flow of experience. When we conne...Show More
Radical-Compassion - Part 2 (2017-05-10)

53:50 | May 19th, 2017

Radical-Compassion - Part 2 (2017-05-10) - Compassion is the medicine we most need as individuals and a species to heal suffering and free our spirits. The essence of compassion for ourselves and others – what I call Radical Compassion – has three ke...Show More
Instruction & Meditation: A Forgiving Heart (from retreat) (2017-05-02)

36:05 | May 18th, 2017

Instruction & Meditation: A Forgiving Heart (2017-05-02) - A forgiving heart clears the way for giving and receiving love freely.  This talk and meditation explores where we have become habituated in blame towards ourselves and others, and a classic ...Show More
Radical Compassion - Part 1 (retreat talk) (2017-04-30)

58:28 | May 12th, 2017

Radical Compassion - Part 1 (retreat talk) (2017-04-30) - Compassion is the medicine we most need as individuals and a species to heal suffering and free our spirits. The essence of compassion for ourselves and others - what I call Radical Compassion...Show More
Meditation: Breathing Our Way to Peace and Freedom (2017-05-10)

19:38 | May 11th, 2017

Meditation: Breathing Our Way to Peace and Freedom (2017-05-10) - This meditation guides us in collecting attention with an intentional long deep breath, and awakening a full relaxed presence as the breath resumes in its natural rhythm. Resting fully...Show More
Relaxing the Over-Controller - Part 2 (2017-05-03) (retreat talk)

1:03:56 | May 6th, 2017

Relaxing the Over-Controller - Part 2 (2017-05-03) (retreat talk) - We all have conditioning to do what we can to protect and promote our wellbeing. Our suffering arises to the degree that our life and identity become organized around controlling our...Show More
Meditation: Know That You're Here, Right Here (2017-04-29)

10:00 | May 3rd, 2017

Meditation: Know That You're Here, Right Here (2017-04-29) - Given the first morning of the 2017 IMCW Spring Retreat, this meditation guides you through a body scan, opens to sounds, then expands to the body as a field of sensation. With no closing b...Show More
Relaxing the Over-Controller - Part 1 (2017-04-26)

51:51 | Apr 28th, 2017

Relaxing the Over-Controller  - Part 1 (2017-04-26) - We all have conditioning to do what we can to protect and promote our wellbeing. Our suffering arises to the degree that our life and identity become organized around controlling our experience. T...Show More
Meditation: The Center of Now (2017-04-26)

16:20 | Apr 27th, 2017

Meditation: The Center of Now (2017-04-26) - This meditation awakens our senses and then guides us to rest in the changing flow of experience. When the mind drifts, we are invited to relax back into full living presence, into that Beingness that is t...Show More
Ask the Friend for Love

57:16 | Apr 21st, 2017

Ask the Friend for Love - Prayer, when cultivated consciously, energizes and guides us on the spiritual path. This talk investigates the difference between wanting, with its narrow fixation, and the prayer that arises out of our deep heart’s longing....Show More
Meditation: The Heartspace That is Home

21:49 | Apr 20th, 2017

Meditation: The Heartspace That is Home - "No matter how far you've wandered, this heartspace - this awake tender awareness - is only a half-breath of remembrance away." This meditation awakens attention to the space of awareness. It is a favorite fr...Show More
Sure Heart's Release

53:47 | Apr 15th, 2017

Sure Heart's Release - (a favorite from 2015) - The pathway to our awakened heart includes deep recognition of our barriers to love, and as we open, the courage to express our love. This talk includes a reflection and practice that can support us in ...Show More
Guided Heart Meditation: Loving Presence - from Retreat

34:00 | Apr 13th, 2017

Guided Heart Meditation: Loving Presence - This meditation introduces the loving-kindness (metta) heart practice. After brief instruction, it begins with scanning the body, filling it gradually with the image of a smile. The meditation continues with...Show More
Soul Recognition: The Practice of Namaste (2017-04-05)

52:20 | Apr 7th, 2017

Soul Recognition: The Practice of Namaste (2017-04-05) - In our daily trance we experience ourselves and others through a filter of wants, fears, stories and beliefs. Drawing on an engaging story from the legends of King Arthur, this talk explores ho...Show More
Meditation: Awakening through the Inner Body (2017-04-05)

24:24 | Apr 7th, 2017

Meditation: Awakening through the Inner Body (2017-04-05) - 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 o...Show More
Healing Addiction: De-conditioning the Hungry Ghosts (2017-03-22)

52:39 | Mar 31st, 2017

Healing Addiction: De-conditioning the Hungry Ghosts (2017-03-22) - This talk examines the suffering that arises when due to unmet needs for love and safety, our desire becomes narrowed and fixated on substitute gratifications. We then explore how we...Show More
Meditation: Loving Presence - with smile body scan (2017-03-29)

20:11 | Mar 30th, 2017

Meditation: Loving Presence - with smile body scan (2017-03-29) - This guided meditation helps cultivate the heartspace that can hold our life with tenderness and grace. We begin by using the image and felt sense of a smile in a body scan, and then o...Show More
Taking "The Exquisite Risk:" An Undefended Heart (2017-03-22)

50:37 | Mar 24th, 2017

Taking "The Exquisite Risk”: An Undefended Heart (2017-03-22) - Poet Mark Nepo uses the phrase “exquisite risk” to describe our willingness to be fully alive, open, available,  living true to our heart. This talk explores the challenges and blessings...Show More
Meditation: Relaxing Back into Full Presence (2017-03-22)

23:37 | Mar 24th, 2017

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Full Presence (2017-03-22) - This guided practice begins with a conscious breath that relaxes the body and mind, and then a body scan to awaken to the aliveness of the present moment. We then open into the natural aware...Show More
Reflection - The Compass of Our Heart (2017-03-15)

09:07 | Mar 19th, 2017

Reflection - The Compass of Our Heart (2017-03-15) - When we are remembering our deepest intention in any situation, our lives become aligned, and we can act with grace, compassion and wisdom. These reflections will help you remember your intention w...Show More
Realizing Your Deepest Desires (2017-03-15)

52:20 | Mar 17th, 2017

Realizing Your Deepest Desires (2017-03-15) - 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 rea...Show More
Meditation: Letting Thought Clouds Come and Go (2017-03-15)

22:39 | Mar 17th, 2017

Meditation - Letting Thought Clouds Come and Go (2017-03-15) - 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 th...Show More
Healing Trauma: The Light Shines Through the Broken Places

53:06 | Mar 10th, 2017

Healing Trauma: The Light Shines Through the Broken Places (2017-03-08) - Most of us have encountered trauma either in our own direct experience or with someone in our immediate circle. This talk examines the shame and suffering that arise from traum...Show More
Meditation - Getting Lost and Coming Back Here (2017-03-08)

19:46 | Mar 9th, 2017

Meditation: Getting Lost and Coming Back Here (2017-03-08) - This meditation establishes a sense of presence, of being Here, through a body scan and awakening the senses. We then notice when we’re lost and relax back into the wakeful stillness - the ...Show More
Listening to the Song - Part 2 (2017-03-01)

48:28 | Mar 4th, 2017

Listening to the Song - Part 2 (2017-03-01) - Listening is more than a communications skill, it is a capacity that awakens our awareness. As we learn to listen inwardly, we begin to understand and care for the life that is here. And as we listen to o...Show More
Meditation: A Sky-Like Mind (2017-03-01)

23:58 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Meditation: A Sky-Like Mind (2017-03-01) - This meditation begins with listening to sounds as a portal to spacious awareness. In addition to guiding attention to naturally occurring sounds, Tara plays chimes and gongs to deepen the experience of rece...Show More
Listening to the Song - Part 1 (2017-02-22)

49:02 | Feb 24th, 2017

Listening to the Song - Part 1 (2017-02-22) - Listening is more than a communications skill, it is a capacity that awakens our awareness. As we learn to listen inwardly, we begin to understand and care for the life that is here. And as we listen to o...Show More
Reflection: Heart Wisdom of Your Future Self

09:20 | Feb 24th, 2017

Reflection: Heart Wisdom of Your Future Self - By connecting with your future self, this reflection guides you in accessing the deep wisdom and unconditional love of your own awakening heart. "I returned to the river. I returned to the mountains. I b...Show More
Being Truthful (2017-02-15)

54:06 | Feb 17th, 2017

Being Truthful (2017-02-15) - The grounds of happiness, loving relationships and a just and flourishing society is honesty. And yet our current times are characterized by a plethora of deception - both societally, and often in more subtle ways, in ou...Show More
Meditation - Sitting Like a Mountain (2017-02-15)

25:29 | Feb 16th, 2017

Meditation - Sitting Like a Mountain (2017-02-15) - 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...Show More
Trusting Our Awakening Heart (2017-02-08)

50:52 | Feb 11th, 2017

Trusting Our Awakening Heart (2017-02-08) - The more we trust that our awareness and heart are awakening, the more we find ease, grace and true empowerment in our lives. This talk explores two pathways of deepening our sense of belonging and trust: d...Show More
Meditation: At Home in the Moment (2017-02-08)

20:07 | Feb 9th, 2017

Meditation: At Home in the Moment (2017-02-08) - This meditation cultivates a gentle, wakeful presence in the body, with the “smile down” and then guides us to resting in a home base of sensations or the breath. We then open to whatever arises with a...Show More
Love, and Death - Retreat Talk (2016-12-29)

1:01:16 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Love, and Death - Retreat Talk (2016-12-29) - To live our lives fully, we need to embrace the natural unfolding of birthing and dying. Yet we are deeply conditioned to resist loss, to pull away from fear and grief. Through a powerful Inuit story shar...Show More
Retreat Meditation: A Liberating Awareness - Embodying Full Presence (2016-12-30)

30:01 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Retreat Meditation: A Liberating Awareness - Embodying Full Presence (2016-12-30) - This vipassana meditation establishes fertile grounds for presence by gladdening the mind, a mindful body scan, collecting the attention and including all that arises...Show More
Darkness of the Womb - Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering (2017-01-25)

46:51 | Jan 27th, 2017

Darkness of the Womb - Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering (2017-01-25) - We can either repeat old fear based patterns, or our suffering can awaken us to a deeper wisdom and greater love. This talk explores four principles in relating to difficu...Show More
Meditation - The Return to Presence: Rest Your Mind In What Is (2017-01-25)

21:24 | Jan 26th, 2017

Meditation - The Return to Presence: Rest Your Mind In What Is (2017-01-25) - It’s natural that our attention wanders, and the more we relax back, the more that becomes our habit…returning to presence. This meditation opens with conscious breathing a...Show More
Your Awake Heart Is Calling You (2017-01-18)

51:40 | Jan 21st, 2017

Your Awake Heart Is Calling You (2017-01-18) - As individuals and societies, we are pulled by both the insecurity of our evolutionary past, and by our awake heart, our capacity for mindfulness and compassion. This talk explores the ways we can listen...Show More
Meditation: Awakening Compassion (2016-11-23)

11:36 | Jan 20th, 2017

Meditation: Awakening Compassion with Tonglen - Our hearts awaken as we let ourselves be touched by the suffering within and around us. They shine as we respond with care to what has touched us. This meditation uses the breath to guide us in letting ...Show More