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 self-compassion in relieving emotional suffering, serving spiritual awakening and bringing healing to our world.
Wise Investigation: Dissolving the Trance
If we are suffering, it is because we are believing something that is not true and caught in emotional reactivity. A key tool in meditation is investigation–actively inquiring into what is happening inside us. When we investigate with sincere interest and care, the light of our attention untangles difficult emotions and nourishes intimate relationships. As this light is turned toward awareness itself, it reveals the radiance and emptiness of our true nature.
Meditation: Widening Rings of Being
If we can recognize thoughts as thoughts, it becomes possible to open from virtual to living reality. This meditation guides us in awakening the senses and discovering the freedom, the awake space of Being, that is beyond the confines of thoughts.
Grieving and Timeless Love
How we relate to change and loss is directly connected to how fully we live and love. This talk looks at the classic ways we avoid opening to the realness of loss, and how our sorrows and grief can become a portal to awakening our heart and spirit.
Meditation: A Practice of RAIN
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.
“Don’t turn away.
Keep your gaze on the bandaged place.
That’s where the light enters you.”
Realizing Your Deepest Desires
This talk differentiates between egoic intentions (driven by wants and fears), and our true aspiration (deepest desires) to manifest our full potential for awake awareness and love. We explore ways to realize and open to our deepest desires when we are stuck in self-promotion, grasping and conflict, so that our aspiration becomes a compass of the heart that can guide us in living with wisdom and compassion.
Meditation: Letting Thought Clouds Come and Go
This meditation guides us through a body scan and into a relaxed, open presence. When we realize we are lost in a thought cloud, our practice is to relax open, listening to and feeling the life of the present moment. We are training to become increasingly aware of the gap between thoughts, the space where the light of awareness shines through.
Always a gift
Love tuning in. Always hear something that strikes me and meets me where I am at. Always a joy, grateful for this bountiful gift.
Love from an Atheist
I never thought I would benefit so much from listening to a podcast about spiritual lessons. Each time I listen to a talk, I get something new out of it. Tara’s choice of storytelling gives you so much room to reflect on your own circumstances and find acceptance of yourself, others, and the macroscopic world.
These have been so nourishing for me while taking a retreat time to stop and look inward and make friends with the things I’ve been avoiding by asking questions, learning to let things be and then keep inquiring.
Listened to the talk on radical acceptance today. What an impactful reflection. I love picturing how, if imperfection was suddenly removed, the waves of the ocean would stop, and everything that is would stop, and love would have nowhere to go.