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.
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.
Facing Fear in a Traumatized World
Unprocessed fear cuts us off from our full aliveness and spirit, and it separates us from others. This talk looks at how we bring healing to the trauma and deep fears that cause us to dissociate from our body. We focus on ways we increase safety, diminish shame and then, with a courageous, embodied and compassionate presence, learn to contact and integrate fear into our larger awareness.
Meditation: The Heart-Wisdom of Your Future Self
In this meditation, we relax and open our body and mind, and then explore an encounter with our Future Self - facing Fear in a Traumatized World is the expression of our most evolved and awakened heart.
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.