Meditation: Healing Shame with RAIN (12:59 min.)

Meditation: Healing Shame with RAIN (12:59 min.)

This meditation brings the clarity and self-compassion of RAIN to the suffering of self-aversion and/or shame. It helps us see the conditioning that shaped what we judge about ourselves, and helps us remember who we are beyond our habitual and painful self-narrative....
Meditation: Meeting Anger with Awareness (15:16 min.)

Meditation: Meeting Anger with Awareness (15:16 min.)

When anger is held in mindfulness, it can energize us to respond wisely to challenging situations. This meditation guides us in meeting personal or societal anger with RAIN – recognize, allow, investigate and nurture.   [NOTE: this meditation was given at...
Anger and Transformation

Anger and Transformation

The purpose of anger is to let us know there’s an obstacle to our wellbeing, and to energize us to act. While natural and necessary for survival and thriving, this powerful energy often possesses us and leads to suffering. This talk explores how we can use the RAIN...
Meditation: Inner Refuge of Calm (21:10 min.)

Meditation: Inner Refuge of Calm (21:10 min.)

In times of great stress, it’s crucial that we have pathways to quiet our minds, relax our bodies and rest in a calm, steady presence. This meditation guides us in using the breath, body scan, and a home base of presence to find that inner refuge that can carry us...
Anger: Responding, Not Reacting

Anger: Responding, Not Reacting

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 compassionate attention...
Befriending Irene

Befriending Irene

While Tara is away, this talk is from 2011 after Hurricane Irene hit us with fury. Dorian is now leaving its destruction behind, just as we work with our stormy weather within. Whether you face chronic anxiety or more violent storms of fear and anger, you can...
Part 1 – The Answer is Love:  Evolving out of “Bad Other”

Part 1 – The Answer is Love:  Evolving out of “Bad Other”

These two talks address the inquiry: How do we awaken from the contempt and hatred that causes so much suffering in our world? The first talk looks at how we can use the practices of mindfulness and compassion to decondition our habits of self-blame and self-hatred,...
Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart – Part 2

Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart – Part 2

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 another person when...
Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart – Part 1

Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart – Part 1

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 another person when...
Blog: Shifting from Blame to Love: 3 Practices for a Wise Heart

Blog: Shifting from Blame to Love: 3 Practices for a Wise Heart

Evolution has rigged all of us with a negativity bias—a survival-driven habit to scan for what’s wrong and to fixate on it. In contemporary society, a pervasive target is our own sense of unworthiness. We habitually fixate on how we’re falling short—in our...