Category Archives: Beliefs

Basic Trust – Part 1



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 our source (a favorite from the archives).

“To love without holding back – to really sense with the wisdom, the reality, that it’s right here – to live from wholeness. We have this capacity.”

“Who would you be if you trusted the basic goodness and beauty is living through you? How would your life be different if you trusted that spirit, love, awareness is what you are?”

photo: Janet


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Darkness of the Womb: Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering



Darkness of the Womb: Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering –

CC ~ 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.

Link to transcription here.

NOTE: Tara was traveling and teaching this week and asked that this talk from the archives be posted. The video is closed captioned.

photo: Shell Fischer – www.mindfulvalley.com


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Stories That Imprison Our Heart – Part 2



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 failure or rejection.  This is true collectively too.  We have shared stories of bad “others” that fuel wars, shared stories of the value of continued growth in consumption and production that destroy our earth, shared stories of our human right to enslave and violate other animals. We have the capacity to bring the stories that separate and imprison us into the light of awareness, and with great compassion, loosen their grip. These two talks look at the ways fear-based stories create suffering, and how awakening from them reveals the freedom of our true, and universal, belonging.

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Stories That Imprison Our Heart – Part 1



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 failure or rejection.  This is true collectively too.  We have shared stories of bad “others” that fuel wars, shared stories of the value of continued growth in consumption and production that destroy our earth, shared stories of our human right to enslave and violate other animals. We have the capacity to bring the stories that separate and imprison us into the light of awareness, and with great compassion, loosen their grip. These two talks look at the ways fear-based stories create suffering, and how awakening from them reveals the freedom of our true, and universal, belonging.

Includes a story from Frank Ostaseki’s new book, The Five Invitations – https://fiveinvitations.com/


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Soul Recognition: The Practice of Namaste



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 how we can see past this conditioning by learning to see – in ourselves and others – vulnerability, goodness and awareness itself. Sometimes called “soul recognition,” this seeing is the essence of “Namaste” – realizing and honoring the sacredness that shines through all beings.


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Don’t Know Mind – Stepping Out of the Trance of Thinking



Don’t Know Mind ~ (a talk from June 10, 2009)

Thoughts, and more broadly, conceptual knowledge, cannot lead to the direct realization of truth, of reality. While thoughts are an essential part of surviving and thriving, spiritual awakening only becomes possible when we step out of the trance of thinking. This talk invites listeners into the radical openness and freedom of not-knowing.

photo: Jon McRay


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Trusting Our Hearts – Trust in Our Basic Goodness



Trust in our basic goodness directly effects our capacity for intimacy with others, creativity and living fully.  This talk explores the ways that our caregivers and culture undermine that trust, primarily by giving us messages that we are “not enough” or flawed.  We then explore the meditation practices that remind us of our loving hearts, and of the goodness that expresses through others. This remembrance is what nourishes a liberating quality of trust in ourselves and in our life.

Link to download the transcript ~

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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 turns toward awareness itself, it reveals the radiance and emptiness of our true nature (a favorite from the archives).

If you are suffering it’s because you are believing untrue thoughts and beliefs and you haven’t investigated in a way that would release them. There is a phrase that history repeats itself which is good because most people don’t really pay attention the first time anyway, you know. … So I think of investigation as a way of deepening presence, that we take the interest in our mind and then we deepen presence that way.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

NOTE: video is in 2 parts and both are closed captioned in English.


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Reflection: Waking Up from Limiting Beliefs (8 min.)



A guided reflection meditation that addresses limiting beliefs surrounding interpersonal conflict – from the ending of the “Real but Not True” talk.

Listen to the full talk, Real but Not True: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs.

photo: Sherry Craft


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Real But Not True: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs



Thoughts and beliefs are navigational maps that are not inherently true. Rather, some serve us and others cause feelings of separation, self-aversion and/or blame of others. We can free ourselves from harmful beliefs by investigating them with a dedicated, mindful and courageous presence. This talk guides us in mindful investigation through an illustrative story, an outline of steps, and a guided meditation that addresses limiting beliefs surrounding interpersonal conflict.

Reflection: Waking Up from Limiting Beliefs (8 min.) – Enjoy a guided reflection that addresses limiting beliefs surrounding interpersonal conflict – from the ending of this talk.

photo: Jonathan Foust


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