Category Archives: Fear

Tara Talks: When Fear is No Longer the Enemy (6:01 min.)



When we are identified with the body of fear, our survival strategies take over. It takes courage to step out of this conditioned reactivity and come into direct contact with how the fear feels in our bodies. The identification loosens when we pause and bring kindness to the life that’s right here.

Listen and watch the full talk: Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body



Tara Talks: I Am Not the Fear Body (6:08 min.)



Unprocessed fear creates separation and keeps us from inhabiting the truth of our belonging. When we open to the body of fear with a gentle, mindful awareness, our sense of being enlarges. We realize that the fear is not who we are and rediscover our belonging to presence, love and life.

Listen and watch the full talk: Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body



Tara Talks: [Guided Reflection] Coming Home with Attend and Befriend (6:34 min.)



When are caught in our conditioned escape strategies, we feel separated from what we most care about. In moments when we deepen our attention and bring a kind presence to the life inside of us, we come home to the truth of our belonging.

Listen and watch Tara’s full talk: Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body



Tara Talks: Healing the Fear Body, Healing the World (4:50 min.)



When we are contracted in the fear body, we cannot be touched by the world around us. We lose our sense of belonging to this moment, to each other, to the earth. When we find ourselves living in the body of fear, it is a call to deepen attention. What’s between me and being open to the life that’s right here?

Watch and listen to the full talk: Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body



Worrier Pose – Finding Freedom from the Body of Fear (retreat talk)



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 prevents us from inhabiting our full wisdom and love. We then explore two interrelated pathways of healing—unconditional presence, and resourcing, or cultivating access to safety and belonging (from the 2018 IMCW Fall Retreat).

How
did the rose
ever open its heart
and give to this world all of its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light against its being,
otherwise we all remain too
frightened.

Hafiz
– Version by Daniel Ladinsky
From Love Poems from God


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Awakening from the Trance of Fear – Part 2



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 that harm ourselves and others. Only by facing fear with mindfulness and compassion can we awaken from trance and reconnect with our capacity for creativity and full aliveness, wisdom and love.

Listen in to Awakening from the Trance of Fear – Part 1.

Practice with Meditation: Transforming Fear – from the end of part 1 of the talks.

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With gratitude and love, Tara

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Meditation: Transforming Fear (11:19 min.)



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 presence, we discover the fearless heart that includes but is not contracted by fear.

NOTE: this meditation is from the end of the talk Awakening the Trance of Fear – Part 1.


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Awakening from the Trance of Fear – Part 1



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 that harm ourselves and others. Only by facing fear with mindfulness and compassion can we awaken from trance and reconnect with our capacity for creativity and full aliveness, wisdom and love.

Listen in to Awakening from the Trance of Fear – Part 2.

Practice with Meditation: Transforming Fear – from the end of the talk.

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Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO



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 awareness and full aliveness.

Note – This talk is dedicated to Tim Ferriss, who turned me on to the phrase FOMO. Tim exemplifies the creative aliveness of FOMO energy when it’s living through someone who’s dedicated to being awake, caring and real. (check out his podcasts, fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/)

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Healing Trauma: The Light Shines Through the Broken Places


  CC   ~ 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 trauma and how meditation practices can support a path to full spiritual healing. We focus on practices that help us access a sense of love and safety, and then increase our capacity to bring presence to the unprocessed, unlived life in the body. (Note: For many who suffer from PTSD, therapy is invaluable and these practices are not considered as a substitute.)

See also: Mindfulness Strategies for Working with Trauma and Strong Fear


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