Blog: Turning Toward Fear with RAIN

Blog: Turning Toward Fear with RAIN

Turning Toward Fear with RAIN Adapted from Tara’s new book: Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of R.A.I.N.  In a far-off land, word spread far and wide of a holy man with magic so powerful it could relieve the most...
Blog: Soul Recovery: Healing the Shame of Trauma

Blog: Soul Recovery: Healing the Shame of Trauma

In Shamanistic cultures, it is believed that when a person is traumatized, their soul leaves their body as a way to protect itself from intolerable pain. In a process known as Soul Retrieval, trusted community members surround the person with tremendous love and...
Blog: Lessons from Kayaking: Finding a way to be with fear

Blog: Lessons from Kayaking: Finding a way to be with fear

Most of us spend a lot of our lives tensed up in fear, or pushing against fear. The fear might be fear of: Something going wrong Not being good enough Not being loved Losing something or someone we hold dear What fears do you live with? The key to being with fear is...
Blog: Can You Medicate Meditation?

Blog: Can You Medicate Meditation?

The use of anti-depressants by those involved in meditation practice is a very hot topic. Students often ask me things like, “If I take Prozac, isn’t that as good as giving up? Aren’t I admitting that meditation doesn’t work?” Those who’ve been advised by a doctor to...
Blog: The Trance of Fear

Blog: The Trance of Fear

All of us live with fear. Whenever fear takes over, we’re caught in what I call the trance of fear. As we tense in anticipation of what may go wrong, our heart and mind contract. We forget that there are people who care about us, and about our own ability to feel...
Blog: The Space Between the Logs

Blog: The Space Between the Logs

This is from a poem that I love. It’s called, “Fire” by Judy Brown. What makes a fire burn is the space between the logs, a breathing space. Too much of a good thing, too many logs packed in too tight can douse the flames almost as surely as a pail of water would. So...
Mindfulness Strategies for Working with Trauma and Strong Fear

Mindfulness Strategies for Working with Trauma and Strong Fear

View or download the print-friendly PDF version. For More Resources on Fear, See Working with Fear There are a number of mindfulness-based strategies that can temporarily calm us when fear is strong. These practices can be combined or sequenced in any way that you...