Category Archives: Forgiveness

Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame – Part 3



Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and to open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part I focuses on chronic self-judgment; Part 2 on the places of deep self-condemnation, and Part 3 on where we have locked into anger, blame or hatred of others. Each includes guided reflections that can support us in directly awakening beyond the confining thoughts and feelings of blame.

We forgive for the freedom of our hearts…

Listen to Part 1 here: Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame – Part 1

Listen to Part 2 here: Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame – Part 2


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Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame – Part 2



Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and to open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part I focuses on chronic self-judgment; Part 2 on the places of deep self-condemnation, and Part 3 on where we have locked into anger, blame or hatred of others. Each includes guided reflections that can support us in directly awakening beyond the confining thoughts and feelings of blame.

My beloved child, break your heart no longer.
Each time you judge yourself, you break your own heart;
you stop feeding on the love which is the well-spring of your vitality.
The time is come. Your time to see, to celebrate, to live, to trust the goodness that you are.
Let no one, no thing, no idea or ideal obstruct you.
And if one comes, even the name of truth, forgive it for its unknowing.
Do not fight. Stop the war and let go.
And breathe into the goodness that you are.
~ Bapu-ji

Listen to Part 1 here: Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame – Part 1


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Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame – Part 1



Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and to open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part 1 focuses on chronic self-judgment; Part 2 on the places of deep self-condemnation, and Part 3 on where we have locked into anger, blame or hatred of others. Each includes guided reflections that can support us in directly awakening beyond the confining thoughts and feelings of blame.

“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.”
~ Rumi

Listen to Part 2 here: Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame – Part 2


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Short Talk & Meditation: Forgiving and Freeing Our Hearts (36:53 min)



Forgiveness for others becomes possible when we’ve held our own being with great compassion. This short talk and guided meditation brings forth our most awake and tender presence as we ask for forgiveness, offer care to the woundedness within us, and then extend forgiveness to another who has hurt us. (from the Spring 2018 IMCW 7-day Silent Retreat)

Join Tara in a 10-day online course on forgiveness available through Insight Timer: Free Yourself From Blame & Resentment.


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Disarming Our Hearts: Letting Go of Blame (retreat talk)



Anger, judgment and blame create separation—from our inner life and our world. Only by releasing chronic blame can we free our hearts to truly give and receive love. This talk looks at the difference between healthy anger and the trance of blame, and through a set of reflections, teachings and stories, guides us in healing and freeing our hearts.

(from the Spring 2018 IMCW 7-Day Silent Retreat – previously unpublished)


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Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 1: Forgiveness



This 3- part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of “who am I” that reveals our deepest nature.


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Instruction & Meditation: A Forgiving Heart (36:04 min) (retreat)



A forgiving heart clears the way for giving and receiving love freely.  This talk and meditation explores where we have become habituated in blame towards ourselves and others, and a classic three part reflection that can loosen and release the armoring around our hearts. (a guided heart meditation from the 2017 IMCW Spring Retreat)

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Instruction and Question-Response during Retreat (9:44 min)



Topics include individualizing your meditation practice, working with the “tangles,” forgiveness practice, and using the “N-Nurturing” of RAIN. Given during the 2017 IMCW Spring Retreat.

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Meditation: Guided Heart Forgiveness (28:50 min)



Tara gives brief instructions on the forgiveness practice, then guides us through a process of forgiveness of ourselves and others.

“Forgiving is a movement of your heart not to carry aversive hatred or blame. That you can care about someone and still create boundaries… Each of you has this wisdom, heart, being place that intuits that there really isn’t freedom in the moments that you’re carrying blame and judgment.”

(from the Spring 2016 IMCW 7-day retreat)

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With gratitude and love, Tara


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The RAIN of Forgiveness



The capacity to release the armoring of hatred and blame is intrinsic to our evolving consciousness.  This talk explores the process of authentic forgiveness, and how we can use the mindfulness-based tool of RAIN to heal and free our hearts.

More Resources on RAIN: Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture


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