Category Archives: Pandemic

Remembering Goodness: Three Gestures of Love



This talk explores the power of forgiveness, love and gratitude in re-connecting to our light and awareness, and being able to see the sacredness that shines through everyone.

Within times of crisis practicing these gestures of love can truly feel like a pathway home. The talk gives a simple yet powerful way of arousing loving presence and dissolving the narrow identification that keeps us from inhabiting our awakened heartmind. Tara offers this favorite from the archives with an updated introductory message.


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Embracing Uncertainty: Sheltering in Love – Part 9



How we tolerate uncertainty – during current times and throughout our lives – has a powerful effect on our capacity for presence, aliveness and love.

This talk explores the conditioned ways of reacting to insecurity that contract us, and pathways of letting go of resistance, opening to Beginner’s mind and discovering a timeless, wise and loving presence in the midst of inevitable change.


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Sheltering in Love – Part 8: Finding Freedom in the Midst of Failure



Everyone faces personal failure, and it’s an extremely raw and painful feeling. If we have the courage to stay with the feelings, failure can become a portal to the realization of who we are beyond the imperfect separate self. This talk calls on Samuel Beckett’s wonderful quote (referenced by Pema Chödron), “Fail, Fail again, Fail better,” and offers guidance on finding freedom as we move through some of our most difficult moments.


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Sheltering in Love – Part 7: Awakening from the Prison of Blame



A key way stress disconnects us from ourselves and each other is through the limbic reactivity of blame. This talk helps us to recognize the suffering of chronic blame, resentment and anger, and to bring a healing presence to the vulnerability that underlies blame.

photo credit: Donna Russo


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Sheltering In Love – Part 6: Loneliness as a Portal to Sacred Presence (Part 2 of 2)



The root of suffering is the pain of separation, the fears and loneliness that arise when we have forgotten our intrinsic belonging to each other and to all of life.

These two talks look at the epidemic of loneliness predating the pandemic, and how loneliness is exacerbated in our current global crisis for those living alone, and for those feeling disconnected to themselves and others.

We then explore how a courageous practice of compassionate presence – with our inner life, and in relationships – can turn the energy of loneliness into a current of healing and freedom.

My soul tells me, we were
all broken from the same nameless
heart, and every living thing
wakes with a piece of that original
heart aching its way into blossom.
This is why we know each other
below our strangeness, why when
we fall, we lift each other, or when
in pain, we hold each other, why
when sudden with joy, we dance
together. Life is the many pieces
of that great heart loving itself
back together.

~ Mark Nepo


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Meditation: Awakening Through the Animal-Headed Deities (13:48 min.)



This short meditation guides us in engaging with challenging emotions with presence and compassion. By opening to the “deities” we discover an open heartspace that can hold and respond to our hurting world (from the closing meditation of “Sheltering in Love – Part 4”).

Listen to the full talk: Sheltering In Love – Part 4


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Meditation: Relaxing Back into Natural Awareness (27:09 min.)



In this meditation we are guided to discover the space and aliveness that fills the body, sense the space in the universe, and then to realize our Beingness as continuous space, filled with the light of awareness. When our attention contracts into thoughts, the pathway to awareness is a relaxing back, reopening to the natural openness, silence and stillness of our true nature.

NOTE: Listening carefully, you may hear birds singing in the background, then a gentle rain.


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Sheltering In Love – Part 5: Loneliness as a Portal to Sacred Presence – Part 1 of 2



The root of suffering is the pain of separation, the fears and loneliness that arise when we have forgotten our intrinsic belonging to each other and to all of life.

These next two talks look at the epidemic of loneliness predating the pandemic, and how loneliness is exacerbated in our current global crisis for those living alone, and for those feeling disconnected to themselves and others.

We then explore how a courageous practice of compassionate presence – with our inner life, and in relationships – can turn the energy of loneliness into a current of healing and freedom.

“We can’t really flourish without feeling belonging to a larger source of presence.” ~ Tara

Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly. Let it cut you more deep. Let it ferment and season you as few humans and even divine ingredients can. Something missing in my heart tonight has made my eyes so soft, my voice so tender, my need for God absolutely clear. ~ Hafiz

Enjoy the other parts:
Part 1: Sheltering In Love
Part 2: Sheltering In Love
Part 3: Sheltering In Love
Part 4: Sheltering In Love


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Sheltering In Love – Part 4



During this time of pandemic, we need, more than ever, to feel our connectedness—true belonging with our own being, each other and all life.

These talks explore the bodhisattva path – practices of an awakening being dedicated to living from love. The invitation is to let this season of close-in and global suffering deepen our collective commitment to creating a more compassionate world. Part 4 explores how the difficult emotions we all face can become direct portals to an inner refuge of sacred space.

I want to believe I am looking 
Into the white fire of a great mystery.
That the light is everything—
that it is more than the sum
Of each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do.

Mary Oliver, House of Light

Enjoy the other parts:
Part 1: Sheltering In Love
Part 2: Sheltering In Love
Part 3: Sheltering In Love
Part 5: Sheltering In Love


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Sheltering In Love – Part 3



During this time of pandemic, we need, more than ever, to feel our connectedness—true belonging with our own being, each other and all life.

These talks explore the bodhisattva path – practices of an awakening being dedicated to living from love. The invitation is to let this season of close-in and global suffering deepen our collective commitment to creating a more compassionate world.

Every time I take a step in the direction of generosity, I know that I’m moving from fear to love. ~ Henri Nouwen

Enjoy the other parts:
Part 1: Sheltering In Love
Part 2: Sheltering In Love
Part 4: Sheltering In Love
Part 5: Sheltering In Love

Photo by Jonathan Foust (JonathanFoust.com)


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