Category Archives: Talks for Beginners

Embodied Awareness – Embracing Unlived Life – Part 2


Embodied Awareness – Embracing Unlived Life – Part 2 ~

When we disconnect from the aliveness of our body, we are in a trance that prevents us from living and loving fully. These two talks examine our habits of dissociation – including the cutting off that comes from trauma – and the suffering of “unlived life” that this creates. We then look at how practices of mindfulness and compassion, guided by the acronym RAIN, enable us to re-enter our bodies, and discover the creativity, love and wisdom that naturally flow from embodied awareness.

photo: Janet


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Embodied Awareness – Embracing Unlived Life – Part 1


When we disconnect from the aliveness of our body, we are in a trance that prevents us from living and loving fully. These two talks examine our habits of dissociation, and the suffering of “unlived life” that this creates. We then look at how practices of mindfulness and compassion, guided by the acronym RAIN, enable us to re-enter our bodies, and discover the creativity, love and wisdom that naturally flow from embodied awareness.

If you wish to practice the reflection at the end of the talk, here is the link:
Reflection: RAIN – Entering the Wilderness (10:10 min)

NOTE: from the talk: John Muir: “Here is a calm so deep, grasses cease waving. Everything in wild nature fits into us, as if truly part and parent to us. The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substances of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls. And every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks, in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.”

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With thanks and love, Tara


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The RAIN of Self-Compassion


This talk explores three key features of the trance of unworthiness and introduces a guided meditation based on the acronym RAIN that awakens self-compassion and de-conditions the suffering of being at war with ourselves.

Please visit www.tarabrach.com/selfcompassion1/ for a written description of the RAIN practice.

Note: poem, “She Dreamed of Cows” is by Norah Pollard.

photo credit: Jon McRay


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Part 2: Beyond the Fear Body


A central part of spiritual awakening is recognizing and befriending fear, and in the tender intensity of fear, discovering the awakened heart. In these two talks we explore the suffering of becoming identified with the fear body, and the skillful means that enable a full and liberating presence with fear.


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Part 1: Beyond the Fear Body


A central part of spiritual awakening is recognizing and befriending fear, and in the tender intensity of fear, discovering the awakened heart. In these two talks we explore the suffering of becoming identified with the fear body, and the skillful means that enable a full and liberating presence with fear.


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Part 2: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice


This two-part series offers a clear and fresh understanding of practices that cultivate mindful awareness. The first class examines our attitude towards practice and gives guidance on posture, establishing an anchor for attention, and learning to concentrate and collect the mind – “coming back.” The second class focuses on the practice of mindfulness – “being here,” and the component qualities of clear recognition and an allowing non-judgmental presence.


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Part 1: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice


This two-part series offers a clear and fresh understanding of practices that cultivate mindful awareness. The first class examines our attitude towards practice and gives guidance on posture, establishing an anchor for attention, and learning to concentrate and collect the mind – “coming back.” The second class focuses on the practice of mindfulness – “being here,” and the component qualities of clear recognition and an allowing non-judgmental presence.


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Stress and Our Evolving Consciousness


The universal experience of stress (in Buddhism, called dukkha) is a message that we are not realizing, trusting and living from our true nature. Our habitual reactions to stress – grasping, aversion, resistance – deepen emotional pain and lock us in a limiting sense of egoic-self. This talk explores how, with conscious intention and deepened attention, the stressful difficulties we encounter can become the very grounds of healing and spiritual awakening.


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Cultivating Equanimity (Duck Meditation)


Equanimity, the mindful presence that neither grasps nor resists experience, is the grounds for unconditional love and wise action. This talk explores the conditioning that entraps us in reactivity, and two primary pathways for coming home to this natural state of balance and presence.


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Committing to Joy


What makes joy rare? How do we awaken this beautiful capacity to embrace life? In this talk we explore the obstacles to joy and the attitude and practices that free us to “love what is.”


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