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Dissolving Trance with RAIN


Dissolving Trance with RAIN ~

One of the pervasive expressions of trance is identifying with a limited and separate sense of self.  This talk contrasts the self-trance to our intrinsically open, awake and loving awareness. We then explore how the mindfulness and self-compassion in the RAIN practice can directly dissolve trance and reconnect us to our true nature.

photo: JonathanFoust.com


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The Revolution of Tenderness – Part I


The Revolution of Tenderness – Part I ~

A two-talk series explores our capacity to be tender – sensitive and responsive to ourselves and others. This capacity marks a radical evolutionary shift from a self-centered existence shaped by fear, to a life lived from the realization of our collective belonging and the preciousness of all life. The talks examine the conditioning that inclines us toward dissociation and emotional reactivity, and the practices of presence that evolve our heart and awareness.

~ from the talk: Pope Francis invites us to “live the revolution of tenderness,” which is expressed through closeness, compassion and service…

photo: Janet (and Leo)


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Trusting the Gold (retreat talk)


Trusting the Gold (retreat talk)

When we are unaware of the emotions and beliefs that shape our experience, we are in a trance characterized by an identity as a separate, incomplete self. Trance obscures the awareness and love that is our deepest essence. This talk explores the two key pathways of awakening from trance and recognizing and trusting the gold of our true nature. (talk given at the IMCW Fall retreat on 2016-11-10)

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at www.tarabrach.com/donation/.

With gratitude and love, Tara

photo: Shell Fischer – www.mindfulvalley.com


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The Wings of Awakening – Self-Honesty & Love (retreat talk)


The Wings of Awakening – Self-Honesty and Love (retreat talk)

We evolve our consciousness by bringing a clear and kind attention to the tangles of suffering. This talk explores how the “second arrow” of self-judgment imprisons us in emotional reactivity, and the pathways of awakening awareness that reconnect us with our full human potential. (This talk was given at the 2016 IMCW fall retreat.)

photo: Jon McRay

 


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Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times – Part 2


Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times – Part 2 –

The shadow is the unfaced, unlived fears and emotional pain in our individual and collective psyche. When not brought into awareness it expresses as “no” – the anger, aggression, hopelessness and cynicism that is resisting and opposing life. In this talk we explore how to evolve our consciousness by bringing “yes” – clarity and loving acceptance – to the parts of our being we have been unwilling to feel. This loving “yes” reconnects us to our basic goodness and helps others do the same.

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at www.tarabrach.com/donation/.

With gratitude and love, Tara

photo: Jon McRay


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Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times (Part 1)


Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times – Part 1

On both individual and societal levels, suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche. This talk looks at two interrelated ways of practice that help us to awaken from a limiting self-sense characterized by “something is wrong with me, or you.”  In addition to guided meditations, our time includes sharing from participants.


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Seeking What’s True – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – (Part 3)


Seeking What’s True  – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – (Part 3)

The ground of the spiritual path is realizing the nature of reality and living our lives from this awakened heart and mind. The first of this three-part series examines the process of radical self-honesty – the non-judgmental recognition of what’s going on inside us, and especially what has been outside of our conscious awareness. The second talk deepens this process with the practices of self-inquiry, looking directly into the one who is seeking truth. The third part explores the challenges and blessings of honesty in our relationships.

photo: Shell Fischer


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Seeking What’s True – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – (Part 2 of 3)


Seeking What’s True  – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – (Part 2 of 3)

The ground of the spiritual path is realizing the nature of reality and living our lives from this awakened heart and mind. The first of this three-part series examines the process of radical self-honesty – the non-judgmental recognition of what’s going on inside us, and especially what has been outside of our conscious awareness. The second talk deepens this process with the practices of self-inquiry, looking directly into the one who is seeking truth. The third part explores the challenges and blessings of honesty in our relationships.


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Seeking What’s True – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – Part 1


Seeking What’s True  – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – (Part 1 of 3)

The ground of the spiritual path is realizing the nature of reality and living our lives from this awakened heart and mind. The first of this three-part series examines the process of radical self-honesty – the non-judgmental recognition of what’s going on inside us, and especially what has been outside of our conscious awareness. The second talk deepens this process with the practices of self-inquiry, looking directly into the one who is seeking truth. The third part explores the challenges and blessings of honesty in our relationships.

photo: Jon McRay


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Spiritual Empowerment ~ “a heart that is ready for anything”


Spiritual Empowerment ~ A Heart that is Ready for Anything ~

When we are trying to control life, we are removed from presence, and act in ways that separate us from others and solidify the experience of being a insecure self. This talk explores our often unconscious strategies of seeking power, and the ways that mindful and compassionate awareness reconnects us to the source of true empowerment. When empowered we tap into the universal flow of love, wisdom and creativity. We are free to respond to life with “a heart that is ready for anything.”

Your support enables us to continue to offer these talks freely. If you value them, I hope you will consider offering a donation at this time at www.tarabrach.com/donation/.

With gratitude and love, Tara


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