Category Archives: Videos

Seeing Basic Goodness – Part 1



Most of us long to trust our goodness, but get caught in stories of deficiency and striving to affirm we’re ok. These talks look at the block to realizing the loving awareness that is our essence, and the practices that help us see this essential goodness – in ourselves, dear ones and in those we might habitually consider different or “other.” Both talks include reflections that can help us appreciate the basic goodness that lives through these precious, changing forms.

“Saints are what they are, not because their sanctity makes them admirable to others, but because the gift of sainthood makes it possible for them to admire everyone else.” -Thomas Merton


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Tara Talks – Guided Practice: When the Pain is Too Strong (5:47 min.)



When pain is intense, it is not always wise or compassionate to open to it directly. In this short video, Tara explores ways to work with pain when it feels like too much to bear.

Listen to and watch the full talk: Awakening Our Body’s Awareness – Part 2 – (Working with Pain)



From Head to Heart



If we are suffering, we are believing an interpretation of reality that is limiting and untrue. At these times we are imprisoned in a painful looping of fear-driven thoughts and feelings. This talk explores the ways our practices of mindfulness, compassion and loving presence can guide us from addictive thinking to perceiving life with a wise heart.


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Namaste: Seeing the Truth of Who We Are



A gift of evolving consciousness is the capacity to recognize and honor the sacred awareness that lives through our own and all beings. This capacity is blocked by our identification with our “mask” or ego self, and not seeing past other people’s masks. In this talk we reflect together on some key filters of superior/inferior and good/bad that shape the trance of a narrowed identity, and then explore how mindfulness and kindness free us to inhabit the vastness of our natural awareness. We close with tasting the possibility of bringing the spirit of Namaste to ourselves, others and all beings.

Rumi writes: ““Are you searching for your true self? Then come out of your own prison. Leave the little creek and join the mighty river that flows into the ocean. Like an ox, don’t pull the wheel of this world on your back. Take off the burden. Whirl and circle, and rise above the wheel of the world. There is another view.”


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Awakening Our Body’s Awareness – Part 1



CC ~ Mindful awareness of our bodies is a portal to full aliveness, wisdom and love. These two classes will explore the trance that takes us away from our body, the pathways home, ways of working with pain, and the gifts of an embodied presence.

“Inside this clay jug there are canyons and pine mountains,
and the maker of canyons and mountains!
All seven oceans are inside, and hundreds of millions of stars.”

Kabir

Listen to Part 2 – Awakening Our Body’s Awareness


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Equanimity – Part 4 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love



Part 4: Equanimity – unfolds as we find a wise balance and spaciousness in the midst of this living, dying world.

This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings and practices that nurture their unfolding.

“These are the questions of equanimity: What’s happening right now? and Can I be with this?

When you ask these questions and really contact what is happening and let it be, you become the ocean that has room for the waves.”


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Tara Talks: Who We Are, Beyond the Changing Forms (6:02 min.)



Opening to impermanence reveals who we are beyond these changing forms.

In this short video, you’ll find a moving example of how bringing full presence to our deepest losses connects us with timeless love.

Listen to and watch the full talk at:
River of Change – Part 1: Bringing a Wise Heart to this Impermanent Life



Tara Talks – Reflection: Installing a Beneficial Mind-State (6:53 min.)



What state of heart or mind do you wish you could experience more regularly? Is it peace? Gratitude? Love? You can apply your meditation to transform passing states into enduring traits.

In this short video, Tara will guide you in a practice to rewire your brain, body and mind for increased access to full loving. You can apply this same process to any innate capacity you want to cultivate.

Listen: Reflection: Cultivating a Loving Heart (7:10 min.)

For Tara’s full talk, go to: True Resilience – Part 2: Awakening through All Circumstances



Joy – Part 3 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love



Part 3: Joy – blossoms in the moments our hearts open boundlessly to reality, to the 10,000 joys and sorrows.

This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings and practices that nurture their unfolding.

Happiness cannot be found
through great effort and willpower,
but is already here, right now,
in relaxation and letting go.

Lama Gendun Rinpoche


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Tara Talks – Guided Reflection: From “If Only” Trance to Open-Hearted Presence (7:47 min.)



When we notice that we’re in the trance of “if-only” mind, we can choose to re-open and surrender to what is right here. When we make that U-Turn and stay with our experience with kindness, we find a sense of goodness in that presence. This is the beginning of joy.

Listen to and watch the full talk: Joy – Part 3 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love