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From Dragons to Schmoos – Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence


From Dragons to Schmoos – Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence –

The trance of unworthiness is sustained by our aversion to the dragons – the difficult emotions and related behaviors that are a deeply conditioned part of the human experience. In this talk we explore the awakening that is possible as we recognize our reactive patterns and instead of judgment, offer a loving and healing presence (a favorite from the archives).

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke


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Trusting Your Basic Goodness: Part 2



Trusting Your Basic Goodness – Part 2

This talk continues the exploration of what causes our distrust of ourselves, others and life, and the pathways to realizing and trusting who we are. We explore the steps of awakening from limiting beliefs, dissolving the resistance to direct embodied presence, and discovering the space and tenderness – the formless dimension – that is indivisible and whole.

“How can we trust basic goodness, what lets us trust?”

“…imagine how might your life change if you dedicated yourself to realizing and trusting this basic goodness sometimes called Buddha nature or loving presence that’s within.”

Enjoy Part 1: Basic Trust

photo: Shell Fischer – www.mindfulvalley.com


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Basic Trust – Part 1


Basic Trust – Part 1 –

One of the expressions of an awakened heart-mind is a basic trust in reality. These talks explore the severed belonging that gives rise to mistrust, and two primary pathways to realizing and trusting the indivisible field of loving awareness that is our source (a favorite from the archives).

“To love without holding back – to really sense with the wisdom, the reality, that it’s right here – to live from wholeness. We have this capacity.”

“Who would you be if you trusted the basic goodness and beauty is living through you? How would your life be different if you trusted that spirit, love, awareness is what you are?”

photo: Janet


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Darkness of the Womb: Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering


Darkness of the Womb: Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering –

CC ~ We can either repeat old fear based patterns, or our suffering can awaken us to a deeper wisdom and greater love.  This talk explores four principles in relating to difficulty that move us towards healing and freedom—both personally and as a society.

Link to transcription here.

NOTE: Tara was traveling and teaching this week and asked that this talk from the archives be posted. The video is closed captioned.

photo: Shell Fischer – www.mindfulvalley.com


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Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 3: A Mirror


Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 3: A Mirror

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.

From the talk: “These are three qualities often described as the essence of awareness: wakeful, open, tender.”

And a blessing:
May all beings everywhere remember and trust the loving awareness that is our source.
May all beings everywhere live in natural and great peace.
May we touch true joy in living.
May all beings everywhere awaken and be free.”

photo: pixabay.com


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Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 2: Inner Fire


Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 2: Inner Fire

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.

photo: Shell Fischer – Mindfulvalley.com


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Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 1: Forgiveness


Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part I: 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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Love is Always Here



Love is Always Here –

One expression of suffering is forgetting that we are intrinsically lovable and worthy. This talk looks at the pathway to trusting our belonging, and focuses on the healing that comes from letting in love and mirroring others goodness.

Painting: Rembrandt’s “Return of the Prodigal Son”

Talk includes quotes from Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

You might also explore Tara’s book, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha.


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Radical Self-Honesty: The Joy of Getting Real



Radical Self-Honesty: The Joy of Getting Real –

Our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt, resisted parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can deepen self-honesty and reconnect to a wholeness of being that enables us to live with spontaneity, confidence, wisdom and love.

A quote by Elizabeth Lessor from the talk: “My prayer to god every day: Remove the veils so I might see what is really happening here and not be intoxicated by my stories and my fears.”

You might also explore Tara’s book, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha.

NOTE: Tara was away this week and asked for this favorite talk from 2014-11-05 be posted.


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Part 2: Refuge in the Wilderness – Coming Home to Embodied Presence


Part 2: Refuge in the Wilderness – Coming Home to Embodied Presence

When we live from our mental control towers, we are in a trance that confines our life. These two talks look at the primary ways we are conditioned to leave embodied presence, and the consequence of unlived life—being cut off from our vitality, intelligence and compassion. We then explore the teachings and practices that guide us to reconnect to our senses, and the sacred presence that underlies all lived experience.

Listen to the final meditation at the end of the talk: Brief Meditation: Entering the Wilderness.

Listen to Part 1 here: Part 1: Refuge in the Wilderness – Coming Home to Embodied Presence


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