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Shifting from Limbic to Liberating Intention



Becoming conscious of our intentions is the first step to truly aligning our life with our heart. This talk explores identifying when we are being driven by grasping and fear, and ways we can bring compassion to unmet needs and discover the deeper longing – the liberating intention – that guides us to freedom.

Gamble everything for love if you are a true human being. Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty. You set out to find God, but then you keep stopping for long periods at mean-spirited roadhouses. ~ Rumi

The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form of contemporary violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone and everything, is to succumb to violence. ~ Thomas Merton

Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself, What is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it’s right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it. ~ Oprah Winfrey


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The Three Refuges – Gateways to Belonging and Freedom



We all need ways to guide our attention that allow us to find wisdom, love and freedom in the midst of our lives. This talk reviews three archetypal gateways—Buddha/awareness, Dharma/truth, and Sangha/loving community. Through teachings, guided meditations and a traditional refuge ritual, we engage together in bringing alive these pathways to healing and peace. (Note: Includes Refuges string tying ceremony and chanting the Refuges at end)

St. Teresa of Avila says, “Only at the shrine where all are welcome will God sing loud enough to be heard.”

Elizabeth Lesser writes: “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.”

Enjoy a Reflection on The Three Refuges


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The Power of Awake Awareness (retreat talk)



We all encounter “demons” of fear, anger, hurt, craving and shame. This talk explores our key ways of resisting difficult emotions, and how “when the resistance is gone, the demons are gone.” We look at the power of mindfulness and compassion to undo resistance, and open us to the loving presence that can handle whatever energies arise. This special talk was given at the 2019 IMCW 5-Day New Year’s Silent Retreat.

photo: Jonathan Foust


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Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk)



When we are suffering, we are believing something untrue – usually a limiting story about who we are. This talk explores the roots of our self-doubts, and the teachings and practices that remind us of our basic goodness – the loving awareness that is our source (given at the Fall 2019 IMCW 7-Day Silent Retreat – 2019-11-06).

Carlos Castaneda – the Don Juan books – puts this way. He says, “You talk to yourself too much. You’re not unique in that every one of us does. We maintain our world with our inner dialogue. A man or woman of knowledge is aware that the world will change completely as soon as they stop talking to themselves.”

Sri Nisargadatta says, “Love tells me I’m everything. Wisdom tells me I’m nothing. Between the two my life flows.”

I really invite you to experiment and find the way of remembering love that warms your heart because it’ll help you trust your heart and we deep down really want to trust the goodness of our hearts.

May we trust who we are. ~ Tara

Photo: Jon McRay


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Part 3 – Radical Compassion – Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing



Drawn from Tara’s new book, Radical Compassion (2020), these three talks explore how the RAIN practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) awakens the active, embodied caring that heals and frees our hearts.

Check www.tarabrach.com for more information on Tara’s new book, including links to order.

…the alchemy of compassion is unless we’re willing to feel… unless we’re willing to be touched by suffering, it will be a sort of abstract kind of compassion – it won’t be real tenderness – a really awake heart. Radical compassion is when there’s a tenderness and an active caring…

The heart becomes a transformer of sorrows if you know how to breathe in, but also breathe out and really offer out either through prayer or active helping. People who can actively engage their caring actually feel better because they’re not bottled up and paralyzed.

~ Tara

Link to Part 1 Radical Compassion – Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing
Link to Part 2 Radical Compassion – Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing


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Part 2 – Radical Compassion – Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing



Drawn from Tara’s new book, Radical Compassion (2020), these three talks explore how the RAIN practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) awakens the active, embodied caring that heals and frees our hearts.

Check www.tarabrach.com for more information on Tara’s new book, including links to order.

“Be Ground
Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are.
You’ve been stony for too many years.
Try something different.
Surrender.”
~ Jalaluddin Rumi

This talk also freely available on Insight Timer in audio.

Enjoy the transcript in blog format that includes cuts from the meditations from the talk – also on Insight Timer.

Link to Part 1 Radical Compassion – Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing
Link to Part 3 Radical Compassion – Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing


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Part 1 – Radical Compassion – Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing



Drawn from Tara’s new book, Radical Compassion (2020), these three talks explore how the RAIN practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) awakens the active, embodied caring that heals and frees our hearts.

Check www.tarabrach.com for more information on Tara’s new book, including links to order.

This talk also freely available on Insight Timer.

Enjoy the transcript in blog format that includes cuts from the meditations from the talk – also on Insight Timer.

Link to Part 2 Radical Compassion – Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing
Link to Part 3 Radical Compassion – Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing


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Gratitude: Entering Sacred Relationship



Gratitude arises when we are in sacred relationship with life—present, open and receptive. This talk explores how central gratitude is to our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and then looks at the ways we can directly gladden our minds with gratitude. We end with a guided meditation that includes sharings from the group, and a poem of blessing by John O’Donohue with a brief cut from Robert Gass – Om Namaha Shivaya.

View and download transcript: Gratitude: Entering Sacred Relationship

A Blessing for Beauty

May the beauty of your life become more visible to you, that you may glimpse your wild divinity.

May the wonders of the earth call you forth from all your small, secret prisons and set your feet free in the pastures of possibilities.

May the light of dawn anoint your eyes that you may behold what a miracle a day is.

May the liturgy of twilight shelter all your fears and darkness within the circle of ease.

May the angel of memory surprise you in bleak times with new gifts from the harvest of your vanished days.

May you allow no dark hand to quench the candle of hope in your heart.

May you discover a new generosity towards yourself, and encourage yourself to engage your life as a great adventure.

May the outside voices of fear and despair find no echo in you.

May you always trust the urgency and wisdom of your own spirit.

May the shelter and nourishment of all the good you have done, the love you have shown, the suffering you have carried, awaken around you to bless your life a thousand times.

And when love finds the path to your door may you open like the earth to the dawn, and trust your every hidden color towards its nourishment of light.

May you find enough stillness and silence to savor the kiss of God on your soul and delight in the eternity that shaped you, that holds you and calls you.

And may you know that despite confusion, anxiety and emptiness, your name is written in Heaven.

And may you come to see your life as a quiet sacrament of service, which awakens around you a rhythm where doubt gives way to the grace of wonder, where what is awkward and strained can find elegance, and where crippled hope can find wings, and torment enter at last unto the grace of serenity.

May Divine Beauty bless you.

John O’Donohue, from Beauty – The Invisible Embrace


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Listening to the Song – Part 2 – “Removing the Fluff”



Listening is our gateway to intimacy with our inner life, each other, our earth and spirit. These two talks look at the ways that listening gets blocked and the teachings and practices that help us cultivate the gift of a deep and healing listening presence.

When Someone Deeply Listens to You

When someone deeply listens to you
it is like holding out a dented cup
you’ve had since childhood
and watching it fill up with
cold, fresh water.
When it balances on top of the brim,
you are understood.
When it overflows and touches your skin,
You are loved.

When someone deeply listens to you,
the room where you stay
starts a new life
and the place where you wrote
your first poem
begins to glow in your mind’s eye.
It is as if gold has been discovered!

When someone deeply listens to you,
your bare feet are on the earth
and a beloved land that seemed distant
is now at home within you.

by John Fox in Finding What You Didn’t Lose

Enjoy Listening to the Song, Part 1

Other resources on Listening here.


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Listening to the Song – Part 1



Listening is our gateway to intimacy with our inner life, each other, our earth and spirit. These two talks look at the ways that listening gets blocked and the teachings and practices that help us cultivate the gift of a deep and healing listening presence.

To listen is to lean in softly with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.
~ Mark Nepo

Choose one low hanging leaf
Heart-shaped
Still attached to Mother Birch
and listen to all it has to say.
The sound its slender veins make turning light to sugar.
The exaltation of wind.
Water sipped through straws of branches of the roots.
How it and its sisters communicate with birds
and how it refracts the sun in your eyes
searching for the right thing to say and when.
The queue will be obvious when it’s your turn to speak
It’s palm will fall upon yours face down.
Blind sentences touching the breath of your hand
then whispering the language that green understands.

Birch ~ by Ann Emerson

Enjoy the meditation given before the talk:
The Silence that is Listening

Other resources on Listening here.


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