A Grateful, Giving, Happy Heart

A Grateful, Giving, Happy Heart

Gratitude is like breathing in – letting ourselves be touched by the goodness in others and in our world. Generosity is like breathing out – sensing our mutual belonging and offering our care. When we are awake and whole, breathing in and out happens...
Tara Talks: When an Attempt at Reconnection Goes Astray (6:13 min.)

Tara Talks: When an Attempt at Reconnection Goes Astray (6:13 min.)

Deep reconciliation requires radically opening – inwardly to ourselves, then outwardly to the other – and saying, “OK… What’s it like to be you in this right now? I’m listening.” Listen to and watch the full talk: Listening to the Song – Part...
Power of Prayer: From Longing to Belonging

Power of Prayer: From Longing to Belonging

When we bring a full presence to prayer, it becomes a powerful pathway of homecoming. This talk explores how prayer heals the pain of separation, and offers practical guidance in what poet John O’Donohue calls “unearthing our ancient belonging.” “What’s it...
Accessing Innate Wisdom

Accessing Innate Wisdom

Wisdom is an innate capacity, but often covered over by trance. This talk explores how we abandon ourselves as we busily seek ways to feel more worthy, lovable and safe. We then look at the pathway home, the radical non-doing and space of silence that allows wisdom...
Anger: Responding, Not Reacting

Anger: Responding, Not Reacting

Anger is natural, intelligent and necessary for surviving and flourishing. Yet when we are hooked by anger, it causes great personal and collective suffering. This talk explores how to transform patterns of reactivity by bringing a mindful and compassionate attention...
Tara Talks: When an Attempt at Reconnection Goes Astray (6:13 min.)

Tara Talks: Not Enough Time (3:27 min.)

The more stressed we are, the more likely it is that we’ll mistake the needs of someone we care about for “an interruption.” Listen to and watch the full talk: Listening to the Song – Part 2
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...
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...
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...
True Resilience – Part 2: Awakening through All Circumstances

True Resilience – Part 2: Awakening through All Circumstances

Spiritual resilience enables us to deepen compassion and wisdom as we navigate life’s difficulties. In this two part series, we will look at the conditions that incline us towards or away from True Resilience, and explore practical and powerful practices that nourish...
Darkness of the Womb: Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering

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...
True Resilience – Part 1: Awakening through All Circumstances

True Resilience – Part 1: Awakening through All Circumstances

Spiritual resilience enables us to deepen compassion and wisdom as we navigate life’s difficulties. In this two part series, we will look at the conditions that incline us towards or away from True Resilience, and explore practical and powerful practices that nourish...
Three Blessings in Spiritual Life – Part 3: A Mirror

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...