Tag Archives: meditation

Meditation: Awake & Open Awareness (23:32 min)



This calming meditation practice helps settle the mind with the breath and then opens to the changing flow of experience, letting life be just as it is.


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Meditation: Awake and Open Awareness (with Om’s) (28:01 min.)



(with community chanting of Om’s) – This practice helps settle the mind with the breath and then opens to the changing flow of experience, letting life be just as it is.


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Heart Meditation: Loving Presence (33:55 min)


Scanning the body, filling it with the image of a smile, meditation continues with loving presence of someone easy to love, our own being, and offering care to others. – from 2015 fall IMCW retreat


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Part 2: Awakening through Anger – The U-Turn to Freedom



While we have strong conditioning to react to aggression with more aggression, we have the capacity to pause, and instead deepen attention and connect to our natural wisdom and empathy.  This talk looks at how we can directly engage in this evolutionary adaptation when we encounter trauma related conflict in our personal lives, and in a parallel way when groups of people who have been part of traumatizing conflict seek reconciliation and healing.


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Compass of Our Heart



All of our actions, our entire life experience, arises from the energy of intention.  While it’s natural that our intentions are shaped by egoic wants and fears, when we bring this into conscious, compassionate awareness, we can discover the deep aspiration that guides and energizes our awakening hearts and minds. This talk explores the movement from egoic intention to liberating intention…the movement from “my will” to “my heart’s will.”

photo: Shell Fischer


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Genuine Acceptance


Our capacity to accept this life is key to our freedom, yet there are many misconceptions about acceptance: People wonder, if acceptance makes us a doormat in relationships? Isn’t acceptance akin to resignation? Doesn’t it make us passive when what is needed is action? This talk explores some of the misunderstandings about acceptance and offers teachings on the nature of genuine and liberating acceptance.

(Tara is traveling; here’s a favorite from 2009)


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True Happiness: Realizing Well-Being



True Happiness: Realizing Well-Being –

  CC   ~ Well being is the deep contentment that arises from a relaxed, wakeful presence. This talk explores the beliefs and habits that contract us away from presence, and several key ways we can nourish our natural capacity for happiness.

“May all beings everywhere discover the true happiness that is their innate potential.
May all beings rest in that well-being-ness.
And may, from that presence, may there be peace, love and freedom.
May all beings awaken.
May all beings everywhere be free.
Namaste.”


View or download the transcript (PDF) of “True Happiness: Realizing Well-Being”



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