Talks: Reflections on the Path

Part 1: Stress and Meditation

Part 1: Stress and Meditation

When we are suffering from stress, we are paying attention to our world in a narrow and rigid way. Through meditations that cultivate a wakeful and open attention, we can dramatically transform the feelings of anxiety and aloneness that underlie all stress.

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Stepping Out of Time

Stepping Out of Time

We spend much of our life on our way somewhere else, driven by the sense that something is missing or wrong. This talk explores the suffering that arises from our addiction to busyness and “doing,” and the healing, loving and wisdom that arise when we take refuge in presence.

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Remembering Love (retreat talk)

Remembering Love (retreat talk)

Tara taught at the IMCW spring retreat in Reisterstown, MD this week - below is her Monday evening talk. Apologies for the static in the background - it is constant from an air handler in the meditation hall.

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Stepping Out of Time

The Blessings of Embodied Awareness

One expression of our suffering is homelessness–feeling cut off from the presence and aliveness that is our source. This talk explores the existential and cultural forces that foster disconnection from our physical and energetic being, the practices that enable us to embrace our unlived life and the gifts of homecoming.

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Stepping Out of Time

Part 2: Realizing True Well-Being

Buddhist psychology and the Western oriented field of positive psychology agree: How we pay attention determines whether we live primarily in fear and judgment, or happiness and peace. This two part series explores the teachings, practices and attitudes that enable us to live a meaningful life with a heart that is “happy for no reason.”

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Part 1: Realizing True Well-Being

Part 1: Realizing True Well-Being

Buddhist psychology and the Western oriented field of positive psychology agree: How we pay attention determines whether we live primarily in fear and judgment, or happiness and peace. This two part series explores the teachings, practices and attitudes that enable us to live a...

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Stepping Out of Time

Realizing Truth – The Power of Wise Inquiry

The Buddha considered investigation to be a crucial capacity on the spiritual path. This talk explores how interest and wise inquiry serve emotional healing, intimacy with others and revealing the truth that sets us free.

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Stepping Out of Time

Part 2: The Healing Power of Self-Compassion

Learning to hold our own lives with a gentle compassion is a key element in all emotional healing and spiritual awakening. This two part series explores the suffering of being at war with ourselves and the pathway to freeing our hearts. Music at end is Libby Roderick, "How...

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Stepping Out of Time

Part 2: The Healing Power of Self-Compassion

Learning to hold our own lives with a gentle compassion is a key element in all emotional healing and spiritual awakening. This two part series explores the suffering of being at war with ourselves and the pathway to freeing our hearts. Music at end is Libby Roderick, “How Could Anyone?”

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Stepping Out of Time

Part 1: The Healing Power of Self-Compassion

Learning to hold our own lives with a gentle compassion is a key element in all emotional healing and spiritual awakening. This two part series explores the suffering of being at war with ourselves and the pathway to freeing our hearts. Music at end is Libby Roderick, “How Could Anyone?”

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Stepping Out of Time

Impermanence: the Gifts of Facing Reality

Only by opening our hearts to change and loss can we live and love fully. Yet much of our life is organized around finding ground-- avoiding the insecurity of change, loss and death. This talk explores how our ways of grasping and resisting remove us from the spontaneity and...

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Stepping Out of Time

Trusting Our Secret Beauty

When caught in emotional suffering, we sense that we are living from a reactive, contracted place, and don't trust or like ourselves. This talk explores the severed belonging that is the genesis of that doubt, and the two wings of mindful presence and love that carry us home to...

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Stepping Out of Time

Healing into Life and Death

Given the universal truth that these bodies get sick and they die, what allows us to find freedom, happiness and peace in the midst? This talk explores how, when we get caught in the suffering that arises from physical sickness, we can take refuge in presence and love.

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When We Are Lost

When We Are Lost

It's part of our make up to get lost in the trance of thinking-- to believe our thoughts to be real and to live in the story of a separate, endangered self. It is also our capacity to recognize our trance and choose presence. This talk explores how the practice of pausing and...

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Stepping Out of Time

Part 2 – The Sure Heart’s Release

Our longing is to realize and embody loving presence, yet we each have deeply conditioned habits that bind our hearts. This talk reflects on these habits, and explores how we can free ourselves by bringing a mindful, compassionate attention to places where we are most trapped in feeling separate, fearful and unworthy.

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Stepping Out of Time

Part 1 – The Sure Heart’s Release

Our longing is to realize and embody loving presence, yet we each have deeply conditioned habits that bind our hearts. This talk reflects on these habits, and explores how we can free ourselves by bringing a mindful, compassionate attention to places where we are most trapped in feeling separate, fearful and unworthy.

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Stepping Out of Time

Inviting Life’s Difficulties to Tea

One of the most illuminating themes in the Buddha’s life story was the regular appearance of Mara–god of selfishness and greed, anger and fear, doubt and shame. Each time Mara surfaced, the Buddha’s response was to say “I see you Mara,” and invite him to tea. This talk explores how such unconditional friendliness and wisdom can bring healing and freedom to our lives.

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Stepping Out of Time

Evolving Consciousness–Beyond limiting Identities

The flag of trance is identifying as a separate, deficient self. This talk explores how developmentally we can get fixated on fears and unmet needs and cut off from the wholeness of Being that is our true nature. We explore the power of mindfulness --seeking not to change but...

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Stepping Out of Time

True Refuge: Three Gateways to Freedom

This talk invites a contemplation of three archetypal domains of spiritual awakening: Buddha-awareness, Dharma- truth (the way things are), and Sangha-loving relatedness. We explore our habit of turning toward false refuges, and the way we can find refuge in that which truely heals our hearts and frees our mind. The evening ends with a living ritual of dedicating ourselves to each of these three gateways to awakening.

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