Talks: Reflections on the Path

“The intimacy that arises in listening and speaking truth is only possible if we can open to the vulnerability of our own hearts. Breathing in, contacting the life that is right here, is our first step. Once we have held ourselves with kindness, we can touch others in a vital and healing way.”

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness – The Power of Self-Nurturing

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness – The Power of Self-Nurturing

Download the free PDF While we all need to customize meditation, this is particularly important for those living with PTSD or strong, potentially overwhelming emotions. This talk explores how trauma cuts us off from wholeness, and is accompanied by a deep and painful experience...

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Trusting the Gold – Realizing Our Basic Goodness

Trusting the Gold – Realizing Our Basic Goodness

Can you imagine a world where humans are able to look at each other and all of life, and see the light of the sacred shining through? This talk explores our potential for trusting the love and awareness that animate our living world. We investigate the suffering of othering,...

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Realizing Your Deepest Intention

Realizing Your Deepest Intention

The Buddha taught that this whole life - including our thoughts, feelings and actions - arise from the tip of intention. While our intentions are usually marbled with wanting and fear, when intention comes into the light of consciousness, it unfolds into its most pure essence....

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Freedom Beyond Selfing

Freedom Beyond Selfing

Freedom Beyond Selfing We spend many moments in a trance of selfing - preoccupied with the stories, wants and fears of what feels to be a separate self. The suffering is that this self-fixation obscures the depth and mystery of our being. In this talk we explore how to relate...

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IntraConnected – Part 2: Conversation with Tara and Dan Siegel

IntraConnected – Part 2: Conversation with Tara and Dan Siegel

IntraConnected – Part 2: Conversation with Tara and Dan Siegel - In this conversation, Tara interviews Dan about the themes in his new book, "IntraConnected." They explore how our identity gets formed, and the profound healing and freedom that come with widening our sense of...

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IntraConnected – Part 1: Conversation with Tara and Dan Siegel

IntraConnected – Part 1: Conversation with Tara and Dan Siegel

IntraConnected – Part 1: Conversation with Tara and Dan Siegel - In this conversation, Tara interviews Dan about the themes in his new book, "IntraConnected." They explore how our identity gets formed, and the profound healing and freedom that come with widening our sense of...

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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 naturally. But these...

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The Calling of These Times – Part 2

The Calling of These Times – Part 2

The Dalai Lama invites us to trust in the power of heart and awareness to awake through all circumstances. What does that look like in the midst of our current global crises? These two talks explore what these times are drawing forward in us individually and collectively, and...

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The Calling of These Times – Part 1

The Calling of These Times – Part 1

The Dalai Lama invites us to trust in the power of heart and awareness to awake through all circumstances. What does that look like in the midst of our current global crises? These two talks explore what these times are drawing forward in us individually and collectively, and...

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Three Practices for Nurturing Wise Hope

Three Practices for Nurturing Wise Hope

Wise or spiritual hope includes the aspiration to manifest our full potential, individually and collectively, and the trust that this is possible. This talk explores how, especially in stressful times, this hope gets clouded over by fear; and how when it is alive, wise hope...

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Beyond the Controlling Self – Part 2

Beyond the Controlling Self – Part 2

It’s natural that we do what we can to ward off danger and further ourselves. While our control strategies – such as aggression, judging, planning, seeking approval, pretending – have a developmental role, they are not a recipe for happiness, intimacy and freedom. An essential...

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Beyond the Controlling Self – Part 1

Beyond the Controlling Self – Part 1

It’s natural that we do what we can to ward off danger and further ourselves. While our control strategies - such as aggression, judging, planning, seeking approval, pretending - have a developmental role, they are not a recipe for happiness, intimacy and freedom. An essential...

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The Liberating  Power of Conscious Intention – Part 2

The Liberating Power of Conscious Intention – Part 2

The Liberating Power of Conscious Intention – Part 2 While we can’t change our past, we have the capacity in this moment to remember our deepest intention and seed the future. Intention can become the compass of our heart, guiding and creating our life experience. In these two...

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The Liberating  Power of Conscious Intention – Part 1

The Liberating Power of Conscious Intention – Part 1

The Liberating Power of Conscious Intention – Part 1 While we can’t change our past, we have the capacity in this moment to remember our deepest intention and seed the future. Intention can become the compass of our heart, guiding and creating our life experience. In these two...

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Radical Acceptance – Our Gateway to Love and Freedom

Radical Acceptance – Our Gateway to Love and Freedom

Our capacity to realize the truth of who we are and to love fully, arises from moments of true acceptance. This means meeting our unfolding life with an unconditional, open and tender presence. This talk on Radical Acceptance explores how the trance of unworthiness contracts us...

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