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The Power of Mindful Investigation

We each have a deep interest in reality–in understanding what is true and who we are. In Buddhist teachings,...

Secret Beauty – Seeing the Goodness – Solstice Talk

This solstice talk explores two pathways to realizing the Secret Beauty that is our essence.  One is through the...

Tara Brach at River Road UU Congregation
The RAIN of Self-Compassion

This talk explores three key features of the trance of unworthiness and introduces a guided meditation based on the...

Desire: A Current of Homecoming

Desire is intrinsic to our aliveness, yet when we have unmet needs, it can possess us. This talk explores...

Loving Life, Loving Earth

With prayers for Paris: What will it take to have us collectively awaken to the suffering of our earth...

Feeling Gratitude, Giving Love

Like breathing in and breathing out, gratitude and generosity allow us to live fully. This talks explores what blocks...

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...

Part 1: Awakening through Anger – The U-Turn to Freedom

Anger is naturally triggered when we feel an obstacle to meeting our needs. How do we honor the intelligence...

Compass of Our Heart

All of our actions, our entire life experience, arises from the energy of intention.  While it’s natural that our...

Relating Wisely with Imperfection

Our survival brain reacts to perceived imperfection with aversion and anxiety, and if we are habituated to this reaction,...

Awakening Beyond Self

Suffering is our call to deepen attention and discover the truth of who we are beyond the identity of...

Freeing Ourselves by Loving Ourselves (retreat talk)

In this human realm, healing and spiritual realization are rooted in awakening a love for the life that is...

Trusting Ourselves, Trusting Life

How can we trust in basic goodness when we encounter so much greed and violence within and around us?...

The Sacred Pause

  CC   ~ When we are lost in the trance of doing, our lives are on automatic, and...

Genuine Acceptance

Our capacity to accept this life is key to our freedom, yet there are many misconceptions about acceptance: People...

Releasing Limiting Beliefs

If we investigate patterns of emotional suffering or “stuckness,” we’ll discover that under our pain is a fear based...

Heart Meditation: Letting Go of Judgment
Letting Go of Judgment

(from 2015 IMCW Labor Day retreat) The scales of judgment confine us in a limited sense of self, they...

Learning to Respond Not React

When stressed, we often react with looping fear-thoughts, feelings and behaviors that cause harm to ourselves and/or others. This...

Awakening from Trance – Embracing Unlived Life

When physical or emotional pain is too much, our conditioning is to pull away and avoid direct contact with...

Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO

There are two common fears that can block us from our full potential – fear of failure (FOF), and...