Talks and Meditations with Videos

A collection of all of Tara’s talks and meditations that include videos.

Also view Tara Talks – a web series of short videos from the full-length recordings.

The Dance of Relational Trance

The Dance of Relational Trance

When we become emotionally reactive in our relationships, we often go into a trance that creates separation and locks us into a narrow sense of self. This talk explores how, by...

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The Backward Step

The Backward Step

Our habit is to think we are on our way someplace else, and that our happiness is to be found outside ourselves. Yet realization becomes possible when we take the backward step...

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Mindful Speech

Mindful Speech

Deception, gossip and aggressive speech are pervasive in our culture. This talk looks at the roots of these forms of communication, and the way they entrap us in a contracted and...

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The Space of Presence

The Space of Presence

The perception of “there’s not enough time or space” in life blocks our natural capacity for intimacy, creativity and wisdom. Pausing and connecting with the space of presence transforms our entire experience of being alive. This talk explores the pathways that reveal the space that is always here, the awake and loving space of our own awareness. (See “The Space of Presence” in video.)

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Divine Abodes: Equanimity

Divine Abodes: Equanimity

Equanimity is the mental state of balance and non-reactivity that arises when we are resting in open, wakeful presence. This talk reviews the key pathways to equanimity in the...

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Divine Abodes: Joy

Divine Abodes: Joy

Joy is an innate capacity, an expression of unconditional presence with life. Yet for many, it is blocked by our conditioning to grasp after life and to defend against loss. This...

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Divine Abodes: Compassion

Divine Abodes: Compassion

We cultivate compassion by letting ourselves be touched by the suffering within and around us. Because our conditioning is to avoid vulnerability, the path of compassion requires...

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Divine Abodes: Lovingkindness

Divine Abodes: Lovingkindness

Love is the most basic expression of who we are, and yet it is often obscured by the trance of separation and fear. This talk explores how we habitually armor our hearts, and the training of attention that awakens us to unconditional, all inclusive love. A classic form of the metta (lovingkindness) meditation is part of the talk.

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Causing No Harm

Causing No Harm

The mindstates behind violence–anger and fear–are universal and natural. If they possess us and drive our actions, we suffer. If we learn to meet them with a mindful awareness–if we step out of judgment and angry reactivity–we serve our own freedom and the possibility of peace on earth as well. (See “Causing No Harm” in Video.)

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