Tara Brach podcast

Tara Brach

Tara Brach, Ph.D is an internationally known meditation teacher and author of bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. Tara shares a weekly guided meditation and talk that blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices. The podcast addresses the value of mindfulness meditation and self-compassion in relieving emotional suffering, serving spiritual awakening and bringing healing to our world.

Tara Brach, Ph.D is an internationally known meditation teacher and author of bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. Tara shares a weekly guided meditation and talk that blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices. The podcast addresses the value of mindfulness meditation and self-compassion in relieving emotional suffering, serving spiritual awakening and bringing healing to our world.

 

#1364

“Getting Over Yourself”: A conversation with Tara Brach and Stephen Josephs

Executive coach and author Stephen Josephs has worked with many top business leaders, guiding them in transcending the egoic conditioning that limit their impact on other people, and on societal change. In this conversation we look at what he’s learned about inner freedom and awakening from his own trauma, from 60 years of spiritual practice, from models of adult development, and from the poetry of Lao Tzu. Stephen and Tara have been close friends for over 50 years, and she considers him her first inspiration for a dedicated practice of meditation. His website is [stephenjosephs.com] (https://stephenjosephs.com) . ... Read more

22 Feb 2024

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:49

22 Feb 2024


#1363

Meditation: A Welcoming Heartspace

Our pathway to peace and happiness is through opening, with tenderness, to our moment-to-moment experience. This meditation guides us first to be awake in our body and senses, and then to include the changing flow of life in a spacious, kind heart. We close with a short verse from poet Dorothy Hunt - Peace Is This Moment Without Judgment.  ... Read more

22 Feb 2024

18 MINS

18:01

22 Feb 2024


#1362

Letting Go of Controlling – Part 2: The Path of Freedom

While it’s natural to try to control our life experience, our chronic controlling cuts us off from presence and obscures the loving awareness that is our essence.  This series of talks explores how we can let go in four key domains of controlling: clinging to thoughts, resisting feelings, holding tight to beliefs and armoring our heart. We look at how egoic controlling manifests individually and as a society; the process of awakening from exclusive identification with a separate ego/self; what it means to die into a larger reality and the similarities of psychedelics and meditation in the process of letting go. The gift of releasing the grip of controlling is true freedom; inhabiting the intrinsic beauty of our beings, and having our lives be an expression of creativity, wisdom and love. ... Read more

15 Feb 2024

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:29

15 Feb 2024


#1361

Guided Meditation: The Center of Now

This meditation awakens our senses, then guides us to rest in the changing flow of experience. When the mind drifts, we are invited to relax back into full living presence, into that Beingness that is the center of now.  “Listening to and feeling, the changing flow - right here, right in the center of now.” ... Read more

15 Feb 2024

15 MINS

15:38

15 Feb 2024


#1360

What is the Path to Peace? A conversation with Tara Brach and Assaf Katz

What is the Path to Peace? A conversation with Tara Brach and Assaf Katz - Assaf Katz is an activist and Buddhist teacher in Israel who opposes the Israeli governments’ devastating military action and long occupation in Palestine, and is dedicated to finding a path to peace. This conversation was part of an event for the Tovana mediation community in Israel. We talk about the inner process behind my circulation of a short piece responding to the violence in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel; how we can work with strong reactive emotions and trauma; what helps us to speak and act in a way that is truly serves the greater good, and what can give us hope for eventual peace. This offering includes the recording of a question/response period and a sharing of prayers. Read the article "What is Love Asking From Us?": <a href= "https://www.tarabrach.com/blog-what-is-love-asking-from-us/">https://www.tarabrach.com/blog-what-is-love-asking-from-us/</a> ... Read more

08 Feb 2024

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:45

08 Feb 2024


#1359

Meditation: Relaxed and Alert

This meditation begins with a period of relaxing and collecting our attention with intentional long, deep breathing. We then deepen embodied presence, and widen to the awareness that includes sounds, sensations, feelings, breath, and all experience. When the mind drifts from this open, awake awareness, we gently return, re-relaxing and resting in an easeful, alert presence. Recorded at Tara’s Wednesday night class, the meditation ends with a sense of melting into community – relaxed and alert. ... Read more

07 Feb 2024

19 MINS

19:38

07 Feb 2024


#1358

Letting Go of Controlling – Part 1: The Path of Freedom

Letting Go of Controlling – Part 1: The Path of Freedom - While it’s natural to try to control our life experience, our chronic controlling cuts us off from presence and obscures the loving awareness that is our essence. This series of talks explores how we can let go in four key domains of controlling: clinging to thoughts, resisting feelings, holding tight to beliefs and armoring our heart. We look at how egoic controlling manifests individually and as a society; the process of awakening from exclusive identification with a separate ego/self; what it means to die into a larger reality and the similarities of psychedelics and meditation in the process of letting go. The gift of releasing the grip of controlling is true freedom; inhabiting the intrinsic beauty of our beings, and having our lives be an expression of creativity, wisdom and love. ... Read more

01 Feb 2024

56 MINS

56:10

01 Feb 2024


#1357

Meditation: Letting Go… Letting Be

Meditation: Letting Go… Letting Be - This guided meditation invites us to imagine a clenched fist relaxing open, and explores this in releasing contractions in the body as well as the grip of thoughts. When we deeply let go and let be, our energy flows freely. We reconnect with our natural aliveness, love and awareness. ... Read more

01 Feb 2024

16 MINS

16:48

01 Feb 2024


#1356

Changing Unhealthy Habits of Eating - A Conversation between Tara and Judson Brewer

Changing Unhealthy Habits of Eating - A Conversation between Tara and Judson Brewer - Countless people live with shame and distress about their eating. Dr. Judson Brewer, scientist, professor and author of “The Hunger Habit” (https://drjud.com/the-hunger-habit/) and many other groundbreaking books, is a thought leader in the field of habit change. He’s also a decades long practitioner of mindfulness, and a dear colleague and friend. In this conversation we explore how combining mindfulness practice with a basic understanding of habit change science can free us from unhealthy eating habits. We also look at the larger societal forces that drive overconsumption, as well as the shame that eating behaviors can evoke. ... Read more

25 Jan 2024

1 HR 23 MINS

1:23:26

25 Jan 2024


#1355

Meditation: Listening to our Heart

Meditation: Listening to our Heart - True listening arouses an open receptive presence that can be truly healing. This meditation awakens a listening presence; first bringing that receptive awareness to sensations and sounds, and then offering that presence to the tenderness and vulnerability of our heart. ... Read more

25 Jan 2024

20 MINS

20:09

25 Jan 2024


#1354

How Hope Can Heal and Free Us – Part 2

How Hope Can Heal and Free Us – Part 2 - The mature expression of hope includes three elements: the aspiration for manifesting our full potential, a trust that this is possible, and an energy that engages to serve this unfolding. In this talk, we explore the importance of hope on the spiritual path, its shadow side, and how we can nourish hope through these three elements in a way that serves inner freedom and the healing of our world. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. ~ Rumi ... Read more

18 Jan 2024

54 MINS

54:18

18 Jan 2024


#1353

Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness

Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness - This meditation awakens a receptive attention to the senses, starting with physical sensations and opening to sound. Then we sense how open awake awareness is receiving the moment-to-moment arising and passing life. In the final part of the practice, we explore how awake awareness is receiving the experience of our heart and offer blessings to our inner life and all living beings. ... Read more

17 Jan 2024

20 MINS

20:00

17 Jan 2024


#1352

How Hope Can Heal and Free Us – Part 1

How Hope Can Heal and Free Us – Part 1 - The mature expression of hope includes three elements: the aspiration for manifesting our full potential, a trust that this is possible, and an energy that engages to serve this unfolding. In this talk, we explore the importance of hope on the spiritual path, its shadow side, and how we can nourish hope through these three elements in a way that serves inner freedom and the healing of our world (a 2-part special favorite from the archives). ... Read more

11 Jan 2024

45 MINS

45:54

11 Jan 2024


#1351

Meditation: Awakening Our Full Aliveness

Meditation: Awakening Our Full Aliveness -  We cut off from our aliveness when we are lost in thoughts and on auto pilot. This meditation arouses a receptivity to sensation from “the inside out,” opens the awareness to sound, and then invites a full resting in receptive, dynamic presence (from the archives). It doesn’t matter how many times the mind drifts. It’s the gentle re-arriving that retrains your heart and mind. Just to choose to come back… Perhaps to sense what might let go a little more… If there’s something that might want to relax a bit more right now… To listen to and feel the changing moment-to-moment experience with an awake, open awareness. ~ Tara ... Read more

11 Jan 2024

20 MINS

20:23

11 Jan 2024


#1350

Coming Home to True Refuge

Coming Home to True Refuge - While we habitually try to control our life, our true refuge—the source of peace, safety and freedom—is in the direct realization of reality itself. This talk explores three archetypal portals to true refuge—awareness (buddha), truth (dharma) and love (sangha.) With each we practice short reflections that help bring the particular gateway to refuge alive. ... Read more

04 Jan 2024

59 MINS

59:32

04 Jan 2024


#1349

Meditation: Energy and Source

Meditation: Energy and Source - Our incessant thinking removes us from the full aliveness, vastness and mystery of Being. This guided practice helps us inhabit our energetic forms, and rest in the vast, formless stillness that gives rise to this ever-creative living world.   ... Read more

04 Jan 2024

19 MINS

19:11

04 Jan 2024


#1348

The Sacred Pause

The Sacred Pause - When we are lost in the trance of doing, our lives are on automatic, and contracted by sense that something’s wrong or missing. This talk explores the challenges of learning to pause, and the blessings that arise when we step out of our incessant mental and physical activity and reconnect with the being-qualities of presence, wisdom and love (a favorite from the archives). “The deepest expression of love is this non-doing presence because that’s when we are inhabiting who we really are.” ... Read more

29 Dec 2023

54 MINS

54:55

29 Dec 2023


#1347

Meditation: Opening to the Mystery

Meditation: Opening to the Mystery - This guided meditation includes a body scan and invites the receptivity and letting-go of whole body breathing. Once we have awakened the vitality and presence throughout the body, we have access to the formless dimension, the awareness that is our source. The meditation closes with “Walk Slowly”, from the poetry of Danna Faulds. ... Read more

28 Dec 2023

16 MINS

16:47

28 Dec 2023


#1346

Finding True Belonging in the Midst of Stress

Finding True Belonging in the Midst of Stress - Our deepest longing is to feel our belonging to each other and all life. This reflection examines the primary forces that keep us trapped in a trance of separation. We then explore two powerful dimensions of spiritual practice that can undo trance and reveal the sentience and love that is our shared essence. ... Read more

21 Dec 2023

53 MINS

53:34

21 Dec 2023


#1345

Meditation: Relaxed and Awake

Meditation: Relaxed and Awake - This guided meditation helps us find ease and wakefulness in our body and mind. With the breath as our home base, we offer a gentle and full attention to the changing waves. We close with a beautiful poem, “Walk Slowly,” by Danna Faulds. ... Read more

21 Dec 2023

16 MINS

16:59

21 Dec 2023


#1344

Awakening from Trance – Embracing Unlived Life

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 raw feelings. The result is a trance – we are split off from the wholeness of our aliveness, intelligence and capacity to love. This talk explores how this dissociation shows up in our lives and how mindfulness enables us to integrate cut-off parts of our being in a powerful way, and awaken from this trance. ... Read more

14 Dec 2023

51 MINS

51:36

14 Dec 2023


#1343

Meditation: Opening to the Sea of Presence

Meditation: Opening to the Sea of Presence - When our body and mind is relaxed, we become filled with a very awake, dynamic quality of presence. This meditation guides us in relaxing, opening our senses and resting in the vastness and inherent freedom of our own natural awareness. ... Read more

14 Dec 2023

20 MINS

20:07

14 Dec 2023


#1342

Basic Goodness and Awe: A conversation between Tara Brach and Dacher Keltner

Basic Goodness and Awe: A conversation between Tara Brach and Dacher Keltner - Our conversation covers the biological, evolutionary and cultural bases of human goodness and the centrality of awe in the human experience. We explore the blocks to experiencing our full potential, and ways we can cultivate our innate capacity for finding wonder, love, creativity and beauty in our daily lives.  Dacher Keltner, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, a scientist and the co-director of the Greater Good Science Center. He has authored a number of books, including bestselling "Born to be Good" and most recently "Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How it Can Transform Your Life". Learn more about Dacher's latest book at: <a href= "https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/622175/awe-by-dacher-keltner/"> https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/622175/awe-by-dacher-keltner/</a> ... Read more

07 Dec 2023

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:32

07 Dec 2023


#1341

Guided Meditation: Whole Body Breathing

Guided Meditation: Whole Body Breathing - This guided meditation includes a body scan and invites the receptivity and letting-go of whole body breathing. Once we have awakened the vitality and presence throughout the body, we have access to the formless dimension, the awareness that is our source. ... Read more

07 Dec 2023

17 MINS

17:23

07 Dec 2023