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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2020-03-11 Desire and Addiction (Part 2 of 3): Voices of Longing Calling You Home 41:30
  Tara Brach
As part of the collective response to the Coronavirus—taking care of each other—Tara has cancelled her live class and recorded this from her home. Desire is intrinsic to all living forms – the urge to exist and flourish. It turns to suffering when, due to unmet needs, it contracts, intensifies and separates us from our full aliveness and awareness. These two talks guide us in awakening from this trance, and discovering how within desire is the longing that can carry us to true belonging.

2020-03-04 Meditation: The Blessings of Yes 20:12
  Tara Brach
When our hearts open to the life that is here, just as it is, we discover vast loving presence. This meditation engages the smile as we scan through and awaken to our body and senses. Then we practice meeting the changing flow of life with a full allowing, wakeful and open awareness. We close with a verse from e.e. cummings. “What happens when the heart says “Yes” to this moment? And what happens when that “Yes” goes even deeper?”

2020-03-04 Desire and Addiction (Part 1 of 3): Voices of Longing Calling You Home 48:18
  Tara Brach
Desire is intrinsic to all living forms – the urge to exist and flourish. It turns to suffering when, due to unmet needs, it contracts, intensifies and separates us from our full aliveness and awareness. These two talks guide us in awakening from this trance, and discovering how within desire is the longing that can carry us to true belonging.

2020-02-26 Meditation: Relaxing with Life 21:41
  Tara Brach
This meditation begins with a body scan, and then we practice opening to and relaxing with our changing experience. The sitting closes with a beautiful poem by Danna Faulds, “Just for Now.”

2020-02-26 Facing Fear (Part 2) - Awakening Your Fearless Heart 52:13
  Tara Brach
Fear is a natural and universal part of our incarnation, and, when it goes on overdrive, we get imprisoned in the suffering of separation. These two talks explore how the RAIN meditation can help us face fear, and discover the boundless loving awareness that includes but is not contracted by currents of fear.

2020-02-19 Meditation: Letting Life Live Through You 22:06
  Tara Brach
We begin with a body scan, open to sounds and to listening to and feeling the moment. From spacious awareness the practice is simply to recognize and allow the changing flow of life. The meditation ends with the poem, “Hokusai Says” by Roger Keyes.

2020-02-19 Working with Trauma: Tara Interviews Jim Gordon, MD 57:14
  Tara Brach
Dr. Jim Gordon is author of the new book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma. In this interview with Tara, he talks about his work with populations around the globe struggling with trauma, and some of the most powerful practices that can be done on our own in healing trauma. Jim's non-profit organization is the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC - CMBM.org.

2020-02-12 Facing Fear (Part 1) - Awakening Your Fearless Heart 52:40
  Tara Brach
Fear is a natural and universal part of our incarnation, and, when it goes on overdrive, we get imprisoned in the suffering of separation. These two talks explore how the RAIN meditation can help us face fear, and discover the boundless loving awareness that includes but is not contracted by currents of fear.

2020-02-12 Meditation: Open-Hearted Presence 23:52
  Tara Brach
This meditation establishes a kind attention by bringing the imagery and felt sense of a smile into the body scan and then, with the breath as a home base, opens the attention to changing experience. We end with a brief loving kindness reflection.

2020-02-05 Embodied Presence (Part 2) - Planting our Roots in the Universe 48:22
  Tara Brach
In describing our human predicament and dis-ease, D.H. Lawrence says we are like a great tree with our roots in the air. We need to replant ourselves—in our bodies, hearts and spirit. These two talks are guides to replanting ourselves. In Part 1, we explore how we are so often dissociated from the life of our body, and the pathways home. Part 2 looks at the challenges of pain, fear and trauma, and how we can gradually and skillfully reconnect with a wholeness of being.

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