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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2023-11-29 How Do We Bridge the Divides? 45:33
Tara Brach
The divides in our world can only exist if we humans are divided from our own full being and habituated to divides with others. In this reflection we explore bridging inner and relational divides as the grounds for evolving consciousness in our species and awakening to more connectedness and love in our world.
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2023-11-22 Meditation: The Space of Loving Awareness 19:53
Tara Brach
This meditation begins by guiding us through a scan: opening to inner space and aliveness, then to outer space, and then continuous space, filled with the light of awareness. We explore how every experience belongs to this infinite awake space of our Being, and can be held with tenderness and love.
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2023-11-22 A Generous Heart 55:07
Tara Brach
Our deep potential is to live from an awake, loving heart. This talk looks at how, with a kind and mindful attention, we can decondition habitual tendencies toward grasping and self-centeredness, and nourish the sense of connectedness and care that gives rise to generosity. As we bring these heart practices alive in our most immediate relationships, they have the power to evolve consciousness in widening circles across the world.
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2023-11-15 Meditation: Refuge of Living Presence 13:10
Tara Brach
Our thoughts keep us removed from this living world. This guided practice invites us to open and relax with the moment-to-moment experience of our senses. It includes a poem by Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, “Wherever you are, Find a Trail.”
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2023-11-15 Becoming Happier: A Conversation with Tara Brach and Arthur Brooks 1:18:52
Tara Brach
The Dalai Lama regularly says that everyone wants to be happy, nobody wants to suffer. Arthur Brooks, in his new book on getting happier (co-authored with Oprah Winfrey) digs into the practical and science-based approaches that increase deep wellbeing. In this conversation Tara and Arthur discuss the ingredients of happiness, the role of unhappiness in our lives, how to work with core ego-fears, the power of metacognition, the necessity of transcendence of small self and the love that is the grounds of true happiness. Learn more about Arthur’s work & pick up a copy of his new book, Build the Life You Want at: https://arthurbrooks.com.
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2023-11-08 Meditation: Relaxing Back and Saying Yes to the Moment 18:49
Tara Brach
When we are stressed, our conditioning is to tighten our body. We tense against our moment-to-moment experience. This meditation is a powerful practice of de-conditioning this reactivity by learning to relax back into presence, and to respond to difficulty by saying “yes.” Through relaxing back and saying “yes,” we discover our heart’s capacity for unconditional love.
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2023-11-08 The Wise Heart of Radical Acceptance 68:26
Tara Brach
When we are caught in self-judgment we forget the truth of who we are – our wholeness, awareness and love. This talk examines how we take the imperfect waves of our being personally, and become imprisoned in the trance of unworthiness, a limited and distorted reality. We then look at how the practice of Radical Acceptance enables us to come home to a fullness of being, and live from a growing sense of loving connectedness with all beings.
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2023-11-01 Mindful Glimpses: A Conversation with Tara Brach and Loch Kelly 1:12:24
Tara Brach, Loch Kelly
Loch Kelly is an author, psychotherapist and highly respected meditation teacher known for his instructions for effortless mindfulness. Our rich and wide-ranging conversation includes themes of interconnectedness, the natural weaves of psychology and meditation, the healing of self-compassion, the power of short glimpses into the nature of reality, RAIN, prayer, awakening through social identities, turning toward dying, centering joy and much more! Loch Kelly is the creator of the new groundbreaking Meditation and Wellness App, Mindful Glimpses. This new app seamlessly weaves together ancient wisdom, cutting-edge psychology, and neuroscience research. Drawing from over 40 years of mindfulness teaching and psychotherapy practice, Loch Kelly has crafted an app that provides simple yet advanced micro-meditations to return you to home base anytime of the day.
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2023-11-01 Guided Meditation: The Sea of Awareness 15:33
Tara Brach
Our attention habitually fixates on the foreground of thoughts and feelings, and fuels an unconscious identification with a sense of separate self. This meditation guides us in recognizing the awareness that is the background and source of all experience. By resting in and as the awareness that we are, all sense of separation dissolves revealing the vastness and oneness of Being.
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2023-10-25 Meditation: Awake and Alive 18:04
Tara Brach
This guided practice includes a body scan, and an opening to the awareness that includes all of life. From that wakeful openness we offer a relaxed attentiveness to the changing flow, and close with loving kindness to ourselves and our world. …calling on the presence of your heart and offering whatever blessing or wish you’d like to offer to yourself… whatever prayer of care. Then in that heart-space including other beings in this world. Holding the world in your heart and sensing your prayer of care for all beings. ~ Tara (from the meditation)
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