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Tara Brach

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.

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Embracing Life and Realizing the Nature of Awareness - Tara and Mingyur Rinpoche in Conversation

Embracing Life and Realizing the Nature of Awareness - Tara and Mingyur Rinpoche in Conversation -

In this interview, Mingyur Rinpoche shares about his 4 1/2 years on a wandering retreat and the lessons he learned from a near-death experience. The two then talk about what it means to befriend panic as well as other strong emotions, and the qualities that express our intrinsic awareness. They also talk about compassion for our world, the evolution of consciousness, and the value of hope.

About Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and his meditation community: https://tergar.org/

2022-12-01
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Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves (from retreat)

Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves (from retreat) - We can?t truly open to the waves of life unless we recognize our Oceanness, the formless awareness that is our source. This meditation begins with awakening the senses and then invites us to discover the spacious presence in the background of all experience. NOTE: Given on the 4th morning of the 2018 IMCW New Year?s Retreat. It?s especially enjoyed when the mind is a bit quieter.

You might reflect on these words from the Tibetan tradition:
"Utterly awake, senses wide open.
Utterly open, non-fixating awareness."

2022-12-01
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A Grateful, Giving, Happy Heart

A Grateful, Giving, Happy Heart - Gratitude is like breathing in ? letting ourselves be touched by the goodness in others and in our world. Generosity is like breathing out ? sensing our mutual belonging and offering our care. When we are awake and whole, breathing in and out happens naturally. But these beautiful expressions of our heart become blocked when we are dominated by the fear and grasping of our survival brain. This talk explores how we can facilitate the evolution of consciousness with the deliberate cultivation of generosity, and ends with a guided meditation on gratitude and generosity.

2022-11-25
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Meditation: Touching Peace

Meditation: Touching Peace - This guided meditation offers a pathway to quieting our mind and calming anxiety. We begin with long deep breathing, and with the breath, engage the image of a smile and relax through the body. Then we practice resting in relaxed awareness, allowing waves of thoughts, feelings and sensations to come and go. The meditation ends with a beautiful verse from poet Philip Booth.

2022-11-24
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The Calling of These Times - Part 2

The Calling of These Times - Part 2 - The Dalai Lama invites us to trust in the power of heart and awareness to awake through all circumstances. What does that look like in the midst of our current global crises? These two talks explore what these times are drawing forward in us individually and collectively, and how we can live true to the full wisdom and love of our beings.

2022-11-17
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Meditation: Calling on Your Awakened Heart

Meditation: Calling on Your Awakened Heart - In the midst of difficulty we need access to our deepest wisdom and love. This guided meditation calls forth this loving presence by opening to the heart and spirit of whatever being in our life we most experience as calm, wise and compassionate.

2022-11-17
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The Calling of These Times - Part 1

The Calling of These Times - Part 1 - The Dalai Lama invites us to trust in the power of heart and awareness to awake through all circumstances. What does that look like in the midst of our current global crises? These two talks explore what these times are drawing forward in us individually and collectively, and how we can live true to the full wisdom and love of our beings.

2022-11-10
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Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves

Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves - We can?t truly open to the waves of life unless we recognize our Oceanness, the formless awareness that is our source. This meditation begins with awakening the senses and then invites us to discover the spacious presence in the background of all experience (from the 2018 IMCW New Year?s Retreat). It?s especially enjoyed when the mind is a bit quieter.

You might reflect on these words from the Tibetan tradition:
Utterly awake, senses wide open.
Utterly open, non-fixating awareness.

2022-11-10
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Three Practices for Nurturing Wise Hope

Three Practices for Nurturing Wise Hope - Wise or spiritual hope includes the aspiration to manifest our full potential, individually and collectively, and the trust that this is possible. This talk explores how, especially in stressful times, this hope gets clouded over by fear; and how when it is alive, wise hope energizes and guides all spiritual transformation. We look at three practices - 3 A?s - that help us nurture hope: Aspiration for what we love, Attending to what we love, and Actively serving what we love. This talk includes several poems by poet Danna Faulds.

2022-11-03
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Meditation: Befriending Our Experience

Meditation: Befriending Our Experience - We begin the meditation with a sense of befriending our experience - with an intention towards gentleness and kindness as the attention goes inward. We scan the body, opening to sounds and the senses, resting in the awareness that includes this changing life. When the mind drifts, as it naturally does, we notice, then relax back into a receptive, listening presence. There?s nothing to do, simply letting life be as it is. Resting in the freedom of awake, open awareness.

2022-11-03
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Cultivating Inner Strength ? A Conversation with Tara Brach and Lori Deschene

Cultivating Inner Strength ? A Conversation with Tara Brach and Lori Deschene -

What gives us the inner strength to meet life?s challenges with resilience, heart and wisdom? Drawing on themes in Lori?s new book, "The Tiny Buddha?s Inner Strength Journal," Tara and Lori explore the mindset that is conducive to growth, working with negative beliefs, ways of transforming fear, and what it means to have inner strength in facing loss and death. We also talk about what can most empower and energize us in responding to a world struggling with multiple crises.

Find Lori Deschene?s ?The Tiny Buddha?s Inner Strength Journal? here: tinybuddha.com/strong. Lori also created several free companion resources, available at tinybuddha.com/strength-tools.

 

2022-10-27
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Meditation: At Home in the Moment

Meditation: At Home in the Moment - This meditation cultivates a gentle, wakeful presence in the body, with the ?smile down? and then guides us to resting in a home base of sensations or the breath. We then open to whatever arises with a clear and inclusive attention, saying "Yes" to the life that is here.

2022-10-27
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Beyond the Controlling Self - Part 2

Beyond the Controlling Self - Part 2  - It?s natural that we do what we can to ward off danger and further ourselves. While our control strategies ? such as aggression, judging, planning, seeking approval, pretending ? have a developmental role, they are not a recipe for happiness, intimacy and freedom. An essential part of our evolution is to recognize when we are over-managing our lives, and learn to let go of the controls. These talks explore how we can release the grip of the over-controller, and the profound awakening of our hearts and minds that is possible in the shift from doing to being.

2022-10-20
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Meditation: Letting Life Be

Meditation: Letting Life Be - This meditation establishes an atmosphere of loving kindness with the ?smile?; relaxes and awakens through the body; and guides us into a spacious presence. We then rest in that presence, letting go of any controlling, and simply allow life to be as it is. It?s in ?letting be? that we come home to the luminosity and tenderness of natural awareness. We close with a verse from Mary Oliver?

2022-10-20
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Beyond the Controlling Self - Part 1

Beyond the Controlling Self - Part 1 - It?s natural that we do what we can to ward off danger and further ourselves. While our control strategies ? such as aggression, judging, planning, seeking approval, pretending ? have a developmental role, they are not a recipe for happiness, intimacy and freedom. An essential part of our evolution is to recognize when we are over-managing our lives, and learn to let go of the controls. These talks explore how we can release the grip of the over-controller, and the profound awakening of our hearts and minds that is possible in the shift from doing to being.

 

2022-10-13
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Meditation: Letting Go into Living Presence

Meditation: Letting Go into Living Presence - This guided meditation starts with a scan that invites relaxing and awakening through the body. We then allow life ? sounds, sensations, aliveness ? to live through us, resting in open presence. When there is tightening, holding or confinement in thoughts, we recognize and re-open, letting go into the presence that is always here.

2022-10-13
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The Liberating Power of Conscious Intention ? Part 2

The Liberating Power of Conscious Intention ? Part 2 - While we can?t change our past, we have the capacity in this moment to remember our deepest intention and seed the future. Intention can become the compass of our heart, guiding and creating our life experience. In these two talks we explore how we awaken mindfulness of intention and how, when we are caught in habits that create suffering, we can find our way home to the deep intention that heals and frees us. These two talks include reflections and practices that can bring the power of intention alive in your life.

2022-10-06
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Meditation: Resting in the Center of Now

Meditation: Resting in the Center of Now - This meditation awakens our senses and 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.

2022-10-06
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The Liberating Power of Conscious Intention ? Part 1

The Liberating Power of Conscious Intention ? Part 1 - While we can?t change our past, we have the capacity in this moment to remember our deepest intention and seed the future. Intention can become the compass of our heart, guiding and creating our life experience. In these two talks we explore how we awaken mindfulness of intention and how, when we are caught in habits that create suffering, we can find our way home to the deep intention that heals and frees us. These two talks include reflections and practices that can bring the power of intention alive in your life.

2022-09-29
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Meditation: Calling on Your Future Self

Meditation: Calling on Your Future Self - We have within us the wisdom and compassion that can carry us through the most challenging times. This meditation guides us in accessing these inner resources by calling on the most evolved part of our being.

2022-09-29
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Radical Acceptance - Our Gateway to Love and Freedom

Radical Acceptance - Our Gateway to Love and Freedom - Our capacity to realize the truth of who we are and to love fully, arises from moments of true acceptance. This means meeting our unfolding life with an unconditional, open and tender presence. This talk on Radical Acceptance explores how the trance of unworthiness contracts us away from presence, and how activating mindfulness and self-compassion with RAIN loosens the grip of self-aversion and awakens our hearts.

2022-09-22
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Meditation: Saying ?Yes? to Reality

Meditation: Saying ?Yes? to Reality - Our suffering comes from tensing and resisting the life that?s here. This meditation guides us to relax and awaken our body and senses, and resting in presence, allow life to be as it is. As our ?Yes? to the changing flow becomes full, we discover the freedom of awake awareness itself.

2022-09-22
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Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart ? Part 2

Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart ? Part 2 - This series of talks offers guidance in transforming conflict into a portal for awakening your understanding, flexibility and compassion. We look at how to heal our own unmet needs and not be dependent on others changing; and how to engage with another person when both are dedicated to mindful communication. We also extend our exploration to societal conflict. The talks are accompanied by reflections and meditations that can directly enhance your capacity to respond to conflict from the most wise and caring part of your being.

2022-09-15
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Meditation: Relaxing with Life

Meditation: Relaxing with Life - This meditation includes a mindful body scan and guidance in relaxing with the changing waves of experience. When we say ?Yes? to the moment, we open to the sea of awareness that can include, with care, whatever arises.

2022-09-15
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Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart ? Part 1

Navigating Conflict with a Wise Heart ? Part 1 - This series of talks offers guidance in transforming conflict into a portal for awakening your understanding, flexibility and compassion. We look at how to heal our own unmet needs and not be dependent on others changing; and how to engage with another person when both are dedicated to mindful communication. We also extend our exploration to societal conflict. The talks are accompanied by reflections and meditations that can directly enhance your capacity to respond to conflict from the most wise and caring part of your being.

2022-09-08
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Meditation: Resting in a Sea of Presence

Meditation: Resting in a Sea of Presence - This mindful body scan leads us into a practice of relaxing back into awareness, and recognizing the changing waves of sensations, sounds and feelings in the foreground. As we let go into the sea of presence, we discover am increasing sense of wholeness and peace. The meditation ends with a brief lovingkindness prayer.

2022-09-08
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Concern for All Beings: Plant-Based Eating

Concern for All Beings: Plant-Based Eating ? A conversation with Tara Brach and Tricycle?s editor-in-chief, James Shaheen -

A vegetarian diet, while encouraged in most schools of Buddhism, isn?t a requirement of the Buddhist path. But there are powerful spiritual opportunities in embracing a plant-based diet. Following a vegetarian or plant-based diet is one way to practice compassion, reduce harm, and recognize our interconnectedness with all living beings and the earth itself. So what does the dharma say about vegetarianism? How might plant-based eating support our spiritual practice?

Tara and James discuss these and other important questions at the intersection of our dietary choices and spiritual path.

2022-09-06
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Survival of the Nurtured ? Our Path to Belonging

Survival of the Nurtured ? Our Path to Belonging - We flourish when nurtured with love and understanding. Yet for so many, the violence of our society and lack of attuned caretakers has severed trust and belonging. This talk explores how meditation and conscious relating with each other can restore the connections so vital to healing and spiritual freedom.

?We are not the survival of the fittest. We are the survival of the nurtured.? Louis Cozolino

2022-09-01
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Meditation: The Presence Beyond Thoughts

Meditation: The Presence Beyond Thoughts - We spend many life moments in a trance of thinking. This meditation awakens the senses through a body scan, and attention to sound. We then rest in the presence that can come alive in the gap between thoughts?the presence that is our true home.

2022-09-01
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Awakening through Difficult Emotions

Awakening through Difficult Emotions: "The Poison is the Medicine" - Most of us know the pain of getting stuck in fear, anxiety, anger or shame. This exploration looks at how the emotion that takes over, when we attend with mindfulness and care, can become a place of deep transformation and freedom. Included in the talk is a guided RAIN meditation.

2022-08-25
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Meditation: Breath by Breath

Meditation: Breath by Breath - Our breath can be a home base that allows us to meet life with a relaxed, wakeful presence. This meditation helps us calm and settle the mind with long deep breathing, and then establishes a mindful presence with our natural breathing. When distracted, we learn to relax back again and again, learning the pathway of homecoming to the aliveness, openness and mystery that is always Here.

2022-08-25
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Three Blessings in Spiritual Life ? Part 3: A Mirror

Three Blessings in Spiritual Life ? Part 3: A Mirror - This 3-part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of ?who am I? that reveals our deepest nature.

2022-08-18
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Meditation: Listening to Life

Meditation: Listening to Life - The attitude of meditation is one of engaged listening ? a relaxed, receptive yet intimate attention. This meditation explores how we can listen to sounds, listen to and feel sensations, and then relax back into the ocean of awareness that includes and perceives the changing waves. In this relaxing back, we realize the peace and freedom of inhabiting our wholeness and essence.

2022-08-18
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Three Blessings in Spiritual Life ? Part 2: Inner Fire

Three Blessings in Spiritual Life ? Part 2: Inner Fire - This 3- part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of ?who am I? that reveals our deepest nature.

2022-08-11
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Meditation: Open Awareness ? Relaxing Back into Presence

Meditation: Open Awareness ? Relaxing Back into Presence - This practice brings attention to the continuous space within and around the body, and the aliveness of sound, sensation and feeling that lives through us. While it?s natural for attention to get distracted, the pathway home is a relaxing back into the awake space that is aware of this changing life.

2022-08-11
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Three Blessings in Spiritual Life ? Part 1: Forgiveness

Three Blessings in Spiritual Life ? Part 1: Forgiveness - This 3-part series explores three capacities we all have, that when cultivated, bring spiritual awakening and serve the healing of our world. Drawing on an ancient teaching story from India, we explore together the power of a forgiving heart, the inner fire that expresses as courage and dedication, and the inquiry of ?who am I? that reveals our deepest nature.

2022-08-04
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Meditation: Living Presence

Meditation: Living Presence - The pathway to experiencing full aliveness and openheartedness is by awakening awareness throughout the body. This meditation begins by establishing a rhythmic inflow and outflow of the breath, in order to calm and collect the mind. Then continuing with the conscious breathing, we are guided through the body ? bringing attention to sensations and space. This attention becomes a very vibrant living presence, and we end by experiencing that living presence as a natural openheartedness that includes all of life.

2022-08-04
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Awakening from the Landlocked Self

Awakening from the Landlocked Self - The Buddha taught that our suffering arises from forgetting who we are. This talk explores the trance of identifying as Somebody, and the compassionate witnessing that allows us to discover the freedom of our natural being.

2022-07-28
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Meditation: Befriending and Opening to Life

Meditation: Befriending and Opening to Life - This meditation establishes a gentle and caring presence through bringing the image and felt sense of a smile to various domains in the body. We deepen the intention to befriend and relax with whatever arises moment-to-moment, letting life be just as it is. We offer a brief lovingkindness reflection, sensing our heart and mind, and offering whatever wish most resonates right now to ourselves and others.

2022-07-28
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2022-07-20 - Homecoming to Your True Nature

2022-07-20 - Homecoming to Your True Nature: Awakening beyond the separate, fearful self - Most of us unconsciously identify as a separate, threatened, deficient self. This talk shines a light on this conditioning and explores the ways that mindfulness, compassion and self-inquiry reveal the freedom of our true nature.

2022-07-21
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Meditation: The Breath ? Portal to Presence

Meditation: The Breath ? Portal to Presence - The meditation begins with breathing mindfully to collect and calm the body and mind. Then the attention opens to include the changing flow in a spacious natural presence.

2022-07-21
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From Dragons to Schmoos ? Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence

From Dragons to Schmoos ? Meeting Life with Compassionate Presence - The trance of unworthiness is sustained by our aversion to the dragons ? the difficult emotions and related behaviors that are a deeply conditioned part of the human experience. In this talk we explore the awakening that is possible as we recognize our reactive patterns and instead of judgment, offer a loving and healing presence (a favorite from the archives).

2022-07-14
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Meditation: Resting in Wakeful Presence

Meditation: Resting in Wakeful Presence - This meditation scans through the body - arriving in the foreground with sounds, feelings and sensations, like the surface waves of the sea coming and going. And in the background, experiencing an alert inner stillness ? a vast presence from which all activity pours forth.

2022-07-14
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Navigating the Dark Ages

Navigating the Dark Ages - How do we process and respond to increasing societal oppression and violence? What helps us transform the energies of fear, hatred and delusion? This talk offers ways we can draw on our spiritual path to steady our heart and engage with presence, wisdom and care.

2022-07-07
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Meditation: Cultivating a Gentle, Kind Attention

Meditation: Cultivating a Gentle, Kind Attention - This meditation calls on the image and felt sense of a smile as we scan through the body, and invites a receptive and caring presence, as we open our attention to the changing flow of life.

2022-07-07
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The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 2

The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 2 - Cultivating a surrendering presence allows us to release the identity of a small, separate self, and open to the truth and fullness of who we are. These two talks explore misunderstandings about surrender (such as the fear that we will become passive or condone injustice) and the practices that create the grounds for surrender, emotional healing, transformational activism and spiritual freedom.

2022-07-02
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Meditation: Letting Go

Meditation: Letting Go - One way of understanding meditation is a letting go of the habitual clenching of thoughts, the clenching that resists emotions and pulls away from aliveness itself. This meditation guides us in letting go, first through the body, and then practicing letting go of thoughts and relaxing and resting in the changing flow of experience. The blessing of letting go is a homecoming into the truth and wholeness of what we are, a realization of reality, and freedom.


2022-06-30
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The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 1

The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 1 - Cultivating a surrendering presence allows us to release the identity of a small, separate self, and open to the truth and fullness of who we are. These two talks explore misunderstandings about surrender (such as the fear that we will become passive or condone injustice) and the practices that create the grounds for surrender, emotional healing, transformational activism and spiritual freedom.

2022-06-23
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Meditation: Befriending Your Inner Life (16:11 min.)

Meditation: Befriending Your Inner Life (16:11 min.) - This meditation establishes a gentle and caring presence through bringing the image and felt sense of a smile to various domains in the body. We then settle with the breath, and practice relaxing with whatever arises, letting life be just as it is. The underlying intention is to regard all experience with a clear, interested and friendly attention. The gift is a homecoming to our naturally loving presence.

2022-06-23
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The Three Steps of Letting Go

The Three Steps of Letting Go - A wonderful inquiry is, ?What is between me and openhearted presence?? This talk explores the profound healing and transformation that arises when we release the blocks to our natural and loving awareness.

2022-06-16
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