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Tara Brach's Dharma Talks
Tara Brach
A pervasive but often invisible source of suffering in our culture is self-aversion. We are a busy culture, and we move through our life feeling anxious and dissatisfied, but not fully conscious of how we neglect or judge our inner experience. We suffer from a lack of belonging: to our own bodies, to each other and to the earth. When we practice Buddhist meditation, we learn how to listen deeply and hold our life tenderly.
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2018-12-31 Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves 26:54
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.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2018 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2018-12-30 From Judgment to Self-Compassion 55:58
When we’ve turned on ourselves with blame and aversion, it’s very difficult to arouse self-compassion. This talk looks at the role of nurturing in freeing our hearts, and offers practice in three key steps that enable us to embrace ourselves with a healing presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2018 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2018-12-26 Meditation: Awakening the Heart – Giving and Receiving Loving Blessings 11:06
Our hearts awaken as we express and receive love in an embodied, conscious way. This guided practice brings our attention to dear ones in our life, and explores how we discover deep communion through offering and letting in love.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-12-26 Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO 51:21
Two common fears can block us from our full potential – fear of failure (FOF), and fear of missing out (FOMO). This talk explores how to meet these fears with mindful presence, and discover within them the essence energies of loving awareness and full aliveness (a favorite from the archives).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-12-19 Meditation: Arriving in Open Presence 18:00
This meditation begins with a receptive opening to body sensations and sounds, and the invitation to rest in wakeful presence. We are reminded that each time we awaken from thoughts and arrive again in presence, we are deepening the pathway home. The sitting closes with a brief lovingkindness prayer.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-12-19 Three Core Capacities in Loving Fully 36:58
This talk looks at three ways of awakening our hearts—seeing goodness, feeling appreciation as a bodily experience, and expressing our care. We are then guided in developing each of these capacities by focusing our attention on someone we care about, with whom we’d like to experience our full potential for loving.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-12-12 Meditation: Aware and Alive 19:59
Just as a cup is full with water, this body is filled with awareness. As we sense the awareness inside the body, and the awareness that listens to sounds beyond the body, we discover the continuous space of awareness that includes, and gives rise to this entire creation. Opening in this way allows for homecoming to wholeness and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-12-12 Part 2 – Healing Anxiety – How Meditation Frees Us 51:25
Anxiety and the fear of failure is a pervasive suffering around the world. It is also increasing—along with the pace of life, over-consuming, addiction, noise, polarization and fears for our planet. How do we calm ourselves in a way that brings inner freedom and serves the healing of our larger world? These two talks explore the power of awareness in evolving ourselves beyond the anxiety that grips and confines our lives - includes working with sleep issues.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-12-05 Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice 52:41
A key spiritual inquiry is, “In this moment, what most serves awakening?” Rather than a particular style of meditation practice, it is our way of relating to our experience – our attitude – that frees our hearts. This talk explores the attitudes that are an expression of our innately open, wakeful and loving awareness, and that carry us to realization. (a favorite from the archives)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-11-28 Meditation: Awareness, Aliveness and Space 18:36
This guided meditation awakens our awareness within our body, extends to include sound, and invites a resting as awareness that includes all passing waves of experience.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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