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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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2018-12-12 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
2018-11-28 Part 1 – Healing Anxiety – How Meditation Frees Us 54:38
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.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-11-21 Meditation: Yes to Life 19:52
After relaxing our bodies and quieting our minds, this meditation guides us to open to the changing experience of being alive. We ask ourselves two questions: “What is Happening Inside me?” and “Can I be with this?” By learning to bring an unconditional presence and an accepting Yes to our lives, we begin to touch openheartedness and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-11-21 Authentic Thanks Giving 49:26
How do we awaken our natural capacities for gratitude and generosity? This talk explores the pathways of honest presence and purposeful cultivation, and offers several reflections that guide us in contacting and expressing our love.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-11-14 Meditation: The Presence Beyond Thoughts 17:33
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.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-11-14 Survival of the Nurtured – Our Path to Belonging 53:26
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.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-11-07 Meditation: Whole Body Breathing 19:52
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.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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