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Tara Brach

Transcendental Meditation: More Than a Stress Buster

Ann Purcell | Posted 02.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ann Purcell

Reduction of stress is an important step in normalizing the physiology so that it can function in an integrated and healthy manner, but "busting" stress is, after all, a side benefit of TM. Let's enjoy the natural outcome of this technique -- growing in unity consciousness -- enlightenment.

Is Teaching Meditation The New Bartending?

Ira Israel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

...there may actually be puritanical fanatics of conscience who even prefer to lie down and die on a certain nothing than an uncertain something. ~ Ni...

7 Podcasts That Will Make You A Better Human

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact

Your newsfeed is depressing. Each new scroll reveals a fresh headline about police brutality, the migrant crisis or Donald Trump's latest bigoted comm...

Why It's So Important To Allow Time For 'The Pause'

Mara Karpel, Ph.D. | Posted 01.22.2016 | Fifty
Mara Karpel, Ph.D.

Last year, I began the year with unbridled enthusiasm and optimism. But midway into 2015, life hit me upside the head, and everything came to a screeching halt.

Releasing the Barriers to Love: An Interview With Tara Brach

Mark Matousek | Posted 12.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

Tara Brach, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, lecturer and popular teacher of Buddhist mindfulness meditation. She is the author of Radical Acceptanc...

Living with a Joyful Spirit and a Wise Heart

Michaela Haas | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Michaela Haas

For us in the West especially, where there is so much self-judgment, ambition and confusion. To have compassion and loving kindness be the basis for wise attention changes everything.

Nov.15th: A Meeting of the Mindful

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Sigman

A momentous meeting of the mindful will take place this Sunday (November 15) when pioneers of the Western meditation and mindfulness movements come to...

A Meeting of the Mindful

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Sigman

A momentous meeting of the mindful will take place November 15 when pioneers of the Western meditation and mindfulness movements come together for Liv...

Can Spiritual Practice Heal Racism? An Interview With Tara Brach

Omega Institute | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Omega Institute

Tara Brach talks about waking up to racism in our culture and how her Washington, DC, Insight Meditation community is doing something about it.

How to Own Your Life

Ira Israel | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Here's an interview I recently gave... on how to own your life and stop creating suffering.

What Is Mindfulness? 10 Answers From 10 Teachers

Kellie Edwards | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Kellie Edwards

Sometimes I think there are as many ways of describing mindfulness as there are brands of shampoo. This can be confusing. So we asked many of the experts we interviewed to put it in their own words. Here is what they told us.

Trance of 'Unreal Other'

Tara Brach | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

The truth is: Without a genuine willingness to let in the suffering of others, our spiritual practice remains empty.

Reaching Out for Compassion

Tara Brach | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

At a weekend workshop I led, one of the participants, Marian, shared her story about the shame and guilt that had tortured her. Marian's daughter Chri...

Mindful Therapy

Ira Israel | Posted 06.07.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Ira Israel

As a psychotherapist, I don't heal anyone, I don't fix anyone, and I don't cure anyone. I'm even highly resistant to diagnoses and will only provide them when required by insurance companies. As one of my psychology professors put it, "My job as I see it is to lease my emotions in 50 minute intervals."

Decide on Love

Tara Brach | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Jeff was convinced he'd fallen out of love with his wife, Arlene, and that nothing could salvage their 26-year marriage. He wanted relief from the opp...

In Tune With the Spirit

Claire Fordham | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Claire Fordham

At a time when it's getting harder and harder to motivate Joe and Jane Public to buy music, a singer/songwriter from New Zealand has released a CD wit...

The Sacred Art of Listening -- Nourishing Loving Relationships

Tara Brach | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Whether it's the communicating between different tribes or religions, ethnicities, racial groups or different generations, we need to listen. The more we understand, the less we fear -- the less we fear, the more we trust and the more we trust, the more love can flow.

The Good Enough Meditation

Kat Katsanis-Semel | Posted 02.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Kat Katsanis-Semel

Similarly to psychotherapy, meditation is an ongoing process; this is precisely why it's called a "practice." (Nope -- there is no getting around that aspect!) Like practicing the piano, one doesn't sit down, practice 10 times, and emerge a concert-ready pianist, ready to grace Carnegie Hall.

Gift to the Soul: The Space of Presence

Tara Brach | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

For many of us this is a season when it feels that we are going faster and faster. Everything's racing, through school semesters, wrapping up work com...

Lessons From Kayaking: Finding a Way to Be With Fear

Tara Brach | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

The key to being with fear is in contacting what is here now, rather than trying to push it away. Here's a story from the river that helps us understand that. In kayaking, you learn about what is called a keeper hole.

Absolute Cooperation With the Inevitable

Tara Brach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Aligning with what is here is a way of practicing presence. It allows us to respond to our world with creativity and compassion.

The Transforming Power of Mindful Prayer

Tara Brach | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

When the pain is deep, the more fully we touch it, the more fully we release ourselves prayerfully into boundless, compassionate presence.

Can You Medicate Meditation?

Tara Brach | Posted 10.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

There are no absolute recipes for working with the issue of taking medications. In making choices on our path, it's important to ask ourselves whether or not they will serve awakening and freedom. Our best answers are found by honestly looking into our intentions.

What It Means to Forgive

Ira Israel | Posted 09.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Any part of the narrative that does not accept and embrace one's life or adds the judgement "that should not have happened" pulls one backward into a no-longer-existent past, hinders one from showing up authentically in the present, and places limits on one's not-yet-existent future.

A Heart That Is Ready for Anything

Tara Brach | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

There's a bright light of awareness that shines through each of us and guides us home, and we're never separated from this luminous awareness, any more than waves are separated from the ocean.