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Tara Brach

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.

It's Not What's Happening, It's How You Respond

Tara Brach | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

One of the great teachings in spiritual life is this: It doesn't matter what is happening. What matters is how we respond. How we respond is what determines our happiness and peace of mind.

Psychologist Tara Brach on True Refuge From Body Dissatisfaction

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

"The intention is to feel compassion toward yourself so there's less identification with the self that is disgusted with looking bad and more of an inhabiting of the awareness that is observing with kindness."

Where Do We Find Peace and Freedom? An Interview With Tara Brach, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Tara Brach embodies and emphasizes that beneath the turbulence of our minds and hearts is a loving awareness that as we learn to tap into over and again can reveal a source of resiliency, peace and genuine happiness.

InsightLA: 10 Years of Good Dharma

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

This fall, InsightLA celebrates its 10th anniversary -- a decade during which Trudy and an ever-growing band of colleagues have helped change the lives of thousands of Angelenos.

Blending Buddhism And Psychotherapy At Omega NYC 2010

Huffington Post | Clay Chiles | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Integrating Buddhist practices with western psychology is vital, Jack Kornfield says, because the latter is traditionally pathology-oriented whereas Buddhism offers a positive, wellness-oriented science of the mind.