Awaken Your Heart, Creativity & Wisdom with Tara Brach
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Awaken Your Heart, Creativity & Wisdom with Tara Brach

Inhabit your full aliveness with embodied awareness
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4.6 (957 ratings)
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Created by Tara Brach, Ph.D.
Last updated 10/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Get back to being friends with your body again
  • Stay present with whatever is happening inside and around you
  • Identify and tap into your own best resources for dealing with intense emotions
  • Dissolve the trance of isolation, and experience real belonging
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  • There is no prerequisite to taking this course.

With modern living being what it is, many of us find ourselves drifting over the surface of our life in something like a trance - a distorted, pale shadow of reality and all its possibilities.  It cuts off our sense of connection with our bodies, and all the aliveness and creativity of our true nature.  As John O’Donohue said, “Our bodies know that they belong to life; it’s our minds that make our lives so homeless.”  We can see, all around, the suffering that results: physical illness, emotional pain, a persistent sense of alienation, broken relationships…

In this course created by Tara Brach, we’ll get to know what it looks like in everyday life, for each one of us, when we go off into trance -- and, how we can recover a fuller presence: for ourselves, for our loved ones, for our community and world that so need us to show up.  We’ll discover how we can use our thinking mind as a “good servant” of our well-being, rather than a saboteur.

Each of the course’s eleven sections includes at least one experiential exercise helping students to put directly into practice the insights shared during the lectures.  These exercises are essentially guided meditations that students often like to continue practicing many times over, long after a course is completed, to maintain and more fully integrate the lessons in their real, embodied, relational lives.

We’ll learn to recognize the most common signs of being caught in trance; and, what we can do to disrupt that pattern and “hit ‘refresh’.”  Then we’ll dig in deeper to understand the origins of the “default programs” that limit us, to increase our capacity for embodied presence, and to taste some of the sweet fruits of tapping into our fuller presence.

We’ll find out how to engage skillfully with different degrees of physical pain – mild, moderate, and intense – and learn about the inter-relatedness of physical & emotional difficulties.  We’ll also develop our ability to access a spaciousness that’s wide enough to embrace these difficulties, giving ourselves the best conditions to trust, to open, and to thrive.

We’ll look into our habitual belief in separateness, and typical reactive behaviors of avoiding -- or grasping at -- more closeness in relationships.  We’ll go through three steps to freeing ourselves from the trance of that isolated small-self, and restoring our connection to awareness & love in the midst of stressful situations.  Finally, we’ll discover how we can actively re-awaken again and again into the fully-embodied, profound belonging with all of life that is our birthright.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone yearning to reclaim the aliveness that seemed to have been lost forever
  • Anyone who feels cut off from life & love, in a “spacesuit” of their own making
  • Anyone who wants to cultivate a heart that’s both more tender and more resilient
Curriculum For This Course
58 Lectures
Trance: Unlived Life
6 Lectures 23:04

Being in Nature

Unlived Life: What Is It, Really?

Recognizing the Flags of Trance: Speeding, Judging, ...

Trance Originating & Reappearing in Relationships

Practice Exercise: Our Kinesthetic Senses
Entering the Wilderness
4 Lectures 26:52
Signs & Symptoms of Unlived Life

The Liberating Practice of R.A.I.N.

R.A.I.N.: One Man’s Experience (Case Study)

Practice Exercise: The R.A.I.N. of Embodiment
Challenging the Programs That Limit Us
5 Lectures 23:07
The Body Is Our “Way In” to Reality

Our Neurological & Cultural Programming

The High Costs of Disconnection

Re-Embodying with R.A.I.N.

Practice Exercise: Deepening Embodied Presence with R.A.I.N.
Our Portal Back Home to the Garden
6 Lectures 28:46
The Body Will Present Its Bill

Resourcing When Fear is Intense (Case Study)

First Fruit of Re-Embodiment: Living More Fully (with mini-practice)

Second Fruit: Opening to Our Tender Heart

Third Fruit: Realization of Freedom

Practice Exercise: Tasting the Fruits of Embodied Presence
Vivid and Nourishing Relation
5 Lectures 23:47
How Much Do We Miss?

Lost in the Shallows

Dissociation Has Serious Consequences

Suffering Is Optional: We Can Surf the Waves of Physical Pain

Practice Exercise: Bringing R.A.I.N. to Pain
Letting Life Live Through You
6 Lectures 29:27
Salt Thrown into a Lake

Accessing Our Larger Space (with mini-practice)

When It’s Too Much: Sensing Our Oceanness (Case Study #1)

This Very Body Is Our Gateway to Freedom (Case Study #2)

Practice Exercise: Live with the World Inside You

Interrelationship of Physical & Emotional Difficulties (Q/A)
Trance of the Spacesuit Self
6 Lectures 31:46
Tender Bodies, Awakening Hearts (with mini-practice)

The Spacesuit Self

Charged Stress Loops: Identifying with the Spacesuit

Grasping and Avoiding: The Small Self in Relationships

Loved into Our Realness

Practice Exercise: Beaming Kindness into the Trapped Small-Self
Belonging and Blessing: Who We Really Are
4 Lectures 27:21
Three Steps of Dis-Identification

Our Own Loving Presence (Case Study #1)

To Ask and Offer Blessing: Waking Up Together (Case Study #2)

Practice Exercise: The Truth of Who We Are
Bodhichitta, The Heart/Mind of Love
8 Lectures 30:57
Evolutionary Capacity

Our Greatest Resources

Belonging With All of Life

Discovering Love and Awareness Amidst Discomfort

In Seeing How We Separate, Remember It’s Not Our Fault

Everyday Ways We Disconnect from Love

Vow of the Awakening Heart

Practice Exercise: In the Prickles, Offering Our Heart’s Vow
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About the Instructor
Tara Brach, Ph.D.
4.6 Average rating
1,371 Reviews
9,113 Students
2 Courses
Clinical Psychologist, Meditation Teacher, Author

Tara Brach, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, an internationally known teacher of mindfulness meditation, and author of the bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. Her podcast exploring the role of mindfulness in the realization of human potential receives more than one million downloads each month.

Tara’s work is prominently featured in the New York Times guide to meditation and other major media ranging from the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post to Tim Ferriss. She has given keynote addresses at conferences offered through Harvard Medical School and Salesforce, among others, and contributed numerous articles to popular magazines and websites.

Tara regularly leads accredited workshops for mental health professionals, as well as retreats for wider audiences, at centers in the United States and Europe. She has been invited to teach classes to United States Congress members and staff, to judges of the D.C. Superior Court, and at the Smithsonian. In addition to her public teaching, she is active in bringing meditation into schools, prisons, and underserved populations around the Washington, D.C. area.