Freeing Ourselves With Mindfulness - with Tara Brach
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Freeing Ourselves With Mindfulness - with Tara Brach

Using mindfulness and meditation to heal harmful habits, attachments, and addictions
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4.3 (886 ratings)
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4,137 students enrolled
Created by Tara Brach, Ph.D.
Last updated 2/2019
English
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand where harmful habits come from and how they become entrenched
  • Pause and sense what’s going on when a craving arises, instead of battling it or giving in to it
  • Step out of the cycle of hating, blaming and shaming ourselves
  • Come back to connectedness
  • Sustain positive change
  • Really be here for the moments of deep beauty in life that make it all worthwhile
Requirements
  • There is no prerequisite to taking this course.
Description

Often when our basic needs and desires are not met, we pursue substitute gratifications. Craving and fixating on these substitute gratifications is what drives addictive and compulsive behaviors.

Overachieving, overextending ourselves, trying to check more and more things off the list: these substitutes are largely socially-accepted. Some private habits, like obsessive thinking or spending many hours every day gaming or browsing online, may go unnoticed.

Other behaviors draw more disapproval (causing us to work harder at keeping them hidden), because everyone can see the damage they do: addictions to alcohol or other substances, gambling, shopping, sex, overeating, violence, and so on.

Whichever attachments we find ourselves caught in, as long as we keep pursuing them and shaming ourselves for doing so, we can’t free ourselves in a deep way.

The good news is that the way we pay attention dramatically affects the structure of our brain and the function of our body, mind and heart. Any time an obsessive thought or a craving arises, if we can learn how to pause just long enough to attend to the feeling of it, we can step out of its trance.

Mindfulness meditation directly de-conditions habitual grasping - the “hungry ghost” syndrome – and allows us to reconnect in a healthy way with the energy of desire that makes all life possible… and joyful!

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone with a strong, habitual attachment that causes them pain
  • Anyone who struggles with an addiction or habit they just can't break (opioid or other drugs, smoking, sugar, ... etc.)
  • Anyone suffering from obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors, including eating disorders
  • Anyone who feels out of control in some aspect of their life
Course content
Expand all 23 lectures 01:50:34
+ What Blocks Our Access To Happiness
4 lectures 22:55
Chasing After So Many Things
03:31
The Encouraging Truth About Desire
07:18
How Habit Operates
05:57
Practice Exercise: Missed Moments?... How We Live the Day
06:09
+ Awareness Waking Up
5 lectures 20:17
Hole in the Soul
02:57
Coming Back To Connectedness
03:48
Removing the Layer of Blame
03:27
Keys To Sustaining Habit Change (with Case Study, I)
07:35
+ Healing the Compulsion To Consume
7 lectures 30:42
A Most Popular "False" Refuge
03:02
Tara's Own Experience
04:18
Points of Definition
03:53
It's Not Our Fault
06:12
Deeper Intent
04:31
Neuroplasticity: Good News
03:16
Practice Exercise: The Message You Want To Remember
05:30
+ Realizing Full Aliveness
4 lectures 18:56
R.A.I.N. Interrupts the Addictive Process (with Case Study, II)
09:32
Stronger the Addiction, Greater the Potential Freedom
04:39
Practice Exercise: Receiving What We Most Want
04:32
Bonus Lecture: Additional Resources & Acknowledgements
00:13