Vulnerability, Intimacy, and Spiritual Awakening – with Tara Brach

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March 4, 2014

Dear friends, we wanted to share with you this lovely two-part video teaching from our dear friend, Sounds True author, clinical psychologist, and meditation teacher Tara Brach, entitled, ” Vulnerability, Intimacy, and Spiritual Awakening.”

According to Tara, we each live with uncertainty and the fear of rejection and loss, and we each are conditioned to avoid feeling or expressing that vulnerability. Yet intimacy with this unlived life is the gateway to connecting authentically with others, full aliveness and spiritual realization. These videos explore the ways that we defend ourselves, and the pathway to gently, wisely and intelligently disarming and freeing our hearts.

We hope you find these teachings as life-giving as we have, and that they reconnect you with your own innate sense of love, kindness, warmth, and compassion.

Part I – Vulnerability, Intimacy, and Spiritual Awakening

Part II – Vulnerability, Intimacy, and Spiritual Awakening

Tara Brach

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Tara Brach, PhD, has been practicing and teaching meditation since 1975, as well as leading workshops and meditation retreats at centers throughout North America and Europe. She has a PhD in clinical psychology,is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and the author of Radical Acceptance (2003) and True Refuge (2013). Tara’s weekly podcasts of talks and meditations are downloaded over a million times each month. For more, visit tarabrach.com.

Author photo © Jonathan Foust


Listen to Tami Simon's in-depth audio podcast interviews with Tara Brach:
True Refuge »
Big Insights: The Power of Awareness to Change Your Life »
Radical Acceptance »

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  • Bay says:

    Thank you. These recordings from Sounds True are helping me dig out of deep hole by giving me tools I can use and hope that by using them I will keep moving forward. A loved ones death can be so overwhelming.

    • Matt Licata says:

      Dear Bay, thank you for making the connection here and for your kind words. We’re so sorry to hear about the death of your loved one. Wishing you many blessings, friend…

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