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Tara Brach – Ending ‘The Trance Of Unworthiness’

Tara Brach On How To End ‘The Trance Of Unworthiness’ & Move Through Fear

Tara Brach is a leading Western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, with an emphasis on mindfulness meditation. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and author of several books on meditation and spiritual awakening.

In this video Tara gives a heartfelt talk about the ‘trance of unworthiness’ and how mindfulness can help us wake up into a more connected and loving sense of self.

She teaches about the essence of the spiritual path and how waking up to our true nature can alleviate our suffering, help us move through fear, and bring us home to who we truly are.

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325 Responses

    1. jul moretti

      Tara – I have participated everyday this week. Your session is the best and most moving. I was busy on a Saturday running around so I listened in the car. Wow so glad I did! I took notes afterward and so grateful for your insight. I want to read more of your teachings soon!

    2. Lisa Siegel

      Thank you,Tara for your insight. You are inspiring and I took great comfort in what you shared. I love the concept of Sacred Pause. I took a lot of notes to reflect on. I, especially, appreciated all of thevstories that you shared and the many sayings. Blessings to you.

  1. Tsoygal

    I feel that Tara has given me something to heal with. I am grateful to my formal teachers: my heart lama– deceased–and the teacher I’ve been with for some time. But both of them came from Tibet. Understanding the Western mind, with its particular veils (unworthiness being one) is something that they weren’t taught in the monasteries, something that isn’t available in the sutras, etc. I suggested to my Tibetan teacher about 2 years ago that since the loving-kindness practice we do didn’t include one’s self: “Can we add that ‘person’ too?” He felt that Americans “focus on themselves too much.” So the practice has stayed the same. Dharma is a treasure but for me to partake of it fully I must be kind to myself, and be honest. Honest about what’s going on within, especially when I’m in a dark place (and not trying to stuff it back down by doing Vajrasattva practice, for example.) How wonderful to become my own friend; how wonderful to be my own caring mother :))

  2. Sheri Lockhart

    I found this session very thought provoking. However, the use of the term self-perfect concerns me. I am trying to get away from the idea that when I have a decision to make, the response or action taken should be the best or perfect one. This way of thinking paralyzes me.

  3. Matt

    Thank you so much Tara… This has really helped me open up and let go of a lot of anxiety and depressive emotions. I’ve been releasing lots of emotional energy today. I think I’ve cried 5 times today more than I have in the last 10 years. Men aren’t supposed to cry don’t you know. It’s been really good and really uplifting for me. I don’t think you said anything I hadn’t heard or read before but how you conveyed the message. It really hit home. Had to go buy the full access so I can download and keep your priceless message. Anyway thank you Tara and Melli for putting this summit together. It’s a truly inspiring and life changing event. 🙂 *Love*

  4. Sally

    Thank you for Tara’s very moving presentation today.I shared it with my husband as it resonated so much.So soothing to listen to and a feeling of being nourished. thanks to Meli for all your hard work in organising this summit,that’s an enormous amount of work and it is much appreciated. Best wishes and looking forward to the rest of the speakers Sally West Australia

  5. Ruth Keys

    Thank you Tara for a wonderful lesson is practicing loving kindness to ourselves and to pause and reflect on our emotions when they arise and say it’s OK.

    With loving kindness.

  6. Kathy

    Thank you so much for this Tara. Feeling gratitude, hope & compassion. I found inspiration in your lesson & so much identification. Particularly loved the girl who drew God & Rumi.
    Thank you Melli, with meta.

  7. Darren

    “Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns…We may want to love other people without holding back, to feel authentic, to breathe in the beauty around us, to dance and sing. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small.”

    ― Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (Courtesy GoodReads).

    Wonderful. From my perch, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion have new studies just released, demonstrating measurable improvement in outcomes for persons (Veterans) healing wounds of war.

    Believe in Angels? Healing Hearts are Among Us. Feels Like Angels, To Me.

    Be Well. Thank you for the gift.

  8. Greg Howe

    Once again , a very thought provoking talk by Tara, a wonderful teacher.

    I would like to see something on children and how mindfulness can be introduced to primary schools etc .

    Big well done guys ,

  9. Carol Piros

    Wow, so much good information to remember and use. The 2 wings of presence and “sacred pause” will be most helpful to me now. Truly am enjoying this summit. Look forward to it every day!

  10. Fabiana

    I am sorry I don´t understand Tara´s words when she tells the story of the Buda being attacked by the shadow side, he responded: I see you, Come. Let´s……. Anybody ? It´s at 15:15

    1. Nserina Chan

      Hi Fabiana

      I think the story is about the Buddha being accepting of his own shadow (Mara).

      Mara is the unattractive side of the self. He was not attacking the Buddha. Rather, he showed up as anger, greed or some other unwholesome emotion, and because the Buddha was mindful, he saw Mara.

      Furthermore, instead of feeling aversion towards Mara, the Buddha invited Mara in for tea (a chat) so he can befriend and embrace that unattractive part of himself.

    2. Bindiya Hassaram

      It’s “Come, let’s have tea”. I think what the Buddha is saying is…I see you, and I want to invite you to sit with me so that I can sit with you. Let’s talk.

    3. Sue Fisher

      My understanding is, that when we recognise feelings, behaviours etc in ourselves, that we would rather avoid, the ‘shadow side’, instead of struggling against them, or trying to avoid them, we welcome them in – “let’s have tea”. This is the self loving kindness, which, as Tara says, the more we experience through practise, the more we shift towards freedom and be able to expand it out to others.

  11. john d+flatt

    Thank you Tara, my heart is full of gratitude. Everything you said affirmed my own learnings, belief and understanding – I only need to keep practice these principles for a happy and free me.

  12. Tucker Rogers

    ending the day with this after a fantastic and mindful, thankful, loving day. I like the format. Love your interviews Melli, but this was also an unexpected and welcome change in that, for me, at the end of the day it felt like a guided meditation vs something to absorb in a more didactic context. That due in no small part to the delivery either, What a presence, Tara! Tears flowed but in the end, I’m not really sure where they came from, I only know that I was at peace with them:) and smiling and thankful…

    1. Nanette

      Tara offers free and accessible talks and meditations through her Center’s website. I have been listening to her for about a year now, and if you haven’t already experienced it, my sense is you will be as pleased with her work/messages there too. 🙂

  13. Phyllis McDonald+Mattie

    Tara, you were fabulous…thank you so much. Such an intimate, sensitive presentation to self healing. My favourite so far. Loving this summit Melli!!!

  14. Nanette

    Another amazing contribution!!!! I am so enjoying each of the speakers for their individual perspectives and I deeply appreciate them sharing their time and support in moving the global “shift” forward. We are so fortunate to be able to hear from so many. Thank you, Melli, for all you are doing. I am so grateful.

  15. Mary

    Thank you so much, Tara. I appreciate your openness and all of the material you gathered to present in such a beautiful way. Your talk opened my eyes to the power of mindfulness + love.

  16. Mahshid Poursartip

    I feel like a kid in the candy shop, since I started the summit. Every speaker has introduced a new and amazing flavour. When you think, they are all candies, all made of sugar, but each has it’s unique flavour, and unveils a new mystery. She is the messenger of lovingkindness. She has reunited me with myself. Now I need to keep the relationship going:)))

  17. christina wat

    Very insightful Day 10. Lots of learnings. Few that I picked to share are :

    1. Self compassion and the Hand on our heart exercise
    2. Story of dog in the trap
    3. Pause to wake us up, helping us to make better choices

    Thank you.

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