Spiritual Hope: Trusting Your Awakening Heart, with Tara Brach

Spiritual Hope: Trusting Your Awakening Heart, with Tara Brach

[flute] Namaste and welcome. I’d like to begin with a story – it’s
a classic story that I’ve heard from many, many different traditions – but the common
theme is that there is a monastery that has fallen on hard times and there are mostly
elderly monks and they are kind of caught in their habits and rituals and routines and
so it’s a kind of a dying order, it does not have much pizazz or creativity or aliveness
to it. And so dispirited the head monk at one point
went off into the wilderness to seek guidance from a sage, a wise woman who lived in solitude
in a small hut in the woods. And so they practiced together, they meditated
together. And he shares what’s going on and she says,
“Well, I don’t have any advice. All I can tell you is that the divine one,
the bodhisattva” – it’s the awakened being – “is living amongst you.” So he returns and he tells all the monks,
“Sorry there is no advice but here is what I found out.” So what happened was in the days and weeks
to follow the old monks pondered this and it kind of sparked their interest and their
way of relating to each other started changing kind of wondering, “Well, maybe it’s you?” “Maybe you are the bodhisattva” and kind
of looking closer and paying more attention, noticing the light that came through each
other – maybe the ways another was particularly patient or generous or kind – and of course
on the off-chance that they might be the bodhisattva they started treating themselves with more
respect and kindness. And people that came by noticed the changing
atmosphere. They kind of felt drawn to the radiance that
was emanating from the monastery and in time more and more asked to join and within some
years the monastery again became really thriving, more filled with service and celebration and
love. So what happened? And what we can sense is that the sage basically
told them the truth – “The bodhisattva is living amongst you” – and, if you take
it even more a Bodhisattva is an awakening being, they were all awakening beings, that’s
there potential, all of them. And yet, the reminder helped them to begin
to pay attention to that and nourish that and wake it up. So as individuals each of us and as communities
when we trust in our innate capacities, when we start sensing our potentials, that trust
actually helps to wake us up, it helps us to evolve. I love one particular line from the Buddhist
teachings where he says, “I would not teach you about happiness and about your potential
for freedom if it wasn’t possible.” And what I love about that is really the gist
of really any spiritual path and the value of any teacher from any tradition is the capacity
of that teacher or that path to remind us of the light and the love and the potential
within us, or Buddha nature, our nature to awaken. So I really think of it that you would not
be drawn here or to practice or to be listening unless in some way you intuited what was possible
inside you. And you might think you are meditating because
you want to be a little less stressed or reactive with your kids or whatever it is, but deep
down we want to be all that we can be, we want to manifest that wisdom and that love
that’s our potential. Let’s just reflect for a moment. I’d like to invite you to close your eyes. And just imagine in these moments that you
can kind of settle in a little bit, and if you in this guided practice if it feels you
are doing an “as if” that’s fine. But for these moments sense what it’s like
if you trust you are spiritually evolving. In other words you totally acknowledge all
the human neurotic stuff, the wounds and insecurities, but still your essence, conscious loving awareness,
is here and becoming increasingly conscious, increasingly manifest, that you are evolving
and it’s increasingly possible to feel your belonging to all beings and to really relate
with kindness to touch in inner peace. So sense trusting that. “This is truth. This is awakening through me.” And notice what it’s like, what’s the
effect of trusting your Buddha nature, that it’s awakening. Some might consider this spiritual hope. How does your body feel? How does your heart feel? And as that trust deepens, how might that
affect your meditation practice? If you sense yourself as an awakening being,
how does that affect maybe your next conversation with somebody you know or what you prioritize
later today or tomorrow? And you can continue to reflect on this and
we’ll be moving through some more reflections. If you’d like to open your eyes you can. So as in the story of the monastery when there
is a reminder of our goodness, of our Buddha nature, of spirit, when there is a reminder,
and there is some more trust, it actually recruits the power of our heart and our awareness
to evolve us more, it allows us to live into our true nature. There is a kind of positive healing cycle
that goes on where the more we are trusting that light and love and goodness the more
then we behave and pay attention in ways that cultivates that goodness. And it’s kind of in a way a description
of grace. That’s grace: being in that positive cycle. So as you’ll see – I’m going to speak
about this a little bit more as we go on – in science this power of our heart and mind has
been really researched extensively, it’s been described in the realm of healing, the
psychobiological mechanism through the nocebo studies that show that when we anticipate
something good – in this case usually it’s healing – when we anticipate healing, we
are more inclined to heal. Just the way it goes. What is is anticipating healing activates
brain chemistry that actually helps us to get healthier. And conversely, when we fear or mistrust our
capacity to heal or to love or to be free, then that activates brain chemistry that blocks
us. Our brains are really powerful, that’s the
point. It’s called nocebo, there is placebo when
we anticipate healing and that anticipating helps us heal it’s an nocebo, when we don’t
think it’s possible, we’re filled with doubt and we stay imprisoned and stuck. Now by extension if we trust that consciousness
is evolving in our world, we are going to be more energized and activated to serve that
evolution. If we think “Ah”, you know, “no go”,
then we kind of get depressed and hopeless and withdraw. So trusting in… having hope for our world
actually helps us to act on behalf of our world. Now I know what you might be thinking, beholding
the dramas of our time, so you might take the long view, the long maybe geological time… But, look, so what we are going to do right
now is we come back in a very individual way and look at how does your own attitude towards
your own path, your own unfolding, affect your path, affect your evolution. And what we find when you are stuck in emotional
suffering, okay, when you are trapped in depression or fear or loneliness or self-hate, In those
moments you are subscribing to a map of the world and of yourself that basically believes
that you’ll fail or you are not worthy or you’re not lovable, basically that things
will never change. When you are stuck there are beliefs like
that that are corresponding. And of course those are the beliefs that are
tapping the brain’s chemistry in a way that keeps you fearful and stuck and down. It’ll never change. In contrast, when you’re feeling good, wen
you are feeling a sense of inner freedom and happiness, there is a map in there that has
some sense of real possibility. And by the way: Possibility is not like grasping
after some false thing; possibility is inherent in the creativity of life, that things are
possible, you are open to possibility. So when you are feeling freedom or happiness,
there is a sense of openness to possibility, spiritual hope, and a kind of trust or appreciation
in the goodness of how the world is unfolding and how you are unfolding. There is an illustration – Molanasredin,
Sufi saint and someway a jokester too– is resting under the shade of a tall, lushes
walnut tree. And he is looking at the pumpkins on the ground
growing on these delicate, little vines snaking around on the ground. And then he looked up and squinted to see
these tiny walnuts but they are growing on this magnificent tree and he said, “How
strange mother nature is! To make
pumpkins growing on spindly vines while these little walnuts have their own impressive tree!” Well, just then a walnut went – PUNK – hit
him on the forehead. And he rubs his head and he picks up the fallen
walnut and he looks high up towards the branches of the tree and then he looks over at those
swollen pumpkins browing safely on the ground and goes, “Oh mother nature, you are so
wise!” So there is this trust that, whatever the
reasoning is, there is this world that is evolving the way it’s evolving and there
is an openness to that. So, again, your habits of how you anticipate
things are going to go affect your brain chemistry which then affects how things go. And we can’t under-estimate the power of
how that happens. So little more on placebo research because
I kind of recently re-awakened to it, it’s not just “Oh that’s the placebo effect”,
it’s a profound glimpse into the power of our mind either to heal or to hurt. And so there is a tonne of research and it’s
completely embraced by the pharmaceutical and medical community. Basically the standard for approving a drug
is that in order to pass it has to do a better job than proving your condition than the power
of your own mind when you are believing that healing is possible. And a whole lot happens when you believe that
healing is possible. There is an incredible amount of research
that shows that if you think you just took something that’s going to help heal your
pain, your pain starts going away. It’s just that simple. And it is very far ranging to quite serious
conditions that have shown amazing improvement when people feel like they are on a healing
track. And it has a much more deep emotional dimension
too when you start trusting that love is possible that awakening is possible. I heard a story a couple of years ago that
really touched me about a woman described her family and how her father was absolutely
unable to express love and it had a really… a very stunting and wounding impact on the
family. And in his later days she was able to establish
some communication with him but not her brother and the others. And she wrote to me and told me how her brother
died of brain cancer at forty-eight. And the story is right before he died – in
his last month – his wife called her and basically – his name was Jay – said that
the suffering he was carrying that was so painful was that his father had never expressed
love for him. So this woman called her father and said,
“Look, Jay is dying. He really needs to hear from you. Please call him. Tell him that you love him.” And the father clearly had some hard time
doing it but right in the last days, and now I’ll read it, “Jay would probably die
in about an hour, he was blind and paralyzed and hadn’t spoken for a week…” She called her father once again and she said,
“You’ve one last chance. He is going to die today.” So her father did pick up the phone. “He called Jay” – I am reading now – “and
told him that he loved him. And Jay, who hadn’t spoken for a week, started
talking and talked to Daddy for half an hour. Jay didn’t even die that day. He rallied and lived for another month. That is the power of trusting in love.” When we have hope that we can experience love
or experience connection or experience spiritual awakening, we rally, it calls on many parts
of us, it catalyzes the drugs in our brain. And some of the research: there’s a Gallop
Poll of over a million people – the hopeful said they laughed and smiled much more than
the hopeless; hopeful employees experienced more well-being… key piece is that hope
translates into behaviors that then carry us towards what we value. So if you have hope in intimacy, you’ll
then be more vulnerable and open in your communication. If you have hope for health, you’ll exercise
and diet more in a healthy way to support it. If you have hope that you can help others,
you’ll do the trainings in whatever it is that will develop you to be able to serve. And of course if you have some sense, as I
started, and intuition in your capacity to spiritually awaken, it’s going to help you
to meditate, you’ll note meditate out of duty or obligation but because there is something
you long for and you’re in love with and this helps to bring it alive for you. Now I mentioned our hope in the world. And I think probably the most famous quote
about this is Einstein’s who said, you know, the most important question we can ask ourselves
is, “Is this world inherently benign or friendly?” – meaning, “For all the insanity and the
cruelty and everything, is there still some basic awareness and love that’s really fundamental?” And he went on to say – and this is very
interesting to me – he says, “If you decide that the universe is unfriendly, then we’ll
use our technology, our natural resources to achieve safety and power by creating bigger
walls and bigger weapons to destroy all that which is unfriendly. But if we decide that the universe is a friendly
place, then we will use our technology, our natural resources, to create tools and models
for understanding that universe, for belonging to our world.” What we believe, what we anticipate, our basic
sense of “Is goodness here?” affects our life. So the important enquiry I think for many
of us… because most people I know get caught in that negative looping… we are insecure,
we just are, and then we start anticipating what’s around the corner that’s going
to go wrong, how am I going to fail, we anticipate that others aren’t going to receive us well,
that’s usually our default right away before we feel welcomed and embraced we anticipate
that something is wrong with us and we’ll be pushed away. So this is nocebo… this is an important
enquiry for us: How do we work with that? One example of nocebo: A man went to a job
interview, job interviewer says, “And where would you see yourself in five years Mr. Jeffrey’s?” Mr. Jeffrey’s response, “Personally I
think my biggest weakness is in listening.” It’s kind of a sleeper and I liked it. So here is a story of nocebo that I thought
was powerful. And it’s about William James who as many
of you know famous psychologist. He came from a super-accomplished family. His brother Henry James was this very well
known applauded successful writer. And William in his thirties was notably unaccomplished. He wanted to be a painter. That crashed. He enrolled in medical school. Then he quit. He went on an expedition up the Amazon. That didn’t work out. So in a moment of reckoning in his diary he
questioned if he had the innate capacity to be in any way valuable or productive in this
life and he questioned if he should be alive at all, okay? So this is nocebo, right? He was bottoming out. But he decided before doing anything rushed
to conduct a one-year experiment. And I want to pause here and say: Part of
getting out of the nocebo spiral is to experiment and have some interest – like get interested
– because if you can start to get interested in your attitude and how it affects your brain
chemistry and your activity and the felt experience of the universe, that interest enlarges you
so you can start making different choices. Okay, that was my little comment. He made an experiment for one year. And this was what he agreed with himself:
No matter what thoughts arose, he would keep turning his attention to the assumption that
change was possible. Basic impermanence; change is possible. And he tracked in his diary. And he practiced every day as if things could
get better, he could transform. So that was his framing. It’s like every day no matter what he kept,
when the thoughts would go negative, he would say, “Wait a minute! Things can change! I can transform!” And so with that lance he became more receptive
to opportunities. His energy became more engaged. He became increasingly aligned with his deepest
interest. And he married, started teaching at Harvard,
he entered a study group, a kind of metaphysical club. And he wrote a letter a year or so later,
“I possess for the first time an intelligible and responsible conception of freedom.” Free to manifest your potential. It comes from hope. Possibility. And not a false hope but a hope that’s actually
intelligent that says, “Buddha Nature is here, and it is unfolding, and it can manifest,
it’s possible!” “I wouldn’t teach you about happiness
and freedom unless you had the potential to experience it.” Okay. So the point is not to believe something false. It’s not those affirmations on the refrigerator
that say, you know, “I am getting more attractive and smarter every day”. It’s not that. It’s not, “I’ll always feel healthy
and beat this pesky little death bang” or it’s not, “I can win the Olympics if I
set my mind to it or for me it’s not, “Of course the Dalai Lama will want to endorse
my new book”, you know. Please, oh please… So it’s not that. That’s the shadow-side of doubt: when we
narrow hope to a particular outcome. That’s immature, that’s not the hope we
are talking about. It’s not the hope where you have to have
this particular person as the life partner, “I am going to have that” or “have to
have a child” or “have to have the job.” One of my more favorite descriptions of hope
has to do with a woman who goes to her priest and confessed that she has a problem because
she has two female parrots but they only know how to say one thing. And he gets curious, “Well, what are they
saying?” And she blushes but she says, “Okay, here’s
what they say. They say, ‘Hi we are prostitutes. Do you want to have some fun?’” He goes, “Oh that’s obscene!” the priest
exclaims. So after a few moments of deliberation he
has a solution that comes to mind. “You know, I have two male parrots. Very devote birds whom I’ve taught to pray
and read the bible. Why don’t you bring your female parrots
to my house and we’ll put them in a cage with Frances and Job?” – It’s great names. – “My parrots can teach your parrots to
praise and worship and speaking more appropriate manner.” “Thank you,” the woman responds, “This
may very well be the solution.” So the next day she brings her two female
parrots to the priest’s house. And as he ushers her in she sees these two
parrots are in their cage holding rosary beats and praying. She is impressed. You know, Frances and Job are the real thing. She walks over and places her parrots in with
them. After a few minutes the female birds cry out
in unison, “Hi, we’re prostitutes, wanna have some fun?” There is a stunned silence. Finally one male parrot looks over at the
other male parrot and exclaims, “Put the beads away, Frances. Our prayers have been answered.” So this is our little investigation into wise
hope and spiritual hope. So a little bit more about the shadow-side
of hope. And hope is often driven by fear. We are just hoping and holding on because
we are afraid we are going to lose something – lose our partner or not get that job – so
it’s not an openness to possibility – because that’s really what we are talking about. Another shadow-side of hope is magical thinking
because all of us know whether it’s ourselves or others people that are always daydreaming
and fantasising, coming up with the new idea of how to make a fortune, and that’s not
just open to possibility, that is magical thinking, and it’s often got self-delusion
and grandiosity. Naturally there are certain stages of development
where these different things are appropriate. One woman describes her seven year old who
says, “Are you the tooth fairy?” to her because another tooth had fallen out. And she wasn’t sure whether to answer this
magical part of childhood. But since she asked she said, “Okay. It must be time.” And so she let her know she was right, you
know. The little girl seemed to absorb this information
pretty thoughtfully. And several hours later she came back to her
mom and said, “So what I want to know is: How do you get into the other kid’s houses?” So we have our ideas of our world and we grow
out of them. What we are talking about here is liberating
hope. It’s the kind of trust not that life’s
going to work out according to our ego’s demands, it’s really much deeper, it’s
a hope or a trust in really the seeds of what’s already and always here inside each of us,
this awakening awareness. So part of or process is to see where we’ve
narrowed and open and deepen that what we are really longing for. So I share a personal experience with that
which was… Many of you know I spent a number of years
struggling with fairly serious illness and it impacted my mobility dramatically. And so some days when there was less pain
I could move around and I could walk and so on. But some days I’d very easily reinjure myself
because my joints were really unstable – this is a connective tissue disease related to
the permutation of Fragile-X, so my tissues, although I am better now for many, many reasons
– but during those years I injured very easily. And so I was living on this rollercoaster
for the first while where some days when there was less pain and I could walk some I was
like “Oh I am getting better! It’s going away!” you know and I’d really,
really hold tight to that, like really wanted that, which s quite natural, I am not thinking
it wasn’t… it wasn’t a bad thing but that was how it was going. And then on bad days when I’d reinjure and
call them bad days and I was really limited in what I could do I got very dejected and
I’d feel kind of my hope going away. And there would be that doubt that I will
never change. I remember one particular day – it was a
really difficult one because I thought I was getting better and I actually tried a new
trail that was a little bit more up and down because ups and downs were hard for me but
within five minutes I had to turn around because I was in such bad shape – and I sat and
meditated and was feeling that nocebo, dejected, “This isn’t going to change, I am losing
what I love”, just this real sinking. And so the only thing I knew to do which is
what we practice here is to stay, just stay with what’s here, be present with what’s
here. So I stayed with… the thoughts were there
– “I am never going to heal, my life is going downhill” – and then with that I
could feel the sinking and then as I stayed the sinking went into grieving, there was
a real… I was weeping and it was very, very deep. And I stayed, feel it, be with it, and as
it happens, whenever we stay with our experience it keeps moving on, and in that passing through
there was a more intensified sense of presence and quietness and openness and tenderness,
this is the gift of staying really. And I just felt this sense of, “Well, this
is really what I long for.” “This is presence.” You know, more than “Am I better, am I worse”
– because here I was in one of my “worser” phases – but the real longing is beyond
this body’s particular state, it’s this quality of… it was a homecoming, back home
to really deeply present. And I remember opening my eyes. And I have a fern in my bedroom. And I was awed by the delicacy of the leafs
were caught in the light, it was just ordinary and exquisite, it was just absolutely beautiful,
and it was exquisite and pleasurable because I was just so receptive, it was like possibility
again to live fully but it wasn’t in a certain way hitched to my small hopes, it was to live
from a place of awareness. And so this was a real important shift for
me to watch in my consciousness of how smaller hope kept me on a rollercoaster but this hope
in “It’s possible to be awake and aware and open-hearted no matter what’s going
on” that possibility actually activated me in a certain way and energized me to engage
whether it was with the fern or reengage with my life in a different way. It was a real changing point. So how it’s come to me is that this kind
of trust brings grace in our life. And grace isn’t that good things happen
to us. Grace is that we trust that the goodness is
here. We trust that we are essentially good. And that trust actually brings grace because
then we are available, we are available for beauty and for wonder and when things are
really painful for compassion, for tenderness. So I want to explore for the rest of our time
together more how you can cultivate that spiritual hope, how you can come out of the nocebo spiral
of doubt and something is wrong or something is going to go wrong and “I can’t trust
I’m going to change” and move into that sense of the potential that’s in the wholeness
and the healing and the goodness that’s already inside you. And one way that’s very, very powerful is
that whenever you even get a taste of your Buddha-nature, of your spirit, of soul or
awake heart, in other words a moment of wonder, a moment of gratitude, these are all expressions
of spirit, a moment of love, a moment of compassion, pause and really let it fill you and sense
how more than any story of yourself this is more the truth of who you are – this being
of wonder, this being of compassion, this gratitude, this tenderness is more the truth
of who you are than any of those stories. And that starts shifting from subscribing
to the nocebo map to opening to that realm of possibility that actually draws what you
long for to you. Another piece is to deepen your commitment
to staying; in other words, when difficulty comes up use the portal of presence because
the greatest gift of this practice is if you, instead of pushing away what’s difficult
which just locks us into a small resistant scared self, you actually open and say, “Okay,
let me be with this” you become that openness, you become the presence itself, and you discover
again the goodness that actually gives you hope and trust. So learning to stay. The last peace that I want to mention is:
I sometimes teach a meditation on the future-self. And that meditation… Another way of saying it is: It’s a meditation
on the who you are when the goodness in you is fully manifest. You can think of it in terms of time but it’s
already who you are. You already are an awakening Bodhisattva. So it’s a meditation on that. And we’re going to close tonight with that
meditation. Because it’s very, very powerful to be able
to sense, “Okay, who am I really? Can I call on the wisest part of my being? Can I call on the most compassionate part
of my being?” And the more you turn towards that and call
on it the more it comes forth. It’s the same mechanism. It’s right now you say, “Okay, I want
to experience this moment from my highest self”. You’ll be resting more in an awareness than
you were a few moments before. It’s a little bit like William James did:
you have to act as if and do it a number of times but then that bodhi self emerges. This is Henry David Thoreau, he said, “Though
I don’t believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have a great
faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there and
I am prepared to expect wonders.” You have the seeds of Buddha nature, you really
do. To begin to trust that and nurture it, to
use the portal of presence and to call on it when you feel caught will help to bring
it forth. So I’d like to practice this future-self
meditation in just a few moments. But I just want to say: We started with the
monastery, “the Bodhisattva is among us.” And the truth is: It’s really, really you,
it’s not someone else, it’s a spirit and a light and a love that’s living through
each one of us. And your path if it’s to be a path of really
blossoms is an invitation to start paying more and more attention to this possibility
of manifesting that light inside you. Part of what helps it to manifest is to live
from it in your day. In other words, if you just do a meditations
say, “Okay, I am an awake Bodhisattva”, you know, that won’t do it, it gets drawn
forward in the moments in the day that you extend to somebody with kindness and then
you start sensing, “Ah that feels more at home” or you are generous or you express
gratitude. So I’d like to invite you if you want to
explore this whole path of liberating hope and trusting in goodness to the next person
you speak with this evening or tomorrow that you are speaking from your heart-mind to theirs. Act as if and you will call it forth. Okay, let’s practice together as part of
our closing. If you need to adjust at all please do so
that you are in a comfortable posture as well as you can be, closing your eyes and coming
into stillness. And feel as you begin some interest and some
sincere openness to this exploration. Let it come from your sincere longing to awaken
your heart and mind. You might take several long, deep breaths
to collect your attention. See if for the out breath if you can release
any tension that has accumulated in your body, see what wants to let go. And as I move through this guided practice
on the future-self – feel free to substitute “future-self” with the words “high self”
or “awakened heart” or “Bodhisattva with me”, whatever words point to the evolved
expression of your being – you might scan and sense if there is any places right now
where you are feeling emotionally stuck, the nocebo, the kind of spiral where there is
doubt, “I can’t change”, “Something is going to go wrong”, so you might take
note if there is something going on in your life. Now imagine you could journey into the future
and you could go ahead ten years or twenty years – depending on how old you are. If you are older, then less years. So what you’re doing is you’re going to
be doing is you are going to be encountering your future-self which is an older, more awake,
evolved version of yourself, it’s who you are when spirit is really awake in you, when
awareness and love is really awake in you. So you are moving ahead five, ten, twenty
years. You might visualize your future-self’s home. You might picture where your future-self is
in this home or maybe outside. Maybe there is a place in nature nearby. And see how your future-self looks. You might notice some clothing, hair, mostly
facial expression, and the look in their eyes as you meet, visualize the look in your eyes,
the welcome, the kindness, the peace, the presence, notice what the presence feels like,
what it’s like to be with them, the quality of acceptance, true acceptance. Imagine and sense that you are letting your
future-self know about whatever feels most challenging right now whether there is some
stuckness in vulnerability, where you feel insecure or mistrusting yourself or others,
afraid things aren’t going to change. You might sense what you most need from your
future-self whether it’s feeling loved or valued. And then allow yourself to take in the response
of your future-self, how your future-self in some way energetically – through words
or through touch – communicates care, acceptance, reassurance. How does the most wise and loving place in
you respond to the small place in you? And let yourself be nurtured by that. And before leaving, find out what message
your future-self wants you to remember, somewhere some self-care and wisdom that can serve you
in your current life. Now take a moment to imagine that the awareness
and wisdom and heart of your future-self is filling you completely. So as you return here to this moment sense
how the spirit your inner Bodhisattva of your most evolved being lives in you, now and always,
and is available, knowing that with practice you can naturally deepen trust, deepen the
access to your awakened heart and to live from that loving presence with increasing
ease, spontaneity and freedom. We’ll close with poem from the poet Rumi. “You are inside my hand. I kept reaching around for something. I was inside your hand but I kept asking questions
to those who know very little. I must have been incredibly simple of drunk
or insane to sneak into my own house and steal money, to climb over my own fence and take
my own vegetables but no more. I have gotten free of that ignorant fist that
was pinching and twisting my secret self. The universe and the light of the stars come
through me. I am the crescent moon put up over the gate
to the festival.” Namaste and tank you for your kind attention.

9 thoughts on “Spiritual Hope: Trusting Your Awakening Heart, with Tara Brach

  1. Dear Tara I’m battling advanced cancer at the moment and I’m starting immune therapy. Your words have given me courage that anything is possible. Thank you from my heart

  2. I am so grateful to consciousnesses for bringing me to this video. I’ve been trying for what feels like the longest time, this year particularly, to accelerate my Awakening, but I’m not fast! And I’m wondering is it still possible?! Because it’s SO hard to be kind in the face of stressful chaos, which makes me selfish, alone instead of being connected to my fellow souls, but I forget. Then I think “I’m SO stupid for even trying this” but this wonderful, beautiful human has helped me feel that it’s ok…change is possible! THANKYOU! Thankyou whoever posted this…without your kindness, I think things could have gone awfully wrong. Much love and genuine gratitude. Xx

  3. So beautiful and timely for me…experiencing such fluctuating pain and heartbreak in the grieving of my daughter choosing to leave this life last year,this has helped me to open my growing windows of love and compassion for us all …. I am finding this powerful particularly in how I relate to others…… and learning to just BE with the pain rather than push it away. Thank you

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