Podcast Review – Tara Brach Meditation and Dharma Talks
Tara Brach is my best friend; she just doesn’t know it. Tara is a psychologist and a Buddhist meditation teacher who founded the Insight Meditation Community in Washington, D.C. Many people are familiar with Tara from her book, Radical Acceptance, and also because she has been a fixture on the meditation scene for many years.
I learned how to meditate after my second child was born and fell in love with the practice. Desperate to learn everything I could about this new spiritual path, I read all the books and watched all the videos. I would’ve loved to study in-person with a teacher, but that wasn’t an option with two babies under two at home. So podcasts became a big part of my life and the way I learned about meditation. I finally discovered Tara’s podcast called, Tara Brach, and have been hooked on her ever since.
Tara typically offers two new podcasts each week – one dharma talk and one guided meditation. And if you’re catching up, the entire library of previous podcasts are available to listen to any time. Her dharma talks are a wonderful mix of educational lectures, stories, and guided meditation. She blends Eastern and Western philosophy and boils things down in a way that is relatable and so easy to understand. Tara has a Ph.D. in psychology, and she talks a lot about how meditation, mindfulness, and loving awareness can positively affect your brain and emotional state. She is down to earth and incorporates humor and anecdotes into her talks, making it feel like you’re listening to a wise, old friend.
There is a new topic each week for her talk, usually relating to mental health issues like depression, anxiety, insecurities, and how meditation and loving awareness can help. She uses the acronym RAIN that is an easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness and compassion using the following four steps:
Recognize what is happening
Allow life to be just as it is
Investigate with gentle attention
This acronym has been very helpful for me as I work to incorporate mindfulness into my daily life. She emphasizes the importance of being compassionate and patient with ourselves as we work through things, which I find to be such a fresh and helpful perspective.
On the top of my bucket list is taking a class or a retreat with her in-person. Until then, this podcast is a daily gift that I feel so lucky to have. I hope you will check it out and enjoy it as much as I do!
She offers her podcast freely, but you can support her by donating: https://www.tarabrach.com/donation/.
The podcast can be found on iTunes or her website: https://www.tarabrach.com/talks-audio-video/
About the Author:
After graduating from the University of Colorado, Lauren Knuth spent ten years in the corporate world, not enjoying it much and doing a ton of yoga to compensate. After having two babies in two years, Lauren and her husband were trying to adjust to life with small children and took a formal course in transcendental meditation. Long story short, it was life-changing, and Lauren has spent the last few years practicing, reading, and listening to everything she can get my hands on about meditation and mindfulness practice. Lauren has been practicing yoga for 12 years and enjoys teaching multiple styles, all the way from vigorous vinyasa flow to a meditative restorative. When creating classes, she focuses on intelligent sequencing and a variety of well-rounded poses to create a smooth, balanced class. Lauren is inspired by Tara Brach, Jason Crandell, Tiffany Cruikshank, Sharon Salzberg, her kids, and her students.