Top 7 Most Famous Tara Brach Quotes on Life and Self-acceptance
“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
“If our hearts are ready for anything, we can open to our inevitable losses, and to the depths of our sorrow. We can grieve our lost loves, our lost youth, our lost health, our lost capacities. This is part of our humanness, part of the expression of our love for life.”Tara Brach
“Sorrow and joy are woven inextricably together. When we distract ourselves from the reality of loss, we also distract ourselves from the beauty, creativity, and mystery of this ever-changing world.”Tara Brach
“Pain is not wrong. Reacting to pain as wrong initiates the trance of unworthiness. The moment we believe something is wrong, our world shrinks and we lose ourselves in the effort to combat the pain.”Tara Brach
41 of the Best Inspirational Tara Brach Quotes on Fear and Compassion
“Compassion can be described as letting ourselves be touched by the vulnerability and suffering that is within ourselves and all beings. The full flowering of compassion also includes action: Not only do we attune to the presence of suffering, we respond to it.”Tara Brach
“If our hearts are ready for anything, we will spontaneously reach out when others are hurting. Living in an ethical way can attune us to the pain and needs of others, but when our hearts are open and awake, we care instinctively.”Tara Brach
“True refuge is that which allows us to be at home, at peace, to discover true happiness. The only thing that can give us true refuge is the awareness and love that is intrinsic to who we are. Ultimately, its our own true nature.”Tara Brach
“We wait for things to be different in order to feel okay with life. As long as we keep attaching our happiness to the external events of our lives, which are ever changing, we’ll always be left waiting for it.”Tara Brach
“Each time you meet an old emotional pattern with presence, your awakening to truth can deepen. There’s less identification with the self in the story and more ability to rest in the awareness that is witnessing what’s happening. You become more able to abide in compassion, to remember and trust your true home. Rather than cycling repetitively through old conditioning, you are actually spiraling toward freedom.”Tara Brach
“Quite simply, if you’re feeling anxious, angry, a sense of shame, whatever it is, breathe in and agree to touch or feel it. Breathing out, offer space and care to whatever’s there. If there’s blocking to touching it, emphasize the in-breath and stay embodied.”Tara Brach
“The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor. In fact, the very notion of a self who is trying to free her/ himself is a delusion. We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness.”Tara Brach
“My prayer became ‘May I find peace… May I love this life no matter what.’ I was seeking an inner refuge, an experience of presence and wholeness that could carry me through whatever losses might come.”Tara Brach
“Feeling compassion for ourselves in no way releases us from responsibility for our actions. Rather, it releases us from the self-hatred that prevents us from responding to our life with clarity and balance.”Tara Brach
“The great gift of a spiritual path is coming to trust that you can find a way to true refuge. You realize that you can start right where you are, in the midst of your life, and find peace in any circumstance. Even at those moments when the ground shakes terribly beneath you—when there’s a loss that will alter your life forever—you can still trust that you will find your way home. This is possible because you’ve touched the timeless love and awareness that are intrinsic to who you are.”Tara Brach
Tara Brach Short Biography
Brach graduated from Clark University and obtained a double major in psychology and political science. After graduating from college, she practiced and taught yoga at an ashram for ten years.
While at the ashram, Brach attended a Buddhist Insight Meditation retreat, and here she found a real sense of direction in her life.
She earned her doctorate for clinical psychology in 1991, and in 1995 joined a three-year teacher training program.
Brach started working as a psychotherapist and a meditation teacher and found success in incorporating both for her clients.
In 1998 Tara Brach founded the largest non-residential meditation center in the United States, the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.
Brach’s teachings and techniques are found to be so effective that they are taught in schools, corporations, and prisons.
Her podcast, a guided meditation talk, receives over a million downloads in a month. Click here for Tara Brach’s talks (audio and video)
Tara Brach is also the bestselling author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha.
- What I’ve Learned: Tara Brach – Washingtonian
- Tara Brach on How Meditation Brings Healing to Workplace Fears – Forbes
- Tara Brach on Self-Esteem: A True Taste of Peace – Tricycle
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