Our Pathway to Wisdom, Love and Full Aliveness
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When we leave embodied presence, we lose contact with our naturally wise heart. This course invites us back into awareness of our body, and guides us in meeting difficult emotions with the healing of a mindful and kind presence. The gift is experiencing our full potential for vitality, clarity and love.
With modern living being what it is, many of us find ourselves drifting over the surface of our life in something like a trance - a distorted, pale shadow of reality and all its possibilities. It cuts off our sense of connection with our bodies, and all the aliveness and creativity of our true nature. As John O’Donohue said, “Our bodies know that they belong to life; it’s our minds that make our lives so homeless.” We can see, all around, the suffering that results: physical illness, emotional pain, a persistent sense of alienation, broken relationships…
In this course created by Tara Brach, we’ll get to know what it looks like in everyday life, for each one of us, when we go off into trance - and, how we can recover a fuller presence: for ourselves, for our loved ones, for our community and world that so need us to show up. We’ll discover how we can use our thinking mind as a “good servant” of our well-being, rather than a saboteur.
Each of the course’s eleven sections includes at least one experiential exercise helping students to put directly into practice the insights shared during the lectures. These exercises are essentially guided meditations that students often like to continue practicing many times over, long after a course is completed, to maintain and more fully integrate the lessons in their real, embodied, relational lives.
We’ll learn to recognize the most common signs of being caught in trance; and, what we can do to disrupt that pattern and “hit ‘refresh’.” Then we’ll dig in deeper to understand the origins of the “default programs” that limit us, to increase our capacity for embodied presence, and to taste some of the sweet fruits of tapping into our fuller presence.
We’ll find out how to engage skillfully with different degrees of physical pain – mild, moderate, and intense – and learn about the inter-relatedness of physical & emotional difficulties. We’ll also develop our ability to access a spaciousness that’s wide enough to embrace these difficulties, giving ourselves the best conditions to trust, to open, and to thrive.
We’ll look into our habitual belief in separateness, and typical reactive behaviors of avoiding -- or grasping at -- more closeness in relationships. We’ll go through three steps to freeing ourselves from the trance of that isolated small-self, and restoring our connection to awareness & love in the midst of stressful situations. Finally, we’ll discover how we can actively re-awaken again and again into the fully-embodied, profound belonging with all of life that is our birthright.
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Embodied Presence: Our Pathway to Wisdom, Love and Full Aliveness
Lecture 1 - Introduction to Tara & Course Overview
Lecture 2 - Introduction to Embodied Awareness (with mini-practice)
Lecture 3 - Our Most Precious Moments Are Embodied (with mini-practice)
Lecture 4 - Being in Nature
Lecture 5 - Unlived Life: What Is It, Really?
Lecture 6 - Recognizing the Flags of Trance: Speeding, Judging, ...
Lecture 7 - Trance Originating & Reappearing in Relationships
Lecture 8 - Practice Exercise: Our Kinesthetic Senses
Lecture 9 - Signs & Symptoms of Unlived Life
Lecture 10 - The Liberating Practice of R.A.I.N.
Lecture 11 - R.A.I.N.: One Man’s Experience (Case Study)
Lecture 12 - Practice Exercise: The R.A.I.N. of Embodiment
Lecture 13 - The Body Is Our “Way In” to Reality
Lecture 14 - Our Neurological & Cultural Programming
Lecture 15 - The High Costs of Disconnection
Lecture 16 - Re-Embodying with R.A.I.N.
Lecture 17 - Practice Exercise: Deepening Embodied Presence with R.A.I.N.
Lecture 18 - The Body Will Present Its Bill
Lecture 19 - Resourcing When Fear is Intense (Case Study)
Lecture 20 - First Fruit of Re-Embodiment: Living More Fully (with mini-practice)
Lecture 21 - Second Fruit: Opening to Our Tender Heart
Lecture 22 - Third Fruit: Realization of Freedom
Lecture 23 - Practice Exercise: Tasting the Fruits of Embodied Presence
Our Pathway to Wisdom, Love and Full Aliveness