Yes, I am writing about Tara Brach again. Her teachings have been having a huge impact on me. I started this blog as a place to share things that I believe have the power to change the quality of peoples’ lives, specifically in the arena of health. From a holistic perspective our mental and physical health are inseparable, both spheres affecting one another. When something like Mindfulness Meditation begins to have a positive effect on one’s life they can’t help but want to share it with as many people as possible.
One of the biggest things stopping people from receiving the benefits of meditation is a misunderstanding of the goal. The idea isn’t to clear your mind or completely stop thought, but to accept what is happening in your mind at the given moment, without judgement, attachment, or aversion. The ups and downs of life are inevitable and this ability to accept can greatly improve the way we face these undulations. Few can explain the subtleties of this to a Western audience better than Tara Brach.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
In February she released a two-part series on her podcast called ‘Basic Elements of Meditation Practice.’ The teachings are nice for people who want to start meditating, but have had trouble getting started, while at the same time they are useful for those looking to go deeper into their own understanding. The lectures show us that meditation doesn’t have to be complicated and should never be difficult. Often times the quality of intention is what counts, viewing it as something you look forward too, rather than a chore or another thing we should be doing. She expounds on the importance of consistency over length of session, especially when getting started. She beautifully relates this to the cycles of nature and how coming back each and every day creates a rhythm, even if it’s just sitting on the cushion for a few minutes when we wake up or before we go to bed. I can’t recommend this series enough to anyone interested in simple, easy-to-follow guidance. I will close with a poem Brach shares at the end of Part 2. Namaste.
Peace is This Moment Without Judgment
“Do you think peace requires an end to war?
Or tigers eating only vegetables?
Does peace require an absence from
your boss, your spouse, yourself? …
Do you think peace will come some other place than here?
Some other time than Now?
In some other heart than yours?
Peace is this moment without judgment.
That is all. This moment in the Heart-space
where everything that is is welcome.
Peace is this moment without thinking
that it should be some other way,
that you should feel some other thing,
that your life should unfold according to your plans.
Peace is this moment without judgment,
this moment in the heart-space where
everything that is is welcome. ”