TARA BRACH, PH.D.

In order to unfold, self-compassion depends on honest, direct contact with our own vulnerability. This compassion fully blossoms when we actively offer care to ourselves. Yet when we’ve gotten stuck in the trance of unworthiness, it often feels impossible to arouse self-compassion. To help people address feelings of insecurity and unworthiness, I like to share a meditation I call the RAIN of Self-Compassion. This easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness and compassion uses four simple steps…

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Tara Brach is a clinical psychologist and one of the foremost American teachers of Buddhist practices, who's developed a distinctive approach to healing that bridges Western psychological knowledge and Eastern spiritual traditions.

In the following excerpt, Brach not only conveys the message of Buddhist acceptance and wisdom, but illuminates the differences between therapy and the spiritual path.

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Tara Brach, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, an internationally known teacher of mindfulness meditation, and the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She is author of bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge, and leads accredited workshops for mental health professionals interested in integrating meditation into the practice of psychotherapy. Tara offers meditation retreats at centers in the United States and in Europe. Her podcasted talks and meditations are downloaded about a million times each month. In addition to her public teaching, Tara is active in bringing meditation into DC area schools, prisons and to underserved populations, and in activities that promote racial justice.





Speaker Disclosures:



Financial: Tara Brach is the found of Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.



Nonfinancial: Tara Brach has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.