In the midst of the anxiety and trauma being caused by the coronavirus pandemic, how do you want to be right now? Who do you want to be? What do you hope might be called forth? These are just a few of the questions posed by renowned mindfulness teacher and psychologist Tara Brach in the 2020 Networker Virtual Symposium.
In this clip from her workshop, she explains how, even during these tough times, we can use mindfulness and compassion to undo our primitive, fear-based reactivity, reveal our mutual belonging, and awaken our hearts.
Tara Brach, PhD, is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and cofounding teacher with Jack Kornfield of the Awareness Training Institute. A clinical psychologist for 18 years, she’s author of several books, including her latest, Radical Compassion.
In therapy, Tara helps her clients envision a life beyond whatever may be causing them suffering. In her Networker article, she writes, "Right from the start, I want to hear about what their deepest intention is. I invite them to go to the most sincere place in them and say what it is they’re really wanting. That lets me know how large a view they have of what’s possible, and it helps me say, 'Okay, this is where you are right now. Let’s take the first step.'"
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