Tara Brach is a Buddhist meditation proponent, author, and psychotherapist.

She is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC.

I have collected a list of top quotes from Tara Brach for you.


Best Tara Brach Quotes

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1. “Mindfulness is a pause – the space between stimulus and response: that’s where choice lies.” ~ (Tara Brach).

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2. “Radical Acceptance is the willingness to experience ourselves and our lives as it is.” ~ (Tara Brach).

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3. “By running from what we fear, we feed the inner darkness.” ~ Tara Brach.

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4. “Nothing is wrong – whatever is happening is just “real life.” ~ Tara Brach.

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5. “When we trust that we are the ocean, we are not afraid of the waves.” ~ Tara Brach.

6. “Relaxation is the doorway to both wisdom and compassion.” ~ (Tara Brach).

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7. “There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.” ~ (Tara Brach).

8. “In any moment, no matter how lost we feel, we can take refuge in presence and love. We need only pause, breathe, and open to the experience of aliveness within us. In that wakeful openness, we come home to the peace and freedom of our natural awareness.” ~ (Tara Brach).

9. “The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom.” ~ (Tara Brach).

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10. “What would it be like if I could accept life – accept this moment – exactly as it is?” ~ (Tara Brach).

11. “The intimacy that arises in listening and speaking truth is only possible if we can open to the vulnerability of our own hearts. Breathing in, contacting the life that is right here, is our first step. Once we have held ourselves with kindness, we can touch others in a vital and healing way.” ~ (Tara Brach).

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12. “Paying attention is the most basic and profound expression of love.” ~ (Tara Brach).

13. “The trance of unworthiness keeps the sweetness of belonging out of reach. The path to “the sweetness of belonging,” is acceptance – acceptance of ourselves and acceptance of others without judgment.” ~ (Tara Brach).

14. “Imperfection is not our personal problem – it is a natural part of existing.” ~ (Tara Brach).

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15. “Our attitude in the face of life’s challenges determines our suffering or our freedom.” ~ (Tara Brach).

16. “When we relax about imperfection, we no longer lose our life moments in the pursuit of being different and in the fear of what is wrong.” ~ (Tara Brach).

17. “On this sacred path of Radical Acceptance, rather than striving for perfection, we discover how to love ourselves into wholeness.” ~ (Tara Brach).

18. “When someone says to us, as Thich Nhat Hanh suggests, “Darling, I care about your suffering,” a deep healing begins.” ~ (Tara Brach).

19. “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).

20. “Through the sacred art of pausing, we develop the capacity to stop hiding, to stop running away from our experience. We begin to trust in our natural intelligence, in our naturally wise heart, in our capacity to open to whatever arises.” ~ (Tara Brach).

21. “When we put down ideas of what life should be like, we are free to wholeheartedly say yes to our life as it is.” ~ (Tara Brach).

22. “With an undefended heart, we can fall in love with life over and over every day. We can become children of wonder, grateful to be walking on earth, grateful to belong with each other and to all of creation. We can find our true refuge in every moment, in every breath.” ~ (Tara Brach).

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23. “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).

24. “Sometimes the easiest way to appreciate ourselves is by looking through the eyes of someone who loves us.” ~ (Tara Brach).

25. “Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha.” ~ (Tara Brach).

26. “The muscles used to make a smile actually send a biochemical message to our nervous system that it is safe to relax the flight of freeze response.” ~ (Tara Brach).

27. “When we’re awake in our bodies and sense, the world comes alive. Wisdom, creativity, and love are discovered as we relax and awaken through our bodies.” ~ (Tara Brach).

28. “But this revolutionary act of treating ourselves tenderly can begin to undo the aversive messages of a lifetime.” ~ (Tara Brach).

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29. “When we open to love, we become love.” ~ (Tara Brach).

30. “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).

31. “Whatever you encounter, may that be part of the path.” ~ (Tara Brach).

32. “Awakening self-compassion is often the greatest challenge people face on the spiritual path.” ~ (Tara Brach).

33. “Stopping the endless pursuit of getting somewhere else is the perhaps most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit.” ~ (Tara Brach).

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34. “We, like the Mother of the World, become the compassionate presence that can hold, with tenderness, the rising and passing waves of suffering.” ~ (Tara Brach).

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35. “It is through realizing loving presence as our very essence, through being that presence, that we discover true freedom.” ~ (Tara Brach).

36. “You have a unique body and mind, with a particular history and conditioning. No one can offer you a formula for navigating all situations and all states of mind. Only by listening inwardly in a fresh and open way will you discern at any given time what most serves your healing and freedom.” ~ (Tara Brach).

37. “The Buddha never intended to make desire itself the problem. When he said craving causes suffering, he was referring not to our natural inclination as living beings to have wants and needs, but to our habit of clinging to experience that must, by nature, pass away.” ~ (Tara Brach).

38. “There is so much division in this world. So what is really the path of healing? It can begin in this moment, by embracing the life that’s here.” ~ (Tara Brach).

39. “If our hearts are ready for anything, we are touched by the beauty and poetry and mystery that fill our world.” ~ (Tara Brach).

40. “Observing desire without acting on it enlarges our freedom to choose how we live.” ~ (Tara Brach).

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41. “Longing, felt fully, carries us to belonging.” ~ (Tara Brach).

42. “We can find true refuge within our own hearts and minds-right here, right now, in the midst of our moment-to-moment lives.” ~ (Tara Brach).

43. “Buddhist practices offer a way of saying, ‘Hey, come back over here, reconnect.’ The only way that you’ll actually wake up and have some freedom is if you have the capacity and courage to stay with the vulnerability and the discomfort.” ~ (Tara Brach).

44. “I think the reason Buddhism and Western psychology are so compatible is that Western psychology helps to identify the stories and the patterns in our personal lives, but what Buddhist awareness training does is it actually allows the person to develop skills to stay in what’s going on.” ~ (Tara Brach).

45. “Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns.” ~ (Tara Brach).

46. “Fear of being a flawed person lay at the root of my trance, and I had sacrificed many moments over the years in trying to prove my worth. Like the tiger Mohini, I inhabited a self-made prison that stopped me from living fully.” ~ (Tara Brach).

47. “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).

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48. “Suffering is our call to attention, our call to investigate the truth of our beliefs.” ~ (Tara Brach).

49. “Meditation is evolution’s strategy to bring out our full potential.” ~ (Tara Brach).

50. “When we see the secret beauty of anyone, including ourselves, we see past our judgment and fear into the core of who we truly are – not an entrapped self but the radiance of goodness.” ~ (Tara Brach).

51. “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).

52. “The most powerful healing arises from the simple intention to love the life within you, unconditionally, with as much tenderness and presence as possible.” ~ (Tara Brach).

53. “By regarding ourselves with kindness, we begin to dissolve the identity of an isolated, deficient self. This creates the grounds for including others in an unconditionally loving heart.” ~ (Tara Brach).



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