Tara Brach, PhD

Radical Compassion: Wake Up Your Caring with RAIN

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn what the RAIN practice is, how to get started, and how to work with the most common challenges that may arise

  • Discover how to recognize when you might be in the “trance of unworthiness,” and hear what you can do to regain a sense of love and kindness for yourself

  • Experience the RAIN practice to grow in compassion for yourself and others

About Tara Brach, PhD

Tara Brach, Ph.D is an internationally known meditation teacher, psychologist and author of bestselling Radical Acceptance (2003) and Radical Compassion (2020.) In Radical Compassion, a heartfelt and deeply practical book, Tara Brach explores RAIN: an antidote to the ever-increasing onslaught of news, conflict, demands, and anxieties that leave us rushing around on auto-pilot and cut off from the presence and creativity that give our lives meaning. Tara offers a popular weekly podcast that is downloaded about two million times a month, and is active in bringing meditation into DC area schools, prisons and to underserved populations. Along with her colleague, Jack Kornfield, Tara leads a meditation teacher training that currently serves participants from 49 countries around the globe.

To learn more about Tara Brach and enjoy free access to hundreds of talks, guided-meditations and other helpful resources, please visit her website.

About Anne Alexander

Anne Alexander is the Content Director for Mindful. She is a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader driven by a passion for empowering people to realize their full potential. Two-time New York Times best-selling author and SVP/Editorial Director at National Geographic, Anne has been creating consumer-centric content fueled by an awareness and aliveness gained through meditation and mindfulness. An active yoga instructor, Anne lives in Pennsylvania with her three teenage children, two cats and a dog.

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  1. Aryana March 23, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you, Tara. Very peaceful practice!

  2. Misia March 23, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you Tara. I agree with so many of the others, such a beautiful practice. You glow with compassion. I can’t wait to read your book.

  3. Shekhar March 23, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Thanks to Tara. She explains so nicely and with such a compassion and genuinity It’s great. The concept of unlayering is great

  4. Bhoomika March 23, 2020 at 9:37 am

    This is so beautiful, Tara Brach has such a special way to share her practice. Really beautiful! The word “unlayering” is going to stay with me forever. Thank you!

  5. Vivian March 23, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Very helpful practice guide.

  6. Suzette Misrachi March 23, 2020 at 6:14 am

    Tara Brach, we can learn so much from you! Thanks for your calm presence and inspiring words.

    Suzette Misrachi
    Author of: “Lives unseen: unacknowledged trauma of non-disordered, competent Adult Children Of Parents with a Severe Mental Illness” and articles on grief and trauma (see

  7. Layla Pankhurst March 23, 2020 at 4:52 am

    Thank you Ann and Tara, That was an amazing talk. I have been waiting for this one. The thing that resonated most with me is that we can bring the N from rain to the front of the practice if we need nurture first. At the moment being in the 8th day of lock down I feel with any practice I do the nurture has to come first and thanks specifically for making that clear to me. Love to you both. And thank you. Layla

  8. Nilla March 23, 2020 at 4:25 am

    Years ago I practiced RAIN with Tara and now when I heard her voice, it felt like I came home. So warm and loving feelings, but I also came in contact with some parts in my body that I’ve been working in my mind with, so very powerful moment for me. Thank you and I love you all who made this moment possible for me right now <3

  9. Jim March 22, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you, Tara, so much for your very kind and compassionate talk. It was equally comforting and inspiring. However, one thing that I wish I could understand better is how a person with feelings of very low self worth and self aversion based a long ago traumatic experience, with inner repetition of self criticism and shame over the years, can break out of that pattern and begin nurturing oneself, or at least begin moving from that hard knot of self aversion to a self-compassionate and nurturing place.

  10. Cathleen Katz March 22, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you Tara. Held in the arms of self nurturing and compassion we can have the courage to explore our feelings.

    A very gentle and appropriate practice for this teaching venue.

  11. Debora March 22, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Such subtle intensity,goodness and honesty.
    Many thanks, Tara.

  12. Padma March 22, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    What an intense yet soothing way of self compassion..Loved her explanation of RAIN and also the guided meditation. THANK YOU TARA BRACH!!!

  13. Donna Cooper March 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    I really do thank God for bringing a compassionate person like Tara Brach into my life. I feel like I’m on an altogether different level of compassion for myself and other’s every time I engage in one of her practices or reading. May God continue to Bless and keep you all.

  14. Patrick March 22, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Splendid video

    Clear, compassionate and compelling

    I know how important it is to start with Nurturing compassion when someone’s experienced trauma – I found that’s true from my work as a practising psychologist and also when I was surprised to find I was suddenly in need of mental health services myself


  15. Rita March 22, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    I got into meditation a few years ago through Tara’s free online resources. I’m so grateful for her wisdom and kindness.

  16. Marie Myers March 22, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Wish I had known about this when I was taking care of my mother. I still have regrets about those 7 years.

  17. Carmen March 22, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Such a beautiful discussion! I love listening to Tara. I have just recently turned to her work, and it is greatly helping me in my life.

  18. Lori March 22, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Tara Brach for President!

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  20. DOROTHY March 22, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Enjoyed the practise very much and appreciate it being available especially now with us older people having to self isolate I’m not worried now and will enjoy listening and practising these free sessions which could not have came at a better period for everyone really THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  21. Sarah Wolf March 22, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Such a lovely talk. I really appreciate that she mentioned those of us with trauma. I have PTSD and it feels like a minefield at times. Those of us who grew up in a constant state of trauma, it is so interwoven in our bodies that its hard to be “in” our bodies. I am grateful she mentioned an alternative to focus on N- nurture and how long it might take.

  22. Teresa March 22, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Grateful on this Day dedicated to appreciate water…for the nourishing words that have washed over me….like rain…

  23. Anne March 22, 2020 at 6:08 am

    Thank you for leading actual practices. I learn by doing and so may practices have been shared throughout these 4 days. Actual sitting with us, helping us all learn these techniques. It’s been a pleasure and an honour. Deep appreciate for all the insights and perspectives. Thank you all.

  24. Brenda March 22, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Tara is such a healing presence in the world. I always feel nurtured just listening to her.

  25. FunkCat Brown March 22, 2020 at 2:06 am

    Thanks Tara, Amazing as akways

  26. Oksana March 21, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    I really appreciate that you’ve shared this practice with us. It’s so weird that we are able to hide our own feelings from themselves, but at the same time it’s a powerful message about our capacity to figure it out about that feelings and recover themselves. THANK YOU!

  27. Marlane Ainsworth March 21, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Thank you, Tara. Your message is powerful and your compassion tangible. A timely message.

  28. Esperanza Suarez March 21, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    RAIN is such a beautiful and powerful practice! Thank you so much!

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