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How to Wake Up From the Trance of Unworthiness

The Lesson: “Though we’re rarely conscious of it, we continually evaluate ourselves—and are convinced that something is wrong with us.” In this audio session, acclaimed psychotherapist and Buddhist practitioner Tara Brach takes us through the process of waking up from a mental state we might not realize we’re caught up in; and once we can let go of constant self-judgement, we can actually live up to our potential. Join her as she explores the factors which lead to the trance of unworthiness, how we can identify it as it happens, break free of the cycle of self-doubt, and—most importantly—develop trust in our own natural inner goodness.

Notable Excerpt: “I’ve found that usually there’s a gap between our standard of how we should be, and our own experience, and it’s that gap which makes us feel like we’re not okay. The number one deepest regret of the dying are that they didn’t live true to themselves—that they lived according to the expectations of others, of the ‘should’s’… and I thought it would be tremendously useful for people to have a guided passageway through and beyond the forces that guide us to live unfaithfully to ourselves.”

The Speaker: Tara Brach is an American psychologist, author, and proponent of Buddhist meditation. She is a guiding teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC, although Dr. Brach teaches her Wednesday night meeting in Bethesda, Maryland.

Download Tara Brach’s audio session The R.A.I.N. Meditation—and browse her other audio meditations—at the Sounds True digital library.

Podcast: Sounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon with a clear mission: to disseminate spiritual wisdom and to wake up the world. Since starting out as a project with one woman and her tape recorder, the group has grown into a multimedia publishing company with more than 80 employees, a library of more than 1,500 titles featuring some of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, and an ever-expanding family of listeners from across the world. If you want to learn more, you can check out their YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or website.

(LISTEN to the inspiring lecture below)

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