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DAY ONE

"Arriving in Embodied Presence"
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Teaching and Guided Meditation with Tara Brach ​
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Explore the foundations for compassion and well-being in this teaching session and guided meditation for breaking free from the trance of thinking and coming home to the here and now.

Today's “Compassion in Action” Challenge
Today's “Compassion in Action” Challenge
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Maria Shriver | “Becoming an Architect of Change”

Maria Shriver’s life and career are driven by her fervent belief that everyone has the ability to be an “architect of change” and help to move humanity forward in their own way. In this interview with Tara Brach, learn more about Maria’s personal journey and how her understanding of the value of compassion has matured and unfolded.

Session highlights:

Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver is a mother of four, an Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist, a seven-time New York Times bestselling author, an NBC News special anchor, and founder of the nonprofit The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. Always curious about the world, Maria has devoted her life to reporting and interviewing some of the biggest changemakers of our time. In addition to her work for NBC News, she is also the founder of the media enterprise Shriver Media, which produces award-winning documentaries and films, bestselling books, a popular podcast, and a beloved popular weekly email newsletter called “The Sunday Paper.” Her latest book, I’ve Been Thinking…, and its companion, I’ve Been Thinking…The Journal, were written to offer wisdom, guidance, and inspiration to those seeking to create a meaningful life.

Questions for Reflection
Questions for Reflection
Answer the following reflection questions in the comment field below:
  • When have you told yourself that you’re “not enough”?
  • How might you view these situations in a more empowering light?
  • How might you bring more compassion to yourself when self-doubt and self-criticism arise?
  • Mkate says:

    Starting small with helping others. Always trying to do great things and need to remind myself to start with the little things.

  • Elaine Robinson says:

    Great Day 1!❤️Wonderful interview with Maria Shriver, a powerful and inspiring woman. Loved the Martha Postlewaite poem; will share with others.

  • Kathy says:

    I often tell myself I’m not enough as I often compare myself to others. Thank you so much Tara and Maria for this needed and relevant talk!!!! I will make a conscious effort to remember what Maria said about only worrying about what I am doing and feeling. Thank you

  • Rebecca says:

    When I think about how much my partner does, while remaining so calm and positive I feel inadequate and like a mess. I mostly don’t earn and chastise myself for this and for not being as cheerful as him. I feel like I should be consistently in a good mood and more helpful to my partner and my child. I feel like they should feel they can always talk to me about anything, but they probably feel I’m not consistently approachable.

    I could look at things from a position of appreciation from thier point of view. I could be more grateful in general and enjoy my position and carry out my tasks mindfully, seeing value in my work. I could let myself relax and enjoy my family each day and not feel I have to jump to correct it when things aren’t perfect.

    Me consciously deciding in the morning to be happy and chill has a positive and inspiring effect on them too. They laugh and are more open with me. The time of the month plays a big part in how well I can do this, so I could be mindful of that and try not to expect to just feel effortlessly great all of the time.

  • Dana says:

    It is never to late for change. 69 years and just beginning to awaken to the knowledge that I am enough. Thank you Tara for the teachings and meditations. I practice with you most mornings and am feeling more hopeful and more joy. Thank you Maria, look forward to reading the Sunday Paper. Namaste

  • Mary Sarb says:

    Really enjoying my first day!

  • Cherry says:

    Love the poem from the meditation ♥️

  • Ana says:

    The habit of comparing myself to others is very embedded in me and something that has consequences. Today, when I catch myself doing this, I will pause, breath, and be with the feeling.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Appreciate the joy you feel when you let go of comparing. I too became a joyful person when I stopped comparing myself to others.

      • Kathy says:

        I love that – ” Appreciate the joy you feel when you let go of comparing.” Definitely something I am working toward.

  • Erma Smith says:

    Paraphrase “I am the one I have been waiting for.” This statement helps me KNOW I am enough! Thanks for the reminder.

  • Angie says:

    I tend to forego my own needs while trying to “do” and “be” everything for everyone else….as a mother, a friend, a relational partner, colleague…..This often leaves me feeling depleted and empty. The “I’m not enough” feeling tends to drive my life, where my needs are always subordinated to everyone and everything else. As a woman, it has been ingrained in me that I am selfish if I tend to my own needs. Thank you for this gentle reminder that we are all enough, and that care for the self is vital to caring for others well.

  • celine says:

    I’ve told myself that I am not enough so many times, i can not count them anymore. I realize most of the times, I’ve done what I could. When I self doubt and self criticize, I try to focus on my breath and my physical sensations. It helps coming back to the present and stop thinking about the past. I also put myself under the skin of a dear friend who would never be so hard on myself.

  • Maureen Kelley says:

    This interview was such a great way to start my day. I look forward to the remaining 9 days. Thank you so much!!!

  • Barbara says:

    Pause…. I am enough…. you are enough…. we are enough. Together. Thank you for creating this community where we can practice together.

  • Joan Brugman says:

    Whenever I do or say something impulsively
    ( which happens a lot) I can use the pause to slow down my automatic inner critic and forgive myself instead.

  • Carrie says:

    Last night when I awoke and realized that I couldn’t remember the paperwork for my new appliance. I berated myself for my aging memory being less than it needs to be. I took a few deep breaths and told myself I would have them when I needed to and not to fret. When I find myself worrying, I mindfully connect to my true center and realize I am all that I need.

  • Mary says:

    “Not enough” comes to my mind regularly and the way I deal with that is to answer back, “Yes I am” Repetition seems to be the vehicle that every change, whether for good or bad needs to implement itself.

  • Ivette says:

    I feel “not enough” every time I want to start something new. To view these in a more empowering light I can face the fear of not being good enought by doing things without “thinking” of the results, but enjoying the doing. When self-doubt and self-criticism arise, I can remember a time when I overcame an obstacle.

  • Jody says:

    During those moments when I feel like I am enough are when I can actually be more to others. When I am comfortable being me I have no need to be like someone else. I can admire them and certainly learn from them but I can still be ok with me. I’m working on those moments becoming be more frequent!

  • Kiyoko says:

    When I can’t do things that others are doing. I remember the time I was criticized about my fault. I’m fearful and stiff. I would creat a warm and bright space to hold the fear and dissappointment. I might remind myself self criticism is a common trance we all experience.

  • bernadette says:

    thank you soooo much … to tara as well as maria ……. greetings from germany bernadette

  • Kiyoko says:

    When I can’t do things that others are doing. I remember the time I was criticized about my fault. I’m fearful and stiff. I would creat a warm and bright space to hold the fear and dissappointment in an encouraging light. I might remind myself self criticism is a common trance we all experience.

  • Donna Marie says:

    Stepping in to “pause” today. I’ll be gently reminded when I notice I’m not breathing. Blessings!

  • Dr. KF-S says:

    I have told myself that I’m not enough when seeking approval of others. It is through practice and presence that others’ judgement of me has less impact, as I find that not only am I am enough, but my intention is to realize that I am at my best, at any given moment. Thank you Tara and Maria, for your voices and action. Architects of change! I love that, and we all are.

  • Lou says:

    When my kids don’t reflect what I hoped for.
    I did my best I led from my father’s example. I think I need to keep talking with my kids to tell them how I’m thinking and feeling.
    I think I need to give myself some slack and think they will be OK. I was a kind a loving mother who always talked about kindness and empathy. I know they see this in me. They have their own journey to make and the puzzle pieces will come together.

  • kg says:

    Thank you Tara. 🙏

  • Wilbert says:

    Realizing my weak side makes me challenge to.improve in any regards required.

  • Matt says:

    I have been telling myself my whole life I’m not enough, this after a childhood with a flawed caregiver. Only in the last few years have I been trying to get my mind, heart and body back together, which quite often feels like failure. But as I sit and go over the past few years of this work I realise I have come SO far from where i was. When I’m really down on myself I say to myself “I cannot, I will not, go back to where I was, and I cannot stay here I must and will move onwards”

    • Lili says:

      It’s such hard and constant work to overcome the impact of a toxic and damaging childhood. I have the same struggle. I have devoted most of my life to helping others, but struggle daily to be kind to myself. I am just beginning to be aware of the depth of my despair. I will spend the rest of my life working to be enough to my self.

      • Kent Rozel says:

        Hoping that you will see that it is not necessary to struggle to become something that you aspire towards. Embracing who we are in the present is what I have found to be most helpful.
        as Tara suggests, learning to pause and nurture yourself even in the midst of life’s challenges is a wonderful skill to develop.
        .

        • Karen says:

          I’m almost 67 and just beginning to understand and move towards the present. My mind wants me in the past, but I will be here.

    • Lou says:

      Well done!

  • Lisa says:

    When I think about pursuing further study at Masters level. Have wanted to for many years and applied once and wasn’t accepted into a very competitive program- was deflated by rejection. It validated my self judgement of not being smart enough or good enough. I see others who have studied at Masters or PhD level as better than me.

    I think instead of focusing on “rejection” as a measure of what I am not – I could reframe and see it as there were other more suitable applicants at time, and that the timing wasn’t right for me or maybe the program wasn’t right for me. Maybe the universe has a different plan for me and the time and experiences since that “ rejection” have been necessary to help me grow as a person.

    I think that awareness of those negative and self critical/ doubting thoughts is important. Catching myself in that space of thinking negatively about myself and pausing to reframe to more positive. Practicing positive affirmations and self- forgiveness in place of the negativity.

    • Lili says:

      I feel your fear and sense of doubt. And admire your positive response to it. Not the right place and moment…Remaining open to what the right place and moment is for you! I am working on this too. Wishing you a beautiful moment of discovery and clarity.

    • Michele says:

      I have a MA in Counseling. It’s fine, but it doesn’t get me more pay. I perceive those who have a MA in Science, Anthropology and Math, or Engineering as WAY smarter than me. and you know what…some people are smarter than I am in some areas, but I am better in others. It’s a balance. Try again.

  • Joanne Reid says:

    When my husband of 19 years told me he had several affairs through our marriage.
    I realise now we were both damaged souls when we met and I am now on a journey of self love and I hppe that he can do this too.
    Through Meditation,self care and good therapy I am starting to feel less self doubt and am kinder to myself and others

    • Gari says:

      Joanne, I relate to you words. I am also on a journey of self love. I wish my husband of 38 years could contemplate a similar journey but perhaps that is not HIS path? I am working on accepting the fact that achieving perfection is not a worthwhile goal as it’s impossible and I cannot ‘fix’ anyone but will focus on myself. I am enough.

  • Drew says:

    At work when faced with difficult tasks. I will view these challenges not as problems but opportunities. Remind self I am enough already.

  • Andy says:

    Oh, I’ve been telling myself that for so long. In the eye of some storms in my life, I was left with no other choice than to sit down with that pain. Grow some interest in this. And it helped me to overcome the crises. And once I was in a ‘safe spot’ again, I abandoned my practice and started again in the next crisis. 😀
    A recent storm of losing my job parked me back on my cushion. This time it feels different: less of a ‘friendly fight’ (meditation was that for a long time, I think), more of a choice to be with everything. Saying again and again ’tis too’.
    So recently, I have a feeling that I’m starting to shift towards a better understanding with myself and the world. Slowly…
    So I really look forward to this next 10 days…
    Thank you, Tara, for being a guide the past years.
    And may all of you find openess and warmth!
    Metta!

  • Ray B says:

    Finding my “inner life” as a man
    Thank you both

  • Pj says:

    I feel that, for me at least, it is important to realise that I am not the only or indeed loudest voice in this chorus of ‘not enough’, good vs bad, hum. Discontent is required to sell stuff and advertising is everywhere. ‘You need more, or better or newer’ is the constant social message. Thank you Tara and Maria for challenging that message with curiosity and tenderness, open hearts and minds. What do you need today? Lots of love Pjx

  • Amanda says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful start to my day here in the UK. Tara your voice is so calming, I felt such a beautiful sense of peace and stillness during the meditation. Thank you for this gift.

  • eleanorthismoment says:

    That message of worthlessness was imbibed throughout my childhood and I was forty before I realized that my subterranean self-esteem was a form of negative egocentricity – but that was an intellectual conclusion, and for a while became another stick to beat myself with. Became a practicing Buddhist at 42; within weeks I realized that I needed to begin a forgiveness practice. 5 years in I realized that I needed to include myself in that process of forgiveness! 17 years on, it’s a work in progress. Nowadays I know that asking for guidance, help and support is NOT me being “not enough”, it’s a success. When negative, doubting thoughts arise now, I do two things: first I acknowledge the thought, own it; then I reflect that it’s my intention to be kind and ask specific questions about the outcomes of acting out/from this negative self-view. It sounds hard and clunky. It is hard but gets easier with practice. I still have my moments, but I’m no longer hijacked (and my life potentially trashed) by these moments.

    • Sandra says:

      Wow, sounds like my life— 58 and having been hijacked by the trance of unworthiness. Not even a year into daily meditation and yoga. Is there hope for me?

      • Dav says:

        Never too late

      • Judy says:

        Yes, always. Keep doing your daily meditation and yoga. The practice is important. Arriving at perfection is not.
        Every time you meditate, know you are not alone.

        • Debra A. Franco says:

          Thank you Judy. I was just reading your comments and loved the part “Every time you meditate, know you are not alone. ” Gives me a more positive way of going into meditation by myself.

          • Patricia says:

            If you’re interested, the app “Insight Timer” is excellent, free, and displays a world map image of everyone (using Insight Timer) who’s meditating at the same moment you are, and conveys a feeling of connection and hope.

          • Linda says:

            Thank you for sharing this app. I’m definitely going to find and implement it. We are are so fortunate to live in a time where we can connect and share. These tools will help us all to do our part in being an architect for change.

          • Graza says:

            But only 7 days iż free
            :(…maybe because I live on Poland…

          • GIGI Schwaab says:

            True for U S also.

          • Amy says:

            it is free for everyone. you only have to pay if you listen offline x

          • M says:

            But I have had it longer than 7 days and it has not asked for money.

          • Patty says:

            I love that, Patricia! Feeling connected is so healing

          • Janice says:

            I use this app and recommend it to all my yoga students. I love the yoga nidras on it; they really help me when I have insomnia. Spreading the word about this app everywhere. Tara Brach also has several free meditations on this app, and they are excellent.

          • Mark says:

            I would like to explore this app.

          • Faithe says:

            I like IT, too. It offers a huge range of guided meditations, sounds, and talks. For me it’s a great way to add diversity to my meditations and intentions. That’s how I discovered Tara—one of my favorite teachers.

          • Amethyst says:

            That is fascinating, as you said, Debra.
            With thousands of people around the world meditating, no matter what moment we choose to meditate during, someone else is sure to be doing so as well.
            A yogi or yogini, a child in a far-off country, a nun, the Dalai Lama.; who knows who may be accompanying us in meditation at that moment?

          • Julie says:

            I find this really encouraging, Amethyst. Knowing that no matter what or when, there is always someone to accompany me on this stretch of the road. Thanks!

        • Veronica says:

          Thank you. This is inspiring

        • sandra says:

          Thank you for simple words that have such a strong, powerful impact. I will carry that with me next time I mediatate. Thank you !

      • eleanorthismoment says:

        Absolutely yes! My personal definition of hope is “the possibility of possibility”. With metta, Exxx

      • Robyn Grote says:

        Definitely

      • Anna says:

        So much hope for you, Sandra. It is never too late. Sending you so much love. Thank you for sharing <3

      • Niedja Suelly Souza Tenório says:

        Of course there is

      • Stephanie says:

        You are enough Sandra. Love and light to you today and you navigate this magical day and watch it unfold.

      • Cayachipe says:

        I started about the same time. I’m turning 61 soon, and it has helped me and I’m only just getting started. There isn’t just hope. Stick with it, listen when shifts are needed and you will find what you are looking for.

        • Anne says:

          I’m turning 61 in a week top, and alternate between hope and despair about the future.

          • Julie says:

            Sending light and love to you Anne – I too often despair But I have faith that there is a guiding principle that is watching over or is within me and of the whole world.

      • Monica says:

        Much love and energy to you, Sandra, in your journey into hope.

      • Kerrin says:

        Yes. Just take it one day at a time. And forgive yourself. I like to remember that every moment is a chance to start again x

      • Vicki says:

        You’re 58 I’m 71 following the same path as all of you. It is never to late. Try to remember it is the journey that counts. I am grateful to be traveling on the same road with all of you. Remember “If you feel you are enough, you are a pet of everyone else”

      • KarenmK says:

        Yes!! Keep mediating and believing in Your wonderful self! ❤️🙏

      • Pamela says:

        Yes. Change is so very possible. I’ve been meditating online with Tara and following her talks and guidance — so beautiful. In addition I’ve sought out therapy and participated in Al Anon — 12 step programs are remarkable. I am now exploring Adult Children of Alcoholics –it’s also for dysfunctional families which mine was. All of this work is giving me great understanding and insight into how to sustain thoughts and behaviors that tell me I’m enough. A daily yoga practice over the last 8 years of my life offers so much healing as well. I am just turning 65. Sending love and light.

        • Julieanne says:

          I too am a weekly listener to Tara’s podcasts and look forward to every Thursday and Friday when they become available. As a result of her teachings and through the support of a wonderful therapist and Alanon, l have finally started the healing process, forgiveness and acceptance.

        • Gay says:

          I really identify with you. I am 75 and began meditating 9 years ago and joined Al-Anon 8 years ago. It’s such a healing environment and I experience such joy and synchronicity in my life now after so many years of depression.

        • Veronica says:

          Bless you. I eat to escape the emotional pain.
          I had no idea I am not so alone. Thank you for being alive after all you have been through. I’m 76

        • Faye says:

          Pamela, thank you for mentioning the 12 step programs. They are a great complement to these seminars

      • TJ says:

        Absolutely! I am also 58 and only started meditating a few years ago. Sometimes I lament that I didn’t start meditating 35 years ago and wonder how far along I would be, but then I remember that the only time that exists is now, and I can only be true to who I am in this moment — in this breath.

      • Jenna Holzer says:

        yes, you got this! Keep doing your yoga practice and breathe

      • Suzy Morrison says:

        There is hope yes⭐️

      • Tracy says:

        Absolutely! Some never break out of the trance. You’ve got 40 more years of life! Go thrive sister 🙂

      • Victoria says:

        Yes x

      • Sophia says:

        There is always hope. Just remember that self-care is not selfish or a luxury, but a very essential necessity! You are perfect because the universe created you perfect!
        With loving kindness 🙂

      • Siobhan says:

        I hope so…or there’s none for me either! X

      • Cristina says:

        There is hope for you, there’s hope for us!!!

      • Chris says:

        There is hope for you and for everyone! Being filled and surrounded with universal love is your birthright.

      • Kim says:

        Oh, there is indeed. I started owning my own stuff in my 60s and life has become a journey of discovery and change. I turn 70 this year and am probably more at peace with myself now than ever before. I love my life and I love the challenges because I know I am growing. I’m a late starter and sometimes I am regretful about time lost (so I’m still beating myself up….and less often) but I am doing it NOW and making up for lost time. Stay with the practice and watch yourself change. It’s wonderful.

      • Jeanne says:

        Yes! If you have not investigated the living kindness practices. ❤️

      • Annette says:

        You own your hope! Nobody can ever take it away from you, ever! Always make room for hope! You’re worthy of it ❤️

      • Gillian Andrews says:

        Yes, there is so much hope. SO MUCH HOPE!

      • Lua says:

        Yes, Sandra. There is! Hope is the fuel that keeps us going. Lately, I’ve been learning to trust the timing of things. Just like planting seeds, they need time to grow into something beautiful and strong.

      • Robyn says:

        absolutely we have choice in every moment

      • Suzanne Fox says:

        Yes there is. Acknowledging is the first step to healing.

      • Gretel says:

        There is always hope! Take it a day at a time…if that is too much then moment by moment….I’m sure if you were to look at were you were before you started practicing you will see some positive change

      • Kylie says:

        Hang in there Sandra. You are not alone, you are human ! I’m around 8 years into a daily yoga and meditation practice and I can tell you it works. xx

      • Muge says:

        yes there is always hope. I also feel lots of unworthiness. you are not alone. we are not alone. But it’s ok. You are perfect as you are. It’s ok
        In this digital world, we may lost our connection. With this I can reach out to you.

      • Kate says:

        You are where you are, your age is not relevant, going beyond age identification might be where the next hope is. You are waking up and that is fantastic and absolutely enough! Wishing you every blessing

      • Lucy Mackey says:

        Yes, it’s never too late to love that little heart inside yourself who has been suffering. Your heart will grow and flourish when you have mercy for yourself.

      • Daedre says:

        I’m 60 and just now realizing that the wounded child within is becoming this amazing women. My past is written, but each day I make a new ending.

      • Pamela says:

        Absolutely Sandra!! By simply acknowledging this intention, you have embraced your worthiness. Yoga allows you to nurture and care for yourself. Meditation allows you to sit with that nurtured self, value all that it has done for you, and project that kindness from your own heart toward the world. Minute by minute you can do this!

      • Melissa says:

        Way to go! Just doing these couple of things inspires me. Remember not to compare yourself to others… That’s a losing battle. Instead, it might be okay to compare your current self to your past self? I’m not sure how healthy/harmful this is but perhaps it’s something that could bring motivation?

      • SukhKaram says:

        Absolute hope. Boundless opportunity. You are perfect as you are right now, right here.

      • Ellen says:

        Oh YES!! I too got started somewhat late in life. Or rather, It took a long time to get serious about the path. I’m now nearing my 70th birthday and experiencing so much growth, insight, and freedom. My experience just gets richer and more full with time. There is more than hope when you presist on this path. It will transform your life. For me, the transformation is most evident in my interior life, my happiness, and in my relationships. These, in turn, impact everything else. Wishing you many blessings and much courage as you persist.

      • Pamela says:

        Absolutely, sister! keep your practice up and your mindfulness of the thoughts you think. Acknowledge the negative thoughts of unworthiness with replace them with loving thoughts . You are just fine sweetheart. You are worthy and loved!

      • Dawn Clarke says:

        While ever there’s breath there is life to live, while ever we live we can begin to do better. Thanks for sharing your vulnerable self . It gives me encouragement.

      • linnaea says:

        I am 70, and starting to meditate again after 25 year hiats. Tara’s podcasts, meditations and teachings on weds nights are helping me with reactions I dud not have at age 335-40. It is not too late. This is another beginning.

    • Linda says:

      Thanks Eleanor for sharing your experience. Touching and inspiring are the words that come to mind when I relate to your struggle and the couragous path you’re on to live more fully.

    • Taj says:

      Thank you very much. What is your forgiveness practice like?

    • Debs says:

      So inspiring, thank you!

    • Gillian says:

      And those thoughts are just thoughts. They do not define us, nor do they have to rule us.

    • Tanya says:

      You are so eloquent in how you describe this. Thank you.

    • Susanne says:

      Thank you for this reflection, so familiar, and particularly for describing the steps you take when it occurs. I’m curious about the last part about asking specific questions about the outcomes. What questions would you ask?

    • Cathypracticinggrace says:

      Very inspiring Eleanor, thank you. As a newbie to Buddhist practice, I find myself so happy and relieved that this path delivers guidance to live a happier, more peaceful and fulfilling life!

    • Soph says:

      Sometimes I feel grief at having steered away from forms of expression that might reveal to the world I am less than the shiny self I have projected into the world but then as I think about this, it’s actually another form of not being okay with my self… ie you should have sorted this issue out years ago, you should have realised you were broken so that you could have become more when you were, younger!!!!
      Yesterday I actually had a spacious loving and self- accepting day, right sized and inclusive of all of me. It was like walking in a beautiful garden!!! I’ve hardly ever been in it for long enough to notice the flowers, let alone smell them.
      I’m now starting to realise that attaching to the goal of being in joy has been key in my attempt to banish and reject all the parts of me that refuse to play ball.

      I am so ready for a new approach!

    • Jade says:

      You did a beautiful job explaining this thank you for sharing. I’m at the beginning steps of this journey and acknowledging it and seeing the outcome of where I see myself now is so distractive. But technology is A stepping stone in a better direction to living a for life.

  • Sofie says:

    I hear the “I’m not enough” in relation to my children, my partner, my aspiration for change…” and practice pausing and smiling at my own thoughts. Creating and giving myself space.

    “How we live today, is how we live our lives” really hit home with me. It all starts here, just now!! Wow, thank you for this inspiring initiative.
    I am excited. I am enough. Pause and breath.

  • F Weiss says:

    When I am at work and feel I haven’t done my job right, Or when I have made a mistake I often think I am not enough. As I have only had time to listen to Tara and Maria just now, I have realised I should stop and breathe and tell myself I am enough.

  • Sara says:

    I’m not enough in a relationship. I don’t know how I can change this, other than my failures will hopefully lead me to improve my future relationships. Tell my self that I am enough, being aware is the first step to change.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Been there. You are enough. Self love is very powerful in developing a secure attachment for self. Once we love ourselves the rest just seems to fall in place.

  • Joanne says:

    I think I have got in the habit of focusing and looking for what is wrong and trying to “fix” it.
    Pausing and putting the same effort into finding what is right about me…. my strengths and gifts I can share.
    And then having the courage to share with words and my actions.
    Thank you

    • Lou says:

      Well said I appreciated your words very much.

    • Joanne says:

      Thank you Joanne for expressing this so well.. This is exactly where I am. Now I want to have the courage to change from that broken state to a whole and loving one with words and action.

    • Adriana says:

      I totally agree. I think we should be able to find our strenghts and talk about them, and be able to see the strengths in others and talk about that also.

    • Penny says:

      I feel the same. I not only try to fix myself but I also try to fix my friends and family. I understand what it feels like to hurt and try to prevent or clean up the mess. It’s interesting to me as I write this, I feel helpless or stuck most of the time and yet somehow I think I have the power to ‘ fix it’ for myself and others. Duh.

    • Pat says:

      Well said! It takes work to put into practice but it can be done.

  • nitay says:

    1. This morning when i was feeling a bit anxiety
    2. Its OK to feel like that, i can learn and be stronger because of it
    3. Not going to the story, knowing that its OK to feel like that, they are only thoughts

    • Jennifer C says:

      Yes! The “this is just a thought” and “it is not really true” is so important! Our brain is wired to be anxious, but we were also blessed with an awareness to not believe it. I am excited to get better at this myself! Thanks for sharing as its makes all of us realize we are not alone in this, but one of millions!

  • Joanne says:

    I listened at 7.30am in the UK. What a wonderful way to start a new day. Thank you.

  • Sarah says:

    Recently I have had feelings of “not enough” in my work, wanting to help colleagues but not having all the answers, as well as falling into the comparison trip. This has been a radical reminder of the tools I have to be gentle with myself and extend the same kindness to others. Thank you Tara and Maria

  • mac j says:

    When the task ahead seems overwhelming; I can just simply pause; that right now, watching this breath, is a space of peaceful acceptance; that this breath has no self-doubt, has no self-criticism.

  • Sara says:

    Wonderful first lesson. I wish I would have listened to it this morning because I spent a good amount of this day saying, “I’m not enough” and supported it with many examples of perceived failure and lack of acceptance. Spiraling behind the smile. There’s so many subtle ways this is done throughout the day and it is most definitely exhausting. To “Pause” and with gentleness ,”allow” these feelings most definitely soothe the brittleness of “I am not enough.”

  • Joanie says:

    Thinking about the time I thought I “wasn’t enough” at work, just to remind myself my work is fluid, I am benefited, my colleague is benefited and my team is benefited when we are sharing; we are learning, we are building. I don’t need to be “perfect”, I don’t need to take things personally. I will detach from this concept and remind myself I am worthy.

    • F Weiss says:

      Joanie, I feel the same way you do at work. But like you said, we don’t need to be perfect, actually nobody is perfect! I guess we all have to remember that. So glad I am not the only person who thought like you did. 🙂

  • Annabel Van Orshoven says:

    When It want to become a psychotherapist. Now I see that it’s a new field for me and that I have you give myself time to grow and learn. Failure is the mud, the Lotus flower is the practice. Pauzing, do the visualisation of visiting the old me, think of an owl.

  • Helena says:

    In social situations. I try to focus on what’s important. And try to stay true to myself.

  • Alfira says:

    Wonderful. Thank you.

  • Kimberley Rose says:

    As a divine feminine warrior coming into her own, Just what I needed to hear. Thank you Tara and Maria.

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