Tara Practice
Harvesting the Medicine of the Heart

 

1. Contemplate
Call upon the support of White Tara, Mother of Compassion,
to hold you in her warm and spacious embrace.
Let yourself lean into her as you
soften your heart and feel into the question,

What breaks my heart?

There are so many places and causes of need in this world.
What is it that tugs on your heart the most?
Where does your energy go? What do you feel urgently about?
You can write or simply reflect silently.
After some time, close your eyes and
notice the sensations and the atmosphere in your body.

2. Feel
Call upon the courage of Green Tara and
dive into the feelings present for you.
Move, shake—do what you need for it to flow in you.
Remember, you are not trying to get rid of
any of this energy, only to give it space.

Open to that hopelessness…that urgency….
that rage…that helplessness…
Feel the heartbreak as energy in your body.

Practice to stay present even when it is intense…
stay in the discomfort of not knowing the solutions.
Let the energy burn inside you. Let it open, soften
and humble you.

When the familiar strategies of coping
with it all dissolve, what remains?
What is here now?

3. Rest & Breathe
Breathe in…all the energy as it dissolves into the heart space.
Breathe out…let the medicine of compassion
radiate out into the world.

4. Pray for the World
Bring all the liberated energy into a prayer for the world.
May all beings have Loving Kindness
May all beings be well
May all beings be happy and at ease
May all beings have Loving Kindness

5. Enlightened Action
Feel into one thing you can do; one action you can take
towards alleviating suffering in our broken world.
Start small.
Remember you are one of many who cares;
it is not all up to you.

6. Integration
Throughout your day when you notice you are
energetically shutting down,
mindlessly scrolling through the news
or feeding mental loops of hopelessness,
come back to your body, earth and breath.
Practice to open and let your feelings flow as energy in your body,
and direct the liberated energy into prayers and if you can, into action.
One step at a time.

~ ~ ~

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.
Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up
and the door of my heart
could be left open,
the door of compassion.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

This is an excerpt from the 21 Day Tara Sadhana, a course you can start at any time and do on your own. Tara takes many colors and forms, and each color represents different aspects of awake consciousness. In the sadhana you will practice with these splendorous expressions of the enlightened feminine, and embrace your female incarnation with all its feelings and challenges as powerful portals to spiritual awakening.