In Chapter 7, Tara speaks of FOMO which is the Fear Of Missing Out. This is quite predominant in our society. This FOMO is also used as a marketing gimmick to get us to buy, buy, buy! We always want more and more that is only to supply a seeming empty spot within us. Tara quotes the Zen poet Ryokan who wrote, “If you want to find the meaning, stop chasing after so many things.”
Ah, yes. I find this so true. I admit it! I feel the pull to FOMO as I discover a plethora of shiny objects, for me, online courses to support my healing career. Do I need these online courses and workshops? Mmmm. Maybe yes, maybe no. But whether it is a course or a sale or whatever is gleaming of gold, I can feel that fear of missing out. Although, I admit too that I am much more attentive and mindful these days.
I noticed this as I completed a 3-month project of creating an Advanced Meditation Training for My Vinyasa Practice, that I had no desire to go back to all of the online courses I had purchased over the last year. My longing instead was for stillness. In fact, I practiced RAIN so I could return to my inner wholeness for that is only where I will be fulfilled. The enrichment found here by recognizing my need for healing is not outside of me but deep within. The quiet will provide just that.
You can listen to my Mindfulness class on this topic. This focuses on Chapter 7 in Radical Compassion, “Discovering Your Deepest Longing.” Also see Tara’s study guide in the resources below.
- Opening and Grounding Practice (0:00 – 9:30)
- Review of RAIN (9:30 – 11:30)
- Reading from Discovering Your Deepest Longing (11:30 – 19:00)
- Guided RAIN Meditation and Follow-Up (19:00 – 34:11)
Audio from the Session
Buy the book, Radical Compassion, on Amazon
Tara Brach’s RAIN Resources including Study Guide, other PDFs, and audios
I look forward to joining you with this practice throughout the month here on my website, my Tuesday livestream, and also in my free mindfulness classes hosted by My Vinyasa Practice.
Details on all of my classes here. If you need assistance in working through this RAIN process, I can assist you with my Transformational Mindfulness Coaching services. I use this with clients.
Tara Brach, one of the foremost Mindfulness teachers has written a book Radical Compassion. She uses a specific technique called RAIN, which is an acronym that helps us to work with both physically and emotionally challenging experiences, such as anxiety, worry, or guilt. We can use this along with Loving-Kindness meditation.
In meditation classes, I have frequently taught this practice. I’d like to share it with you as well here so you may find a gentleness of compassion and love as you allow the shower of RAIN to wash over you.