In Tuesday’s video livestream, I began our sharing with The Four Remembrances as Tara outlines in Radical Compassion, Chapter 11. In this teaching, I share the second and third remembrances and how we can use them for our RAIN practice.
Below you will find the following on the the first three remembrances from Tara’s study guide. Information on her study guide is at the end of this post.
Take a moment to review the Four Remembrances on page 229, and then:
- Reflect on a recent time when you’ve found yourself lost in trance (busyness, distraction, blame), and not attending to your loved ones the way you would like. This is the R of RAIN. What are specific ways that you might remind yourself to take an intentional pause?
Practice: Remembrance: Pause for Presence (p. 231-232)
- Allowing whatever is arising in this moment is at the core of the R-A of RAIN. In the boxed reflection on page 235, you will find several suggestions for saying yes to the reality of each moment. Spend some time practicing. Which of these resonate for you? What are other ways that you might say yes to your inner life? Journal or discuss with the group.
Practice: Remembrance: Say Yes to What is Here (p. 235)
- To cultivate, embody, and express lovingkindness, we must practice turning toward love many times a day. This is the N of RAIN…in some way turning toward that which brings nurturing and healing. In the boxed reflection on page 238, you will find many suggestions for Turning Toward Love. Spend some time practicing. Which of these resonate for you? How might you personalize these to fit your own experience? Journal or discuss with the group.
Practice: Remembrance: Turning Toward Love (p. 238)
You can listen to my Mindfulness class on this topic. This focuses on Chapter 11 in Radical Compassion, “The RAIN of Compassion.” Also see Tara’s study guide in the resources below.
- Mindfulness Meditation (0:00 – 17:30)
- Chapter 11 – The Four Remembrances (17:30 – 26:41)
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.