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Tara Brach #43 – Taking ‘The Exquisite Risk:’ An Undefended Heart

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Poet Mark Nepo uses the phrase “exquisite risk” to describe our willingness to be fully alive, open, available,  living true to our heart. This talk explores the challenges and blessings of taking the exquisite risk, both in becoming more intimate with our inner life, and in engaging with others from full authenticity.

Link to transcript and downloadable PDF on Tara’s website. 

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