Tuesdays, Sep 3 – Oct 15, 2019
8:00 – 9:15pm CT
This 7-week series is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about their own emotions and gaining a useful set of tools to manage, even overcome, the tricky ones. Really great for parents and teachers!
The Cultivating Emotional Balance Training emerged from the Destructive Emotions dialogue between behavioral scientists and the Dalai Lama, Buddhist monks, and scholars at the Mind and Life Institute in Dharamsala, India, in March of 2000. At the culmination of this meeting the Dalai Lama requested that the important ideas raised in these sessions, specifically how to manage the everyday obstacles of our destructive emotions, be turned into an accessible secular training.
Take-aways of this course: you will take away a sense of light-hearted fun! You will start to enjoy life and you will probably laugh more often. You will feel buoyant after releasing some old, very worn out emotional stuff. Really, it’s about gaining your freedom. And who doesn’t want to be free?
Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) is especially appropriate for the rising number of individuals working in high stress life-styles. These teachings and practices can create pathways to compassion through the ability to recognize the suffering of others and tolerate this distress more effectively. CEB is not explicitly a compassion training, however, learning how to meaningfully attend to the emotional experiences between the self and others, coupled with attention-focused meditations (Shamatha practices) and the practices of loving kindness, empathetic joy, compassion and equanimity (the Four Immeasurables) fosters compassion and constructive interpersonal communication.
From the perspective of Western psychology, emotional skills are the novel focus of CEB (Kemmeny et al., 2011). Emotion skills help people to better understand their emotional life, and thereby increase constructive and decrease destructive emotional engagements. The contemplative practice, while keeping to the Dalai Lama’s request for CEB to be secular, emphasizes the development of genuine happiness through connection to core aspirations. Genuine happiness focuses upon enhancing eudaimonic endeavors that further stable, non-stimulus driven happiness versus the predominant focus on hedonic, sensual, and transitory pleasure. Eudaimonia is an Aristotelian term that describes the contentment that arises from what we bring to, as opposed to take from the world, and thus creates true human flourishing. Dr. Alan Wallace’s Four Balances, as described in the training, instruct the cultivation of genuine happiness and mental well-being through conative, attentional, cognitive and emotional balance (Wallace & Shapiro, 2006).
Why do we need emotional balance? Because when we’re balanced, life is fun again. Have you ever noticed how un-fun things are when you’re stressed out or burnt out? Right?! Being balanced let’s you relax and have fun. You take things so much less seriously. You can laugh at yourself, rather than having to defend yourself tooth and nail so you don’t look stupid, or like you don’t know what you’re doing, or where ever your mind goes when you goof up.
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