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Becoming Your Own Therapist: Contemplative Psychology for Everyday Life – Dr. Miles Neale | 7-9PM
Sustainable Happiness Program Course 2 with Miles Neale
Becoming Your Own Therapist: Contemplative Psychology for Everyday Life
Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2 & 9; 7-9PM
Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science offers the Sustainable Happiness Program tailored to help you build a contemplative life in our high-stress age. Each course integrates three core disciplines of contemplative learning: knowledge, meditation, and action, and involves weekly two-hour classes, homework practice based on assigned texts and meditations, as well as a final, take-home essay exam. Courses culminate with a daylong retreat, reinforcing the insights, skills, and life strategies taught in the preceding classes.
Mind is the single most crucial variable in determining the quality of our experience, either happiness or suffering, and yet our modern institutions have largely failed to prepare us for how to live a contented life. The second course of Nalanda Institute’s four-year Sustainable Happiness Program – our “College for Contemplative Living” – empowers you to become your own therapist with insights and skills drawn from both ancient Buddhist psychology as well as current developments in interpersonal neurobiology. Explore how the mind, brain and nervous system function to create states of distress and ease, the relationship between karma and trauma, the nature of perception and self-construction and how to cultivate insight, emotional balance and neural integration.
As for practice, the course places mindfulness meditation back into its traditional Buddhist context and guides you through the gradual, five-step methodology outlined in the ancient Nalanda tradition: positive motivation, analytic reflection, focused contemplation, discursive learning, and practical application. When mindfulness is combined with self-analysis, ethics, deep-breathing and loving-kindness, you’ll have a comprehensive tool-kit designed for self-healing, liberating insight and life-change.
All levels welcome, even if you have not taken the first course. This course culminates with a Saturday retreat.
TO ATTEND IN-PERSON
Single Session: General:$25/Members:$22.50
Series (6 Mondays – March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2 & 9): General:$135/Members:$121.50
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TO ATTEND VIA WEBCAST
Single session:$7 | Series:$40 (no member discount)
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RETREAT – Mastering Your Inner Therapist: Contemplative Practice for Everyday Life
SATURDAY, APRIL 14; 10AM-5PM – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Yoga and meditation have exploded in our culture, but remain largely secular versions of stripped down techniques removed from their original Indian and Tibetan contemplative psychologies. In this day-long, experiential workshop we’ll review and practice the major skills that comprise our foundational tool-kit for self-mastery within its classic context. The morning session features an artfully curated sequence of silent, led yoga postures, breath-work, chanting, mindfulness, self-analysis, and loving-kindness. The afternoon session features a discussion of the Indo-Tibetan psychology underpinning our tool-kit and how together map and skills can empower you to master your own mind and body for self-healing, liberating insight and life-change.
All levels welcome, even if you did not take the associated series. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one.
General:$80/Members:$72 – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Dr. Miles Neale is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice, Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, and Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Neale is coeditor and contributor to the groundbreaking volume Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2017) and author of the forthcoming book and audio course Gradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human (Sounds True, 2018).