Integral Therapy continues its “Time In” program with the following offerings: Loving Kindness, Loving Kindness-Extended and Tonglen.
These practices help us soften and open the heart. In these groups we integrate mindfulness practice, meditation and action exploration. You don’t have to be a meditation practitioner to attend. We welcome all levels of experience. The only expertise we require is an open mind and a desire to experience. Join us!.
We often do not take time to check in with the condition of our heart. In this afternoon we will turn our attention to our heart. We will teach and practice together Loving Kindness.
Loving Kindness: Extended
We expand Loving Kindness to others, including those with whom we struggle. This practice supports us in letting go of resentment, which is a source of suffering and blocks our ability to experience joy.
This is a practice of "sending and taking" which involves a combination of breathing and visualization. It is a practice of opening our heart to our own pain and to the pain of others. This meditation guides us in invoking loving presence in the face of difficulty.
||1:30pm - 4:30pm
||Sociometric Studios, 213 West 35th Street, Suite 806 (8th floor) New York, NY
||There is no fee for this programs. (Suggested donation $40.00 - $60.00) A snack to share is welcomed too!
|Reservation and Inquire:
|| (212) 947-7111 ext. 201 or (845) 774-9364.
CP Training Credits are available for Psychodrama trainees and PATs.
“Handshaking”, as taught by Tsonkyi Rinpoche, is a meeting between mind and the feeling world. Handshaking begins with embodied and welcoming feelings towards anything that arises in experience, including emotions, resistance, sensations and thoughts - our “beautiful monsters”. We learn to be with the things that we normally want to push away or grasp tightly.
Exploring the “Handshake”, we will learn to create a more welcoming and accepting environment for all of our experiences. This is important because each of our experiences offers the opportunity to grow:30
“Growing Edge” (Closed)
All of us have parts of ourselves that we wish we could nurture and develop. This session orients us in the direction we want to grow. Each of us will identify one area as the focal point of investigation: whether to be kinder, more patient, restrained, or spontaneous. We will look at the conditions that encourage and support growth. This practice requires developing deeper intimacy with ourselves.
In our first Sunday session we will introduce a beautiful practice that helps us open to receiving compassion. The “Benefactor” practice, as taught by Lama John Makransky, is adapted from Tibetan Buddhist meditation traditions. It is particularly helpful in repairing broken receivers.
In order to feel and express compassion we must first be able to receive it. Unfortunately, many of us have broken receivers. We protect ourselves with hard hearts and ruminations on what is wrong and bad. Ironically, this perpetuates suffering and causes additional suffering in ourselves and in the world. Fortunately we can learn to receive. When we feel loved, held, safe and secure, we begin to relax and loosen our armor.