Working with Emotions – an introduction to Contemplative Psychology

Working with Emotions – 12th November 2017 with Jim O’Neil at Balance Performance.

“Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.” Pema Chödrön

A workshop taught by Jim O’Neil, a teacher we know very well and have known a very long time here at Balance Performance. I’d highly recommend this to any individual wanting to explore or continue their journey of personal development, as well as any physical therapists (physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor, soft tissue therapist), medical practitioners (hospital or community based), teachers, artists and parents. Balance certainly has some of its professionals in attendance: direct any questions to Ali Warner, her email address is below.

When: Sunday 12th November – 9.30am- 5.30pm

Where: Balance Performance, 113 Gauden Road, London SW4 6LE. Nearest Tube: Clapham North. Nearest Overground: Clapham High Street

Fee: Standard – £90, Early Bird Standard (book by 5th November) – £70.

Low income – £70, Early Bird Low Income (book by 5th November) – £55

Book Now via Ali Warner

Sometimes emotions can destabilise or overwhelm us and cause fear and trouble. In Contemplative Psychology, however, our approach is that emotions are in essence pure energy – even emotions we regard as problematic. We can use them to develop our capacity to relate to ourselves gently and fearlessly.

If we perceive an emotion directly, without acting it out or suppressing it, we can find access to tremendous strength, intelligence and compassion towards others, and contact the wisdom inherent within.

The emotions are composed of energy, which can be likened to water, and a dualistic thought process, which could be likened to pigment or paint. When energy and thought are mixed together they become the vivid and colourful emotions. ………………[..] Fundamentally the reason why emotions are discomforting, painful, frustrating, is because our relationship to the emotions is not quite clear.

The Myth of Freedom, Chögyam Trungpa

Karuna Training is a programme in Contemplative Psychology that combines the wisdom of the meditative Buddhist tradition with the methods of Western medicine and psychology. Karuna Training is designed for people who work professionally with others, as well as for those who are interested in personal development using a contemplative model. It is particularly suitable for therapists, medical professionals, teachers, artists, organisational leaders, and parents.

This workshop provides an experiential introduction to Karuna Training, and is also a stand-alone introduction for those who want to explore Contemplative Psychology.

Jim O’Neill has been practicing and studying psychoanalysis for as many years as he has been practicing Buddhism. Jim has built up a thriving therapy practice in London based on a Buddhist and a psychoanalytic understanding and treatment of mental suffering. He is part of the Karuna Faculty and lives in London.

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