March: Calming the Mind : mindfulness meditations, the importance of training attention in a distracted world, attentional balance
April/ May: Cultivating Compassion with open heart and open mind – compassion meditations, empathy vs compassion, our interconnected relationship and its importance.
June: How does science define emotions, and why is that important/ useful. Exploring the ’emotion timeline’. How can meditation affect our emotions and help us to make emotional choices for a happier and more balanced life.
July: Insights about Happiness. Enjoyable emotions which motivate our lives. From a contemplative perspective the deep yearning for happiness keeps us moving through our lives in pursuit of meaning and purpose. From an evolutionary perspective enjoyable emotions cause us to participate in activities that are necessary for the survival of our species.
August – Inner Wellbeing : analysing our inner world and its relationship with the outer world. Cognitive balance through analysis of our inner and outer world. Meditations that contemplate our perception of the world, going from course to subtle. How these meditations and our relationship to the inner and outer world can help us to understand how an emotion unfolds over time, using the science based ’emotional timeline’.
September – Calm Mind, Even Mind : Cultivating Equanimity
This session forms part of the CEB course, a 42 hour course, which will be offered in blocks throughout the year. For those interested in completing the full 42 hour course we will keep track of attendance over the year. Although elements of the course link together, we aim to ensure each block has individual learnings that are useful and applicable to every day life.
The Cultivating Emotional Balance Training emerged from the Destructive Emotions dialogue between behavioural 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.