This retreat provides an overview of the central themes of the 42-hour training program called “Cultivating Emotional Balance” devised by the eminent psychologist Paul Ekman, Ph.D. and B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D. at the request of HH the Dalai Lama.
Focusing on both theory and practice, Alan Wallace explains four aspects of mental balance: conative, attentional, cognitive, and emotional. Conative balance has to do with cultivating meaningful desires and aspirations that truly contribute to one’s own and others’ wellbeing. Attentional balance focuses on overcoming attention deficit and hyperactivity, replacing these imbalances with a sense of inner calm, centeredness, and clarity. Cognitive balance is achieved through the cultivation of mindfulness so that we can experience the world without cognitive distortions. Finally, emotional balance maybe achieved through enhancing the positive emotions of loving kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity while bringing afflictive emotional states under control through understanding and meditation. The weekend included guided meditations, lectures and open discussion.
This audio stream/download via Dropbox (no account is needed), chronicles the weekend retreat held in Santa Barba’s historical Old Mission from Feb 3rd-5th, 2012.
Available on DVD, MP3 CD or Audio Stream MP3 download. Select the type of media that you want. The DVD and MP3 CD will be shipped via the US Postal Service. The audio files will be downloadable – you will receive an email with details.