Cultivating Emotional Balance
In the year 2015 on his eightieth birthday, they asked the Dalai Lama:
“if you had just one wish, what would it be?” And he answered “I wish the world to be happy” and added “and the key to this is to learn to balance our emotions”.
The Dalai Lama tells us that in order to achieve long lasting genuine happiness, the key is to learn to manage our emotions.
Cultivating Emotional Balance was created in the year 2000 as a response to a direct requirement from the Dalai Lama to a group of distinguished neuroscientists, psychologists and Buddhist masters during a conference of destructive emotions.
Paul Ekman -one of the world’s most renown and respected researchers on emotional psychology- and Alan Wallace, -a renowned master and Buddhist Scholar-, answered the petition and collaborated to create CEB, a program that combines the vision of cutting edge science, with the practical, already proven benefits that meditation brings.
“Gaining mastery over our destructive tendencies through the exercise of personal awareness and discipline, at body, speech and mind level, frees us from the internal torment that naturally arises when our behavior is at odds with our ideals”. “If we are going to be successful in tackling our negative trends, first of all we must observe them and study them closely.” H.H. The Dalai Lama
Learning to experience and express our emotions wisely gives us an invigorating feeling of full joy and fulfilment that comes from leading an ethical life. This naturally makes the mind more peaceful, focused and clear, which is the support of greater mental balance. With greater mental balance we can begin to go deeper within ourselves, within interpersonal relationships and the world around us, discovering the joy of the given truth, the joy of knowing reality as it is.
In the CEB course you will learn to:
• Know the process of emotions. This process evaluates the environment and ourselves by registering events that are important to our well-being. This triggers a cascade of cognitive, somatic, behavioral, and subjective effects.
• Know the emotional triggers. These are easier to learn than to eradicate; and the triggers that we learned from children and that no longer serve us, can lead us to unfortunate episodes and to give inappropriate responses to present situations. That is why knowing the process, knowing the universal and personal triggers is key.
• Develop Techniques. Introspective training can bring awareness to processes that are otherwise unconscious and automatic. Being aware makes us choose how to express and how to experience emotions. In this course you will learn specific practices that come from contemplative traditions and that are aimed at stabilizing attention, recognizing cognitive tendencies, sharpening somatic perception, strengthening conscious intention, and prioritizing compassionate response towards ourselves and others.
• Recognize the power of choice. Being aware of the emotional process in the middle of an emotional episode, allows conscious intervention to break the automatic flow of the impulse to action, and provides the opportunity to choose the expression of emotions in a constructive way.
In this course we will not offer advice on how to accumulate more hedonistic happiness to meet basic needs or go for more money, fame, power, friends, health, etc. We assume that all who come have their basic needs met and are now seeking the opportunity to cultivate a sense of lasting contentment and the blossoming of their full potential.
With an educational and personal growth purpose. CEE is not designed for the specific treatment of psychological disorders, although it has been observed to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, increases positive emotions, improves attention skills and reduces rumination.
Aimed at the entire public, especially those professions dedicated to caring for others: nursing, medicine, psychology, education, social work, teachers, etc.