Sunday, May 21st -- Rebel Heart Meditation : Love, Why is it So Hard?
with Ralph De La Rosa
...yourself saying: "___________ always happens to me," when dating or in relationships?
...or that the person(s) you love the most seems to bring out your worst side?
...or that once you moved in together everything changed?
...or what was once hot almost suddenly went cold?
... or that you keep dating and dating -- or even trying to "manifest" the right partner, but nothing avails?
...or that you just can't seem to let your guard down?
...or that your need for space is always misunderstood?
...or that you find yourself making waves in the relationship even though you really don't mean to?
Western psychology and Eastern mysticism actually say the exact same thing about the sphere of intimate partnership (and the quest for it): it is the place where our deepest, most confusing patterns and stored traumas tend to emerge. The ordinary tendency is to think there's something wrong with the situation (e.g., "I need to choose better partners." "If only my partner would do/not do ___________ we would be happy." "Tinder ruined everything." "Men suck. WTF.")... BUT if you can recognize any sort of consistent pattern(s) throughout your experiences in dating and love, there is definitely something going on beneath the surface -- a part of you that longs to be recognized and healed. Odds are you'll stay stuck in those patterns until you address them at their root.
Drawing from psychoanalysis, attachment theory, Tibetan Buddhism, tantra, and Internal Family Systems therapy, this workshop will offer potent ideas for identifying and healing the true sources of confusion in intimacy and dating, and practices for working directly with the difficulty that naturally accompanies intimacy.
The practices presented in this workshop are accessible, evidence-based, emotionally safe and - best part: you will be able to use them on your own without the presence of a therapist.
The workshop will be recorded and handouts will be provided to help you integrate this work into daily life. No experience with meditation or therapy necessary. Please bring pen and paper.
Exchange: $98 advance / $125 door
Ralph De La Rosa is an integrative psychotherapist, seasoned meditation instructor, and transformative life coach with a private practice in NYC. His work has been featured in MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, Women's Health, Self Magazine, GQ, AFAR Magazine, TimeOut NY, Embodied Philosophy, and NY Yoga + Life Magazine. He is a teaching mentor at MNDFL's meditation teacher training program and also teaches with Susan Piver's Daily Dharma Gathering. Ralph began practicing meditation in 1996 within the bhakti yoga tradition and has been a student of Amma (Mata Amritananda Mayi) since 2000. He has studied Buddhism since 2005 and holds vows within the Shambhala lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Ralph began teaching in 2008 when he founded Rebel Heart Meditation. Ralph is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Services and is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). He is also a certified yoga instructor and has trained in Breathwork and Reiki. Ralph currently resides in Brooklyn with his two ridiculous cats named Emma Goldman and Henry Lee.