with Ralph De La Rosa
Ever snap on someone ten minutes after meditating? Or look in the mirror and vow to rid yourself of your anger but nothing gives? There are so many of us who have done all the therapy and forgiveness and healing processes and still find resentment lingers. Or maybe it’s not anger that you wrestle with, but other intrusive and stubborn mindstates, emotions, behaviors, or thought patterns.
We might judge negative emotions as wrong and “un-spiritual”, and yet every part of exists for logical reasons. All neurotic emotions have a seeds of wisdom within them. Learning how to uncover those seed is the key to permanently transforming your relationship to difficult emotions. And there’s a formula to doing that. It’s a formula we can actually apply to all reactive and intrusive parts of us.
Join trauma therapist and bestselling author Ralph De La Rosa for an evening of exploring meditation, “parts work”, and game changing ideas about our emotional lives. “Parts work” is an evidence-based process stemming from Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) that shares many commonalities with shamanic “soul retrieval” work and advanced/tantric forms of Tibetan Buddhism (chod, vajrayana maitri). It is a holistic, nonpathologizing process rooted radical acceptance and empowering ourselves to shift our conversation with life rather than fix ourselves. Most importantly, it works.
Ralph De La Rosa, LCSW is the author of the #1 bestselling The Monkey Is the Messenger: Meditation & What Your Busy Mind Is Trying to Tell You. He is a trauma-focused psychotherapist in private practice in NYC and seasoned meditation instructor. He began practicing meditation in 1996 and has taught since 2008. He was a student of Amma's (Mata Amritanandamayi) for 16 years and began studying Buddhism in 2005. His work has been featured in The New York Post, CNN, GQ, SELF, Women’s Health, and many other publications and podcasts. He regularly leads immersive healing retreats at Omega Institute, Spirit Rock, and Kripalu. Ralph himself is a depression, PTSD, and addiction survivor. His work is inspired by the tremendous transformation he has experienced through meditation, yoga, and therapy. He is currently traveling the world while he works on his second book.