Still Mind Open Heart
Still Mind Open Heart
Explorations In Contemplative Psychotherapy
How can the heart in love ever stop opening? ~ Rumi~
You may attend all or some of the sessions.
Love, Kindness, Generosity & Gratitude
7 November 1:30pm - 4:30pm
The practise of love, kindness, generosity and gratitude are essential aspects of happiness and joy.
“Give, even if you only have a little.” (Buddha)
Friendship & Community
14 November 1:30pm - 4:30pm
As human beings we are social creatures. Understanding the essential components of friendship & community is a root of liberation. The secure base is the bedrock of the free heart.
Erotic Longing & Romantic Love
21 November 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Erotic longing & romantic love can be understood as a wish to unite with something greater than oneself. It is a force that can be harnessed to take us beyond the limitations of the individual to a connection with the greater whole.
Attachment, Separation & Loss
28 November 1:30pm - 4:30pm
We know what it is like to be attached to another, to be separated from another and lose another. We will look at John Bowlby's theory, Buddhist theory and our own experience of attachment, separation and loss.
5 December 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Through awareness we attend to the unfinished aspects of our lives. We will look at Gestalt therapy theory and practice, which is to facilitate the client to be more fully and creatively alive. To gradually free themselves (and ourselves) from blocks and unfinished business.
Surrender & Renunciation
12 December 1:30pm - 4:30pm
The Buddhist understanding of surrender and renunciation is a beautiful and essential aspect of practise if understood correctly. Essentially it is an attitude inclining us to untethering of the tyranny of the craving ego.
The afternoon offering begins with a brief guided meditation (10 minutes or so) followed by teaching and discussion.
At 2:45 I offer a communal tea/coffee/biscuit ceremony where we will continue our conversations.
At 3:15 I offer the practise the contemplative 'listener & speaker dialogue' where we deepen the theme in more personal ways.
We end with a 5 minute closing meditation.
New Road Psychotherapy Centre, Brighton
Saturday afternoons at 1:30pm - 4:30pm
*Dana: Please give anonymously at the end of the session.
Booking is essential as there are only 10 places.
Please contact Rory on:-
07739556438 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rory is a practising contemplative psychotherapist with over 25 years experience. He is a Registered Psychotherapist with the 'United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy' (UKCP) and works with individuals, couples and groups. He teaches and supervises trainees and graduates of counselling and psychotherapy.
His main theoretical influences are Gestalt, Buddhism & Psychoanalysis. In his early 20s, before training as a psychotherapist, Rory ordained as a Buddhist monk in the Thai Forest Tradition in the lineage of Ajahn Cha and Ajahn Sumedho. He lived in the monasteries for five years both in England and in Thailand.
Contemplative Psychotherapy is an approach to psychotherapy that includes the use of personal contemplative practices and insights informed by the spiritual tradition of Buddhism.
*Dāna is a Sanskrit and Pali word that connotes the virtue of generosity, charity or giving of alms in Indian philosophies. In Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, dāna is the practice of cultivating generosity. According to historical records, dāna is an ancient practice in Indian traditions, tracing back to Vedic traditions.
She teaches yoga that encourages letting go of tension and being gentle with practice. She has been teaching regularly since 2001. The predominant influences that inform her yoga are the work of renowned teacher Vanda Scaravelli and the practice of mindfulness meditation both of which she has practiced since the mid-1990s.