Sunday, January 13, 2019

Emotions, psych, control: meditation (TEDx)

TEDx Talks, Aug. 18, 2013; Ashley Wells, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
(TEDxMiddlebury) "Getting Free of Self-Importance Is The Key To Happiness
Buddhist Polly Young-Eisendrath* explains that counter to our happiness is the idea that we can control and manage our lives. [That's extremely helpful to know in meditation.] After considering the true meaning of happiness, she highlights several uniquely human emotions -- shame, guilt, envy, and jealousy [Don't tell the other primates, like our cousins the bonobos and chimps] -- that pose as obstacles to happiness and offers solutions to overcome these emotions.

*SPEAKER: Polly Young-Eisendrath is a speaker, writer, psychologist/Jungian psychoanalyst, and Buddhist mindfulness teacher. She is a long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism and vipassana (insight meditation) in the tradition of Shinzen Young, in which she is a certified teacher. She has published many chapters and articles on Buddhism, psychotherapy, spirituality, resilience, and Jung's psychology. She is also clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont and in independent clinical practice in central Vermont. Her 14 published books have been translated into more than 20 languages, including The Self-Esteem Trap, The Resilient Spirit, Women and Desire, and The Cambridge Companion to Jung. She is working on a spiritual memoir called Love Broken Open.
  • TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized* (*subject to certain rules and regulations).

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