Early Buddhist texts and practices pioneered our contemporary psychological insights, viewing the human mind-heart as a complex system made up of multiple sub-personalities. One part might seek to achieve accomplishments in the world, while another might seek safe relationships; one formation might worry about the future while another impulse can crave addictive pleasures; one part rejects experience, while another is capable of embracing our foibles. Each part can have an entirely distinct personality, with separate, even competing agendas—hence the ongoing inner battles the mind can wage. One modern psychological system that recognizes similarly opposition inner parts is Internal Family Systems.
Each mental formation has value, and with practice we can learn to connect with them, listen to their wisdom and needs and support them to work together as a team. But sometimes the various parts engage in inner battles that aren't easily resolved: for example, whether or not to stay in a relationship or job, if and when to have children, how to maintain secure boundaries with family members.
In this retreat we'll explore how meditation allows us to identify and connect with the different inner personalities, and how to safely express our differing needs to others, receiving the support for each impulse to thrive as a member of a fully integrated personality.
Josh Korda has been the guiding teacher DharmaPunx NYC since 2005, and is a regular visiting teacher at Zen Care and the Against the Stream Buddhist community in Los Angeles. He has a large buddhist mentoring private practice and regularly authors pieces for Lion’s Roar, Tricycle and Buddhadharma. More information and links to his podcast at www.dharmapunxnyc.com.
Jessica Morey is the Executive Director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and serves as lead teacher for iBme teen retreats. Her writing has been published in Lion's Roar and Mindful magazine. Before joining iBme, she worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth and Master’s degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs. Learn more at https://ibme.info/.
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