WELCOMING ANXIETY
Bruce Tift in conversation with Diane Israel
Sunday, March 18, 2018  1:00pm-3:00pm
$32 Preregistration | $38 Day Of

Who among us does not find anxiety disturbing? But if we’re human, we experience anxiety. Our choice is how to relate to this feeling of threat:  with aggression or kindness. Training ourselves in the counter-instinctual practice of welcoming anxiety can be deeply transformational. At the level of our evolutionary biology, we learn that “feeling safe” is not the best guideline for living in our higher human potentials. At the psychological level, we challenge the ways in which our avoidance of anxiety continues our investment in out-of-date identity dramas. At the spiritual path level, we discover that bringing our personal self into relation with non-personal open awareness is anxiety producing. How can we use all three levels of understanding anxiety in support of our full and open-hearted participation in life?


 

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Bruce Tift, MA, LMFT, has been in private practice since 1979, taught at Naropa University for 25 years, and is the author of Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation . He had the good fortune to be a student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. He and his wife, Reva, have had a rich and complex relationship for 40 years.