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How to Change Negative Thought Patterns
May 8, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Happiness and suffering are merely states of mind. So if we are to experience the happiness we all long for we must learn how to connect with that state of mind and not the ones that causes us so much pain.
Part of this process entails identifying our negative patterns of thought so that we can begin to learn to let them go. This will allow us to actively replace those painful thoughts with the positive states of mind that lead to happiness.
In this series we will explore how we can identify and let go of such pain-inducing patterns of thought such as anger, jealousy, obsession, anxiety and more. Buddha called such minds ‘delusions’ because they are characterized by exaggeration, which leads to them being both unpeaceful and unreliable. Currently, we believe the harmful stories these minds are telling us, both about ourselves and the world. These stories are wrong.
Using the special meditation on the nature of the mind, we will learn how to recognize early on when we are under the influence of these harmful minds so that we will not entrust ourselves to them, but rather let them go. Changing such negative patterns of thought is hugely liberating and will open us up to a whole new joyful and creative way to experience our lives and our relationships.
Everyone is welcome.
Apr 3: Recognizing negative patterns of thought
Apr 10: NO CLASS (Western Dharma Celebration online. Everyone is welcome.)
Apr 17: Letting go of anger
Apr 24: Obsession:Mistaking where happiness comes from
May 1: Understanding other negative minds
May 8: Insecurity vs. Confidence
May 15: Freedom from fear