Working With Difficult Emotions Using RAIN
Saturday, June 15
1:00 - 3:00 PM
During this Workshop, Ray will to share with you teachings of the Buddha and practical tips that will help you think about your life and your friendships, and to really understand what brings you joy and happiness in order to reduce your distress, agitation and suffering. We will do guided meditations, journaling, small-sharing groups, wisdom sharing and a final gratitude meditation.
“Don't turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That's where the light enters you.” Rumi
During our two hours together, we will explore techniques that we can use to work with difficult emotions as they arise.
There are times in our lives that we get hooked, or we get caught up in our monkey mind. These times lead us down the rabbit hole of worry, envy, agitation, grasping, shame, blame, loss, aversion, sorrow, grief, anger, hated or delusion. And, we are desperate to find a way out.
At the heart of Buddha’s teachings is the invitation to radically transform the shape of our hearts and mind through the practices of morality, wisdom and concentration. We can learn to live in this world fearlessly, to be a true friend to ourselves and others, and to cultivate a true refuge with ourselves and others. We can learn to develop healthy mind states of wisdom, love and generosity.
We will explore ways to with difficult emotions through the practice of RAIN: Recognize, Allow, Investigate and Nurture. We will deepen our understanding of these topics:
- What are difficult emotions?
- Why is it bad to turn away from our difficult emotions?
- How to use RAIN?
What To Bring
Please bring a journal and something to write with. All are welcome. Chairs and cushions are provided for your comfort, as well as hot tea and water.
About Ray Manyoky
Ray began his Vipassana meditation practice in 2015 as a way to alleviate his depression and anxiety. Ray currently hosts the Frederick Dharma Book Club, is an IMCW Meditation Mentor, co-leads a Kalyana Metta group, and co-facilitates Jonathan Foust’s post-dharma talk Discussion Group. He regularly attends IMCW dharma talks and meditations led by Jonathan Foust, Tara Brach, and Adam Silcott. Ray is an alumni of Jonathan Foust’s The Year of Living Mindfully.
Ray has attended IMCW day long workshops taught by Tara, Jonathan, Hugh Byrne, Sharon Salzburg and Stan Eisenstein, and weeklong silent retreats at Bhavana Society. Ray is inspired by dharma teachers: Josh Korda, Jonathan Foust and Jill Shepherd. Ray will start a two year Meditation Teacher Program led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield in 2019.