“An Open-Hearted Life”: The power of optimism and types of emotion

Chapters 11 and 12

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A series of talks based on An Open-Hearted Life given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day starting in April 2017. Co-written with clinical psychologist Dr. Russell Kolts, the book offers practical Buddhist and Western psychological approaches to developing compassion.

  • The importance of an optimistic attitude
  • Optimism is a choice of perspective
  • With compassion we feel connected to others
  • What it means to have compassion for ourselves
  • Three categories of emotions and what happens when they are imbalanced
  • Compassion and understanding our emotions
  • Compassionately understanding others
  • Questions
    • What are the boundries on caring too much?
    • How can you let go of grudges?

An 0pen-Hearted Life 14: The power of optimism and three types of emotions (download)

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