Video: Self-importance, happiness, and “The Emotional Rollercoaster”

At the recent TEDxMiddlebury conference, Polly Young-Eisendrath gave this talk on happiness. The key to being happy, she says, is getting free of self-importance.

A Jungian analyst in private practice and a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont, Young-Eisendrath is attuned to how we deal (or don’t deal) with our emotions. So it’s fitting that she’ll be co-leading — along with John Tarrant and Anyen Rinpoche –”Getting Off the Emotional Rollercoaster,” a weekend program co-presented by the Shambhala Sun Foundation at Omega Institute this summer. The program will run from July 19 to 21 at Omega’s campus in Rhinebeck, New York, and will explore emotions and how to work with them in everyday life. During the weekend, participants will learn to cultivate a sense of calm and spaciousness, make friends with negative emotions, transform the inner dialogue that accompanies them, and apply helpful Buddhist techniques to deal with them on the spot.

The retreat combines presentations, meditation, and discussion, and draws on the wisdom of three major Buddhist traditions: Vipassana, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism. The program is open to both experienced Buddhist practitioners and those who are new to Buddhism. For more information, and to register, click here.