In this online year-long drop-in series, Radhule will teach you psychological and spiritual skills that will guide you to address the root causes behind painful patterns and show how to address them with comprehensive practices. Working with painful patterns is especially necessary in these times, as many of our old painful patterns are getting triggered by current difficult circumstances in our world. Uncertainty and trauma bring up our own woundedness and fear. In order to be engaged in our world, we need to heal our painful patterns and connect to the wholeness that is already there.
Heart Medicine teaches a complete methodology to work with these painful Patterns through 12 steps, leading from mindfulness to self-compassion, to awake awareness practices, to learning to stay with our pain somatically, to learning to dis-identify, to learn to create a new creative arc for our challenges, to learn to forgive and to create meaning and purpose through compassionate service. In this course, we learn to gently re-shape your life with the support of practices and a supportive community.
Each class will offer:
- understanding through didactic and sharing
- meditation practices that build on each other throughout the course
- meditation coaching, and group discussion on how to refine these practices and how to apply them to the particular challenges, which we encounter personally, culturally, and in our environment.
Jan: What is a LRPP (long-standing, recurrent, painful pattern) and how do I recognize them.
Practice: Mindful moment by moment awareness, concentration
Feb: At the heart of an LRPP is trauma, understanding trauma.
Practice: Self-compassion allows us to re-pace self-blame with tenderness, and also allows us to see and accept our human condition. Self-compassion allows our hearts to stay and soft and sets the basis for an attitude of compassion with others.
March: The medicine of awareness, self, others, and the field of awake awareness
Grounding ourselves in an experience of the field of awake awareness and interdependence with all of life, allows us to feel more secure and less afraid. “Feeling kin with all of life” leads to a feeling and expression of our compassion for others.
Practice: The experience of awake awareness, step-by-step through pointing-out
April: Why do we obsess and repeat? Being able to lean into our hurt somatically and stay with it, instead of avoiding it, allows us to stay present with ourselves until a change is possible.
Practice: Mindful Pause and Emotional Awareness practice
May: Being with strong feelings, fear, anger, depression by learning to stay with our suffering.
Practice: breathing through and letting be practice, holding our strong feelings from the perspective of awake awareness and compassion
June: LRPPs in relationships: Awareness when being entangled in the suffering of others
Practice: Mindful-pause for couples and pairs, awake awareness and compassion in relationship
July: Learning to dis-identify and gain more objective distance from the wound allows us to not remain so entangled with our upset, and to not take it so personally.
Practice: working with embodied imagination, ocean and waves practice
August: By learning to forgive ourselves and others, we learn not to carry the burden of resentment around with us.
Practice: compassion and forgiveness meditation, the spiral of compassion and forgiveness
September: Letting the great Mystery in: The key to the process is to connect with the field of awake awareness, so we gain a much wider perspective, and also receive sustenance from this expanded access to sacred and awake reality.
Practices: Pointing-out-instructions, seeing our predicament from the perspective of expanded awareness, compassion from the perspective of awake awareness
October: Mindful creation practices teach us to re-frame the discrepancy between our woundedness and where we want to be. Usually, this “tragic gap” could be seen as disturbing. We now learn to re-frame emotional tension as structural tension. Structural tension can be useful to propel ourselves forward to where we want to be.
Practice: sharpening concentration practices, mindful creation practice
November: Gratitude teaches us to see our glass not as half-empty but as half full, and thus helps to counteract our innate negativity bias.
practice: Mind-like-sky (interdependence practice), gratitude meditation
December: Service helps us to feel empowered and courageous instead of victimized and deflated. Service also stirs away from self-preoccupation and creates a new positive pattern of “can do,” now coming from an insight that recognizes ourselves as an aspect of a meaningful community of life.
Practices: Awake Awareness and Bodhicitta practice
The companion book will be “Heart Medicine: How to Stop Painful Patterns and Find Peace and Freedom-At Last“
“Radhule Weininger offers a path toward freedom from our trauma-based, recurring, painful patterns of reacting to problems in self-defeating ways.
– Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change
“By reducing our tendency towards disturbing mental states… we experience greater peace of mind. I hope that Radhule Weininger’s book will inspire readers to build their confidence to lead a more meaningful life. ”
— H.H. The Dalai Lama
“‘LRPPs,’ said aloud as ‘lurps,’ is the onomatopoeic term chosen by Radhule to describe those knots, those trip wires and landmines in the psyche that when triggered can explode to cause great suffering and damage.”
— Joanna Macy