Buddhism for Couples: A Calm Approach for Relationships
July 16, 2015
Hosted by Dr. Irene Conlan
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Sarah Napthali explores how to apply Buddhist practices to our lives so that we may learn to be more calm and self-aware in our relationships. In distressed couples, individuals typically blame each other and fail to see their own role in any problems. We sit around waiting for our partner to change, to correct their faults and see that life would be much easier if they would stop doing this and start doing that. Most likely they might be doing the exact same, and we’ve reached a stalemate driven by the negativity bias. Sara will talk about how we can expand upon the principles shared in Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. How do these relate to the subjects of housework, anger, sex, conflict, and infidelity? She states that through mindfulness and ever-growing self-awareness, we begin to see our behavior more clearly and relate to our partner more lovingly. Her book is "Buddhism for Couples: a Calm Approach to Relationships."
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Dr. Irene Conlan
Dr. Irene Conlan is serious about helping you find the tools you need to achieve your self improvement goals and begin to experience the happiness you deserve and desire.
She has a Masters degree in nursing and a Ph.D. in metaphysics. Irene has taught nursing at ASU, served as Administrator of Nursing at a major Phoenix hospital, and served as Assistant Director in the Arizona Department of Health Services. A certified hypnotherapist, Irene has had her own therapy practice for the past 16 years.
Irene believes that in this stressful world we need help more than ever. We rush from one place to the next, to work, the store, to appointments, to get our kids to soccer practice, ballet, gymnastics, school or the mall. We can be found 24/7 by email, cell phone, or pager. We are stretched to the max and wonder why we can’t sleep, can’t think, and can’t relax. We are enticed by drugs, alcohol and sex to give us an outlet or deal with the stress and many choose to use them. Some rage. Some over-exercise. Some go out and shoot other people. Some simply quit.
In this frenetic activity there is one constant – we are each looking for happiness. Ask the addict, the thief, the anorexic, the debutante, the CEO, service professionals, people you meet on the street or while shopping – ask them what they want. They will, if they can verbalize it, tell you what they truly want is happiness.
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