About the Event
We were made to love and be loved. Loving ourselves and others is in our genetic code. It’s nothing other than the purpose of our lives—but knowing that doesn’t make it easy to do. We find it a challenge to love ourselves since it might seem selfish. We might have a hard time letting love in from others, often afraid of getting hurt. We have not imagined a wider love for all humanity as in the Buddhist practice of loving-kindness.
There are tools for learning how to love ourselves, others, and everyone in evolved adult ways.
We explore ways to love ourselves without guilt and with generosity. This increases our self-esteem while keeping us connected to others.
We learn how to love others with awareness of our boundaries. We confront our fears of being loved and showing it.
We embrace the spiritual challenge of letting our scope of love expand to include all beings. This universal love isn’t just for a heroic few; it’s everyone’s magnificent calling and life purpose.
About the Presenter(s)David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a psychotherapist, writer, and workshop leader. He teaches at a variety of places including Esalen and Spirit Rock Buddhist Center. He shares his time between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California. Dave combines psychological and spiritual perspectives in his work. His most recent books are: Five True Things: A Little Guide to Embracing Life’s Big Challenges (Shambhala, 2019), When Catholic Means Cosmic (Paulist, 2015), You Are Not What You Think: The Egoless Path to Self-Esteem, and Generous Love (Shambhala, 2015).