Eliciting Natural Resilience: Contemplatively-tuned Existential Therapy – KEN BRADFORD PhD
May 30 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm£90 – £110
Ken Bradford PhD:
Natural resilience is the healing expression of authentic presence when we stop talking to ourself and open to experience as it is.. The truth is we cannot always trust our mind to see things clearly, since the human predicament finds us in the position of seeing through a glass darkly: seeing others, the world and ourself through projections we may not be aware we are projecting. Simultaneously, the truth is we can always trust the sane nature of our mind, which is innately open, clear, and spontaneously responsive in a compassionate, healing direction. A vital challenge for existentially-robust therapy is, How to warm-up to, tune-in to, and let go of habitual patterns that cloud authentic presence?
We cannot make ourself be resilient, sane or free, but we can open to a way of being in which resilience, sanity and freedom come to us. Within the openness of spacious awareness, we are better able to assist the opening of others. Within an undefended and non-striving space of shared presence, therapeutic words and silences deeply touch the other through our letting ourself be deeply touched by them.
Empowering Existential Therapy with contemplative awareness, this workshop is devoted to deepening trust in the innate intelligence of human being through strengthening our capacity for experience-near attention. As the Buddha discovered, Heidegger suggested and agile therapists practice, resilient change is sure to happen…if we let it. We need to more deeply attune to the being of human beings and allow being’s natural resilience to move as it will. This workshop includes didactic teaching, in vivo demonstration, guided meditation, experiential practice, and time for questions and discussion.
Ken Bradford, PhD is an Author and teacher integrating Buddhist, Dzogchen and Existential thought and practice. Formerly, he maintained a psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay area for 25 years and was Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University and California Institute of Integral Studies. Publications include numerous articles, most recently on “Radical Authenticity” and “Existential-Contemplative Therapy”; books: The I of the Other: Mindfulness-Based Diagnosis & the Question of Sanity; and Listening from the Heart of Silence: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, Vol. 2 (with John Prendergast).
Refreshments will be served during the morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch is not included, there are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops in the immediate vicinity of the venue.