Working with Difficult Emotions

Let's be honest — difficult emotions are, well, difficult. Although meditation can sometimes make us feel more calm and better able to cope, it also brings us into more direct contact with our raw emotions. How can we use our meditation practice to learn from the wisdom of our emotions and cultivate a more healthy relationship with them? 


This four-week short course will provide some clarity about what we are practicing in our practices, about the different types of anxiety (spoiler alert: it's not all bad!), what the roles of emotions are, and how we can make friends with our emotional selves.


This 4-week workshop will run via Zoom, following the below schedule: 

  • Monday, July 11th: The five (+1) aspects of mindfulness meditation

  • Monday, July 18th:  Familiarizing ourselves with our emotional habits

  • Monday, July 25th: The four types of anxiety

  • Monday, August 1st: Making friends with our emotions


We will meet on Monday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30pm ET, beginning July 11, 2022 through August 1, 2022.

Registration and Payment

You may register for this workshop using the sign-up form below. We have offered two options for your convenience, one "Supported Tuition" to support those who may need financial assistance and one "Actual Cost" to cover the actual cost to IDP.  Please choose your rate mindfully and be as generous as possible so that IDP may continue to offer financial assistance to those in need of other offerings.

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Meet the Instructor
Ven. Dr. Douglas Cheolsoeng Gentile (he/him) is a Zen monk and is also an award-winning research scientist, educator, and author, with a research emphasis on the media’s impact on children and adults, as well as how mindfulness practices can reduce anxiety and improve happiness. Named as one of America’s best 300 professors by the Princeton Review, he is a fellow of several scientific organizations, including the American Psychological Association.