If you’re anything like…basically everyone, you may find relationship to be confounding. How do we find love? How do we make relationships last? How is it possible to navigate heartbreak?
At every juncture, love asks us for more than we know how to do. This is what makes it so powerful, transformative…and weird.
The Four Noble Truths of Love occurred to me when I was in the midst of one of those awful periods in my own marriage—you know, the kind where you suddenly find you can’t be in the same room together without fighting…for months. On one particular day in the middle of it all, I was sitting at my desk, crying. Okay, sobbing. Uncontrollably. Is it over? I wondered. I thought we loved each other. What the hell is going on? I have no idea where to begin fixing this, I thought. Then a voice (in my head? from the cosmos? you tell me…) said, “Begin at the beginning. At the beginning are four noble truths.”
This thought sent me on a years-long exploration of the Buddhist Four Noble Truths (the core teachings of the entire path) and how they might apply to falling in love, staying in a relationship, and losing love. I discovered that though this wisdom is more than 2500 years old, it was absolutely relevant to my love life. The longing to share what I had learned with others resulted in my latest book, The Four Noble Truths of Love. [Available on Amazon here]
Sharing this work with you has resulted in some of the most powerful and moving conversations I’ve ever had with my beloved Open Heart Project. To keep the conversation going, I am offering a one day retreat on the topic of love. It will be just like an in-person retreat—but it will be online! Like a “real” retreat, there will be a lot meditation interspersed with talks from me, discussions as a group, and dyad work with a partner. This is not a canned or pre-recorded event. It is live and in real-time.
Here is how it will work:
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Meditation practice and discussion about meditation
10:00 am – 11:00 am
A presentation on the Four Noble Truths of Love: What are they? How can we make use of them at any stage of a relationship or if we are single? Followed by a discussion
11:00 am – 11:30 am
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Dyad discussion with a partner
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
A presentation on loving-kindness meditation followed by loving-kindness practice and a discussion
2:30pm – 3:00 pm
Closing conversation and suggestions for taking the exploration further
During this retreat, you will:
- Have a thorough and robust re-examination of meditation practice and any obstacles you may be encountering
- Learn how meditation practice is so much more than “mindfulness.” It creates the foundation for love.
- Discover the power of loving-kindness meditation
- Learn to practice loving-kindness and how to incorporate it into your life
- Connect more deeply with me and others who wish to support you on the path to love
The investment is $99 for the entire day. Includes a recording of all sessions should you wish to revisit them.
Click HERE to join the Open Heart Project Sangha for $27 a month or $270 a year. This program is free for Sangha members.