This is a self-study course and you are invited to progress at your own pace. You can start today. Each lesson will offer roughly one hour of material to work with, including weekly video teachings, prompts for reflection, optional quizzes, and a communal discussion board. There will also be suggested take-home practices, including guided meditations, for you to explore throughout the week. You will retain access to the course after it has ended.
Unit 1 | The Foundations of a Secure Base
We explore the importance of establishing a secure psychological base and how it provides the foundation for embracing life's rich opportunities. We will use mindfulness meditation to connect with our emotions and feel them fully.
Unit 2 | How We Bond with Others
Early Buddhist ideas about personality are cohesive with our contemporary psychological understanding of human attachment. We will see how Buddhist meditation on lovingkindness, compassion, joy for others, and equanimity can help address attachment issues.
Unit 3 | Working with Social Anxiety
Anxiety can be triggered by a wide range of stimuli. Josh discusses therapeutic as well as Buddhist tools that increase our ability to tolerate distress and then gradually relax the body to restore equilibrium.
Unit 4 | Primary Relationships
As the Buddha noted, we are deeply influenced by those we associate with, which can be to our benefit or detriment. The security of a wise companion can nurture greater feelings of safety and confidence, creating stability in our relationships. This talk blends early Buddhist teachings on locating wise friends with contemporary insights on identifying secure attachment in other individuals.
Unit 5 | Understanding Irrational Behaviors
How are irrational behaviors triggered? What are their origins, and what can we do about them? Josh pairs early Buddhist teachings with lessons from contemporary neuroscience to deal with obsessive worrying, procrastination, conflict avoidance, binging behaviors, and other self-sabotaging habits.
Unit 6 | Finding Purpose
Josh reviews the dominant themes and practices of this course. We reflect on how establishing reliable connections with other people not only allows us to experience security and reduce anxiety but also can move us toward finding purpose in life.