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The Conscious Couple: Bringing the Dharma into Intimate Relationships

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The Conscious Couple is a 28-day meditation event exploring what course leaders Shelly Chatterelli and Bodhipaksa call "The Noble Eightfold Path of Relationships."

"Being in a relationship involves the direct realization of interconnectedness, where we recognize that our own personal happiness is inextricable interwoven with that of another person."

For those of us who practice the Dharma but don’t live a monastic life, intimate relationships are an important area for practice. Our sexual and romantic relationships can be like the tantric guru, who uncompromisingly directs our attention toward that within us which creates suffering and needs to be transformed. Intimate relationships can also present us with opportunities for deep connection, joy, and self-transcendence.

In this 28-day online event, we’ll look at how the art of connecting spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and physically can be seen as one of the most important parts of our spiritual practice.

You don’t have to participate in this event as a couple! You’ll find this course helpful even if your partner doesn’t join in, and even if your partner has no interest in meditation or spirituality. You don’t even have to be currently in a relationship; the course will benefit you in future partnerships.

Course outline

  • We’ll engage with issues of attachment versus genuine love, and unhealthy detachment versus healthy non-attachment.
  • We’ll learn how the real issue is not attachment to our partner, but attachment to the habits, attitudes, and views that create distance and conflict.
  • We’ll examine the Four Noble Truths of relationships, as well as the Eightfold Path for Conscious Couples.
  • We’ll investigate how having shared values is necessary for a long-lasting and fulfilling relationship.
  • We’ll explore the vital role that knowing and accepting ourselves plays in helping us come together in a healthy way with another human being.
  • We’ll study the role of presence and courage (willingness) in creating compassionate and intimate connections.
  • We’ll look at how sex can be used as an escape from genuine intimacy, and how to work with the problems that arise when one person is aroused and the other isn’t. We’ll explore conscious sex and the factors that support it as we physically and emotionally connect with our partner.

Course format

Clear, practical and down-to-earth, this course will help you to transform not just your relationship, but your life. You’ll receive:

  • Daily guidance in the form of an email from Bodhipaksa and Shelly, containing reflections, meditation instructions, and exercises.
  • Eight guided meditation recordings.
  • Video presentation of conversations between Shelly and Bodhipaksa.
  • An online community where you can share your experiences, ask questions, and receive support and encouragement.

Click here for more information about The Conscious Couple.

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