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Overcoming Obstacles to Exploration
January 8, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm UTC-5
In this experientially focused online meditation workshop we will work towards healing our deep attachment conditioning with a special emphasis on improving our abilities to explore life and find what is personally meaningful to us. Underdeveloped exploration and self-development are especially relevant to those of us with anxious preoccupied attachment patterns.
The event is donation-based but you must register to attend. It will run twice to accommodate people in different timezones.
Full details and registration: https://attach.repair/2023-01-overcoming-obstacles-md
This program will focus on working through negative early attachment conditioning especially as it relates to exploration and self-development. We will approach this from attachment theory and attachment repair perspectives.
We’ll do this work primarily through guided meditations along with relevant psycho-education.
Attachment Theory describes one of the earliest phases of our psychological development. It describes the behaviours of the infant from ages 6 months to three years of age when it ventures away from the caregiver to explore and then goes back to seek safety, affection, and care from the ‘secure base’. These early experiences imprint on us forming emotional memories (schemas) that go on to condition many aspects of life thereafter.
When the ‘secure base’ isn’t entirely secure our exploratory capacities and self development are undermined. We’ll focus on fixing this conditioning through direct attachment repair work (guided meditations).
The structure is set up such to help us heal common aspects of disordered attachment conditioning (emphasis on anxious preoccupied attachment). There will be four guided meditation sessions focused the four Schemas of the “Schema Domain” of “Impaired Autonomy and Performance” These four Schemas all related back directly to the exploration end of attachment conditioning.
According to Jeffery Young “An early maladaptive schema is a pervasive self-defeating or dysfunctional theme or pattern of memories, emotions, and physical sensations, developed during childhood or adolescence and elaborated throughout one’s lifetime, that often has the form of a belief about the self or the world.” Jeffrey Young also calls the schemas “life traps”.
The form of meditation that we’ll use is the “Schema Repatterning Meditation” This meditation uses the “Perfect Nurturers” to reparent our inner, vulnerable child and thereby bring about emotional memory reconsolidation and related positive change.