The modern rendering of Buddhism’s first noble truth might be “shit happens.” But our struggles can be fertilizer for our spiritual practice instead of waste. Writer, scholar, and meditation teacher Jay Michaelson, Ph.D., will speak about four ways that embracing life’s “shit”—difficult emotions in particular—can open us up to the fullness of our experience. It is only by learning to embrace life’s shadow side, without wallowing in sadness, anger, or negativity, that we can cultivate a sense of happiness that does not depend on external conditions.

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