Mindrolling – Raghu Markus – Ep. 275 – Ralph De La Rosa

Mindrolling - Raghu Markus - Ep. 275 - Ralph De La Rosa

Psychotherapist and meditation teacher Ralph De La Rosa shares a conversation with Raghu about moving beyond the wounded narratives of our monkey mind with spiritual practice.

Ralph De La Rosa is the author of the #1 bestselling The Monkey Is the Messenger: Meditation & What Your Busy Mind Is Trying to Tell You and has been named amongst Sonima’s “Next Generation of Meditation Teachers.” Ralph is a state-licensed therapist in private practice in NYC and offers virtual life coaching services to clients all over the world. He specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, and intimacy issues. Learn more at ralphdelarosa.com.

Show Notes

Sitting With The Monkey Mind (Opening) – Ralph shares his path to contemplative practice. He talks about the struggle to overcome childhood trauma and how Be Here Now introduced him to the possibilities of personal spiritual practice.

“Be Here Now was a huge genesis for me. It was the first exposure I had to the notion of spirituality that didn’t necessarily intertwine with religion, something that could be 100% personal. That we are open to finding our own path and what our personal dharma is.” – Ralph De La Rosa

Our Relentless Wounded Narratives (19:00) – How do we go about recognizing our wounded narratives and allow for a change in our perspective? Ralph looks at the practices that allow us to create the necessary space to bring awareness to the tricks and traps of our monkey mind.

“There are all kinds of subtexts to what is going on in our minds that are indicative of what we call beliefs, assumptions that we have about things. Those assumptions are formed mostly by our hurts, by the experiences we have gone through.” – Ralph De La Rosa

Explore the way in which psychedelics can wake up our monkey minds to what lies beyond our wounded narratives with Dennis Mckenna and Nick Polizzi on Ep. 20 of the BHNN Guest Podcast

No Matter What (39:15) – Raghu and Ralph talk about managing our response when we are ready to give up and succumb to our narratives. We look at the role that determination and perseverance play in the forward momentum our life and spiritual practice.

Spiritual practices can help soften shame, confusion, anger, and pain. We often seek the release of meditation, yoga, or chanting and they can soothe the discomfort of fear or self-judgment. But many people get lost in what can be called Spiritual Bypass—when our spiritual identity, beliefs, or practice become a defense to avoid honestly experiencing and processing deep emotional suffering.
Learn to recognize this tendency and better integrate your spiritual practice during a 5-day intensive workshop with renowned author Gabor Maté, MD, and expert Kundalini Yoga teacher Sat Dharam Kaur, ND, March 3 – 8, 2019. at 1440 Multiversity This workshop combines unique therapeutic work, Compassionate Inquiry, and enhanced yoga to explore emotional realities that many spiritual practices often ignore. Register today: Compassionate Inquiry

          

Images via Ralph De La Rosa