Cultivating Emotional Balance

with Polly Fistolera

Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) is an educational training committed to utilizing the experience of emotion as a path for developing the happiness of being for ourselves and in relationship to others. By integrating the wisdom traditions of modern psychology, current emotion research, and contemplative practices, CEB provides a secular platform for transformation. With the tools of CEB, we can draw upon our human capacity to wisely and compassionately actualize individual and collective well-being and reform a wholesome relationship with the planet.

In the early 2000s, at the inception of the CEB research project, the process of integrating contemplative practices with Western psychological techniques and principles related to emotion was facilitated by an Advisory Council consisting of leaders in the fields of emotion, psycho-social interventions, and contemplative practice.

Richard Davidson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (specialty: brain and emotion)

Mark Greenberg, Ph.D., Penn State University (specialty: social-emotional intervention in schools)

Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. (specialty: emotional intelligence)

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. (specialty: mindfulness-based stress reduction)

John Teasdale, Ph.D. (specialty: combining cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness)

Joseph Goldstein (specialty: Buddhist meditation)

Its components of development of attention and awareness aim to generate a solid emotional balance, to strengthen resilience and self-control in the face of difficult situations and the ability to respond constructively to stress and afflictive emotional states. The program integrates Mindfulness and meditation practices with psychological theories and research capable of achieving stable mental balance through practical tools of emotional intelligence. The structure of the program allows individuals to raise awareness of their emotional states and increase their ability to regulate them by implementing the ability to recognize, identify, diminish and transform afflictive emotional responses and increase positive states of empathy, altruism and pro behavior -social. The fundamental elements of the study path include the acquisition of skills useful to focus concentration and mental presence, the analysis of the connections between attention, cognition, emotions and behavior, the acquisition of resilience skills. The Cultivating the Emotional Equilibrium course has been certified by the AMERICAN PSYCOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION with DOI 10.1037 / a0026118 protocol. The certified results of the research are available at the APA Record Display link: http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2011-28769-001/



Given the rising number of individuals working in high stress occupations, CEB is especially relevant. It provides a number of different, practical emotional skills which lead to a better understanding of our emotional life and support an increase in constructive emotional episodes.

The contemplative practices of CEB emphasize the cultivation of the happiness of being or the happiness we bring into the world by aligning with our core values and aspirations, developing attention skills, and utilizing contemplative inquiry to investigate our lived experience.

Through careful investigation of our mental and emotional life and our embodied experience, we can generate superb emotional balance. In this context, a definition of emotional balance includes:

Awareness of one’s own and others’ emotional behaviors, emotional experiences and emotional triggers as they arise

Making wise choices while engaging with emotional experience.


“Emotions can override the more powerful fundamental motives that drive our lives: hunger, sex, and the will to survive. People will not eat if they think the only food available is disgusting. They may even die, although other people might consider that same food palatable. Emotion triumphs over the hunger drive! A person may never attempt sexual contact because of the interference of fear or disgust, or may never be able to complete a sexual act. Emotion triumphs over the sex drive! And despair can overwhelm even the will to live, motivating a suicide. Emotions triumph over the will to live!”

                                                                                        Prof. Paul Ekman PhD




Perhaps you're down or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support. Therapy and coaching  are  processes of growth and self-discovery. In my sessions  and programmes I promote behavioral transformation by in depth learning as much as possible about emotional states and the mindful acceptance of new attitudes and feelings. Whether you’re going through anxiety and depression, a hard relationship, or just trying to  become the better version of yourself - I have the tools and professional experience to help you get ahead.



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The individual sessions help clients develop positive attitudes towards life’s most complex circumstances.


1h - 2h

Introduction to Universal emotions, Emotional and Social intelligence, Mindfulness, Compassion and Happiness


4h - 16h

The focus of the workshops is empowering participants to understand and be able to take personal responsibility for the critical emotions and behaviours that impacts on performance.


4h - 8h

Introduction to Cultivating Emotional Balance program.



At the insistence of the Dalai Lama at the Mind and Life meetings in 2000, the CEB (which is now evidence-based) educational program was developed by Dr. Paul Ekman, a world leader in the science of emotion, and Dr. Alan Wallace, an eminent Buddhist scholar, former monk, and contemplative. The broad aim of CEB is to introduce people to the well-being and fulfillment that can arise from grounded emotion regulation and mind training skills. The program integrates psychological and Buddhist theories and practices for achieving exceptional mental balance; its key features include the cultivation of meaningful ideals and aspirations, the building of attention skills and mindfulness, and the development of emotional resonance, resilience, and control.



Certified Social and Emotional Intelligence training program. The core of the program is to identify and understand the inter-relationships between emotions, thoughts and behavior; cause and effect relationships, how thoughts can affect emotions and how emotions can affect thoughts, and how your emotions can lead to specific behavior in yourself and others


3 days - 7 days

Full immersion in Cultivating Emotional Balance program. With challenges like "staying in silence".

In the 21st century, human intelligence is divided into five basic units:

1. Conative Intelligence (Conation)

2. Intelligence of Attention (Mindfulness)

3. Cognitive Intelligence

4. Social and Emotional Intelligence (SEI)

5. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The main focus of the retreat is Mindfulness/Attention or the Intelligence of our Attention.

Attention can be defined as the ability to focus and maintain interest in a given task or idea while managing distraction.


We observe three main types of Imbalances:

- The lack of attention is the inability to focus on the desired subject due to the loss of clarity of attention, for example - boredom, boredom.

- The hyperactivity of attention is the excessive excitation of the mind, which leads to constant distraction, for example when we dream or when someone talks to us, but we think something else.

- Dysfunction of attention includes painful attention that is opposite to one's own and others' happiness, the attention of the sniper, or the sense of excitement and concentration with the clear intention of harm.

Practices - introspection and self-reflection, conscious breathing, focusing, mindfulness, visualization, autogenous training, Qigong, conscious sitting, standing, walking, lying, hypnotic influence, fine tuning of nonverbal communication, empathy, compassion, impulse control, silence .


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