Don't Tell Me to Relax: Emotional Resilience in the Age of Rage, Feels, and Freak-Outs

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About the Author

Ralph De La Rosa, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice and a seasoned meditation instructor. He began practicing meditation in 1996 and has been teaching since 2008. He was a student of Amma's (Mata Amritanandamayi) for sixteen years and began studying Buddhism in 2005. His work has been featured in the New York Post, CNN, GQ, SELF, Women's Health, and many other publications and podcasts. He regularly leads immersive healing retreats at Omega Institute, Spirit Rock, and Kripalu. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University's social work program and has trained in multiple forms of trauma-focused treatment including Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) and Somatic Experiencing (SE).


"De La Rosa entwines neurobiology, spirituality, and parts work in an intriguing way and offers powerful experiential exercises that bring his approach to life."--Richard Schwartz, developer of the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy

"De La Rosa offers a path of empathy, compassion, and mindfulness--a path of walking straight through the entire range of our emotions."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

"This book is a bright lantern that leads you through the scary, dark corners of your mind and heart, only to learn that therein lies freedom, justice, and love. Ralph's kind, clear, ultra-honest voice is the perfect guide. He utilizes personal stories of radical healing, combined with wisdom from meditation, neuroscience, psychotherapy, activism, poetry, and music to make complex theory accessible and relevant. A stunning and transformative book, critical for our times."--Yael Shy, author of What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond

"Stepping onto the path of radical self-inquiry just got a little bit easier with Ralph De La Rosa's guidance in Don't Tell Me to Relax. With his requisite punk-rock sensibilities, deep spiritual practice, and years of clinical practice, Ralph goes beyond the usual platitudes and teaches us all how to navigate those times when we're not so mindful, when we've become entangled in a web spun of anger, fear, and shame. Ralph's wit, wisdom, and practical advice were the antidotes I needed in these anxious times to exhale completely and to recommit to a life of service."--Linda Sparrowe, author of Yoga at Home and Yoga Mama