Resources for Recovering Resilience: Ten Top Resources for the Year

I’ve been offering these Resources for Recovering Resilience posts every Thursday for four+ years now. Practical tools, exercises, meditations, links to resources to help readers cope more skillfully with the disappointments, difficulties, even disasters of life.

Here at year’s end, I’m sharing with you links to resources that are invaluable to me on my own journey of recovering, teaching about, and writing about resilience. You may want to archive this list for future reference, or pass this list on to family and friends.

May these resources prove useful to you and yours in the coming year.

1. The Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley, publishes and passes along research on “the science of a meaningful life.” Its website offers well-written articles on “Is Empathy Determined by Your Genes?” and “Does Self-Compassion Make You Selfish?” and “Why Is It So Hard to Make Positive Changes?”

The website also offers free videos of talks by pioneers like Jon Kabat-Zinn and Barbara Fredrickson; the Center sponsors substantive daylongs and the extremely well-crafted online course The Science of Happiness.

2. Sounds True offers books, podcasts, videos and online courses from leading spiritual teachers: Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Pema Chodron, Adyashanti, hundreds of others. Insights at the Edge offers a huge audio library of free teachings on a vast range of topics of psychological healing and spiritual growth. The Neuroscience Summit and Psychotherapy 2.0 offer trainings with leading experts in the fields of trauma, attachment, mindfulness and neuroscience.

3. Rick Hanson’s Foundations of Well-Being shows you how to use the science of positive neuroplasticity to turn ordinary experiences into powerful inner strengths, including kindness toward yourself, insight into others, and greater calm, contentment, and confidence from the inside out. The twelve-month program includes insightful talks, guided practices, monthly live-streamed events with Rick, creative activities, vibrant community forums, and inspiring interviews with guest experts like Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, and Gretchen Rubin and yours truly, Linda Graham.

4. Spirit Rock Meditation Center is world-renowned. Experienced and dedicated teachers offer meditation classes, workshops, residential retreatsand advanced trainings in wisdom and compassion every day of the year; many of the daylongs and weekend workshops are live-streamed; all talks are available on Dharma Seed.

5. Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health serves 1,000 participants a week in 700 workshops every year; trainings are offered in yoga, spiritual practice and inquiry, self-discovery and psychology, and health, wellness and fitness. Presenters are leaders in their fields; the workshops are transformative.

6. Esalen Institute has pioneered trainings in growth and transformation of self and society for 50 years. The retreat center’s spectacular setting on the Big Sur coast of California supports a deepening understanding of possibilities for change and the full development of pathways and practices of healing and transformation.

7. Elisha Goldstein’s Course in Mindful Living offers a six-month online mentorship program in integrating a mindfulness practice into your daily life. The course includes monthly video presentations, interviews with leading mindfulness experts, monthly live Q&A, monthly mentoring by program faculty, written materials, audio downloads, activities and exercises.

8. The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is a clearinghouse for trainings and teacher trainings in the Mindful Self-Compassion program developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, a powerful protocol for deepening the practice of seeing clearly, caring deeply, and connecting to our common humanity. Trainings are now available online as well as 5-day or 8-week trainings in 22 countries and 11 languages.

9. James Baraz’s Awakening Joy course is a marvelous program teaching participants the practices of mindfulness, gratitude, compassion, befriending ourselves, finding joy in difficult times, etc. that lead to deep, true, lasting happiness. Online and in person in Berkeley, CA.

10. Mindful magazine is a delightful resources of articles, practices, news and views that support the deepening and sustaining of mindfulness practice in daily life.