Category Archives for "Exercises"

New Resilience Even from Losses Resolved Long Ago

I received the most encouraging testimonial about the Creating a Coherent Narrative exercise (see below) from someone in the U.K. who heard it on the Sounds True Brain Change summit last week: “I took a pause from taking notes at the slide ‘Coherent Narrative’ and started using the post-traumatic growth exercise on the death of […]

Realistic Optimism – the Goldilocks Sweet Spot of a Resilience Mindset

My friend Tracy, whose husband Dale suffered a minor stroke in February, (see Supporting Another Person’s Resilience – Brilliantly) is learning that tricky but essential sweet spot of a resilience mindset – realistic optimism. Not too pessimistic, “Oh well, better not take any risks or try too hard,” that could lead to depression, lack of […]

Resilience Becomes a Mindset

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche Well, that’s one way of looking at it. And we can reluctantly acknowledge the truth of what the brilliant German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was saying so concisely: we learn to be strong and resilient from experience…and from learning from that experience. The learning […]

Two Opposites of Fear – Brave and Safe

I remember the light bulb moment: fear has two opposites – to be brave and to be safe.  Both are true. Somewhat like the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold […]

Earth Day 2019 – Re-sourcing in Nature

Earth Day 2019 is an international celebration of the magnificent planet we call home, and an invitation to take the actions necessary to help the planet itself be resilient in recovering from the effects of climate change, de-forestation, pollution, etc. Earth Day is also a reminder that we can spend time in nature to recover […]

Creating the Circle of Support You Need – Anytime You Need It

I really experienced the value of the exercise below, Creating a Circle of Support, at a time when I needed it the most. Ten years ago I chose to have Lasik eye surgery to correct lifelong near-sightedness and astigmatism. The operation was risky, so I went into the operation with understandable anxiety. I had asked […]

Expect the Unexpected…

I will be teaching the exercise below, Expect the Unexpected, in several venues this spring, all of them among the most conducive in the world for nurturing well-being as well as strengthening resilience.  You can learn new skills while recovering a great deal of ease and peace of mind: May 19-24 Kripalu Center for Yoga […]

Regrets: Cues for Compassion, Learning, Resilience

A twinge of regret yesterday – I missed meeting with a friend because I had the wrong day on my calendar. That mishap quickly repaired and the meeting re-scheduled. But the twinge lingered.  And led to memories of other regrets. The time I carefully selected a super-cool gift for a friend’s birthday, then completely forgot […]

Recovering from One of Those Panicky Moments

One of those panicky moments…in the elevator returning to my hotel room at last week’s Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, reaching for my room key card — that is not there.  My entire purse is missing!  That quick revving up in my brain – did I leave it in the restaurant?  On the couch in the lobby […]

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