Category Archives for "Exercises"

Keep It Moving!

Knowing full well the importance of keeping my body moving, stretching, flexing during my recent marathon of sitting-watching 26 films in an 11-day film festival [see Shifting Perspectives], I intentionally developed a routine of yoga movements I could quietly do standing in line or sitting in the theater.  And one 20-minute intermission at a concert […]

Shifting Perspectives – Often a Key Requirement of Resilience

“Triumph over adversity on behalf of a noble cause” has long been my favorite film genre, and I’ve just come through my annual immersion in the Mill Valley Film Festival, 200 films in 11 days for them, 26 films for me, learning so much from the intense, inspiring, illuminating examples of how other people cope […]

Awe, Gratitude, Equanimity = Skillful AGEing

We don’t have to be old or aging to experience the expansive shifts in perspective that come from moments of awe – a glorious sunset, the sparkling shimmer of sunlight on a lake, a tiny wildflower hiding in the grasses.  We certainly don’t have to be old or aging to experience the openness and lightness […]

From Age-ing to Sage-ing

The woman above is Peggy Freydberg, who began writing poetry at the age of 90 and wrote until she died at 107. Her collected poems, Poems from the Pond, offer a distillation of her sage wisdom gained in more than a century of living, observing, loving life. The title of this post is from From […]

Tara Brach and the “judgement trap”

By judging ourselves, we think it will help us improve.  And with judgement and resentment of others, we often imagine it will help the other person better themselves. But the thing is, it never quite works out that way. Judgement traps us in many ways. Kindness, open-mindedness, resilience go offline; loneliness and misunderstandings take over. […]

Saving the World and Savoring the World

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world.  This makes it hard to plan the day. – E.B. White This balancing of saving and savoring is something most of us go through on a daily basis.  We care about the planet and the […]

Is Slowing Down Essential to Resilience?

On my way to an early morning doctor’s appointment, my car got a flat tire. Drove to the neighborhood tire shop instead. They could replace the tire in an hour, in time for me to begin seeing clients for the rest of the day.  I walked home, walking down a street I had driven almost […]

Resilience in the Face of the Really Big Disasters

I teach that resilience is foundational – that we can strengthen our capacities to meet ANY level of distress or disaster, recover our baseline, and move forward with courageous and compassionate action. That may seem unrealistically optimistic in the face of the death of a loved one or a diagnosis of kidney failure, yet it […]

Labor Day – Honoring Good Hard Meaningful Work

The American holiday of Labor Day was created 125 years ago to commemorate the struggles of working class people to gain fair wages, stable employment, the right to organize in unions, and to be treated with dignity and respect for their hard work that contributed to the nation’s prosperity. Nowadays Labor Day is often celebrated […]

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