Category Archives for "Exercises"

Poetry Is Not A Luxury, Not in These Times, Not in Any Time

When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be… [from Wendell Berry’s “The Peace of Wild Things”] I find refuge in the poets who words give life and meaning to our lives and our […]

Diversity and Inclusivity

I’m seeking guidance these days, as we all are, for how to resiliently and effectively learn and practice diversity and inclusivity in the face of the divisions and hostilities so evident right now in our common human enterprise. We wake up, pay attention, do good work with our best intentions, and then get busy, or […]

Othering is Everywhere

We are all paying closer attention these days to the violence and oppression systematically directed toward black people, poor people, all people who are “other” by race, gender, class, sexual orientation, conditions of health or disability. That is as it should be, finally, finally. (And this is not new news; we cycle through paying attention […]

America Is Failing the Marshmallow Test

My heart leapt up when I learned that I can now order books online from my local library and pick them up curbside by reserving an appointed time.  Likewise, my heart leapt up again to learn that I will soon be able to reserve a time to swim laps at my local swimming pool (good […]

Am I Doing Enough Right Now?

I’ve done quite a lot of soul searching in these last two weeks, with yet another national wake-up call to pay attention and do something about the racism, poverty, overt discrimination and ever present lack of opportunities threaded throughout America’s history, boiling over in massive protests and all too quickly fading away from the news […]

Poetry Tilling the Soil for Activism

Poetry is not politics. And science is not economics. Yet when I found myself a bit woozy and disoriented last week from the week’s news, I found refuge once again in the deep metaphorical wisdom of great poets. I’ve included below “I Look at the World” by the revered Langston Hughes and “And Still I […]

Free Guided Practice in Recovering from Feeling Badly about Less-then-Resilient Coping, from Resilience 2.0™

In the new online Resilience 2.0™ course, you’ll be practicing guided imagination exercises like this one to radically re-frame your view of yourself in those moments of less-than-proud-of behaviors and less-than-resilient coping, with clear explanations of the brain science behind why these tools work so reliably. The 8-week course will lead you through dozens of […]

It Is I Who Must Begin

The Czech playwright Vaclav Havel wrote this poem during the activist protests and uprisings that toppled communist rule in Czechoslovakia in 1989. He was the first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia 1989-1992 and the first president of the new Czech Republic 1993-2003. It is I Who Must Begin It is I who must begin. Once […]

How to Know Right from Wrong…

The notion of following your own moral compass may seem sadly out of fashion nowadays, though the survival of our democracy, our civilization, utterly depends on citizens anchoring their actions in their deeply held and sorely tested inner convictions about truth, humanity, justice.  Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?”  Expediency asks the question, “Is […]

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