Category Archives for "Exercises"

I want this article to go viral

Here’s the link to a must-read article in the February 23, 2019, New York Times: “Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain.” Intelligent, cogent, thorough, practical, and eminently relevant to resilience.  Business reporter Kevin Roose recounts his decision, quite deliberate, to detox from his “addiction” to his phone. Of course, […]

Supporting Another Person’s Resilience – Brilliantly

When my friend Tracy called this morning with “It’s been a tough week,” I put down my breakfast, sat on the couch, and settled in for a deep listen. Her husband Dale came downstairs from a nap about a week ago, saying he didn’t feel well, he had a headache, something was wrong. With no […]

Anxiety v. Excitement – What’s the Diff?

I remember how startled I was to learn, somewhere in graduate school in clinical psychology, that the body can’t tell the difference between anxiety and excitement.  Meaning…the nervous system mobilizes the body to respond – take action – whether we’re dealing with something truly dangerous or simply something new or unknown. How our brain processes […]

Good Stress v. Bad Stress

I’ve certainly experienced my heart pounding, my breath getting short, my thoughts racing – the human stress response – when a small child darted in front of my car chasing a ball last year or the time I dropped my car keys down a storm drain. (Only once!)  You’re probably familiar with similar rushes of […]

S.O.S. – Systems Overload – Stressed Out!

The first weeks of my new year were not gentle, beginning with the disruption and chaos of a complete electrical rewiring of my house. (See The Role of Kvetching/Complaining in Resilience.) Even more than coping with so many external stressors – noise, dust, internet disconnections – my internal systems for coping were on overload. Hard […]

Realistic Optimism

I spent much of my childhood listening to the sound of striving…the sound of people trying became the soundtrack of my life. – Michelle Obama Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader extraordinaire, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, an inspiration to millions and to generations, was assassinated 50 years ago this spring. Today, […]

What’s Good for Your Heart Is Good for Your Brain

We’re rolling steadily into an unfolding new year; a time when many folks, including me, set the intention to set some good intentions – exercise more, eat healthier food, get more sleep, spend more time playing with the kids, working in the garden, going for long walks.  I’m offering here a series of practices to […]

Trusting the Intention to Trust Your Inner Intuition

A simple hunch.  I was driving down a steep, curving street in a residential neighborhood near my home.  Something tells me, “slow down, slow down,” so I brake the car just a few seconds before I round the bend and encounter a flock of a dozen wild turkeys 50 feet in front of me, slowly […]

Prayer for the New Year

Offering this wonderful Blessing for the New Year by Kayleen Asbo; may it encourage and inspire you and yours: As the hours of darkness begin to slowly wane from the winter sky, So too may the fearful places of your heart unclench their grasp on your life As the presence of light begins to grow […]

Candles of Light in the Darkness

The great paradox of the human condition – the abundance of life, joy, love, meaning; the reality of greed, oppression, illness, suffering. The human heart is asked to hold so much. People from all countries and find ways to honor the light of the human spirit even in times of darkness. Especially at this time […]

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