Category Archives for "Exercises"

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 […]

Heading into winter/summer/holidays – don’t lose your balance

We’re heading into winter in the northern hemisphere, summer vacation in the southern hemisphere, end of year holidays – Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s – around the globe, when people can experience the joy of sharing festivities with loved ones, sometimes the heartbreak of distance or rupture from loved ones. And, as always in the human […]

Gratitude – Not Because We Should, But Because We CAN

One of those freaky, terrifying moments. Driving late at night on a dark country road. I’m fine in my lane. Another car makes too wide of a turn from an intersecting road and suddenly – oh no! Not this! – the car is coming straight toward me in my lane.  I brake and scream as […]

Being Thankful for Everything That Is Going More than All Right

I love the practice – being thankful for everything that is going more than all right.  I learned it from James Baraz, my meditation teacher of 20 years, who used the phrase in his Conversations on Practices for Recovering Resilience. Gratitude has been a pillar of James’s teaching for 40 years, including teaching his 89-year […]

Gratitude for the Web of Life

I meant to put eye drops in my eye, but late at night I accidentally grabbed a bottle of ear wax removal from the medicine cabinet.  The first agonizing seconds of stinging pain told me I had just made a terrible mistake.  Flush, flush, flush with warm water.  I called my medical provider’s emergency room, […]

Resilience in the Face of Global Disasters

I teach that resilience is foundational – we strengthen our capacities to meet ANY level of distress or disaster. That may seem unrealistically optimistic in the face of America’s mid-term elections tomorrow, whatever the aftermath might be. (The entire Conversations on Practices for Recovering Resilience video series, with experts like Tara Brach, Chris Germer, Ron […]

Mindfulness Doesn’t Make Our Problems Smaller; It Does Makes Us Stronger in Facing Them

 In this interview with Dr. Chris Willard, offering ourselves mindful self-care can be a crucial practice in recovering our resilience. Here’s an exercise from Resilience to offer ourselves that mindful self-care. Exercise: Giving Yourself a Self-Compassion Break At times when any emotional upset or distress is still reasonably manageable, taking a self-compassion break helps […]

Resilience: Noticing Everything that is Going More than All Right

 As we learned in this interview with James Baraz, we can shift out of feeling stuck or overwhelmed by radically shifting our perspective.  Here’s an exercise from Resilience in “What Story Am I Believing Now?” that helps us create exactly that shift. Exercise: What Story Am I Believing Now? In addition to tracking the […]

Mindfulness Helps Cultivate the Perspective “We’ll See”

As we learned in this interview with Susan Kaiser Greenland, practicing a gratitude walk can be very helpful for people of all ages to re-frame difficult emotions or experiences and hold both the difficult and the good with balance and equanimity.  Here’s an exercise from Resilience that explores our gratitude beyond the personal to the larger […]

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