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Connecting through Safe and Loving Touch

As we move into the busy-ness, sometimes frenzy, of a holiday season, most of us earnestly seek the sense of connection, belonging and inner peace that can come from giving and receiving love and affection. Sharing the love, generosity and kindness that buoys and sustains us through times that could otherwise be lonely or disappointing. […]

Blessing the Space Between Us

(a practice for Thanksgiving, written by my friend Bette; title adapted from John O’Donohue’s lovely collection: To Bless the Space Between Us) Blessing Space Between Us May the presence and power of spirit surround, support and guide us and keep us safe. May we remember the deep love we have for each other. May we […]

The Cure for Exhaustion is Wholeheartedness

One of my favorite resources for recovering resilience of all time comes from the poet David Whyte reporting a conversation he had with his good friend Br. David Stendl-Rast. David was burned out working in the non-profit world, hesitant to risk following his passion to become a full-time poet. David asked Br. David, “What’s the […]

Hanging Out with Healthy Brains

Dan Siegel, author of The Mindful Brain, once said at a conference focused on resilience and well-being, “Why are we all here at this conference today when we could be home learning everything we want to learn from a book? Because our brains learn better in the resonance, in the dialogue, with each other.” Because […]

Kindness and Connection

(These Resources for Recovering Resilience explore what I’ve come to call the 5 C’s of Coping: Calm, Compassion, Clarity, Connection, Competence. (Courage is certainly a part of resilience as well, and will be included in future posts.) The exercise below guides us in connecting with others through the core value or virtue of Kindness.) Kindness […]

Practicing Compassion

I had just returned from presenting at the FACES conference on The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Counseling in Seattle. A wonderful opportunity to meet with and talk deeply with Kristin Neff, author of Self-Compassion, about the necessity of self-compassion practice, as therapists, as human beings, particularly as mindfulness practices are becoming more integrated […]

Shit Happens…Shift Happens

Every moment brings a choice; every choice has an impact.– Julia Butterfly Hill I was deep in a worrisome thought one day, not paying enough attention to where I was walking, and I blithely stepped ankle deep into the wet cement of a freshly laid crosswalk. Ooh! Yuck! I was startled, then horrified, then inner […]

Interconnectedness… Seeing That Clearly

The e-quotes posting of Monday, October 8, 2012, on Seeing Clearly…Seeing At All, drew as much reader response as anything I’ve posted. One additional quote was sent to me by Margery Prickett from the blind and heroic French resistance writer Jacques Lusseyran: “…This process has many names: thinking, concentrating, reflecting. When we really think about […]

Noticing and Naming

We practice mindfulness specifically to strengthen our capacities to see clearly, no matter what is going on. To see clearly, without distortion or denial, so that we can make wise choices and change our behaviors when need be. One way to begin is through the practice of noticing and naming, which keeps the CEO of […]

Soaking in Self-Compassion

Like other practices to recover resilience, it is skillful means to set our intention to cultivate a practice of self-compassion, to notice and name experiences when the happen, to register them in our awareness, to savor them, to let them soak into our consciousness, into the felt sense in our body. To know that our […]

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