Category Archives for "Exercises"

Training in Bouncing Back for East Coast Clinicians

I’ll be training psychotherapists in Bouncing Back: Rewiring the Brain for Resilience and Well-Being in two workshops on the East Coast in May and July, 2015, and teaching the exercise below, Befriending Yourself, as a valuable way for clients to bring the many disparate, sometimes conflicting, parts of themselves into a more integrated whole self. […]

Installing Love

Tech Support: Yes … how can I help you? Customer: Well, after much consideration, I’ve decided to install Love. Can you guide me though the process? Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed? Customer: Well, I’m not very technical, but I think I’m ready. What do I do first? Tech […]

Catalyzing Brain Change

Catalyzing Brain Change

Here’s an exercise to help you “re-wire” your relationship to different inner parts or inner voices, even the ones you don’t like very much and wish weren’t true. Befriending Yourself – Accepting the Many Parts of Yourself 1. Settle comfortably in your seat. Allow your eyes to gently close. Focus your attention on your breathing. […]

Bouncing Back at IONS Conference

The Science of Being The Spirit of Community July 22-26, 2015, Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort near Chicago Click here To Register or for more information or Call registration at 1-800-583-3083 Tuesday-Friday from 1pm to 5pm Pacific. We hope you will join us for this inspiring event with hundreds of our most dedicated members and friends. The room […]

The Intelligence of the Heart

(I’m passing along this promotional piece directly – first time I’ve ever done that, I think – because I know Terry Patten to be a wonderfully wise teacher and because I experienced the power of the practices Terry teaches directly last night in the a monthly study/practice group Terry and I have both participated in […]

Sleep – the Essential Replenishment

I’ve often written about resilience in the doing mode – bouncing back from adversity, coping with difficulties skillfully, persevering toward a goal. But we also need the essential replenishment of something that’s more in a being mode – a good night’s sleep, night after night. Sleep is when the brain consolidates the learning we’ve done […]

The Promise of a Pencil

In The Promise of a Pencil, social entrepreneur Adam Braun tells his story of backpacking through Southeast Asia, Africa, and Central America in his 20’s, being blow away when he asked young children what they wanted more than anything in the world – “a pencil” – and being blown away again by the joy and […]

Useful Tips on Fulfilling New Year’s Resolutions

(This article was published in the January 19, 2015 issue of First for Women magazine as 2015 Resolutions – Stress SOS.  “The latest psychological research indicates that self-discipline isn’t as critical to achieving your resolutions as treating yourself kindly is.  Linda Graham joins other psychologists in suggesting that self-compassion gives us a space to nurture ourselves […]

Recovering Resilience, Deepening Dharma in 2015

I’m presenting this calendar of teachings and trainings in 2015 mostly to encourage you to consider investing some time and wise effort in more intensive explorations of the tools and techniques offered under the umbrella of Bouncing Back.  We recover our capacities to cope with the disappointments and difficulties, even the disasters of our lives, […]

Unlocking Your Natural Anti-Depressants

We probably all know people who struggle with depression and how much that struggle can live in the shadows of our culture. Here’s a fabulous new resource that can help people unlock the five natural anti-depressants in the brain: mindfulness, compassion, purpose, play, and developing confidence. It’s a new book by my colleague Elisha Goldstein, […]

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