Category Archives for "Exercises"

Self-Acceptance Project

Sounds True is offering a free, 12-week webinar series on Self-Acceptance: Finding Our Sense of Fundamental Worthiness, easy to stream or download. Tami Simon interviews leading teachers and authors on how we can embrace who we truly are; among them: Kristin Neff – Self-Compassion Cheri Huber – Unconditional Self-Acceptance Brene Brown – The Power of […]

Self-Compassion for Couples

(This exercise spontaneously emerged in a couples therapy session last night.) Elements: A 20-second full-body hug is enough to activate the release of oxytocin, according to Stan Tatkin at UCLA, helping both partners calm down their nervous systems and return to a state of calm, equanimity, and resilience. Self-compassion – “Ouch! This hurts” – evokes […]

Breathing Together; Living Deeply

(As news of Bouncing Back gets out, colleagues and friends are sending me resources for recovering resilience to pass on to you as well. I’ve integrated one from my book on Breathing Together with the two below from Elizabeth Lehmann, and I’m letting you know of Daniel Ellenberg and Cassi Vieten’s fabulous Living Deeply workshop […]

Carrying Love and Appreciation in Your Wallet

(for Valentine’s Day, an expansion of love and appreciation beyond the romantic…) I first heard this story from the mediation teacher Jack Kornfield, though I’ve heard variations of it from many other sources since. When a fifth-grade teacher’s class became especially disruptive one day, throwing spitwads, calling each other names, and shoving each other in […]

Finding the Gift in the Mistake

Wiring for Resilience by Finding the Gift in the Mistake Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also. – Carl G. Jung Resilience is based on learning new, more adaptive ways of coping. Researchers have found that one of the best tools for recovering resilience now is to learn from mistakes in the […]

One Big Helpful Resource for Recovering Resilience

The book went to the printer January 30, 2013. Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being will be available in bookstores April 17, 2013. The book offers readers more than 80 exercises for rewiring the brain for resilience, many of which are archived in the newsletters and exercises on this website. (You’ll […]

Tara Brach’s True Refuge

Tara Brach’s latest book was released Tuesday: True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart. Tara is an internationally revered meditation teacher and clinical psychologist. Her first book, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha won the Books for a Better Life award; it is one of the […]

Healthy Mind Platter

I heard Dan Siegel, co- author of The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, speak to a group of parents earlier this week about seven activities they could do with or teach their children to improve brain functioning. He and David Rock created a Healthy Mind Platter, similar to […]

From New Year’s Resolutions to Reliable Habits

Ten days into the new year, we may already be experiencing the falling away of the best of our intentions to create new wholesome habits. We really mean to exercise more, meditate more, give to charity more; we may be disappointed that we still haven’t gotten the new traction we surely meant to have. Creating […]

Three Points to Steady You through Life’s Changes

At breakfast the other day, I commented to my friend Richard Miller, developer of yoga nidra, that when we’re going through a time of change and transition, as often happens for people at the turn of a new year, it’s helpful to remember an analogy from rock climbing: you keep three points steady on the […]

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