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An Imagined Letter from COVID-19 to Humans – A Poem for Our Times

My friend Marilynne shared this poem at our recent Gourmet Poets Society (Zoom) gathering. A deeply powerful, prescient wake-up call. An Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to Humans Stop. Just stop. It is no longer a request. It is a mandate. We will help you. We will bring the supersonic, high speed merry-go-round to a halt. […]

One of Those “You Just Never Know” Moments

It really happened this way.  A young man from Alberta, Canada emailed his appreciation of my post The Neuroscience of Resilience: Nervous System Regulation. “…exceptionally well-written…gave me a new perspective…connecting a few dots differently that I had prior to reading the article….” [See below for the article] Honestly, for a moment, I couldn’t recollect exactly […]

How Conscious Parenting Combines Action and Contemplation

I teach practices of resilience anchored in mindfulness – seeing clearly what’s happening, our reactions to what’s happening, and the possibilities of what to do about what’s happening – and compassion for what’s happening, for our reactions to what’s happening, and for the people it’s happening to, including ourselves. That anchoring is rooted in “insight” […]

The Role of Kvetching/Complaining in Resilience

After peaceful, playful travel over the winter holidays, I returned home to a previously (and naively) scheduled complete electrical rewiring of my home.  Necessary and timely, but I did not foresee the level of noise, dust, internet disconnections and general chaos and disruption for a full week. Home with the crew to make the many […]

‘Tis the Season of Cultivating Kindness and Goodwill

When the local drugstore called to say I had dropped my wallet in the parking lot and would I like to come pick it up, I was 1) shocked that I had even come home from the drugstore not knowing my wallet was missing; 2) profoundly relieved that my wallet had been found/turned in and […]

The Privilege of Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

When 4th-grader Leo teaches his friend Nessa (who’s so mad because her parents made her clean up her room before she could watch TV) to hold her thumb up and take a deep breath in like when she smells cookies in the oven, and then to hold her thumb down as she breathes out slowly, […]

RESILIENCE launches today!

Resilience is officially launched into the world today. Resilience really is a comprehensive personal boot camp training in resilience to help you develop new ways to respond to pressures and tragedy quickly and effectively. This carefully crafted program helps you recover from any disruption to your resilience, from: * barely a wobble – something stressful […]

Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste


The Chinese written character for crisis is actually two characters: danger and opportunity.  Resilience is certainly coping effectively with any perceived danger or threat to our safety and well-being, bouncing back from struggles and setbacks.  It is also bouncing forward. (transforming bad breaks into breakthroughs, as my friend Michaela Haas says in the sub-title of […]

Reflective Intelligence – Clear Seeing, Wise Choices

Reflective Intelligence hones your perceptions and responses to any event, any issue.  You can uncover and examine complex patterns of “thinking” that could derail your resilience and rewire them if you wish to. This week’s Resources post, Noticing What You’re Experiencing While You’re Experiencing It, introduced basic steps of mindfulness practice that are the foundation […]

Relational Intelligence Extends Our Lifespan, Expands Our Well-Being

I regularly experience the power of wisely connecting with my fellow human beings in a special way: to drive from home to work I have to pass through a 4-way stop sign intersection.  All drivers have to figure out who’s going through the intersection next. No verbal communication, sometimes a friendly wave through.  We all […]

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