Practices for Recovering Resilience

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[A colleague’s recent query about the “neurochemistry of disappointment” sent me off on my own inquiry. Alas, a family medical emergency and the overloading of other obligations de-railed that investigation […]

Accommodating Zebras

I began this month’s e-newsletter originally this way: Swiss biologist Jean Piaget developed his theories of cognitive development almost 100 years ago, profoundly influencing our understanding of learning and brain […]


Presence – Simply Being…and Being With – Heals Trauma The Healing Moments in Trauma Treatment conference, at UCLA four weekends ago, began with a morning of mindfulness practice led by […]


I came across an article in Scientific American recently on The Willpower Paradox. Briefly, folks who adopt a “Will I?” approach are significantly more successful in meeting a goal than […]

Living Deeply

I was at a poetry workshop with Kim Rosen at the Institute of Noetic Sciences last weekend and, just as Kim’s book Saved by a Poem grabbed the attention of […]

The Roots of Empathy

When 4 month-old Indigo visits “her” third grade classroom in Toronto, Canada, 26 students sit on a green rug in a horseshoe shape in front of her and practice empathy […]

Gratitude II: Even For the Hard Stuff

Last month’s e-newsletter on Gratitude offered a lot of practical benefits for people who practice gratitude daily. We: – experience positive emotions more consistently – feel more alert, energetic, enthused, […]

The Art and Science of Gratitude

It’s encouraging to hear rigorously attained research findings about gratitude that validate what we would hope would be true about any practice that brings us out of fear, stress and […]

Ripples Make Waves

Resilience and conscious, compassionate connection are two consistent themes of this e-newsletter. Compassionate connection was this month’s theme of James Baraz’s Awakening Joy course. The deeply passionate and resilient speakers […]

Aha! Moments Re-Wire the Brain

When I was an undergraduate in the late 1960’s, student protests against the Vietnam War or apartheid or discrimination against minorities, women, gays, were disrupting classes, if not shutting down […]