Practices for Recovering Resilience

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Do One Scary Thing a Day

“Do one thing every day that scares you” was the sage advice of Eleanor Roosevelt, a stellar role model of courage and resilience. Modern neuroscience is validating the very practical wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt. When we succeed at doing one scary thing a day, we actually build out the circuitry in our brains that supports […]

The Relevance of Resonance

Throughout the year, we are subject to the power of shared experiences to “entrain” us in shared feelings and behaviors – we’re in a crowd of 20,000 fans yelling our heads off at a miraculous touchdown that saves the day for the home team; we jump to our feet in enthusiastic applause at a moving […]

The Synergy of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy – Part Two

The October 2011 e-newsletter, The Synergy of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, looked at seven convergences (and three cautions) contributing to that synergy as the discipline of mindfulness – for training the mind to steady its capacities for attention, awareness, and insight – is now being welcomed into Western psychotherapies for its effectiveness in cultivating self-reflection and […]

Synergy of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy – Part One

There is no stronger influence on psychotherapy these days than mindfulness. – Michael Yapko, PhD Mindfulness is coming out of the closet (or retreat centers) and into clinical sessions very, very rapidly these days. The synergy of mindfulness and the empathic relationship helps patients better trust, reflect, and heal, as millions of patients and therapists […]

Crossing the Threshold

Whenever we’re about to venture into something new – moving across country, getting married again, taking on a new job, finally fixing the leaky shower head – we often feel a hesitancy, a pull-back within. An unconscious somatic marker of “Uh oh! Strange territory! Don’t know if I should be doing this!” even though, consciously, […]

Bouncing Back – A Preview of the Book

The title of the book I will spend the next year writing, Bouncing Back, comes from my brother Barry who, brought by multiple health problems to an early retirement in the depressed economy of semi-rural Michigan, knows something about resilience as “bouncing back from the terrible” on a daily basis. The full title, Bouncing Back:; […]

Reflections on Life Balance

Yes, I tend to explore in these newsletters what I currently need to learn about the most. (Equanimity, presence, compassion, laughter, many good topics over the years.) Most of us get reminded of the need for life balance when we suddenly discover how out of whack our lives have become. Too much focus on one […]

Anger…a Prelude to Courage

The title of this month’s e-newsletter Anger: A Prelude to Courage is a direct steal (with deep bows) from the June 2011 issue of Ode Magazine’s article “Prelude to Courage” by Diana Rico. Well-researched and well-written, the entire article is a fascinating look at how the “destructive” emotion of anger can surprisingly improve health, enhance […]


[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 until next month’s newsletter. This month I’m doing something I’ve never done before: re-posting a previous newsletter, simply to give myself to dig out from […]

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 adaptation ever since. His most famous example illustrating assimilation (new facts fit theories or mental categories we have already constructed) vs. accommodation (our established schemas […]

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