Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty and Even Disaster

Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty and Even Disaster

Resilience is the learned capacity to cope with any level of adversity, from a series of small annoyances to the struggles and sorrows that break our hearts to the utter disasters that change our lives forever.  

Resilience is essential for surviving and thriving in a world full of troubles and tragedies, and it is completely trainable and recoverable - when we know how.

More than 130 evidenced-based tools to help you cope with anything, anything at all.

A step-by-step process to strengthen the foundations of resilience:

Somatic Intelligence: body-based tools to restore our baseline physiological equilibrium, and inner sense of safety, the range of resilience that primes the brain’s neuroplasticity for learning and growth.

Emotional Intelligence:  managing the full range of emotions, empathizing with and managing reactions to other people’s emotions, cultivate practices to antidote the innate negativity bias of the brain and reliable shift the functioning of the brain out of reactivity and contraction into more openness, receptivity. Not just to feel better but to do better.

Relational Intelligence within Oneself:  Using self-awareness and self-acceptance practices to foster inner capacities of response flexibility and claim and inner secure base of resilience, the “home base” of a wise, trustworthy, courageous self.

Relational Intelligence with Others:  learning how to engage with other people, in both intimate and social relationships, in ways that allow you to trust and connect with them as refuges and resources of resilience.

Reflective Intelligence: cultivating the mindful awareness that allows us to see clearly what’s happening (and our reactions to what’s happening) shift perspectives, rewire habitual thought patterns that block response flexibility , discern options and make wise choices.

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Praise for Resilience

With over ten dozen practices and exercises, this book has what you need when things get tough all in one convenient toolkit.  You need look no further to find the help you need to cope.

- Kristin Neff, author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and co-author of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook

Linda Graham’s pioneering expertise on cultivating resilience has transformed countless lives.  Now, in Resilience, she has compiled a clearly sequenced set of best practices that can guide us in finding freedom in the midst of life’s greatest challenges.  Highly recommended!

- Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

Chris Germer

In this generous book, Linda Graham offers the reader a cornucopia of practices—133 in all—to help people bounce back from hardship and cultivate emotional strength.  She clearly understands the difference between a wobble and a wallop and has organized the practices to sensitively address diverse needs.  Highly recommended for anyone going through a tough time, and for those who care about them.

- Chris Germer, PhD, author of Mindful Self-Compassion and co-developer of Mindful Self-Compassion protocol

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Even though we want life to be comfortable and pleasurable — and even though we often expect it to be so — life is often difficult, disappointing, and painful. (Darn it!) When things don't go our way, we need specific skills and strategies to regain our balance, and to keep ourselves from spiraling downward. This book is an essential reference and guide to developing those skills, in ourselves, but also in our kids (for parents) and clients (for coaches and therapists).

Christine Carter, PhD, author of Raising Happiness and The Sweet Spot

Ron Siegel

Linda Graham’s years of experience and deep understanding as a psychotherapist and teacher shine through as she offers effective, easy-to-use tools to not only survive, but to flourish during difficult times.

- Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Author, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems

James Baraz Awakening Joy

Resilience is a truly comprehensive guidebook that shows you that you have everything inside you to skillfully meet all of life's challenges great or small with a wise, kind heart.

In her clear, well-researched style filled with user-friendly exercises and practices, Linda Graham reveals how we can train our brain, our body and our heart to access our intuitive wisdom to not only get through the tough times but to grow and become more conscious in the process.

- James Baraz, coauthor of Awakening Joy

Jonah Paquette

More than any book I’ve encountered, Resilience offers us the necessary tools to respond effectively to life’s challenges and strengthen the vital skill of resilience. Written with both expertise and immense compassion, Linda Graham has given the field and her readers an immense gift with this book. 

-Jonah Paquette, Psy.D. – Author of Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace & Well-Being and The Happiness Toolbox

Laura Markham

In this empowering book, Graham walks you step-by-step through exercises that gradually rewire your brain and transform your sense of well-being. Practical and hopeful, this is a book that can change your life.

- Laura Markham, Ph.D., Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

Dave Richo

Beautifully combining mindfulness and neuroscience, Linda Graham has crafted what we always wanted: a toolkit for sane serene living.

-David Richo PhD: Author of How to be an Adult in Relationships

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