Road Maps to Resilience

Road Maps to Resilience

We recover our resilience when we have good role models, mentors, guides to teach us how and to en-courage us along the way.

Five of mine, good friends and colleagues, Roger Housden, Mark Coleman, Laura Markham, Rick Hanson and Terry Patten, have just published their own excellent road maps full of practical wisdom and genuine inspiration.

May you find them a treasure trove of guidance and real down-to-earth help in your own journey, in the journeys of those you love and care about.

Ten Poems for Difficult Times by Roger Housden.

Roger has inspired us for decades with his masterful interpretations of Ten Poems to…Change Your Life…Open Your Heart…Set You Free.  Now we have the wisdom to help us persevere in the face of any difficult times, including this present moment in history.

Make Peace With Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help Free You From Your Inner Critic by Mark Coleman.

So many of my clients and students have found Mark’s practical suggestions very helpful in freeing them from their own inner critic.  Mark has just released the audio version – portable equilibrium.

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook by Laura Markham.

This road map will transform your parenting.  This richly packed, step-by-step process teaches you to:

* skillfully regulate the emotional climate in your family

* connect empathically with yourself and your children – the talk-listen-play-trust-joy that creates less drama and more love

*discipline through coaching rather than controlling, strengthening your child’s inner compass for becoming all they can be.

This workbook is truly one of those must-reads and it-will-work.

Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakeable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness by Rick Hanson and Forrest Hanson.

Rick made popular the concept, “We have Velcro for the negative and Teflon for the positive.”  In his latest book, Rick skillfully guides you through the practices that help you deal with that negativity bias head-on. You learn to strengthen the essential inner resources you need to cope with any adversities you face in your life, from inner wobbles to our catastrophes.

A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries by Terry Patten.

Most of us recognize the need for radical change, both within ourselves and in our current social and political institutions if we are to have a sustainable future, but we don’t always know how to enact it.  And in the overwhelm of too many global crises right now, we an even become disheartened and discouraged.

Terry leads us in a practical approach to “being the change” that begins with us individually yet can affect the entire system.  We learn how to integrate personal and political practice, transforming both our lives and our world.

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