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Newsletter: Using Our Somatic Intelligence to Recover Our Resilience

These posts offer ways to cope skillfully when things go haywire.  Our most basic responses to all of life’s challenges and adversities begin in our bodies, so this month’s posts offer body-based tools of breath, touch, movement and visualization to recover your natural baseline physiological equilibrium; you learn to “keep calm and carry on.”  This […]

Newsletter – Conditions that Accelerate Brain change

In recent 2018 posts, I’ve been exploring how the brain learns anything, ever.  How the repetition of experiences, chosen or unchosen, creates new neural circuitry, creating new habits of perception and response to life events, helpful or unhelpful. I’ve also written a bit about the brain’s innate neuroplasticity that makes any of this learning, and […]

Learning to Work with the Brain to Become More Resilient

Whatever hopes and plans we have for 2018, we turn our intentions toward learning the skills we need to manifest them and strengthening the resilience we need to cope when we don’t. And all of that learning and cultivating necessitates becoming very proficient at using the neuroplasticity innate in the brain to create new patterns […]

Tis the season to cultivate generosity in your children…

Tis the season to cultivate generosity in your children…

This post is adapted from Raising Resilience by Chris Willard, one of a dozen free offerings in the Holiday Companion from Sounds True.  May it deepen the spirit of the winter holidays for you and yours. Nearly every spiritual tradition has a practice of generosity and giving.  Neuroscience agrees with the spiritual wisdom that tells […]

Raising Resilience- Happy Families and Thriving Children

I know, we just looked at Mindful Parenting in a Messy World by Michelle Gale.  Here’s another spot-on and timely resource to help caring but overbusy parents foster healthy development and downright goodness in their children (and in themselves!). In Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children, psychologist Chris Willard blends his own […]

Questioning Whatever They Tell You

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[Apropos of the emphasis on questioning in last Thursday’s post Sleep App on Your Phone? Maybe Not a Good Idea.  Part of being resourceful and resilient is challenging what “everybody knows” and asking good questions to look for deeper answers.] [Questioning] is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. – Daniel Boorstin It […]

A sleep app on your phone? Maybe not such a good idea.

Sleeping with electronics - phone and tablet

Cell phone manufacturers are required by law to include a warning label on their phones about possible radiation damage to the brain with prolonged use. I learned about that from a colleague who sent me links to many scientific studies questioning the safety of cell phones for our health.  The manufacturers include the label, buried […]

Yoga is not about touching your toes

(A follow-on to last week’s Resources for Recovering Resilience article on Yoga and the Brain) Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down. – Jigar Gor * * * * * Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees. […]

Good for the Heart, Good for the Brain

(In collecting these quotes about exercise, to resonate with last week’s post about Exercise Makes You Smarter, I was struck by how much this wisdom is ancient wisdom, neuroscience validating what people have known for centuries.) The truth is, that the craving for exercise is part of healthy human nature. – E. Warre, 1884 * * […]

Novelty, Curiosity, Experimentation, Learning

(In the spirit of last week’s post on “New and Novel Experiences Promote Brain Health,” these quotes honoring novelty, curiosity, experimentation, as pathways to learning.) I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. – Eleanor Roosevelt […]

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