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Giving Thanks – for Losses and Lessons

[Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. I have my own special reasons for being deeply, deeply thankful.] When I arrived in the Bahamas two Thursdays ago to teach four workshops at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Center, I arrived late, tired.  While stepping from the dock to the boat to go across the […]

Tools for Kids to Recover Resilience

Susan Kaiser Greenland and Tina Payne Bryson, are pioneers in the fields of teaching kids to use the tools of mindfulness and emotional regulation to help themselves calm down when distressed and cope with whatever is happening right in that moment. Michelle Kinder and Heather Bryant have pioneered the cutting-edge work of Momentous Institute, a […]

From Well-Being to Self-Combustion

I’ve been monitoring my own state of mind throughout this busy summer, paying attention to where I experience myself on a continuum of presence and well-being; creativity and flow; discipline and productivity; pressure; stress; overwhelm. Just before I left for a recent vacation, I added self-combustion. Having recovered a sense of presence and well-being from […]

Sense and Savor this Summer

The Sense and Savor Walk is a delightful to slow down and take in the beauty of nature all around us. I’ve included three very relevant poems/quotes and then the exercise, then another poem. May you find the serenity and peace in these words, in these practices, that restore your life energy for the life […]

Hugging is a Handshake from the Heart

(As you receive this post in your inbox, I will be teaching many of these same tools, based on much the same research, at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington, D.C. in a workshop “The Art and Science of Brain Care.” Re-posted from Happify Daily, a great online resource for recovering resilience. Enjoy the learning; enjoy the […]

Clearing the Way for Positive Neuroplasticity

Several clients last week brought in an excellent article sub-titled “Clearing the Way for Positive Neuroplasticity,” exploring how experiences we might not even think of as trauma – freezing in an argument with a spouse, feeling shamed in front of a boss, “losing it” when something we hoped for falls through – can derail the […]

Be Super Resilient This Year

(This article was published in the January 2015 issue of Complete Well-Being, India’s leading magazine on wellness. It was a joy to write the article, and a joy to share it with you now.) Adversity is a given and strikes everyone from time to time; it’s how you handle it that really counts. Unfortunately we […]

Christmas Truce 1914-2014

(I taught a daylong on Compassion for Self and Others at Spirit Rock Meditation Center two weekends ago. As part of learning about the power of common humanity to deepen our compassion, I showed the video linked below on Christmas Truce 1914. Based on actual events at the beginning of World War I, when English […]

Blessed with a Brain Tumor

It’s important to me that the resources offered here truly help us become more resilient – able to meet even the most difficult challenges of our lives with courage, compassion, and equanimity. Will Pye’s Blessed with a Brain Tumor: Realizing It’s All Gift and Learning to Receive is just such a resource. A dedicated student […]

18 Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving Kindness Meditation

(I teach the practice of loving kindness meditation in my book Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, in workshops for clinicians and lay people alike, and in my Deepening Joy and Mindful Self-Compassion groups. The article below posted in Huffington Post Live on September 29, 2014. More and more research data validating […]

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