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Just One Thing – Rest

(I take for granted that readers of Resources for Recovering Resilience are already familiar with another terrific weekly resource for recovering resilience and deepening well-being: Rick Hanson’s Just One Thing. Here’s a sample post from last week. Enjoy, try the practice, thrive.) Sometimes you can really feel what you need to do by feeling what’s […]

Finding Equanimity Amidst Our Busy, Buzzing Thoughts

This week’s resource is the link to a completely delightful 4-minute video called The Fly by Hanjin Song. I’ve seen the video many times in trainings I’ve taken. I finally incorporated it into my own training in Bouncing Back at Spirit Rock Meditation Center last Saturday. It’s an artful portrayal of the suffering we cause […]

Teaching Children to Calm Themselves

A participant in my Bouncing Back workshop at IONS a few weeks ago passed on to me this opinionator blog from the March 14, 2014 New York Times: Teaching Children to Calm Themselves by David Bornstein, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network which supports rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. The article focuses on […]

How to Be Sick…and How to Be Well Even While Sick

Toni Bernhard wrote the lovely, gently wise How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers after she was stricken with a mysterious and painfully fatiguing illness that had never gone into full remission after 10 years. In 2001, to celebrate 20 years of being a full-time law professor at […]

Play is Good Medicine for the Winter Blahs

Things can look serious, even dire, in any season. The cold and grey of winter can make things feel more so. We’re now well into the new year; the luster of our new year’s resolutions may have faded a bit, too. Even five minutes of a playful experiment can restore energy and resolve. Here’s a […]

Stoplight Exercise Gives a Green Light to Learning

(This post is excerpted from Daniel Goleman’s new book Focus) When second and third graders in a Seattle school are getting upset, they’re told to think of a traffic signal. Red light means stop – calm down. Take a long, deep breath and as you calm down a bit, tell yourself that the problem is […]

What Orbiting in Space Taught Me about Resilience

You may have already seen the YouTube video of astronaut Chris Hadfield making a peanut butter and jelly burrito in outer space – on his 5-month mission on the International Space Station last year, orbiting the earth at 17,500 mph, seeing a sunrise every 92 minutes. Or heard his interview with Terry Gross on Fresh […]

The Impact of Pure Being on Well-Being

The exercises below are excerpted from Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing by Richard Miller. They are simple entry points to a direct experience of the mystery of Being, of experiencing ourselves as Being. No worries if that seems a little “out there.” The practice actually creates a deep sense of […]

Little Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On

I couldn’t resist checking out Little Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On, a relatively new book by Mark Reinecke on Twenty Lessons for Managing Worry, Anxiety, and Fear. “Keep calm and carry on” was a motto of the British government during World War II and the title of Part Four of Bouncing Back. Mark […]

Moving the Body to Rewire Difficult Emotions

In the aftermath of the tragedies at the Boston Marathon last week, or in the wake of any sudden and shocking loss or shattering of trust, emotions can run high, temporarily hijacking our resilience. I learned this exercise from psychologist Natalie Rogers to mindfully and compassionately use the intuitive wisdom of our own bodies to […]

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