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A Wise Way to Set New Year Intentions

A Wise Way to Set New Year Intentions

My manuscript for The Resilience Toolkit: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster is now in the hands of the publisher. (forthcoming September 2018) I can engage with the challenges, opportunities, and blessings of the new year with, I hope, deeper wisdom and clarity from the lessons and processes of that […]

Gaining Perspective When the World Goes Off-Kilter

Right after 9/11, I got some sage advice from my meditation teacher James Baraz about how to cope with the sudden shock of so much loss and devastation in a world gone crazy with hatred and fear.  Just as wise and timely today for coping with the ongoing disasters in our world, natural and unnatural. […]

Finding the Lessons in Difficulties and Disasters

Whenever an external event in our life – a car accident, a flooded basement, the unexpected, undeserved loss of a job, the life-threatening illness of a spouse or a child – throws us for a loop and our well-being way off balance – it’s important to eventually be able to integrate the event into our […]

Getting In Touch with Your Inner Critic

The excerpt and exercise below on working with your inner critic are from John Prendergast’s beautifully written new book, In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself. John is an experienced psychotherapist and wise spiritual teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. In Touch offers state-of-the-art explorations […]

Resilient Leadership

Exercise: Creating Options, Discerning Choices, and Choosing Wisely (from Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience, Chapter 18) 1. Assess what is happening as clearly as you can. This includes getting all the facts about the situation you are being asked to cope with; getting expert opinions and perspectives from competent, resilient others; seeing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Six Skillful Ways to Deal with Disaster

(It’s completely a coincidence, but remarkable timing, that my article below was posted by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, in time for me to re-post on 9/11. May these tools prove useful to you and yours.) How do you stay resilient and resourceful when disasters threaten to swamp your boat?  […]

When the Accelerator Pedal Gets Stuck

The accelerator pedal of my car got stuck the other day. After I rode the brakes so hard to decelerate and exit the freeway that I had to replace them a few days later, I figured out that the floor mat on my driver’s side of the car had wedged underneath the accelerator pedal. After […]

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