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Many Forms of Love Essential to Relational Intelligence

May and June posts will focus on Relational Intelligence – strengthening our capacities to relate skillfully to ourselves and engage skillfully with others – with open-heartedness, trust, and joy. This week’s quotes offers a unique perspective on engaging with the world with resilience and with love in a different format, the article “The Other Kind […]

A Loving Day in the Neighborhood

I was well into college and adulthood by the time Fred Rogers began inviting television viewers into his neighborhood and teaching children for 33 years how special and lovable they were, just as they were. I saw a documentary the day of this writing, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” [to be released in theaters June […]

To Touch Is to Give Life

To touch is to give life. – Michelangelo Everybody needs a hug.  It changes your metabolism. – Leo Buscaglia We need four hugs a day for survival.  We need eight hugs a day for maintenance.  We need twelve hugs a day for growth. – Virginia Satir Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, […]

True Generosity

True Generosity

In the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness. – Erich Fromm Thousand of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared. – Buddha We make a living by what we get, but we make a life […]

Ah, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort

(These words of wisdom from 19th century British novelist Dinah Craik express the compassionate companionship explored in last week’s post on resourcing with people as a key factor supporting post-traumatic growth.  May you experience such support in any of your own recovering resilience.) Ah, the comfort, The inexpressible comfort Of feeling safe with a person. […]

Reclaiming Conversation

We live in a technological world in which we are always communicating and yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. We turn away from each other and toward our phones.  We are forever elsewhere.  But to empathize, to grow, to love and be loved, to take the measure of ourselves or another, to fully […]

Weekly Quotes 2013

1-1-13 Weekly Quotes: Prayer for a New Year Prayer for a New Year May you awaken to new beginnings With an openness of heart And a quickening of soul. May you step wholeheartedly into this new year, To appreciate its abundant sweetness and To embrace in faith its certain sadness. May you re-awaken hopes and […]

Kindness and Connection

(These Resources for Recovering Resilience explore what I’ve come to call the 5 C’s of Coping: Calm, Compassion, Clarity, Connection, Competence. (Courage is certainly a part of resilience as well, and will be included in future posts.) The exercise below guides us in connecting with others through the core value or virtue of Kindness.) Kindness […]

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