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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 […]

Three Points to Steady You through Life’s Changes

At breakfast the other day, I commented to my friend Richard Miller, developer of yoga nidra, that when we’re going through a time of change and transition, as often happens for people at the turn of a new year, it’s helpful to remember an analogy from rock climbing: you keep three points steady on the […]

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 […]

The Cure for Exhaustion is Wholeheartedness

One of my favorite resources for recovering resilience of all time comes from the poet David Whyte reporting a conversation he had with his good friend Br. David Stendl-Rast. David was burned out working in the non-profit world, hesitant to risk following his passion to become a full-time poet. David asked Br. David, “What’s the […]

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 […]

Breathing into Calm

Last week I had a temporary crown placed on a tooth that already had had a root canal. Officially, no nerve, no sensation in that tooth. But even with anesthetic to numb sensation in the neighboring teeth, I felt all kinds of poking and pulling and cold water and cold air. I didn’t want the […]

The How of Happiness

Resilience remains at the top of my list as a capacity essential to living a conscious and fulfilling life. Now that the manuscript for Bouncing Back is on the assembly line at the publisher, I’m catching up on so many other folks’ offerings of practices of healing and awakening that, research shows, also lead to […]

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