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Practice Making Choices – Do One Scary Thing a Day

Practice Making Choices – Do One Scary Thing a Day

As you move further into the new year, clarifying priorities, setting goals, making choices, you may run into the brain’s natural roadblock of “Wait a minute!  I’ve never done this before.  I’m not sure….”  This hesitancy is one way your higher brain makes sure you’re thinking things through clearly and making a wise choice. Whenever […]

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

(If we’ve ever had a paragon of a phoenix rising from the ashes into post-traumatic growth, it was the beloved African-American poet Maya Angelou.  If you have a chance to watch the PBS special Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, please do, it’s a magnificent portrayal of Dr. Angelou’s courage, strength, and deep humanity, with interviews […]

Weekly Quotes 2016

Courage Perserverance

1-4-16 Weekly Quotes: New Year’s Resolutions That Will Make You Happier (In a rare reversal (the resources posted on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve were actually more like quotes), this week’s quotes are actually a resource post from my colleague Christine Carter, posted through the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley. Good wisdom, […]

Post-Traumatic Growth Applied

Creating a Circle of Support We may seek refuge among good friends, people we can trust to not judge or disdain us when we become emotionally unglued or our thinking becomes unhinged: people who can simply be with us until we regroup and are ready to face the world again. These are people whose own […]

The Promise of a Pencil

In The Promise of a Pencil, social entrepreneur Adam Braun tells his story of backpacking through Southeast Asia, Africa, and Central America in his 20’s, being blow away when he asked young children what they wanted more than anything in the world – “a pencil” – and being blown away again by the joy and […]

Weekly Quotes 2015

Creating Change

1-5-15 Weekly Quotes: This Year, Live Your Life Fully Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Live your life and forget your age. – Norman Vincent Peale […]

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 […]

Resilience, Mindfulness and Compassion on TED and CBS

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are I frequently teach the “power posing” exercise below to help people use body-based postures to strengthen their sense of confidence and resilience. Here’s the link to social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s June 2012 TED talk (now 22 million views) that explains the power behind the exercise: Our body posture […]

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 […]

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