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The Most Powerful Derailer of Our Resilience.

I’ll be teaching “Resilience: Healing from Loss and Trauma with Compassion, Clarity and Courage” on June 11, part of a comprehensive online Healing Trauma Summit sponsored by Sounds True, June 4-13, 2018.  In that presentation I suggest that certainly one of the most powerful derailers of our resilience, if not the most powerful, is shame. […]

Cultivating a Base of Emotional Tranquility

Recent posts have suggested tools of focused processing to help you attend to and make sense of your emotions, to manage and rewire difficult negative emotions, and to use positive emotions to shift the functioning of your brain and to shift your moods and states of being. You can continue using those tools whenever necessary; […]

Awe…is Awesome

[May you be inspired to deepen your practice of awe to strengthen your resilience and nourish your well-being.] Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life. – Rachel Carson The finest thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the […]

Cultivating Awe is Awesome for the Brain

As we strengthen our resilience by learning to manage difficult, negative emotions, it’s just as important to amplify the positive emotions that shift our brain functioning out of contraction and reactivity into more openness and receptivity.  We cultivate positive emotions – kindness, compassion, gratitude, awe, delight, not just to feel better but to do better.  […]

When Emotions from the Past Trip Us Up Now…

When Emotions from the Past Trip Us Up Now…

Managing difficult, overwhelming emotions, not being hijacked or flooded by them, is essential to our emotional intelligence and thus to our resilience.  We want to be able to allow and learn from even huge waves of feelings so they guide rather than derail our responses to challenging life events and difficult people. Recent posts, Becoming […]

Never let your emotions rule, but always let them testify.

[more thoughts on emotional intelligence…] Never let your emotions rule, but always let them testify. – Robert Brault Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it. – Vincent Van Gogh The feeling is often the deeper truth, the opinion the more superficial […]

Managing Emotions….Not Flooding

April is Deepening Our Emotional Intelligence month in these posts.  The April newsletter  highlighted research discoveries relevant to managing even the most upsetting of emotions – anger, fear, shame, grief – so that your emotions can guide your responses to challenging life events or difficult people.  You don’t have to be flooded or shut down […]

Deepening Our Emotional Intelligence

Just simply living evokes emotions, and we experience one emotion or another every single moment of the day. We register delight in watching a sunrise, frustration at getting stalled in gridlock traffic, resentment when a coworker takes credit for an idea we came up with first, terror for the future when a spouse or a […]

Becoming Fluent with Your Emotions

Just like we strengthen our resilience when we become adept at returning from a startle/survival response to our natural baseline physiological equilibrium of calm and clear seeing, we strengthen our resilience when we become adept at returning from an angry outburst or a shame attack to our natural baseline emotional ease and well-being. It’s very […]

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 […]

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