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Positive Emotions Build Resilience

“Positive Emotions Build Resilience” is Chapter 14 in Bouncing Back. In researching the neuroscience of how and why, I came across the original research findings of Barbara Frederickson, a psychologist whose “broaden-and-build” theory has provided much of the scientific basis for the rapid growth of the positive psychology movement in recent years. Since turning in […]

Compassionate Connection Deepens Resilience

Greetings! [a re-posting of the April 2008 e-newsletter.  Thank you for your patience!] The morning I sent out last month’s e-newsletter, Shifting Perspectives Leads to Resilience, a close friend’s sister-in-law was having surgery for breast cancer, another friend was in the ER for a flare up of back pain, and a client’s house burned down. […]

Do One Scary Thing a Day

“Do one thing every day that scares you” was the sage advice of Eleanor Roosevelt, a stellar role model of courage and resilience. Modern neuroscience is validating the very practical wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt. When we succeed at doing one scary thing a day, we actually build out the circuitry in our brains that supports […]

Crossing the Threshold

Whenever we’re about to venture into something new – moving across country, getting married again, taking on a new job, finally fixing the leaky shower head – we often feel a hesitancy, a pull-back within. An unconscious somatic marker of “Uh oh! Strange territory! Don’t know if I should be doing this!” even though, consciously, […]

Presence

Presence – Simply Being…and Being With – Heals Trauma The Healing Moments in Trauma Treatment conference, at UCLA four weekends ago, began with a morning of mindfulness practice led by Jon Kabat-Zinn, developer of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Dan Siegel, author of The Mindful Brain and The Mindful Therapist, and Trudy Goodman, senior vipassana […]

Intention

I came across an article in Scientific American recently on The Willpower Paradox. Briefly, folks who adopt a “Will I?” approach are significantly more successful in meeting a goal than folks who adopt an “I will” approach. Counter-intuitive, but profound. We explore the implications of that research below in Reflections (the link is in Resources). […]

Weekly Quotes 2011

Optimism and Possibilities

1-3-11 Weekly Quotes: John O’Donohue [A tribute to the beloved Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue (January 1, 1956 – January 3, 2008).  His poetry and reflections on New Beginnings from To Bless the Space Betagotween Us:] To live a truly creative life, we always need to cast a critical look at where we presently are, attempting […]

Weekly Quotes 2010

The Arts

1-11-10 Weekly Quotes: For A New Beginning For a New Beginning In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire, Feeling the emptiness growing inside you, Noticing how you […]

Compassionate Connection Deepens Resilience

RESILIENCE RE-VISITED The morning I sent out last month’s e-newsletter, Shifting Perspectives Leads to Resilience, a close friend’s sister-in-law was having surgery for breast cancer, another friend was in the ER for a flare up of back pain, and a client’s house burned down. By the end of the week, a different client’s husband had […]

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