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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 […]

Hanging Out with Healthy Brains

Dan Siegel, author of The Mindful Brain, once said at a conference focused on resilience and well-being, “Why are we all here at this conference today when we could be home learning everything we want to learn from a book? Because our brains learn better in the resonance, in the dialogue, with each other.” Because […]

Noticing and Naming

We practice mindfulness specifically to strengthen our capacities to see clearly, no matter what is going on. To see clearly, without distortion or denial, so that we can make wise choices and change our behaviors when need be. One way to begin is through the practice of noticing and naming, which keeps the CEO of […]

Hand on the Heart

(Having taught a workshop on The Neuroscience of Resilience and Renewal at Esalen last weekend, I can see how powerful the exercises offered in the e-newsletter are when people actually take the time to do them. Having turned in the book Bouncing Back to the publisher (to be published Spring 2013) I now have 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 […]

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 […]

The Synergy of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy – Part Two

The October 2011 e-newsletter, The Synergy of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, looked at seven convergences (and three cautions) contributing to that synergy as the discipline of mindfulness – for training the mind to steady its capacities for attention, awareness, and insight – is now being welcomed into Western psychotherapies for its effectiveness in cultivating self-reflection and […]

Accommodating Zebras

I began this month’s e-newsletter originally this way: Swiss biologist Jean Piaget developed his theories of cognitive development almost 100 years ago, profoundly influencing our understanding of learning and brain adaptation ever since. His most famous example illustrating assimilation (new facts fit theories or mental categories we have already constructed) vs. accommodation (our established schemas […]

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 […]

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