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Stretching Across What Separates Us

I’ve known my neighbor’s boys, Robbie and Nico, since they were born. Robbie now 4, Nico now 2. Before the restrictions of sheltering in place for the pandemic, Robbie especially would climb the crape myrtle tree in my front yard, “mow” my lawn with his toy lawn mower, ride his bike down my driveway because […]

Free Guided Practice – Deep Listening Leads to Conscious, Compassionate Connection

Just as resilience is needed now more than ever in these troubled and troubling times, deep listening – honoring, accepting, understanding, empathy, compassion, sometimes forgiveness – is needed now more than ever to create the safety of conscious, compassionate connections that support resilience for ourselves and our communities. This 4-minute guided practice from Resilience 2.0 […]

A Radical Way to Practice Compassion

Tara Brach, one of the most beloved meditation teachers in the world, has just released her newest book Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and the World with the Practice of RAIN.  It’s beautifully written and immensely helpful.  (See adapted exercise in RAIN below) And now Tara is offering a Radical Compassion Challenge through Sounds […]

Applying R.A.I.N. (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) When Blaming Others

When client after client comes into my office sharing – exclaiming – the transformative benefit they have received from Tara Brach’s practice of R.A.I.N. (see below) I pay attention and listen up. Tara, of course, a clinical psychologist herself and one of the most beloved meditation teachers of our age, is one of anybody’s favorite […]

Holding the Messes of Life with Ease and Balance

 As we learned in this interview with Michelle Gale, connecting with others in friendship and community helps us recover the emotional equilibrium that supports our resilience.  Here’s an exercise from Resilience that deepens that connection, and thus helps us experience and claim our own resilience. Exercise: Deep Listening to Develop Resilience The most basic […]

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