Resilience – Learning From Mistakes and Adversity

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No Mud, No Lotus

My friend Beth sent me the image above of the beautiful blue mushrooms growing out of the sludge in her trash compactor, headed for the compost heap. We both immediately thought of “No mud, no lotus,” the teachings of the venerable Zen Buddhist master, Thich Nhat Hanh.  The beautiful lotus flower, symbol of awakening and […]

Pandemic Lessons from a Cat Bite

My cat bit me last Saturday evening, and I’m using that event to explore parallels with the dangers – and resourcing – around the current COVID-19 pandemic. Danger – Naïve – Resourcing I happened to be on a Zoom call with several friends when my cat, sitting on my lap, bit my arm enough to […]

Hangin’ Out in Limbo? – Here’s a Tool That Can Help

William Bridges put “limbo” smack in the middle of any process of transition in his classic (and truly deservedly so) Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes. Bridges found, in his research and in his own experience, that every beginning begins with an ending.  He called the markers of that ending disorientation, disidentification, disenchantment, disengagement, dismantling. […]

Transforming Adversity into Learning and Growth

I’ll be offering the Wished For Outcome exercise below, that rewires previously traumatizing memories in the brain, during the online webinar Catalyzing Brain Change: Transforming Adversity into Learning and Growth, sponsored by NScience in London, UK, September 19, 2019.  (The webinar will be available for viewing for 30 days after the live broadcast.) What’s important […]

Bouncing Back – Bouncing Forward – Mastering Resilience in Either Direction

Years ago, when I told my brother Barry I was writing a book about resilience, he said, “Resilience…what’s that?  Oh, I know…it’s bouncing back from the terrible.” That’s where I got the title for Bouncing Back.  And certainly, bouncing back is a key element in resilience: returning to baseline after a scare, recovering our center […]

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