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Resourcing, Reframing, and Rebuilding

The fires in northern California have burned out now; the winter rains have started.  Thousands of people are beginning to rebuild their homes, their businesses, their lives.  As everyone tries to rebuild when a natural disaster upheavals life as we knew it. As anyone tries to rebuild from a more personal crisis like a health […]

From New Year’s Resolutions to Reliable Habits

Ten days into the new year, we may already be experiencing the falling away of the best of our intentions to create new wholesome habits. We really mean to exercise more, meditate more, give to charity more; we may be disappointed that we still haven’t gotten the new traction we surely meant to have. Creating […]

landFillharmonic

Transforming trash into music and joy Please, please view the less-than-four minutes landFillharmonic video of the recycled orchestra, kids playing classical music on instruments transformed from trash in Cateura, Paraguay. Hear Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik played on a cello made from an oil can and wooden pegs used to make gnocchi. You’ll be amazed and […]

Compassionate Brain – Resonant Brain

My friend and colleague Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain, has been conducting a 7-week series of webcast interviews on The Compassionate Brain for Sounds True. (See Resources below.) The most recent interview with Kristin Neff, author of Self-Compassion (see September 2012 e-newsletter, Self Compassion More Powerful than Self-Esteem) was an inspiring example of two […]

The Cure for Exhaustion is Wholeheartedness

One of my favorite resources for recovering resilience of all time comes from the poet David Whyte reporting a conversation he had with his good friend Br. David Stendl-Rast. David was burned out working in the non-profit world, hesitant to risk following his passion to become a full-time poet. David asked Br. David, “What’s the […]

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 […]

Kindness and Connection

(These Resources for Recovering Resilience explore what I’ve come to call the 5 C’s of Coping: Calm, Compassion, Clarity, Connection, Competence. (Courage is certainly a part of resilience as well, and will be included in future posts.) The exercise below guides us in connecting with others through the core value or virtue of Kindness.) Kindness […]

Cultivating Self-Compassion

Bring to mind a moment when it was relatively easy for you to “feel with” someone else’s heartache or sorrow. Your neighbor struggles to carry heavy bags of groceries up the driveway with a recently broken ankle. Your cousin lost his luggage two airports back before he arrived at your house for a weekend visit. […]

Breathing into Calm

Last week I had a temporary crown placed on a tooth that already had had a root canal. Officially, no nerve, no sensation in that tooth. But even with anesthetic to numb sensation in the neighboring teeth, I felt all kinds of poking and pulling and cold water and cold air. I didn’t want the […]

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