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Be Super Resilient This Year

(This article was published in the January 2015 issue of Complete Well-Being, India’s leading magazine on wellness. It was a joy to write the article, and a joy to share it with you now.) Adversity is a given and strikes everyone from time to time; it’s how you handle it that really counts. Unfortunately we […]

The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work

I love it when resources I recommend are truly both practical and transformative. The ideas in Christine Carter’s The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and at Work are just such a resource. Christine is a well-respected sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley and the happy, resilient mother of […]

Weekly Quotes 2015

Creating Change

1-5-15 Weekly Quotes: This Year, Live Your Life Fully Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Live your life and forget your age. – Norman Vincent Peale […]

Christmas Truce 1914-2014

(I taught a daylong on Compassion for Self and Others at Spirit Rock Meditation Center two weekends ago. As part of learning about the power of common humanity to deepen our compassion, I showed the video linked below on Christmas Truce 1914. Based on actual events at the beginning of World War I, when English […]

Changing the Wallpaper

My friend Lynn shared with me the phrase from her German-born mother “die Tapeten wechseln”….translating roughly “to change the wallpaper” meaning roughly to find leisure and wellness in a change of environment, going for a walk to clear the mind, going on vacation to allow new sights and sounds to shift your perspective. Changing the […]

Blessed with a Brain Tumor

It’s important to me that the resources offered here truly help us become more resilient – able to meet even the most difficult challenges of our lives with courage, compassion, and equanimity. Will Pye’s Blessed with a Brain Tumor: Realizing It’s All Gift and Learning to Receive is just such a resource. A dedicated student […]

Six Skillful Ways to Deal with Disaster

(It’s completely a coincidence, but remarkable timing, that my article below was posted by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, in time for me to re-post on 9/11. May these tools prove useful to you and yours.) How do you stay resilient and resourceful when disasters threaten to swamp your boat?  […]

Self-Compassion Reduces Rumination

My article was first posted by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley on August 20, 2014. A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination. “I can’t do this right,” says my patient Carla. “I know I’m going to fail. I can never do anything right.”  The most […]

Be Careful What You Preach

I teach a lot these days about the central role of mindful self-compassion in strengthening resilience. I got to experience the power of those practices myself last week, when I came home to a note from the local police saying that a neighbor had called in with a complaint about my speeding through our residential […]

When the Accelerator Pedal Gets Stuck

The accelerator pedal of my car got stuck the other day. After I rode the brakes so hard to decelerate and exit the freeway that I had to replace them a few days later, I figured out that the floor mat on my driver’s side of the car had wedged underneath the accelerator pedal. After […]

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