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The Most Powerful Derailer of Our Resilience.

I’ll be teaching “Resilience: Healing from Loss and Trauma with Compassion, Clarity and Courage” on June 11, part of a comprehensive online Healing Trauma Summit sponsored by Sounds True, June 4-13, 2018.  In that presentation I suggest that certainly one of the most powerful derailers of our resilience, if not the most powerful, is shame. […]

Hope While Rebuilding

[apropos of last week’s Resourcing, Reframing, and Rebuilding post, this poem arrived in my inbox within moments of completing that post.  Such synchronicity!] The Gates of Hope Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope— Not the prudent gates of Optimism, Which are somewhat narrower Not the stalwart, boring gates of Common […]

Gaining Perspective When the World Goes Off-Kilter

Right after 9/11, I got some sage advice from my meditation teacher James Baraz about how to cope with the sudden shock of so much loss and devastation in a world gone crazy with hatred and fear.  Just as wise and timely today for coping with the ongoing disasters in our world, natural and unnatural. […]

Re-Building Hope, Re-Building Lives

My two most recent posts, Where’s the Safety Net? and How to Face the Mess We’re In without Going Crazy have generated the most responses from readers ever. Including this quote sent in by reader Richard Abbot (thank you!): Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful […]

Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

When Sheryl Sandberg’s husband David Goldberg died suddenly of a heart attack at age 48, Sheryl was plunged immediately into devastating loss and grief, widowhood, single parenthood of two young children, and a personal journey of ultimately recovering her hope, her centeredness, her resilience, even recovering a sense of joy and deeper sense of life […]

Judy Collins treated her depression

Even in the busiest of lives, a few precious moments of meditation can have a profound and lasting effect. Take some time for yourself today, and ponder the wisdom of the ages about meditation.) You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy – then you should sit for […]

Weather Difficult Times: Be Kind, Compassionate and Tough!

[My article below, minus all the marvelous illustrations and layout, appeared in the December 2016 issue of Mindful magazine, a wonderful compendium of resources for mindful living. May it be useful to you and yours.] Weather Difficult Times: Be Kind, Compassionate and Tough! by Linda Graham, MFT When things are at their worst, we have […]

Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Reading a 400+ page book on the healing of trauma may not sound like a lot of fun, but reading a brilliantly written, best-book-in-the-field-ever book on tools and techniques to help people fully recover an authentic self and deep joy in feeling fully alive can be completely inspiring. I read Bessel van der Kolk’s best-selling […]

Bouncing Back, Bouncing Forward, Bouncing Around

For me, it was just simply being rear-ended while driving through town, no real damage to either car, no apparent damage to me nor the very apologetic and gracious driver who hit me. But a few days later when a headache began that wouldn’t quit, my doctor diagnosed a concussion or “brain bruise” and ordered […]

Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience

Kristen Neff, author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion training, developed this wonderful tool for offering ourselves self-compassion when we feel awkward about doing so. Cultivating Self-Compassion 1. Bring to mind a moment when it was relatively easy for you to “feel with” someone else’s heartache […]

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