All posts filed under: Resilience

Resilience Thinking: Optimizing for Efficiency

I read a brilliant little book on resilience titled, “Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World.” In this little gem of a book, Walker and Salt point out what other resilience researchers and practitioners have noted, and that is resilience thinking is […]

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On Healing

Not long ago, I sat with one of my students, wracked with pain and grief, as she sobbed tears of suffering.  I felt so deeply for her.  She was under the impression that she, and she alone, was the only one suffering in high school.  […]

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The Man in the Arena

Today, I want to share a speech that has had meaning to me for many years.  This short speech was delivered in Paris on April 23rd, 1910 by then former president Theodore Roosevelt. The speech was actually titled, Citizenship in a Republic, but later became […]

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Resilience Protective Factors 2

I agree with Buddhists and the Christians, there will be suffering in life.  The Buddha, teaching on the Four Noble truths, states in the first truth that there is suffering in life.  Christians, throughout Scripture and history, have suffered with Christ crucified. Suffering takes many […]

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Resilience Protective Factors 1

If you’ve not yet read my previous post defining what resilience is, you may want to start here. Today, I would like to write about the “ordinary magic” we may consider as it relates to resilience, especially resilience in children and students.  Remember, it’s a […]

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Language of Resilience 2

In this follow up post to the Language of Resilience I, I continue to share words and phrases, the language of resilience, to help reinforce the concepts and ideas of resilience. These words and phrases of resilience are words that I have noted in conferences or through […]

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Language of Resilience 1

In this post, I would like to introduce the beautiful language of resilience.  As I have studied resilience and attended various conferences, I have highlighted words and phrases, the language of resilience, that resonate with me. These simple words and phrases are a fun and […]

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Resilience

What is Resilience? The short definition of resilience is: Adversity + Doing well = Resilience. A person or system is doing well, they face a traumatic event, and then in the future they are doing well again.  This ability to recoil and bounce back after […]

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Beginning a Meditation Practice

How did I begin a mindfulness meditation practice? Every journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.  I have a daily mindfulness meditation practice and I am often asked by curious family and friends, “how did you begin a mindfulness meditation practice?” This […]

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Pathways to Resilience

In my post on Resilience, I defined resilience using the definition provided by Dr. Ann S. Masten, The capacity of a dynamic system to adapt successfully to disturbances that threaten system function, viability, or development. I simplified her definition and defined resilience as:  Adversity + […]

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