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7 Keys to a Happy Holiday Season

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I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.

— Harlan Miller

On this blog, we write a lot about resilience – the ability to come back from adversity.  The more I study about resilience, the more I’ve realized that:

  • Most of us are resilient whether we know it or not.  Very few of us give up permanently.  Admittedly some of us do, but the majority eventually get back up and into the game.  That is resilience.
  • Our self-image around resilience has more to do with how quickly we recover rather than whether we recover.  Many of us are too hard on ourselves about our rate of recovery.  Our self-judgment is that we don’t recover quickly enough.

Each time that we come back from an adversity, we learn something – usually we learn about ourselves and how to encourage our recovery – which is a good thing because the Continue reading » 7 Keys to a Happy Holiday Season

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Yoga for the Soul

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Hi folks!  We’re out celebrating Labor Day, but we haven’t forgotten you.  This week we offer three old favorites for your reading enjoyment.  We’ll be back next week with more new posts.

This Post originally published September 14, 2009.


How can you streeeetch to become more flexible?

A friend of mine has become a serious part-time nature photographer. After having worked for several years in a highly left-brain technical field, he has put both sides of his brain together to create some beautiful art. In picking his equipment, he focused on all the technical doohickeys that make what he has great. Once he’s out in the wild, he gets caught up in the wonder of nature and records it at the rate of many frames per second. Then, he chooses which pictures of the many hundreds he took are suitable for publishing.

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Resilience and Crisis

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If you don’t have a spiritual practice in place when times are good, you can’t expect to suddenly develop one during a moment of crisis.

— Doug Copeland

All adversities are not created equal.

There are days when nothing really big happens, but lots of little stuff seems to get you down.

  • Your keys aren’t where they should be.
  • You have to drive back by the house to make sure that you closed the garage door.
  • Traffic is bad and you’re late to work.
  • In a meeting, you ask what seems to you to be a reasonable question and get a curt answer implying you should have known the answer.
  • On top of all that, you’re feeling out of sorts and less than grateful for your life and your job and you feel guilty about your lack of gratitude.

You might call these Continue reading » Resilience and Crisis

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Physically and Mentally Strong

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With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Are there things in your life that you’re tired of “dealing with?”

Have you wrestled with something most of your life and still not managed to conquer it?

The first thing that comes to my mind is the constant effort to get/be fit/trim.  It’s certainly something that many of us struggle with year after year.

I’m the kind of person who believes in possibility.  For years, if I had a problem, I believed that the way to solve it was to Continue reading » Physically and Mentally Strong

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Reach and Contain

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How well do you tolerate “not knowing”? Perhaps you’ll find courage in Erik Weihenmayer’s story.

The next time I’m flapping my face and wringing my hands (at least in my imagination) over a whole lot of uncontrollable unknowns, I’ll remember Erik Weihenmayer’s recounting of his conquest of Mount Everest’s summit:

…the fear of climbing blind comes when I’m reaching out to the darkness when I don’t know what I’m going to find…

As the first blind man to reach Everests summit, Erik pushed the limits of his fears and found the courage to embrace a new life.  Surely there are many lessons we can Continue reading » Reach and Contain

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”

Dave Barry

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