We have two lives. The life we learn with and the life we learn after that. Suffering is what brings us toward happiness.
Bernard Malamud, “The Natural”
Mind Body Spirit Excerpt
If you think a well-toned, properly fueled body is the key to wellness, you’re right. To be more exact, you’re only a third right—because optimum wellness involves not just your body, but a solid balance between your mind, your body, and your spirit.
It all boils down to psycho-neuro-endocrine-immunology. That’s quite a mouthful—and chances are good that you’ve never tried to wrap your tongue around it before right now. Let’s make it simple: it’s a science that shows how your mind, body, and spirit are all linked together and how they help you resist disease and infection. And it might sound like a bunch of hocus-pocus, but some of the nation’s leading researchers and medical experts have put their enthusiastic stamp of approval on it.
Researchers and doctors all over the world have been finding success with mind-body-spirit therapies. It’s pretty exciting: as just one example, they’ve shown how changing up emotions can make a big difference in diabetes and improves things like cholesterol, glucose levels, heart rate, and blood pressure. They’ve also found that meditation dramatically impacts chronic pain, anxiety, and depression, in addition to bringing on positive changes in the brain.
Dr. Keith Karren
Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.
Resilient Journey Excerpt
Everyone alive has a story. Let’s look at yours and how you’re writing it this very minute.
You add to your story every day through the events that contribute new pages, new chapters, and even new characters to the stories that make up your life. Some of your stories are good. Others are funny or surprising or sad. Some might be devastating.
Some stories are brief: you inadvertently step in a mud puddle on your way to an important appointment or you receive a welcome phone call from an old friend. Others seem to drag on forever: you spend years in a successful fight against breast cancer or work for eighteen months to research a ground-breaking dissertation.
Some stories are planned: you set your sights on law school so you can be a prosecuting attorney. Other stories are unplanned: along the way, you discover that your passion really lies in doing legal research for an environmental agency, something that will never take you inside a courtroom.
Some stories are predictable: you carefully engineer all the connecting flights to arrive in Anaheim for a long-anticipated vacation at Disneyland. Other stories are unpredictable: two of your children come down with stomach flu before you’re even able to leave the hotel the next morning.
Resilience is the set of skills, the innate force within your soul that enables you to look those disruptions right in the face. Resilience empowers you to thrive through adversity, challenge, and opportunity. Resilience gives you the grit to grow, become wiser, progress, and increase your coping capacity every time your life gets disrupted.
Simply put, resilience is the part of your story that helps you stay on your feet, no matter what. But it’s more than that. Instead of simply staying upright, you become better. And through it all, you realize that becoming stronger and better is a choice, one you can make over and over, every single day, regardless of what is going on in that story of yours.
There’s a lot to be said for resilience. It’s the very process and experience of being disrupted by change, stressors, challenges, adversity, and opportunities. That disruption— and what you choose to do with it—is good, because in the end it makes you thrive.
Dr. Glenn R. Richardson
We all need resilience to live a fulfilling life. With resilience, you’ll be more prepared to take on challenges, to develop your talents, skills, and abilities so that you can live with more purpose and joy.
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