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Building Resilience

Uncategorized May 09, 2020

In Mindfulness at Work and Home, I describe resilience as that which “prevents you from disappearing down a black hole, folding in and giving up when things go wrong. It moves you from passive to active. From victim to warrior – or somewhere in-between. Resilience is the grit that helps you to get up and carry on in the hope that things will get better. It’s the capacity to adjust positively to difficult life circumstances.”

The good news is that more than five decades of research show that resilience is highly trainable. Moreover, the practice of mindfulness impacts resilience as it helps us to find a place of calm within ourselves and to be more in touch with our motivations and intentions. In short, mindfulness helps us to pause, step back, reflect, shift perspectives, create options, and choose wisely.

Further Reading

This week, if you would like to read more about mindfulness and resilience, follow the links below.


Hardwiring Happiness – The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence by Rick Hanson

Resilience: How Your Inner Strength Can Set You Free From The Past by Boris Cyrulnik


Why Being Kind To Yourself Can Boost Resilience (see image below), Gillian Higgins, British Airways Cabin Crew Magazine, December 2019

Train Your Brain to Build Resilience by Linda Graham

How to Be a Resilient Parent by Mark Bertin

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Guided Meditation

Conscious Breathing Meditation by Gillian Higgins

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