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.
This week, if you would like to read more about mindfulness and resilience, follow the links below.
The theme of this week’s “Mindfulness at Home” session is self-compassion. To read more about the practice and the seminal research work of Dr Kristen Neff, see the links below.
Dr Kristen Neff
To find out more about the work of Dr Kristen Neff, click here.
The Transformative Effects of Mindful Self-Compasion by Neff and Garner. Click here.
Self-compassion practices to Deepen Your Resilience by Linda Graham. Click here.
To follow a Loving-Kindness meditation, click here.
Mindfulness at Work and Home
To find out more about “Mindfulness at Work and Home” published by RedDoor Press last year, click here.
Image courtesy of Alisa Anton at Unsplash
On Tuesday 5th May, I will be looking at the interplay between mindfulness and self-compassion. What does it mean to be kind to ourselves and how can this help us in our daily lives?
To reserve a space, simply register here:
I look forward to seeing you there!
Recognising and taming the inner critical voice is not an easy task - cultivating mindfulness however can help.
To find out more about this subject, here are some reading suggestions and a guided meditation to get your started.
Article: “Living With, and Loving, Your Imperfect Life”
In a recent article entitled "Living With, and Loving, Your Imperfect Life", Mark Bertin explains the inner critical voice, the impact it can have on daily life and how mindfulness meditation can help us to gain space to respond, rather than knee-jerk react to challenges that arise:
"The Inner Critic is a particularly draining mental pattern. Like a playground tyrant, it’s an unrelenting heckler. It insults and judges mostly without reason—You’re not good enough. You should have done X or Y but definitely not Z again. Why do you bother? You’ll never get it right.
That voice is not about improvement, making amends, or fixing what needs...
In this week’s Mindfulness at Home Zoom session, I will be speaking about how mindfulness can improve our ability to focus and make better decisions. Here are some useful links to explore further:
Meditation Leads to Better Decision Making by the Mindful Team: http://www.mindful.org/meditation-leads-to-better-decision-making/
Three Ways to Focus the Wandering Mind by Daniel Goldman: https://www.mindful.org/three-ways-to-focus-the-wandering-mind/
This week’s guided meditation is ‘Arising Sounds and Thoughts’ which you can access here: https://www.practicalmeditation.co.uk/podcasts/2018/10/2/arising-sounds-and-thoughts-meditation
This week’s poem is The Orange by Wendy Cope:
At lunchtime I bought a huge orange—
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.
And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.