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Blog - January 2015

Five Things Resilient People Do

This is a wonderful article about resilient people who able to bounce back and handle difficult moments. They lead from their strengths, are authentic, mindful, positive and willing to reach out to others for support.

Read more about what Kripalu Thrive in Healthy Living has to say about being resilient.

Someone Throw Me a Life Jacket! A Lesson in Leadership

"A Mindful Leadership Story by Meryl Moritz"

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” - Helen Keller

My parents fed and housed me but did not provide much guidance. Looking back, one memory in particular stands out: I remember my father tossing me into a pool and because I did not know how to swim I sunk like a rock. I was frightened and angry when my father fished me out laughing. I received the message loud and clear: figure it out myself and don’t ask for help.

Fast-forward 15 years. I’m now in my post-college life and living pretty much on my own. The idea of asking for guidance was the furthest thought from my mind. I participated in the era of drugs, sex and rock n’ roll, spent time with people who were going nowhere, and married the wrong man. As a result of my choices, my self-esteem suffered. I knew I needed a change, but given my history of not asking for help, I did not know where to turn.

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How to Deal with Emotionally-Charged Situations

"Non-Violence means cooperation when it is possible & resistance when it is not."
     – Inspired by the film Kundun about the Dalai Lama

A client recently shared with me that he was experiencing an emotionally charged and difficult situation with a direct report whose abrasive and disrespectful behavior was negatively impacting the team's morale and productivity. After discussing a few approaches, my client decided to use the following framework to prepare himself for the conversation.

Later on my client mentioned that answering the questions in the framework helped him get clear and grounded, and achieve the outcome he wanted. He also felt good knowing that he showed up kind and compassionate yet firm towards his direct report. 

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Not My Job

It's not my job to wake you up if you're asleep

My job is to do my thing

Dance my own dance

If you profit from it fine, if not too bad

                                     - Anthony de Mello

Out with Resolution; In with Intention

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”      ― Mary Anne Radmacher

2015 has kicked off and many of us feel inclined to set resolutions. But according to Forbes, 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions and only 8% keep them. So instead of setting resolutions, what if we were gentle with ourselves and committed to living intentionally?

Try thinking about how you want to “show up” each day. Each morning, set aside five or ten minutes to reflect on your intention for the day. That is…how do you want to “show up” for yourself, your family, friends, and co-workers?

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