Mindfulness: Building Strength of Resilience
There are many kinds of strength... across the entire mindbody.
Resilience is one expression of what we may refer to as "inner" strength. Dr. Andrew Weil defines resilience as the ability to adapt well to change and to deal with what life presents.
Resilience (and approaches to strengthen it) is currently receiving heightened attention in the hope of benefiting the physical and mental health of people of all ages (children, adolescents, and adults). Resilience is a current “buzz word” in education and society.
Change, the stress evoked, and our behavioral response, is a vital theme underlying mindfulness philosophy and practices.
Change may be perceived as positive or negative, desired or undesired. Change in any form can be stressful. In the event that change appears undesired such as disappointment, failure, sadness, loss, illness or even trauma – We might ask ourselves "What is our ability to "bounce back"... to be resilient?
Resilience involves thoughts and behaviors that can be learned, and strengthened.
Meditative practices affect the brain and the nervous system according to ongoing research of such neuroscientists as Dr. Richard Davidson and Dr. Antoine Lutz at the University of Wisconsin. They report that mindfulness practices can create lasting positive changes within our brain that reinforce resiliency.
A quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn:
"Ultimately the winds of life will blow. Meditation is knowing something about this and how to work with it."