Resilience - Book Review

As we all know, life is not always smooth sailing. Sometimes unexpected events can provide rough waters to navigate that present themselves in a myriad of forms: natural disasters, car accidents, the death of a loved one or an unsettling medical diagnosis, just to name a few. While we can't control the waves of life, we can learn how to surf the waves and cope resiliently with any challenge that life offers. In Linda Graham's newest book, Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster, we are offered not only guidance and understanding but over 100 exercises to help us successfully navigate and surf the often turbulent waves of life.

Linda Graham, MFT, is a licensed therapist, author and teacher who integrates neuroscience, mindfulness and relational psychology to bring us valuable tools to build a resilient life. By training us and our brains, Graham states that she can help us learn to "respond skillfully to the most common and the most challenging external stressors."

Modern neuroscience is shedding new light on the ability of the brain to grow new neurons and create new neural circuitry throughout our lives. No matter what age, our brains have the capability to rewire old habits, behaviors, and responses to be more resilient and shift perspective to life challenging events. You might be familiar with the saying, "Neurons that fire together, wire together", by neuropsychologist Donald Hebb. This saying describes the way in which pathways of the brain are formed and reinforced through repetition. Graham states that "when we choose to cultivate experiences that that will create new patterns of circuitry in the brain, we are choosing to change our brains in ways that will change our lives for the better."

This is not the type of book that you read and set back on the shelf. This book is a companion to help you surf the sometimes surly waves of life. With 130 experiential exercises ranging from practicing Somatic Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Relational Intelligence, Reflective Intelligence and Full-On Resilience, readers will have the tools, as Graham says, "to cope resiliently, no matter what life may throw at us, no matter what level of disruption to our resilience we're facing...learning tools to create change leads to a realization that I can create change, and that leads to the view of the self that I am someone who can create change. That's empowering, and it's powerful." 

Learn more about this life changing title along with a valuable exercise offered in the book in the short interview below with author Linda Graham:

Order your copy of this powerful book here: Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster






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