The only constant in our lives is change, the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus once observed. And in a world that is now constantly changing faster and more dramatically than ever, there is a no more timely moment to become resilient, inside and out.
Resilience—the capacity to cope with change and rebound from adversity—is a skill that can be mastered no matter how old you are, no matter what your circumstances. Like any skill, it takes knowledge and practice. And the more you know and practice, the better you become.
Resilience inside—emotional and psychological resilience—requires that we learn from the past and change the way we think. The emerging science of neuroplasticity is showing us how, through mindfulness practices, we can create new and healthier neural pathways and behavior patterns in how we respond to the challenges in our lives.
Resilience on the outside involves preparing our homes, families, and communities to become more sustainable and self-sufficient in a world that’s facing increasing dilemmas in the economy, the environment, and in obtaining natural resources.
Grounded in both ancient wisdom and modern research, the two-pronged yet integrated approach presented in this workshop offers a vital set of practical skills to thrive in these often challenging times.
Through presentations, experiential practices, mindfulness instruction, and opportunities for questions, three leading researchers and proponents of resilience—Linda Graham, Chris Martenson, and Polly Young-Eisdendrath—show us how to not only maintain a level head every day of our lives, but also how to develop material resources and a personal action plan to help shape our future.