Please join us Monday, June 17th at 5pm Pacific for a dialog entitled “Resilient Consciousness in Turbulent Times” with Linda Graham, author of the new book, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being.
Linda is passionate about distilling the implications of modern brain science, Western psychology and Buddhist contemplative practices into skillful high-leverage guidance. She helps people find the openings that allow them to shift out of old patterns of response to life events – what she calls neural “swamp” or neural “cement” – to more flexible, adaptive patterns that lead to more authentic resilience and well-being.
Linda defines “resilience” as the inner capacity we cultivate to meet the flux of external events, whether the external events are good news or bad news. Our ability to access the inner resources we need to respond skillfully—with consciousness and compassion, a moral compass, and flexibility of action—is what determines how resilient we’ll be when we get “hit” by life events, and how effective our actions will be in the world.
Many of the recent discoveries of modern neuroscience illuminate how neurological capacities for resilience—our ability to navigate the twists and turns of our personal and collective lives, to cope with everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters, to bounce back from the terrible—develop in the first place. And that illuminates how those capacities can become derailed by stress or trauma, and what practices we can use to rewire our brains to cope more resiliently again, and even strengthen the structures of the brain that do that rewiring.
During our dialog, we’ll make inventive and elegant use of one of the most useful neuroscientific discoveries of the last ten years: the empirical validation that neuroplasticity—the capacity of the brain to grow new neurons and to create new connections among those neurons—is lifelong. Because it is experience that kindles the brain’s neuroplasticity, when we know which experiences will best catalyze the growth of new more resilient patterns of response flexibility in our turbulent times, we can use self-directed neuroplasticity to rewire our brains for more skillful coping, more well-being, more flourishing, for ourselves and others.
This is the foundation of all work that “uses the mind to change the brain to change the mind”. What’s unique about Linda’s approach is her precise, gentle, skillful way of making these principles vivid and experiential.
Modern neuroscience has shown that mindfulness practice and empathic resonant relationships are two of the most powerful agents of brain change known to mankind. When we intentionally cultivate our capacities to pause, notice and accept our experience with compassion rather than judgments, see clearly our experiences and our reactions to our experience, and dis-entangle our “self” from our experience, we can shift perspectives, discern options, and choose new options wisely, while strengthening the structures of the brain that allow us to do so.
When we attune to, empathize with, and have compassion for the pain and suffering inherent in the human condition, in times of turbulence or relative peace, we create a neural receptivity in the brain that allows us to reach more collaborative solutions to the problems of our times.
Linda’s resiliency work uses an integration of tools and techniques drawn from Eastern wisdom traditions and from Western psychology, summarized in the 6 C’s of coping: calm, compassion, clarity, connections to resources, competence, and courage. All 6 C’s are the essential platform to move our resilience beyond our personal self to become effective agents of change in the world.
About Linda Graham
Linda Graham, MFT, has been an ardent practitioner and facilitator of personal growth and transformation for more than 20 years. As an experienced psychotherapist-consultant-trainer and meditation teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, she integrates the teachings of modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and contemporary Western psychology into her nationwide trainings and workshops and into her monthly e-newsletters Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness, archived at www.lindagraham-mft.net.
Linda’s passion for integrating the paradigms of modern brain science, Western psychology and Eastern contemplative practices is distilled into skillful guidance that helps people shift out of old patterns of response to life events – neural “swamp” or neural “cement” – to more flexible, adaptive patterns that lead to more authentic resilience and well-being.
Her book, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being (New World Library, 2013) offers dozens of experiential exercises that lead readers into the six C’s of coping: calm, compassion, clarity, connection to resources, competence, and courage. Readers learn to navigate the storms and struggles of life more quickly, more adaptively, more effectively, especially in turbulent times.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Monday, June 17th @ 5:00pm Pacific*; 6:00pm Mountain; 7:00pm Central; 8:00pm Eastern
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Please Note: There will be a limited number of lines available on the live conference call, so we encourage you to listen online if possible. To make sure you can get through by phone, we encourage you to dial in early.
- To listen live by phone, dial: 206-402-0100 (alternate #: 501-707-0312)
- Then, enter Access Code: 272072#
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- To download the audio after the teleseminar is complete go to the Beyond Awakening Audio Page
Join the Dialogue: About one hour into the dialogue, we’ll open up the lines and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with us directly over the phone or via instant message. Here’s what to do:
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We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team