The Nature of Gratitude

It’s springtime, and for many of us in the Northeast that means the return of color and light. Last month the trees were still bare showing gradations of gray bark. This week they are full of leaves, blossoms and brilliant shades of pinks and purples.

Increasing our awareness of beauty, and feeling grateful for it, increases our happiness. Observing and valuing the natural beauty of trees, mountains, water, and flowers elevates our mood and calms our anxiety.

Practicing gratitude helps us relish good experiences and feel positive emotions. Research in positive psychology tells us that gratitude practiced over time improves health and helps us deal with adversity.

Each fall we return to autumn colors and a majestic lake at the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Nature abounds at Kripalu and offers an incredible resource for renewal, for nourishing the body, soul and spirit. We are always grateful that we can do our program in this rich environment, and even though we work for the entire weekend, we return home feeling refreshed and renewed.

This year, The RESILIENCE Group is excited to be featured in the Only @ Kripalu on-line brochure, for our Quiet Your Inner Critic & Calm Your Anxious Mind workshop, September 20-22.

In this weekend workshop we will teach skills that help you:

  • maintain resilience
  • reduce anxiety
  • stay positive in the face of life’s challenges
  • shift self-doubt to self-support
  • build self-confidence

Join us this fall in gratitude for the beauty of autumn leaves and return home renewed and empowered.

Designed for the general public, Kripalu offers CE credits for social workers
Register at www.Kripalu.org or 800-741-7353
Photo courtesy of Kripalu.org

Walking the Spiral Path of the Labyrinth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout the 30 years of our partnership, we’ve studied the human spirit and what influences it to soar. We’ve delved into understanding the causes of shame, and what sets someone into a downward spiral and we’ve discovered the key to self-empowerment and how to elevate someone into an upward spiral.

Each fall we get to return to the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and bring this learning with us, updating our annual workshop Quiet Your Inner Critic & Calm Your Anxious MindWe also get to reconnect with the amazing nature at Kripalu – the majestic views of mountain ranges, the breath talking scene of the lake known as Stockbridge Bowl and the greenery surrounding the property.

This year we are particularly looking forward to walking their labyrinth. For over 4,000 years, labyrinths have played a role in calming worry and releasing stress. In times of upheaval, labyrinths have offered a place of refuge & renewal. Given our current state of uncertainty and stress, we appreciate the power of the labyrinth all the more.

Each time we walk the spiral path of the Kripalu labyrinth, our senses get opened up and we get to see things from a more hopeful perspective. Lara Tapper leads Labyrinth Walks at Kripalu and describes her experience of walking the labyrinth as “a chance to notice the changing seasons in the features of the landscape—and the vacillations in my own busy brain.”

The photo above is from the labyrinth at Kripalu. It offers a peaceful way to be with yourself and to be with the beauty of nature.

To learn more about Quiet Your Inner Critic & Calm Your Anxious Mind, our September 20-22, 2019 workshop, click below.

To read Lara Tupper’s article, Walking in Circles: The Lore of the Labyrinth, click here.

Register for the weekend workshop

Kripalu is known as a yoga and meditation retreat center, but it is much more. It’s a place to experience personal & professional growth in an atmosphere of beauty, relaxation and renewal. We are grateful to return for our 22nd year as presenters.

 

Creating an Inner Coach Stronger than the Inner Critic

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Creating an Inner Coach Stronger than the Inner Critic

A training program designed by The Resilience Group

Project managers have the hard job of dealing with a wide range of stressors, creative clients who want things their way, tight time lines, budget restrictions and at the same time, need to manage up, and manage down. It’s hard work.

When a manager’s core competencies are met with self-doubt, their power can be instantly diminished. When projects go south, or when a client is angered, or when feedback is critical, it is easy for even competent people to get triggered by the voice of an inner critic that creates anxiety and cramps creative problem solving. That voice says things like “I’m just not up to the job”…. or “they will finally find me out as an imposter” or “I’m just not smart enough.”

At The Resilience Group we believe that this negative self-talk is a major factor in sabotaging feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction. Most of the time the voice is selling false truths, fertilized by self-doubt, and not a reflection of actual skill and capability.

We have developed a training program that teaches the origins of the mind’s negativity bias, how the multiple variations of inner criticism negatively influence our emotional state and how this negative influence leads to a loss of confidence & courageous behaviors. Our Inner-Coaching Model™ for Resilience teaches specific strategies that help managers develop an Inner Coach stronger than the inner critic—an internal voice that can support confidence, boost resilience, refocus energy and move forward towards the next challenge.

For more information about The Resilience Group and a further exploration of how bringing our training to your organization can help, please contact either Beth or Jane.

 

The Resilience Group

Dr. Beth Weinstock, One Wynnewood Court, Narberth, PA 19072 bweinstock@comcast.net 610 664-2996

Dr. Jane Shure, 214 E. Gorgas Lane, Philadelphia, 19110, JKShure@comcast.net, 215 588-6914849-3153

The Person of the Leader: Becoming a Good Coach for Yourself

Good leadership involves the skills of thinking smart, making fast decisions, taking risks, being creative and maintaining resilience even when work is stressful. It involves not only managing tasks well, but managing oneself in order to be a positive influence on others.

We know that many leaders, even successful ones, can be bogged down by inner criticism and negative self-talk that says “I’m just not smart-enough,” “I’ll can’t manage the job,” or “what if I say something stupid and embarrass myself?” This self-defeating mindset increases our stress levels, thwarts courage, creates anxiety, dampens self-confidence and stifles strong leadership. It makes it hard for us to be good advocates for ourselves and also for those who report to us.

We can develop an Inner Coach stronger than the Inner Critic if we learn how to navigate our inner world skillfully – our inner world of thoughts, feelings and self-talk. When we are able to work constructively with our negative self-talk, we increase the likelihood of success for ourselves and our teams. While we cannot be immune to stress or setbacks, we can know how to adapt to new circumstances, align actions with the values of our workplace and make a difference as we move forward.

Inner-Coaching™ involves shifting from a negative mind-set to a positive mindset, the willingness to challenge our thinking when it might not square with reality, our knowing tools for best managing our stress, practicing ways to counteract the voice of the inner critic and using strategies that support us to stay resilient when things are not going our way.

The Path to Courage Requires Walking through Vulnerability

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In her bestselling book, Daring Greatly, Brene Brown explains that “you can’t have true courage unless you open yourself up to vulnerability.”  Like many others, Dr. Brown was raised to believe that “vulnerability was weakness.” Her social research of 18 years  has debunked that myth and led her to discover the keys to understanding how to “show up and be seen. To ask for what you need, to talk about what you’re feeling. To have the hard conversations.”

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