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Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity ~ Available Now!

Now is your chance to learn about how to increase your resilience from the comfort of your own home!

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Recent research shows that we grow into our best and most joyful selves not when we avoid our problems but when we embrace them, confident that we are resilient enough to work through them to an appropriate resolution. Our problems are an important part of our path.

Resilience is our ability to physically, emotionally, and mentally bounce back from adverse circumstances. Without it, we would be down for the count every time we ran into a problem. Stuck in traffic and late for a meeting? It’s your resilience that allows you to make the necessary phone calls and keep moving forward, confident that you can handle this stressful situation as it evolves. Without it, you’d make a U-turn and give up. Recovering from the flu or recent surgery? It’s your resilience that helps you take care of yourself appropriately and look forward to a better future. Our capacity to thrive in life depends directly on our resilience.

In Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity, you’ll learn how all of our challenges—from everyday stresses to life-altering traumas—can bring wisdom and growth. In 17 fascinating classes and 7 “hands-on” practice sessions, you’ll learn about and experience the process of building the inner calm and clarity of mind that create greater resilience.

You will learn how to use and strengthen each of the eight themes of resilience, such as:

  • Your core values and purpose: the fundamental principles you base your life on and turn to for strength;
  • Finding meaning in adversity: moving from a victim mentality to a new paradigm of post-traumatic growth;
  • Equanimity: keeping your mind calm, even during challenging situations;
  • Self-care: maintaining your energy reserves by taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental needs;
  • Healthy coping skills: building your personal bank of coping skills such as humor, gratitude, deep breathing, good friends;
  • Positive sense of self: learning to build your inner authentic identity;
  • Support and connection with others: knowing you have a supportive group of people to connect to whether times are easier or more challenging; and
  • A proactive worldview: knowing you always have the power to choose how to respond to events around you.

You’ll not only learn about the components and importance of resilience, however, but you will also work hands-on to increase your own resilience with several classes devoted exclusively to guided practices, including:

  • Active and relaxing yoga poses to help you more clearly observe sensations of tension and release in your physical body, your feelings, and beliefs;
  • Yoga nidra to find safety deep within yourself;
  • Breath work to use your breath to calm your mind;
  • Techniques to promote sleep to maintain a healthy body and mind;
  • Mindfulness to observe the experience of your entire body and mind exactly as they are, without judgment; and
  • Evoking the relaxation response to trigger your body’s built-in relaxation response through the parasympathetic nervous system.

This course includes 24 classes — 16 lectures and 8 practices — that you can do at your own pace. They’re available as video downloads, audio downloads and in DVD and CD format! You can also download the course guidebook to further enhance your learning and use it to follow along with the rest of the course!

To sign up for this course today, visit

Molly Birkholm