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Resilience

We need to listen to our hearts more and to our heads less.

The Core Arboretum on the campus of West Virginia University

I have blogged on the impact of mindset, perception of stress, childhood traumas and strength of connections and purpose on one’s health.

These conditions drive fear, isolation and fragmentation. Over long periods, these negative factors accelerate biological age and cause illness.

What is the solution? How do we restore our health?

I think the answer is resilience, the ability to bounce back. To look at life in a trusting and abundant way. To see life as an adventure to be embraced, instead of a dangerous journey to be feared.

It is important to cultivate the belief that if one door shuts, another opens.

Steve Jobs referred to resilient people in his famous video, “The Crazy Ones.” 

Jobs talked about the few who dare to think differently and dream of a better world. He said they are called misfits, troublemakers and round pegs in square holes. But they relentlessly move toward their dream, even in the face of great doubt and negativity. 

He called them the Crazy Ones and suggested that people who dare to change the world are the ones who do.

I dream of a world in which we collectively approach each day with the perspective and wonder of a child. In this dream, we stop taking everything so seriously and fearfully.

We rediscover great friends, great adventures, wonder, joy, fun, beauty and creativity. We live in the moment. We don’t worry so much about the past or future. We flow in the current of our lives, as opposed to furiously paddling against the current.

We listen to our hearts more and to our heads less.

We appreciate our abundant gifts, as opposed to feeling isolated and scarce.

We separate the noise of our lives from the precious signals being sent out from those we love and care for, and from the world itself.

Would it be so crazy to simplify our wants and discover what is really important?

I think this approach breeds resilience.

Focus on our gifts and realize that our very life is a miracle.

Appreciate health, friends, family and beauty. Be grateful.

It is up to each of us.

To find our tribe or community.

To have a deep purpose.

To change the world for the better.

And as we move to this state, we become healthy and whole.

I will finish this blog by sharing one of my favorite videos – “Gratitude,” by Louie Swartzberg.

Namaste.

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