This experiential workshop is saturated with brain-savvy resources for recovering resilience—our body-brain’s innate capacity to cope with the dilemmas and disasters of everyday life and restore vitality and life balance. Linda Graham guides participants through practical tools and techniques including resourcing through breath and movement; deepening emotional empathy and self-compassion; shifting perspectives through mindful awareness and reflection; expanding relational resonance and resourcing in community; and evolving consciousness toward compassion and connection.
Linda integrates recent discoveries from modern neuroscience with guided meditations and visualizations, experiential exercises and inquiry in dyads and small groups, and stimulating dialogue and discussions in large groups. Participants learn how to harness their own neuroplasticity to:
• Reduce stress, return to their window of tolerance, and restore well-being after overwhelm
• Activate the release of oxytocin, the hormone of safety and trust, bonding and attachment, calmness and connection
• Cultivate pro-social emotions to antidote the negativity bias of the brain
• Re-wire habitual patterns of response and resolve old traumas to increase adaptability and flexibility in coping strategies
• Recover social connectivity and replenish the wellspring of balance and wholeness
Participants can take home new understanding, new perspectives, and a new sense of competence to recover their own inner resilience.
Required reading: Graham, Bouncing Back: Rewire Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being.
Recommended reading: Hanson, Buddha’s Brain; Goleman, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships.