How do you cope when confronted with adversity? How do you adapt when things don’t go your way?
Why do some of us spiral into hopelessness, stuck and paralyzed by fear?
Why do some of us recover quickly, shifting perspectives to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that often spring from such situations?
The word Resilience was first used by Francis Bacon, an influential philosopher and science practitioner, in 1627 and is defined by the Oxford English dictionary as "the action or an act of rebounding or springing back; rebound, recoil.”
This scientific principle was later borrowed by psychologists who defined it as a “positive adaptation during or following an event of significant adversity or stress.”
So is resilience this magical quality belonging to only some people, allowing them to come back stronger than ever after being knocked down by life?
Does this mean that the rest of us are doomed to helplessly lay down battered and bruised on the battle-field of life?
Resilience is a life skill and skills can be learned.
This course will help you understand how to adapt, thrive and grow from difficult experiences and find a renewed place of strength to help you deal with similar situations in the future.
When you are more stable, it allows others to feel more at ease. You can regulate your emotions better and be with others in beneficial ways and act with more wisdom and compassion.
You will learn to:
The sessions are short, practical and arranged in easy-to-manage sequences:
Session 1: Grounding in Presence
Difficulties happen, it’s part of being human. When we are faced with challenges it’s not uncommon to get anxious, jittery, and upset. When this happens, it helps to ground ourselves. In this session, we’ll be introduced to a grounding practice that helps move attention away from thoughts into the body so that we become more settled. Alongside chaos, we can find a steadiness within us.
Session 2: Understanding Stress and the Caregiving System
It is completely normal to experience stress in the body when we feel threatened (physically or mentally). We have evolved to survive and when the threat response system is activated, stress hormones are released into our system. Good news is that we also have evolved a caregiving system. When activated, this system releases oxytocin and endorphins, reducing stress and increasing the feelings of safety and security. In this session, we will explore how we can activate the caregiving system.
Session 3: Turning Towards Difficulty
Emotions are motions that move through the body. In this session, we explore difficult emotions that cause us pain. We will experience two techniques that help us be with our emotions and not get overwhelmed by them: ‘Name it to tame it’ and ‘Feel it to Heal it’.
Session 4: Noticing Thoughts
Our thoughts can often make life wonderful or miserable. If we come to understand thoughts for what they are - mental events that pass through the mind - then we have the possibility to change our relationship to those thoughts. When we step back and observe our thoughts, they lose their grip on us. We cannot control what thoughts arise, but we can choose how to respond.
Session 5: Remembering what is Important
What we pay attention to is as important as HOW we pay attention. We may want to bring certain qualities into our lives (e.g.: to be more open, curious, patient, or courageous), but because of our lifelong habits it can be hard to remember. Physical gestures can remind us what is important. They help make the intangible tangible. We’ll explore gestures that may help you remember what’s important as well as encourage you to create ones that work for yourself.
Siri was born and raised in Bangkok, to Californian parents. She is a Thai & American citizen and spent 15 years teaching in international schools in Thailand and Bolivia.
She first started practicing Mindfulness in 1988. Having experienced its benefits and realizing the need for it in our increasingly stressful, busy and technologically distracted society, she decided to bring Mindfulness training to children, teens and educators. From 2012 to 2017, she spent most of her time teaching Mindfulness courses at a variety of schools in Bangkok and Bali.
In the summer of 2017, she moved to Pranburi, Thailand where she continues to teach in retreat settings to small groups, privately and online. Her course participants include corporations, university students, athletes, parents and their children, and the general adult population. Her genuine kindness and personal experience of the benefits of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) infuse her courses with a special touch.