resilience

rɪˈzɪlɪəns/
noun: resilience; plural noun: resiliences
1. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
2. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

About Resilience

Resilience is learning to cope with adversity in a way that helps us cope with future adversity.

Interest in psychological resilience has grown massively over the course of the last few decades. There has always been a realisation that some people are able to cope well with adversity where others, often in the same situation, fail to do so.
We all know someone who has experienced great hardship, or, we may have experienced that hardship ourselves. We also all know that people respond to adversity differently. Some people suffer greatly as a result of their experiences. Others take great hardships in their stride, seemingly without hesitation.
As a result of some great scientific research, there is a growing realisation that resilience can be learned. Resilience was, and sometimes still is, viewed as a concrete ‘character trait’. It is often thought of as something embedded in our genes or resulting from our upbringing. To some extent that is true, but it is now beyond doubt that resilience is also a learned skill.

We have discovered that we can learn how to cope with adversity.

Resilience is the ability to cope with adversity and hardship without learning unhelpful responses to future difficulties. Resilient people grow in their ability to cope as they encounter more adversity. They become tougher rather than more fragile.

The measure of our resilience isn’t just about how well we cope with an adverse event, it is more to do with how that leaves us equipped to cope with future adverse events.

Resilience in Context

In the 21st century, it is often the seemingly relentless repetition of repeated uncomfortable or difficult experiences that can eventually cause something to snap within us, often leaving us struggling to cope.

The present moment, for most people, for most of the time, is overwhelmingly good. If it is not good then at the very least it is usually quite neutral.
The problem is that many of us have learned habitually, to try to resolve future problems by overthinking. Instead of learning from negative past experiences and moving on, memories of difficult experiences can stay with us, often affecting our moods negatively for quite some time. This creates a vicious cycle of uncomfortable thoughts and emotions that over time, simply wears us down.

Mindfulness-Based Resilience training teaches a set of practices and techniques that enable us to experience the present moment without the burden of a painful past or an uncertain future. Experiencing mindfulness doesn’t mean we ignore the past or future by ‘zoning out’. What happens is that planning and thinking about the past and future becomes proportionate to its actual significance in our lives. We can become more aware of our mind’s attraction to worries and fears. We can observe our thoughts and emotions straying away from our present moment and in time, we can learn to return our focus to the present moment and to the task in hand.

Mindfulness-Based Resilience

Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training is a course that teaches mindfulness with a focus on the practices and techniques that will assist us the most in building resilience. It also teaches a repertoire of meditations and techniques that help us to find the positives in our moment to moment experience, leaving behind the worries and fears that may have polluted our life experience in the past.

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