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Mindful : October 2019
Holding Steady When our inner resilience takes root, it allows us to empower ourselves, strengthen our communities, and lead more meaningful lives. Here’s what Mindful readers had to say about the role that resilience plays for them. For some readers, being resilient means they can FIELD STRESS- FUL SITUATIONS AND DIFFICULT EMOTIONS from day to day. For others, resilience comes up mostly in troubled times, enabling them to SURVIVE ADVERSITY OR TRAUMA. It can also include their readi- ness to ADAPT TO CHANGE and GROW STRONGER THROUGH LIFE’S CHALLENGES. MY HUSBAND. However dark the problem may be, he can see past it to the sunshine on the other side! MY MOM—she took care of my dad with Alzhei- mer’s, as well as other residents of the nursing home. She carried on with grace and strength, even after she lost her love of 65 years. MY DAUGHTER. I can’t believe how strong she is. No matter what life throws at her, she is able to look at it through clear eyes. A FRIEND WHO IS 35 YEARS SOBER. She has the skills and she practices them! ONE OF MY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, who has had to face one adversity after another. Despite continual set- backs, he keeps on track to achieve his dreams. ME, from years of coping, and my strong sense of duty to my family. MY SPOUSE. She puts up with me! Has mindfulness boosted your resilience? Who is the most resilient person you know and why? Are you part of a resilient community? What does resilience mean to you? 71% Yes, definitely 4% Not really “My friend has been a Wellness Specialist at a middle school for over 32 years, and still shows up with caring and laughter every day. She always fights for the kids’ needs and radiates a smile, even with all that she’s been through in her life.” 19% I’m not sure 6% I don’t practice mindfulness Yes 68% definition Resilience is the process of adapting well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or other sources of stress. It means “bounc- ing back” from difficult experiences. (Adapted from The Road to Resilience by the American Psychological Association) 32% No 6 mindful October 2019 the mindful survey