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Life is Full. Life is Tangly.

Use this intricate bundle to create more resilience in your life

Dr. Chris Johnson

Embodiment Teacher & Leadership Coach

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Often, we find ourselves rising to the challenges of the day, satisfied yet depleted. How can we stay engaged and rising, while sustaining our energies for the challenges of the current moment and beyond?

Cultivate Your Resilience.

Building the muscle of resilience is key to working with life’s never ending stresses.

A few key questions for self-reflection:

  • What kinds of events have been most stressful for me? What about them did I experience as stressful?

  • How have those events typically impacted me?

  • Who have I reached out to for support in working through a difficult time?

  • What have I learned about myself & my interactions with others during this time?

  • Have I been able to overcome obstacles, and if so, how?

  • What has helped me feel more hopeful about the future?

The good news: resilience can be developed through your intention and practice.

One essential practice is self-renewal.

Self-renewal involves an active commitment to build your capacity (muscle) to be with the stresses of life which allow a quicker recovery.

By definition resilience is, "the ability to bounce or spring back into shape after being stretched, bent, or compressed."

If you’ve ever felt stretched too far, bent out of shape, or pressed into a ball of roiling stress, you’ll know the internal longing to bounce back, to ‘feel like myself’ again. Yes?

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