Lessons for living: Resilience

Lessons for living: Resilience

Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. We might think of resilience as being like ‘toughness’. It is the ability of something to be elastic and to spring back into shape. Think of a tree blowing in a storm – it bends but it does not break and...
Diversity: The basis of a system’s health and resilience

Diversity: The basis of a system’s health and resilience

If you were a farmer planting crops do you think it would make sense to plant all the same crops or to plant lots of different crops? Why? Well, let’s think about this. Before the Irish famine most of the people were heavily reliant on one crop: potatoes. So, what do...
Mobilising your resources in the face of challenges

Mobilising your resources in the face of challenges

A resource can be defined as: A source of wealth or support, an available means A feature that enhances the quality of human life A source of information or expertise Something one resorts to in times of difficulty A possibility of relief or recovery An ability or...
Sifting into the internal landscape

Sifting into the internal landscape

The art of resilience is learning to access and effectively use resources available to us when needed. In order to act resiliently and resourcefully we must first be in touch with what is happening so that we know what we need in each moment. We can be so busy that we...
The positive potential of everyday experiences

The positive potential of everyday experiences

We have within us the power to cultivate positive emotions and experiences in our everyday lives. We have the power to develop joy in ourselves in simple yet profound ways. So often we look to the big events in our lives to make us happy: marriage; career; family;...