March 2010

Resilient woman photojournalist Margaret Moth who died this week of colon cancer

The resilient woman embodies a tenacious spirit and embraces life in the face of trauma, losses and transitions. She lives a courageous life with a vision of purpose, meaning and fulfillment.

The inspiring and fearless photojournalist, Margaret Moth, who recently succumbed to cancer, embodied the spirit of a resilient woman. Pictured here with her camera, Moth embraced adventure and making a difference in the world.

How does one develop the capacity to become resilient when it does not come naturally? Most of us need to learn certain skills and strategies to develop resiliency. [click to continue…]

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Jill Karp sitting on a deck

Jill Karp lives a life filled with purpose, love and adventure. “I’m never fearful of what’s next,” Jill explains. “I’m more excited about what comes next and I feel strongly that until you close one door, it’s really hard to wholeheartedly open another. Change doesn’t bother me.” It is no wonder then that this resilient wife, mother, entrepreneur and world traveler has embraced the transitions in her life during the past couple of years, trading ballet recitals for squatting in Third World huts.

What motivates Jill to create this kind of impact on others and give back in such a deeply committed way? [click to continue…]

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Post image for The Resilient Woman: Part 1

How is it that one woman juggles her kids, job, home and relationships without succumbing to the pressure, while another woman with similar circumstances is ready to blow at any given moment?

Resiliency is the difference – not just in the way we manage stress, but also in our ability to find balance and happiness more consistently. [click to continue…]

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Creative Brain

“I’m such a loser.” “I look fat.” “Why do I always say so many stupid things?” Lisa repeatedly put herself down and reported feeling increasingly despondent when things went wrong. For years she thought of her life in the most negative light and, not surprisingly, was becoming increasingly anxious.

Lisa judged herself harshly for her parenting skills, saying she was a terrible mother especially when conflicts arose with her teenage son. Social situations were also challenging and Lisa often berated herself afterward. [click to continue…]

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Diverse group of people holding hands in a circle

Did you know that the average age of an adventure traveler is not a twenty-something year old male, but rather a 47-year-old female? According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association, fifty-two percent of adventure travelers are women and those numbers are rising rapidly.

As women become more powerful in the workforce, they are also finding themselves interested in compelling philanthropic travel adventures around the globe that help improve the lives of others. [click to continue…]

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Lonely tree silhouette

Maggie, a single thirty-six year old teacher, began each school year feeling energized and optimistic. Once daylight savings time arrived, her mood spiraled downward. Invariably in the weeks following the winter break Maggie’s energy dragged. It became harder for her to get out of bed in the morning and her enthusiasm for work subsided.

Maggie told me she hibernated in the winter. By each February her level of fatigue felt deep and relentless. Her social life suffered to the point that she did not attend social activities because getting together with friends required too much effort. She essentially isolated herself during the darkest months yet felt deep pangs of loneliness. [click to continue…]

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Woman dissatisfied with distorted image of rear end in mirror

What woman has not struggled with her own complicated feelings about her body image and self esteem? The pressure to look a certain way is so deeply embedded in our collective psyches that we forget about the media’s hypnotic effect on our self perception. Instead we have internalized the notion that we are fat, misshapen, sagging, wrinkled and flawed. Looking in the mirror becomes inextricably intertwined with lowered self-worth.

“Images of female bodies are everywhere. Women – and their body parts – sell everything from food to cars. Popular film and television actresses are becoming younger, taller, and thinner,” according to the Media Awareness Network. [click to continue…]

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How to create the practice of mindful walking:

  1. Pay attention to standing on both feet
  2. Notice the contact your feet are making with the ground.
  3. Take a few abdominal breaths.
  4. Begin walking slowly with awareness.
  5. Observe the action of the feet as they move and connect with the ground.
  6. Think about ‘heel’ and ‘toe’ or ‘stepping’ and ‘placing down’ as you transfer your weight through each step.

Mindful walking works particularly well for those who find it difficult to sit and meditate. The benefits are comparable. Like the sitting meditation, this technique helps develop heightened awareness, suppleness of the mind, and a greater sense of well-being. Choose a safe, ideally uncrowded place of natural beauty.

Practice several times daily

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Photos directly above by Laura Bergstein, all rights reserved; Portrait Photography of Dr.Randy Kamen by Janet Wolbarst Photography www.janetwolbarst.com