Resilience Training

Resilience Training empowers trainees to live as the highest expression of themselves in all aspects of life. In this respect, the goal isn’t to fix or change anyone, but instead to use tools, philosophy and daily practices to improve your ability to adapt to and bounce back from stress, adversity, trauma or tragedy, and live life from a place of wholeness, health, and inspiration.  

In order to do so, we must find ways to integrate life’s many facets while maintaining presence and clarity.  It is only when we learn to live in balance that we can achieve our highest potential and maximize our capacity to create impact in the world. Resilience training can provide this balance and the tools you need to meet life’s circumstances while maintaining your inner calm and clarity of mind. 

Objectives

  • Cultivate a personalized self-care practice.  It is important to realize that a sane, comprehensive, sustainable practice to care for your body and mind can’t be developed by reading the latest New York Times best-selling book or taking a weekend yoga workshop. Your health and wellness is a dynamic work-in-progress that requires heartfelt commitment, practice, and oftentimes personalized guidance.  Your self-care routine should be a functional system built on effective practices, with long-term goals, and that can be carried out joyfully and consistently. Each person and stage of life are unique, meaning our exercise regimens, yoga, and meditation practice needs to adapt in harmony with what is present.
  • Deepen yoga and meditation practices:  Ideally, our yoga and meditation practices should illuminate life with energy, enthusiasm, resilience, steadiness, and uncaused joy. That is definitely not everyone’s experience when they begin practicing yoga and meditation. Let’s be honest: sitting down to meditate can feel a lot like listening to the ‘Top 10 Playlist’ of the thoughts you can’t get out of your mind. But it is possible to move from plateaus and stagnation to deep connection and inspiration in your practice. It requires an understanding of the underlying mechanisms that lead to true fulfillment both on and off your yoga mat/meditation cushion. By always looking to deepen our understanding of these nuanced practices, we can integrate them more holistically into all aspects of life. Resilience Training can help you navigate the layers of consciousness with insights that transforms pain and frustration into peace, purpose, presence, and growth.
  • Refining one’s life’s purpose.  Discovering our ‘calling’ in life is a practice of deep, soulful listening to discover what wants to take life through us. It also a process that requires a conscious, intelligent, organized thought process and plan. Your ‘dream’ can become a nightmare if it is not thoughtfully conceived and carried out. Living a life of ‘dharma’ brings both our lives and the lives of those around us into harmony.  Resilience training helps people identify their deeper purpose in life and guides clients to realize their goals in sustainable ways amidst challenges that may arise along the way.  
  • Creating meaningful change in the world.  A fully self-actualized life includes creating a positive impact in the world around us. There are many ways in which we can create change: money, time, intention, goods and services. Yet how can we create the most impact when we give? What is it that actually creates change? How can we create not just short-term impact, but also long-term and systemic changes in the process? How can we raise awareness and inspire others to create meaningful change? How can we learn the most from the experience?  

Are these questions a part of resilience training?  Absolutely.

  • “Instead of feeling like there is something wrong with us, meditation makes us feel like there is something right with us.”

    Gilbert, Enduring Freedom Veteran
  • “Instead of listening to someone else, you can actually listen to yourself [during meditation]. Instead of constantly eliminating errors in my thinking, I naturally am finding that there is already a better way of being inside myself.”

    Peter, Vietnam Veteran
  • “Meditation makes me feel light again. I used to feel like this long ago. But then when the flashbacks would come, I silenced them with drugs and alcohol and darkness consumed my whole life...my wife, my kids, my job. Sitting in this class a few weeks ago, I had the realization that choosing darkness was my choice. So, I said to myself, why can’t I just choose light instead? Now when the feeling comes where I used to choose darkness, I sit down and I just do a little meditation. It’s going to take some time because I spent a lot of years choosing darkness. I feel like change is in my hands. Before I never had a tool of my own to deal with the flashbacks. Now I do.”

    Jon, Vietnam Veteran
Molly Birkholm