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It's Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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About the Author
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is an internationally known speaker in spirituality, integrative medicine, and the mind/body connection and has a doctorate in medical sciences from Harvard Medical School. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, the best-selling author of numerous books, and a journalist and radio personality.
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The book includes meaningful scientific research on resilience, hope and "hardiness." Several stories of people who've taken a cue from the economic changes and turned their life around, gave me perspective and made me feel empowered. "Discipline is remembering what you want," she quotes. That statement alone is enough to catapult me to the gym this morning.
I have tremendous respect for this woman. Borysenko is incapable of fluff. This is an important book to come out of Hayhouse, a balance to all the material that says to just think good thoughts and all will be well. This book helps you not only reframe your negative and stuck thoughts -- but also to act on them.
This book would make a great gift. It's not preachy. It's not fluff. It's extremely personal and moving, and it reads fast. The paragraphs are spaced nicely, like a gift book. It's not dense and scholarly, but it has scientific research to give it validity and pertinence. I marvel at how everything was pulled together -- words from the Dalai Lama on the same page as a reference to the Center for Purposeful Living in North Carolina. This is Joan Borysenko at her best -- brilliant and on the button.
Some important bits from the book:
-- the Dalai Lama's concept of "wise selfish"
-- positive (expanding) emotions vs. negative (constricting) ones
-- "helper's high"
-- details into the story of Captain Sully that weren't told at the time
-- several moving reflections on times in her life, including very recently, when she was angry at herself or dwelled in regret
-- pertinent and non-bossy action steps like "Quit arguing with reality" -- coming from a compassionate, honest author, I can take that!
-- "Acceptance isn't wimping out."
-- "Forgiveness is for the forgiver."
This book will do you good. I promise.
In the chapter on Optimistic Realism, she is very adept at explaining how these sometimes seeming opposites (optimism & realism) can go hand in hand and that one need not out trump the other. A lot of suffering in our lives occurs when we add judgment, blame, anger or "what ifs" and "why nots" on to an experience, especially one that was already painful. What we tell ourselves about events and moments in our lives, creates and conditions our future mind-talk and how we perceive, feel and ultimately act.
I especially appreciate the Afterword which is titled Just Do It! and includes some vital reminders on how to have more positive outcomes.
It's Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change has a deep resonance in my life and work and reaffirms similar responses and experiences from people I interviewed for my book Don't Just Sit There, Do Something! Grief's Wake Up Call.
My hope is that Joan will continue to write and share her wonderful gifts with us and strongly encourage people to get a copy of small, yet powerful and resilient collection of words.
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