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Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster Paperback – October 2, 2018

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Resilience is a truly comprehensive guidebook that shows you that you have everything inside you to skillfully meet all of life’s challenges, great or small, with a wise, kind heart. In her clear, well-researched style, filled with user-friendly exercises and practices, Linda Graham reveals how we can train our brains, our bodies, and our hearts to access our intuitive wisdom not only to get through the tough times but to grow and become more conscious in the process. A real gem!”
— James Baraz, coauthor of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness and cofounding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center

“This is a wonderfully comprehensive, hugely informative, engagingly written book. Linda Graham’s voice — personal, knowledgeable, confident, and inspiring — kept me reading as if it were a novel.”
— Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job

“Beautifully combining mindfulness and neuroscience, Linda has crafted what we always wanted: a guide for sane, serene living.”
— David Richo, PhD, author of How to Be an Adult in Relationships

“Easy-to-read and hugely informative. . . . Graham combs the research and her own trove of best practices to explain how anyone can become more resilient, no matter where they start from.”
Mindful magazine

“Linda Graham’s pioneering expertise on cultivating resilience has transformed countless lives. Now, in Resilience, she has compiled a clearly sequenced set of best practices that can guide us in finding freedom in the midst of life’s greatest challenges. Highly recommended!”
— Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“If you want the practical know-how to strengthen your ability to uncover resilience in any situation, I recommend diving into Resilience! Take your time with this, soak in Linda Graham’s practical strategies and wisdom, and make it a part of your life!”
— Elisha Goldstein, creator of A Course in Mindful Living

“Though we cannot control what happens to us, we can learn to respond in a healthier, more adaptive way. Perhaps more than any other book I’ve encountered, Resilience offers us the necessary tools to respond effectively to life’s challenges and strengthen the vital skill of resilience. With a treasure trove of practical exercises, this gem of a book provides us with a step-by-step guide to bouncing back from life’s struggles and creating lasting change. Writing with both expertise and immense compassion, Linda Graham has given the field and her readers an immense gift with this book.”
— Jonah Paquette, PsyD, author of Real Happiness and The Happiness Toolbox

“In this powerful book, Linda Graham shares remarkable insights, practical tools, and essential skills to learn how to navigate life’s challenges. She draws on a wealth of research, personal wisdom, and heartfelt compassion from her work as a psychotherapist to show how we can all develop this much-needed quality of resilience. I can think of no better guide for this important work.”
— Mark Coleman, meditation teacher and author of Make Peace with Your Mind and Awake in the Wild

“Even though we want life to be comfortable and pleasurable — and even though we often expect it to be so — life is often difficult, disappointing, and painful. (Darn it!) When things don’t go our way, we need specific skills and strategies to regain our balance and to keep ourselves from spiraling downward. This book is an essential reference and guide to developing those skills in ourselves and also in our kids (for parents) and clients (for coaches and therapists).”
— Christine Carter, PhD, author of Raising Happiness and The Sweet Spot

“Linda Graham’s years of experience and deep understanding as a psychotherapist and teacher shine through as she offers effective, easy-to-use tools to not only survive but flourish during difficult times.”
— Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and author of The Mindfulness Solution

“With over ten dozen practices and exercises, this book has what you need when things get tough, all in one convenient place. Look no further for the help you need to cope.”
— Kristin Neff, PhD, author of Self-Compassion, coauthor of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, and associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin

“Resilience is a powerful concept because it refers to our underlying capacity to meet challenging times with grace and skill. It’s pure denial to say, ‘Don’t worry, nothing bad will ever happen.’ We need skills for coming back from hard times, and that’s what this book is all about. So many of us today struggle to find emotional balance and to heal the web of our human connections in the face of increasing anxiety and disorder. This book, with its astonishingly wide range of resources, could not have come at a better time. Linda Graham is the ideal guide to cultivating resilience, a calm, wise voice speaking from the interface of science and compassion. This book has so many valuable tools!”
— Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD, CEO of Focusing Resources and author of The Power of Focusing

“In this generous book, Linda Graham offers a cornucopia of practices — 133 in all — to help people bounce back from hardship and cultivate emotional strength. She clearly understands the difference between a wobble and a wallop and has organized the practices to sensitively address diverse needs.”
— Christopher Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, codeveloper of Mindful Self-Compassion training, and lecturer at Harvard Medical School

“I offer a deep bow of gratitude to Linda Graham for her book Resilience, which provides us with an array of simple yet powerful experiential tools for growing and strengthening inner resilience — our innate ability to skillfully recognize, respond to, and bounce back from whatever life throws at us. Our ability to experience joy, love, and well-being depends on our possessing a robust foundation of resilient responses to the stressors we encounter throughout life. Linda offers us such a guidebook for life, one we should all have in our hands, one I now look forward to passing on to all my friends, students, and clients.”
— Richard Miller, PhD, author of The iRest Program for Healing PTSD

“What a treasure trove of useful and powerful practices to help us thrive! Linda Graham’s wise and practical approach to strengthening resilience guides us to recovery and renewed joy. Well organized and simple to learn, Resilience offers a remarkably powerful selection of tools for creating and enhancing our ability to navigate life stresses — from minor inconveniences to major tragedies.”
— Ashley Davis Bush, LICSW, author of Simple Self-Care for Therapists and The Little Book of Inner Peace

“Linda Graham’s warmth and compassion shine through in this wonderful and informative guide to strengthening resilience. She seamlessly weaves neuroscience into creative, easy-to-follow exercises designed to enhance emotional intelligence, neuroplasticity, social engagement, gratitude, and compassionate self-awareness. Clinicians and clients alike will greatly benefit from tools that include guided imagery, somatic resourcing, mindful meditations, journaling, and reconnecting with nature. I highly recommend this uplifting and inspiring guide! It’s a beautiful contribution to the self-help genre and the mental health field.”
— Lisa Ferentz, trauma therapy specialist and author of Finding Your Ruby Slippers

“In this empowering book, Linda walks you step-by-step through exercises that gradually rewire your brain and transform your sense of well-being. Practical and hopeful, this is a book that can change your life.”
— Laura Markham, PhD, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

“In this engaging and empowering book, Linda Graham teaches us how to respond to life’s inevitable challenges with strength, calm, and grace. Highly recommended.”
— Tim Desmond, author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy and The Self-Compassion Skills Workbook

“With Resilience, Linda Graham has surpassed herself. Bouncing Back, Linda’s first book, was superb, and this one is even better. It is self-help with the potential to really help. It also manages to be a page-turner for those of us who feel an urgency to better understand and navigate the human condition. Integrating the latest findings of contemporary psychology and neuroscience while drawing on the wisdom traditions of the East, Resilience offers the reader practical guidance, illumination, and inspiration. Perhaps what I most appreciate among the book’s many virtues is its utterly convincing optimism about our capacity as human beings to confront suffering and, in the process, change ourselves for the better.”
— David Wallin, PhD, author of Attachment in Psychotherapy

“A powerful and practical path for empowering your brain, body, and spirit to bounce back from any challenges in your past, present, or future.”
— Chris Willard, author of Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety and coauthor of Mindfulness for Teen Depression

“Most of us face the challenges that life brings our way by just trying our best to get through. But what would our lives be like if we could not merely survive in the face of adversity but actually thrive? In this amazing synthesis of cutting-edge science, practical wisdom, and compassionate guidance, master teacher Linda Graham shows us how to do just that. Join her on a comprehensive journey of personal transformation that will rewire your brain, restore your well-being, and revitalize your life. No doubt you will be all the better for it.”
— Ronald J. Frederick, PhD, author of Living Like You Mean It

“Linda Graham combines her wealth of knowledge of ancient practices and neuroscience with years of clinical work to create a masterful guide to building flexibility and stability — qualities essential to resilience. Resilience offers a rich array of practices for navigating both the ordinary and extraordinary challenges of being human. Linda’s wisdom in crafting a pathway to resilience is woven into every page. I encourage you to take the journey with her.”
— Deb Dana, author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy

“Linda Graham has created a beautifully organized book with an array of over 130 carefully constructed exercises to change the way our brains operate. Reading the book will help — but practicing the exercises is what will really set this book apart from the rest.”
— James Bennett-Levy, professor of mental health and psychological well-being at the University of Sydney

Resilience is an excellent addition to the growing field of resilience principles and practices. Linda Graham has written an extremely practical, grounded book that will serve both practitioners and laypeople alike. I highly recommended it as one of the most thorough books on the subject.”
— Daniel Ellenberg, PhD, Rewire Leadership Institute

“In Resilience, Linda Graham walks us skillfully to the edges of our struggles, where resilience is patiently waiting if only we know the path. This book shows us the way, as Linda brilliantly offers practical tips and creative ideas to rewire our brains for inner calm and wise action. I will come back to this resource over and over again for my personal life and work projects.”
— Michelle Gale, author of Mindful Parenting in a Messy World

“We all want and need to be resilient; the question is, How do we become more so? Linda Graham’s Resilience guides us with wisdom, kindness, and gentleness through a rich and detailed process that is sure to enhance not only our resilience but also our vitality and well-being. Make sure to take advantage of this remarkable theoretical and practical resource!”
— Anat Baniel, founder of Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® and author of Move into Life: NeuroMovement for Lifelong Vitality and Kids beyond Limits

“With humor and intelligence, Linda Graham masterfully weaves together neuroscience, psychology, and contemplative teachings to create a wise and immensely practical set of tools for everyday people to meet adversity with wisdom and compassion.”
— Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of Mindful Games and The Mindful Child

About the Author

Linda Graham, MFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and mindful self-compassion teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She integrates neuroscience, mindfulness, and relational psychology in her international trainings, conferences, workshops, and webinars.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New World Library (October 2, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1608685365
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1608685363
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.05 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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Linda Graham, MFT, is an experienced psychotherapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology into her nationwide trainings. Her monthly Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness e-newsletters are archived on

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What a gift to have such a trustworthy guide on this journey of strengthening resilience. Linda Graham has dedicated herself to bringing forth research and resources that actually deliver what is promised. Her book is well-organized and easy to access for quick inspiration or to guide clinicians.
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