Bouncing Back

Resiliency is an essential tool in the attainment and on going experience of happiness. The importance of resiliency can be seen in the stories and traditions handed down from parent to child in all cultural and faith traditions. Stories such as “The Little Engine who Could”, “Tortoise and the Hare” along with modern day Disney classics, highlight the principle of resilience.

The following are definitions which capture this traditional wisdom of resiliency;

  • the positive capacity of people to cope with stress and catastrophe
  • recovering readily from adversity, depression, or the like

There is another definition however, which spoke to me of a maturing experience of resiliency:
Capable of returning to an original shape or position, as after having been compressed

In this definition, “original shape” speaks to me of our authentic self – our compassionate, balanced, and divine nature. Resiliency then, is to embody the authentic self (compassionate, loving) all the while being “compressed” or in other words – when life pushes in.

To embody our authentic self is to be connected to our divine nature and to see the world confidently and securing from a vantage point of love. The world with it’s fear and drama can push against our bubble of truth – but we return in each moment to our “original shape”.

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