I grew up in land that holds the memories of toil, labor, and grit. This land has fed my perspective on what inner work may require of you. Resiliency is the ability to stand unwavering in the face of adversity and have your own back.
“Whereas some dwell on the bright side of life, enjoying an exciting spectrum of contingencies, and get all the breaks, others live in the confined inner court of their being, cramped within the fence of their mind. Only imagination may arouse a spark of expectation, stir up resilience and create an equitable prospect.”
― Erik Pevernagie
You may wonder- Why are we talking about resiliency as it relates to inflammation, immune support and realization. The thing is they are deeply intertwined (isn't everything?!?). If we can cultivate and grow our perception of being resilient in the face of all that life throws our way we can shift outcomes mentally, physically and spiritually. The mighty oak tree comes to mind; conjuring the image of presence, being grounded, and knowing personal power/strength.
What is really interesting is that as we change our perceptions of self we can alter our physiology. Lantman et.al., (2017) demonstrated that by altering the perception of self towards a belief that you are resilient, participants were able to alter their perceptions of immune system strength and overall health. Through these perception changes the brain responds differently, neuroplasticity is established and we experience a new sense of ourselves. Equally, our bodies and emotions change to meet this new perception. The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton demonstrates that by altering how we think, feel, and act we can change our lives but also change our inherited epigenetic traits.
By no means is becoming resilient to your mental patterns, emotional reactions, or physical challenges easy work. It requires persistence, support, and awareness. This is a brave journey to embark on and one that can radically change your life.
My hope is that here and within Adapting Resiliently you will find resources and tools that aid you in the journey of becoming more resilient mind, body, and spirit.
Van Schrojenstein Lantman, M., Mackus, M., Otten, L. S., de Kruijff, D., van de Loo, A. J., Kraneveld, A. D., Garssen, J., & Verster, J. C. (2017). Mental resilience, perceived immune functioning, and health. Journal of multidisciplinary healthcare, 10, 107–112. https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S130432
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