Author Archives: Jerry and Debbie Sheridan

The Green Space Solution

People who are being damaged by stress are often in situations they see as unchangeable. Frequently they try meditation, take a Yoga class or go to lectures on dealing with stress. All of these can help, but let’s take another … Continue reading

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The Core Principles of Progressive Relaxation.

While preparing our previous post on using breath control to relax, we ran into some technical barriers to uploading one of our relaxation audios to the post. Rather than add delays to uploading the post, we decided to select from … Continue reading

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Breath Control to Shed Symptoms and Increase Resilience

In two earlier posts on tactical breathing, here and here, we discussed several ways to change your breathing patterns in order to deal effectively with events that are difficult or even terrifying. Today we will discuss chronic hyperventilation (overbreathing), a … Continue reading

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Yoga or Resilience Training: Do We Have to Choose?

What are the main differences between yoga and resilience training? Would it be a good idea to do both, or are they a bad mix? Around a year ago Debbie asked for a Yoga class as her birthday present. It … Continue reading

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Distractions Play a Central Role in Producing the Benefits of Meditation

When you meditate, your experiences fall into two categories : 1. The object on which you intend to focus, and 2. Distractions. Here we want to focus on distractions, particularly on where they come from and what you should do … Continue reading

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Clearing the Mind through Meditation

In this post we want to discuss mental changes that occur while and after meditation. The type of meditation you do is a factor in determining what happens, but there are many commonalities shared by various types of meditation. Relaxation … Continue reading

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Why Not Put Meditation Through the Ultimate Test? Try It Out!

Prior to the 1960s claims about psychological and, especially physical improvements from mind training practices, got about as much serious attention as claims that the earth is actually flat. A variety of influences encouraged those who are scientifically oriented to … Continue reading

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True Grit: a Remarkable Display of Resilience Guided by a Problem-Solving Attitude.

A recent article in the New Yorker was written by Jonathan Kalb, who, after a period of unexplained, severe headache woke up unable to smile on one side of his face. His face on that side just drooped, though he … Continue reading

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The Role of Resilience in Making Failure a Stepping Stone to Success

They say that “dog bites man” is not worth reporting, but “man bites dog” is newsworthy. Some of our blog posts started as cases of “man bites dog”.   After decades in which “positive thinking” was generally accepted, those posts took … Continue reading

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Anticipating Barriers as an Aspect of Positivity.

Should you do all in your power to block every negative thought from coming into your mind? Some people have argued that you cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought. A common refrain in our society is “Be positive!” … Continue reading

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