Resilience Factors: Living Self, Part 4

Summaries of the presentations and my personal reflections on how to successfully bounce back from setbacks.

Notes by Sang H. Kim, Ph.D.

I blog about them as a series. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Living Self Now

Resilience mbxAs I move along, I remember the presence of my feet, arms, and the lungs and heart, and how they are related to my presence. With that awareness comes what constitutes a sense of me that anchors a sense of life deeply in the living me. A very simple feeling of being in the moment as I stand. But it means everything to me, because from where I stand I freshly feel the connection to everything.

Simplicity Reveals

The crucial benefit of regaining the simple feeling of being is that the moment I get there I no longer need to be elsewhere. Sensing the combinations of cyclic fluctuations of strong and week pulses in the body brings me back to reality of being ‘here and now’. This shields me from falling into abstract ideas such as fear or worries.

Fear inside, when it stays static too long, becomes the pocket of a death zone. To stay is to limit your mobility. Paralysis follows. To escape, keep moving, no matter how small the movement is.

Escape from Fear

Living is an earnest and resilient process in nature. We often forget that and become the victim of our own delusion. Living presupposes experiencing a wide range of fluctuations of feelings. Being stuck with one aspect of it deprives our freedom to live.

Resilience is a skill to counter-freeze ourselves from fear and immobility. Where there is action there is the seed for resilience. Actions are what connect us with the beings that we are unaware of, yet present in and out of self.

Through the cyclic processes that action creates, we learn. We interact with ourselves, the body and brain, and others and the environments, with openness, without concerns, as we experience while engaging. Importantly we also develop integrity of our body that dynamically interacts with the brain. And that integrity keeps us strong and efficient and resilient.

Resilient Brain

Resilience is an ability to roll with setbacks and respond with renewed vigor. Thus we make the best of ourselves in a given situation. In doing so, we experience reciprocal interactions between our perception and the stressors.

In the absence of interactions, we become isolated and a victim of ambiguous fear. Actions on the other hand occupy the fear-ridden brain.

Actions thus unleash the innate functions of the brain and open the door for renewed perspectives and possibilities to a fresh start.

To be continued…

Resilience Building for Performance is a science-based experiential training strategy for stress resilience. It consists of a 60-minute presentation and 20-minute hands-on MBX-12 practice modified for agents working in the field and office. This and following blogs are the partial summary of my recent presentations for Leadership Training Programs for law-enforcement and security agencies and educational institutes in the US, UK, Ireland, and Korea.

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