Why is it important to build resilience?

Posted: 25th June 2021

Having confidence in your own ability to cope with the stresses of life can play an important part in resilience. Becoming more confident in your own abilities is a great way to build resilience for the future. Meditation can be the answer to your challenges. Learn how to relax and unwind and to become the best version of yourself.

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This short meditation is an introduction to building resilience through present moment awareness. So what do we mean by resilience here?   Well, resilience is often defined as the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Being resilient doesn’t mean that people don’t experience stress, emotional upheaval, and suffering. Building resilience gives people the strength needed to process and overcome hardship.

This is a guided meditation which requires your total focus and awareness. To do this practice, find a safe, quiet space and give yourself permission to take five minutes completely for yourself, doing nothing at all that requires your attention.

Sit in a comfortable, dignified position in the chair with both of your feet firmly on the ground and your hands either in your lap or hanging down at your sides.  If you are happy and safe to do so, close your eyes, or simply lower your gaze.

Start this meditation practice by sitting in a safe space where you can be uninterrupted for a few moments. Breath normally, not trying to change your breath in any way. Some people like to close their eyes but if you feel this is not right for you, just keep them open. Perhaps lower your gaze instead. Simply be aware of the breath as it enters and leaves your body.

Sit in a chair with your feet on the floor and your hands hanging down by your sides.  Gently roll your neck so that it becomes relaxed – gently loosen your jaw – hunch up your shoulders and then carefully let them relax down…. notice how you feel at this moment?

It’s completely natural and normal that your thoughts will wander and stray away you’re your present moment awareness.  When they do, simply guide them back to focusing on noticing how you feel at this moment. What is there?  Don’t judge or try to engage with the feelings and any related emotions you have – simply be aware of them – and as you sit, move a little further from your thoughts and observe them – you are the witness of the thoughts – and not the thoughts themselves. 

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And as you sit, ask yourself with kindness and compassion, what do I need now?  What do I need? Name the qualities or things you feel you need.  It may be courage, strength, a long walk, patience, more sleep, a lightness of heart – simply name them in your mind.

Acknowledge these thoughts and sit gently with them for a few moments. This may have been a challenging practice for you today or not so much. Whatever your thoughts and feelings, acknowledge them and be assured you have gained some helpful self-knowledge during this practice.

Reflect for a few moments before stretching (and opening your eyes) on thoughts and feelings about this exercise.  Make sure your feet are fully grounded on the floor before you get up and resume your day.  Wishing you health and happiness

Through meditating, enabling yourself to cope better with different thoughts and emotions can bring you a feeling like no other. Build your inner strength and take the opportunity for self-reflection, learning and growth. 

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