Stop Freaking Out!: Roll With the Punches and Bounce Back From Adversity

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Stop Freaking Out!: Roll With the Punches and Bounce Back From Adversity

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." Oliver Goldsmith.

We live in a high-pressure, fast-paced, and continuously changing world, in which life often seems to consist of one crisis after another. In order to thrive, we need to equip ourselves to face — and bounce back from — these challenges.

This quality of being able to roll with the punches is called "emotional resilience." It is the ability to adapt to stressful circumstances and crises. Fortunately, emotional resilience is a skill — or set of skills — that can be learned. On this 28-day meditation event we'll explore the skills that allow us to bounce back from adversity, and will learn how meditation can aid us in becoming more resilient and effective individuals.

Whether we are able to roll with the punches or whether challenges leave us demoralized and helpless is not merely a matter of inborn temperament, but of learned skills. Emotional resilience makes the difference between, on the one hand, reacting by being continually angry or throwing in the towel and, on the other, flourishing and adapting, coming out of challenges stronger than when we went in.

Course Benefits

On this event we'll learn how to:

  • Practice self-awareness, identifying what we're feeling.
  • Handle difficult feelings self-compassionately, without freaking out or running away in response to them.
  • Learn to keep problems in perspective.
  • Regard crises as challenges and opportunities, rather than insurmountable obstacles.
  • Accept change as a part of life, and not as an anomaly.
  • Focus on our strengths rather than our weaknesses, so that we nurture self-confidence.
  • Learn to look on past challenges in a more positive way — seeing how they helped us to grow.
  • Take care of ourselves physically, through healthy eating, resting, sleeping and exercising.

As a result you'll learn to feel more in control of your life, become decisive in difficult situations, and will not only be less afraid of challenges but will welcome them as an opportunity to grow.

This event is suitable for people of all levels of experience, including complete beginners — anyone in fact who wants to learn how to stop freaking out.

Course Format

Signing up for this event gives you access to:

  • Daily emails containing practice suggestions, reflections, and daily exercises.
  • Access to six guided meditations, ranging from 7 to 25 minutes in length.
  • Peer support and encouragement from the teacher in our friendly online community.

About the instructor

BodhipaksaBodhipaksa has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 30 years, and teaching for around 25 years. He formerly taught meditation in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Montana, and for several years ran a thriving retreat center in the Scottish Highlands. He is the author of more than a dozen books and audiobooks, and has been published in six languages. In 2001 he founded Wildmind, an online meditation center. He has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist order since 1993. He is originally from Scotland, but now lives in New Hampshire. He is the father of two children.

Scholarships are available

A limited number of scholarships are available for those who would like to participate but are unable to make a donation. If you would like to take advantage of one of these scholarships, please write to us:

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