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R is for Rhiannon – Resilient Regal Goddess

Rhiannon Helps Naturally Beautiful Women to Heal

Rhiannon is the Celtic Goddess of Resiliency who overcame tremendous hardships – she was falsely accused of killing her son – to rise up and become the Goddess of Inspiration who reminds us of our power and instills in us the knowledge that forgiveness can transcend injustice. She reminds us that we can overcome the trials that we are forced to face, that we can be glorious and goddess-like even when it all seems doomed to failure.  Rhiannon is the source of creativity for musicians, writers and artists who need to reach deep inside to find the sources of their creative expression.

To invoke the power of the Goddess Rhiannon in times of loss or grief, light white or gold candles.  Purify your space with incense of cedar or sandalwood.   Take some white flower petals and think about the issue – loss, grief, illness, disappointment.  Focus your negative energy on the white flower petals and place them into a bowl of water while saying the following:

         “Rhiannon comforts me in my time of grief/crisis/illness and gives me the strength to let go and move on. I now let go of (whatever it is you are struggling with).

 Great Goddess, remind me that my life and its struggles are both meaningful and rewarding.

Lend  me your ability to recover from setbacks, Rhiannon, so that I can move forward to the next challenge in my life.

Many thanks to youtube.com for sharing this wonderful video of Stevie Nicks singing “Rhiannon.”  In Stevie’s own words, she gives us true understanding of the power of the goddess Rhiannon,  “I think I attribute it [her success]to the fact that I am not and never have been a quitter,” says Nicks. “I do not walk away in the face of adversity, and I never have. “

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R is for Resilience and Recovery –

Thank you Dr. Seuss

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you. You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch. You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump. And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

When everything goes wrong, what can we naturally beautiful and wonderful women do?  I could come up with a bunch of cute little slogans and wise witty words, but I’ll leave those to Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel).  He was a really great example of resilience.   And To Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, his first book, was rejected by close to 30 publishers. He thought about burning the book and giving up, but lucky for us, he didn’t stop trying to get it published and eventually it was.  He went on to publish over 40 books and to sell over 250,000 of them!

So if you’re not the Lorax or the Cat in the Hat, what can you do – especially when you’re all alone with no one to help and no one to be there to comfort you and console you?  Scream.  Yell.  Curse everyone and everything.  Cry.  REPEAT.

And then pick yourself up and dust yourself off and start all over again. (It stinks, my friend, I know – but maybe just for a minute you can smile!)

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R is for Resilience – Rosie had it and so do we!

Rosie was Resilient

A lot times, people ask you to describe yourself in a few words.  For me, those words would have to be “smiling,” “cheerful,” “romantic,” and most of all, “resilient.”

Resilience is the ability to cope with change, to recover after failure, to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and get on with life in a good way.  I’ve had to do all of that in my life.  We’d all like to have it easy, right?  But life isn’t always easy, and developing resiliency skills can have a huge impact.

I know a lot of people who have never suffered adversity in their lives and just go hummingly along without a care in the world.  And then – WHAM!  Smacked in the face with one of life’s inevitable problems – like illness or bankruptcy or divorce or, in today’s world, unemployment or foreclosure.  And these people who have hummed along have no resources to call upon, no frame of reference to realize they can and will get through to the other side.  They are devastated by some of the tiniest problems and angry and unable to deal, so they dwell on problems, feel victimized, become overwhelmed and turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms.

I, on the other hand, have struggled many times and recovered many times and have faith that I can roll with the punches and be resilient enough to meet almost any challenge.

See:  R is for Resilience – you Really can Recover!

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R is for Resilience – you Really can RecoveR

 

Resilience is Important for Natural Health

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me”!     DR. SEUSS

10 Steps to Developing Resiliency

1. Make and keep connections with family, friends, and groups

2. Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems.

3. Accept that change is a part of living.

4. Move toward some realistic goals and take at least small steps every day to reach them.

5. Take decisive actions. Finish what you have started.

6. Look for opportunities for self-discovery.

7. Nurture a positive view of yourself. Don’t expect perfection from yourself, or anyone else.

8. Keep things in perspective. Avoid blowing the event out of proportion.

9, Maintain a hopeful outlook. Think positively.

10. Take care of yourself. The most important resource we have is our natural health.

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) is a great example of resilience.  His first book, And To Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was turned down by 27 publishers. He almost burned the book but fortunately for all of us, he kept on looking for a publisher and eventually his book got published. Then he published more than 40 books until his death in 1991.  Dr. Seuss has sold over a quarter of a million books!

From Oh, The Places You’ll GoI’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you. You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch. You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump. And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

 

 

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D is for Dancing and Dance Shoes & The Resilience of Women

D is for Dance Shoes

“Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” Texas Governor Ann Richards

There’s another wise saying that is, “A Poor craftsman blames his tools.”  But the truth is, when it comes to dancing (or to life)  shoes  and tools really do make a difference.

Every dance has its own shoe needs.  Tango needs a sturdy ankle strap.  Salsa needs some slide.  Tap, of course, is all in the sound of the tap-tap-tap when you’ve got the beat.  And you gotta have those soft jazz sneakers to bend and dip and feel the heat!  Ballet on point, and character for shows.  and ballroom shoes when you’re Dancing With The Stars.

The flow and grace and natural beauty of the dance is made a little bit better and the dancer is given a lot more support when wearing the right pair of shoes.  There’s a parallel between learning to dance by taking control of your shoes, making the best choice of the right shoes or the right dance partner, and being a naturally beautiful and totally resilient woman, able to glide and slide through life whether you are rising high and twirling forward or needing some proper support to keep you from falling backwards.

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