Written by Doctor G

What fuels your resilience?

Last week we spoke about rest. The pauses in between the changes – or the short breaks we take for ourselves even when the changes are unrelenting – that allow us to rebuild and strengthen our resilience. 
One of you fantastic people wrote me with this question:
“I love this idea of rest, but perhaps we also need to include the importance of nutrition in building muscle. By extension, what do we “consume” as we are trying to rebuild and strengthen our resilience muscles?”
This is not an email full of shouldn’ts and don’ts. I don’t want to know what we should avoid when we’re trying to build resilience. I’m asking what should we add?
Science would say add that which nourishes you. So what do you take in that makes you feel more resilient? That makes you feel more whole, more yourself, more on the path you mean to follow?
It might be music. Music can create a positive neurochemical cascade in your brain – so find the music that makes you feel great.
It could be art – dance or photography or poetry or painting. And it might be that which you’ve created or that which inspires you from someone else.
What if it’s touch? Who will you be near, who will lay hands on you to comfort or strengthen, what animal will you pet or blanket will you grab?
For many people smell makes a huge impact – so what aromas center you, (coffee) ground you, energize you?
Find your inspiration if that speaks to you. Listen to a spiritual leader whose words ring true for you, or a thought leader who reminds you of your truths and shares others, or a comic who amuses and intrigues you.
Whose words connect with you? Which friend or mentor will you call?
Is it possible that for you, quiet is the nourishment you need?
What can you take in during those too short pauses from dealing with change? What would supplement your rest and strengthen you more effectively? Comment and tell me!

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