Women’s Leadership with Linda Graham – March 2, 2019


Under the auspices of Dr. Nahid Angha, the Sufi Women’s Organization, a humanitarian, non-political organization, held its semi-annual speakers’ luncheon / presentation program, Women’s Wisdom: Women in Action, hosting our community’s leaders, activists or humanitarians who have provided exemplary services.

On March 2, 2019, we honored Linda Graham, MFT, psychotherapist, author, and teacher, who spoke about resilience. We had a great number of individuals attending the event; many were therapists, as well as people interested in mental health issues. We supported Linda’s outstanding work in her new publication: Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster.

Much of her teaching about resilience revolves around an early experience she had about “bouncing back.” Linda had an office in San Francisco and was walking in Golden Gate Park deep in thought and worried about a decision she had to make, not paying attention to her surroundings. She stepped ankle deep into a sidewalk of freshly laid wet cement! An immediate cascade of reactions came to her, “You stupid klutz,” “How could you be so careless,” “You’ve ruined your shoes,” “You’ll be late for your clients,” “You’ll lose clients,” and so on. She paused; she was tired of beating herself up. In dealing with the situation, she stepped out of her shoes, and was kind to herself. She told herself she was just not paying attention. Linda realized she was dealing with inner and outer emotions.

Linda ended her talk with telling us that resilience is a foundational practice and that we have a choice and responsibility. Resilience is innate in our brains. Linda’s outstanding book: Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster, is a guidebook, full of tools and resources to help one to focus on mindfulness which is a cornerstone of resilience.

 

 

 

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