On resilience as compassionate resistance

Updated: Jun 20, 2020

Define resilience?



Upon being asked what is resilience to me, I find myself searching my inner web for roots. The closest root I find is to resist. I choose to add compassion to the act of resistance. To me, resilience is compassionate resistance. In other words, to me, resilience is the becoming aware of our core somatic (bodily) and emotional capacities such that we recognize how wide and wise our container is to choose to accept the lessons that we grow through as a process rather than progress, and to foster the maturity to leave outside of ourselves that which doesn’t serve us at a given moment in time.


—From “Making OurSelves Matter: An Introduction to Choice Therapy” by Liza Futerman

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