Building Your Resilience

Finding Meaning in Adversity
Narrated by: Molly Birkholm
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Do you ever wish you could just get rid of all of your problems? 

Recent research shows that we grow into our best and most joyful selves not when we avoid our problems but when we embrace them, confident that we are resilient enough to work through them to an appropriate resolution. 

Resilience is our ability to physically, emotionally, and mentally bounce back from adverse circumstances. In fact, our capacity to thrive in life depends directly our resilience. Without it, we would be down for the count every time we ran into a problem. In Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity, you’ll learn how our challenges, and even our traumas, can become gifts that bring wisdom and growth. In the 17 fascinating classes and 7 “hands-on” practice sessions of this course, you’ll learn about and experience the process of building the inner calm and clarity of mind that create greater resilience. 

The great news is that you can proactively improve your resilience to better face any adversity ahead. In fact, we know more about how we can boost our resilience now than we ever have before. In this course, you’ll not only learn about the components and importance of resilience, but you’ll also be working hands-on to increase your own resilience. In addition to 17 fascinating classes, seven 30-minute guided practices give you the opportunity to experience active and relaxing yoga poses, breath work, mindfulness, and how to evoke your body’s natural relaxation response, among other techniques. Whether you’re a trauma survivor or someone who is reaching for a more fulfilling and joyful life, your life will be enriched when you proactively increase your resilience. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Needed Video

This was less about resilience and more about yoga, and the parts that guided you through poses were particularly unsuited to an audio format. None of the information was bad, but I wouldn't recommend it as an audiobook.

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Felt more like an advertisement for the authors other works

Not only did this book come across more of an advertisement for the authors other works. it is factually wrong in so many places that made it really really hard to try to hear the message that the author was sending. Not only though, was it factually wrong it was an uninformative at Best. There’s no new information techniques or anything talked about hear that you can’t fine on a two second Google search. I wish I could get my time back from listening to it.

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This was a meditation book very disappointed

The title is very misleading; It starts out good and then became a meditative practice.

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very basic overview

the tone of the teacher is just a bit too sweet and patronizing for my taste. I am sure it's not meant that way but I prefer professors who just speak and present the material with humor and an intellectual zest. the tone combined with the very basic structure of the material left me disappointed.
I do have a deep knowledge on the subject so if someone is coming from knowing absolutely nothing about the material they might think otherwise.

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Patronizing and offensive

I got this on sale and I'm still deciding if I will return.
The author throws integrity, strength, core values and similar business power words around.
I don't have an issue with a yoga teacher with no pHd - my issue is someone who doesn't explain what the course structure is and then following it. And then instead talk alot without saying much.
Alot of talking but not saying much.

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My experience has already surpassed this lecture.

The narrator and content are worth listening if you have not been exposed to these basics.

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loved it

Loved it. happy with purchase. will listen to again. thank you. great information will share

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Inspirational

Thank you for opening up my eyes. Your words of inspiration has truly opened up my eye and the the way I view things. You have softened my heart, thank you.

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Don't waste your money

Quite frankly this course was never designed to be a book, and should not have been converted to audio. It's designed to be a video. It has little to do with building your resilience, and for more to do with finding joy, yoga, and meditation. Save your money, and watch a yoga / meditation video on YouTube, which is what this course sounds like it was designed to be in the first place. Very disappointed.

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The ‘building resiliency’ portion is ok...

I thought the first half or so of this was interesting enough. Some useful nuggets / interviews here and there.

But that “portion” is actually the whole problem I had with this audiobook. I purchased this audiobook specifically for learning how to “build resiliency”. Period.

I did not buy this audiobook to try to mentally figure out yoga poses, or get into general meditation techniques.

Now, I have nothing against yoga, or meditation techniques. But I think we can all agree that trying to learn yoga from an audio aspect, as opposed to a video and audio aspect, is difficult at best, and just a waste of time at worst.

I am even open to the idea that meditation, and perhaps yoga, can build mental resilience. However, that’s not how this audiobook was presented as.

And as I noted, the “building resiliency portion” was OK. However, does this audio books/course merit being considered as a “great courses”. I don’t think you can reasonable argue that it does. It’s OK/good. But certainly not great

Plus, I can’t in good conscience recommend this book. Fortunately, I got it on sale. But even on sale I don’t think it was worth it, considering what I consider my reasonable expectations from this audiobook that were not met.

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  • 03-14-20

Heavy on anecdotes, light on science

I've listened to lots of other Great Courses on psychology, mindfulness, and motivation and this didn't really add much. Too much of the material was based on anecdotes about the author for my liking but some people will relate better to that.