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  1. nora
    September 15, 2013 @ 12:58 am

    Hi Patricia,

    Nice reading your article.

    I am doing my PHD thesis. Part of my research is to identify whether there’s a relationship between body awareness and individual resilience. Do you think that it is inter-related? tq


    • Patricia Morgan
      September 15, 2013 @ 11:31 pm

      Hi there TQ,
      Thank you for your note and congratulations on working on your PHD. Body awareness can strengthen personal resilience; that is what I believe. The resilience literature refers to physical hardiness, not as much as mental hardiness but it’s there.

      We know there are some people who were born with a resilient constitution. They handle distress with more ease than most of us, from their dysfunctional childhood and throughout their lives. Much of the early research on resilience was done by Dr. Emmy Werner and her colleague Ruth Smith in the late 1950s. They followed 698 children in a 40 year longitudinal study in Hawaii. They began by wondering why some children raised in poverty seemed to thrive regardless their circumstances.

      Then there are those of us who were born with fragile constitutions. I was ill a lot in my teen years and early adulthood. Through psychotherapy my thoughts strengthened and through physical awareness so did my physical health. The body does not lie. When I began to listen to its messages, when I learned relaxation strategies, when I began to breathe and let go, I became more stress hardy. Hence, I absolutely believe in a connection between strengthening personal resilience and body awareness.

      Both, those who are highly resilient, from birth, and those who have taken charge of building their resilience, look after their bodies. Most of them look after our bodies by not smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, primarily eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and getting adequate rest.

      Here’s a link to an article on this topic by Kenneth Nowack, Ph.D.

      All the best with your research on resilience and its relationship to body awareness. Please let me know how I be of assistance and please let me know your findings. OK?


  2. Jeanne d'Arc
    June 3, 2012 @ 6:11 pm


    Thank you for all of the time and the work you do for those of us who have stumbled and need a hand up. Thanks


    • Patricia Morgan
      June 7, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

      Thank you so much Jeanne,
      It is my pleasure to help where I can. I’ve been blessed wtih many fine professionals, friends and loved ones who have helped me with Uplifts when I have stumbled . . . over and over again.


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