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Resilience is becoming a buzzword, a mainstay of many books telling us to recover and grow from difficulties. This substitute word for mental toughness may not be enough to adjust or recoup from misfortune, heartbreak, or a tragedy.
Pure resilience, it seems, is hard to cultivate and may be difficult to maintain even for people who use mindfulness to become mentally tough and strong. It is an ineffective coping device for people who believe they are weak.
Bouncing back from a profound loss or suffering may be impossible for many, as the crisis has created a black hole in their universe, which they have now entered. It is not the time to look back, as the past self is suddenly useless and irrelevant.
Bouncing back does not take into account the dynamic mind shift that has happened to the individual.
An alternative to resilience is a mysterious, unknown potential towards a future that yet unseen, but can be imagined.
Hardships can be dealt with imagination, curiosity, openness and adaptability towards the expansive potential of a new future.
Imagination reduces the cognitive, neural and physiological conditioned threat response.
An individual can use imagination to plan for the future by thinking from the perspective of the past. It is a creative approach which can be practised while handling life’s challenges.
Pain narrows down our choices and creates a tunnel vision that can lead to negative thinking and even self-harm. Positivity by itself feels shallow.
Imagination comes with a choice of action, which offers a possibility to feel something apart from pain.
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