Help requested by a reader

Any (appropriate) suggestions appreciated. I am pulling a blank, perhaps because I’ve thought so much recently about the harm that can be done by causing adverse circumstances for others.

I am to give a presentation in a couple of weeks on how one keeps going in the face of adversity/finds resilience. Any thoughts or things I can read?

6 thoughts on “Help requested by a reader

  1. Reader: 10-day Vipassana Meditation course as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.
    Not a reading (although there is plenty to read about it), but a rigorous practice of mental discipline focused on developing equanimity in the face of adversity. **I cannot recommend it enough.**

    Anne: “the harm that can be done by causing adverse circumstances for others”
    Doesn’t ANY change (however beneficial) cause adverse circumstances for (harm?) those benefitting from the present circumstances?

  2. ‘Lesbian Ethics’ by Sarah Lucia Hoagland comes to mind, though again, not so much a ‘how to,’ but does include Hoagland’s reflections on adversity faced by the lesbian community from within and without, and her take on how to move forward in a context of oppression

  3. Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education offers 17 chapters that illustrate the breadth & depth of issues facing women academics (e.g., racism, family issues, contrapower harassment, mobbing, pay). Most chapters include concrete suggestions and each section features a lengthy case study that provides action steps that women academics can take at the interpersonal, organizational, and extra-organizational levels. It also has a pretty extensive resource section. Highly recommended by CHOICE. You can find more details on the amazon page. Full disclosure, I’m one of the editors. This was a labor of love & we hope you (and others) will find it useful. While part of the picture is grim, we think resilience is an important theme.

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