Bouncing Back: An Interview with Linda Graham, MFT

March 15, 2014
Hosted by Marianna Cacciatore

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Resilience is the ability to face and handle life’s challenges. We all respond differently when hard stuff arises, and some things are easier than others. But in the past decade, brain science has uncovered “neuroplasticity.” What we thought was hardwired can be rewired. This is a game-changer when it comes to resilience and Linda Graham has literally written the book on Bouncing Back. This book offers more than 80 practices that that help us rewire our brain and recover our innate capacities to cope–focusing on calm, compassion, clarity, connections to resources, competence and courage. Furthermore, it explores the science of emotions like kindness, generosity, gratitude, compassion, forgiveness and love, clarifying how they actually strengthen capacities like optimism, creativity and resilience. As it turns out, resilience is an outcome of practicing generosity—the focus of Bread for the Journey’s work. I have been exploring Linda’s exercises this week, and I’m impressed with their range—spanning from beginning to advanced. In other words, no matter what you are currently doing to manage difficult circumstances, the practices in Bouncing Back can take you to the next level. And because of neuroplasticity, the practices have a lasting effect that can change our lives forever. Linda has been applying these exercises with clients for many years and has a style of teaching that is easy to understand and is very inspirational. Please join us for this enlightening interview!

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Today’s news is filled with stories that break our hearts. On Bread for the Journey Radio, you’ll hear stories that help mend it back together. Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place. Some, like Marianna, have suffered a tragedy, and, as a result, have created something beautiful to bring others healing. Others are helping women in crisis, making life better for children living in poverty, greening their neighborhood, or any number of creative things that make their community more beautiful, healthy, and connected. These women, men and young people inspire us to think about our own lives, and what we can do to make a difference in the world. Their stories become Bread for our Journey, inspiration and nourishment for a life well lived.

Marianna Cacciatore

Most would agree Marianna Cacciatore’s life has been one well-lived. Through her work over 25 years with people who are working to bring about a better world, she has a unique vantage point from which to tell the stories we don’t generally hear in the media today. Marianna possesses the rare gift of presence, a deep listening which evokes in people the desire to tell their story.

Having suffered a childhood tragedy that spiraled downward into her teens and young adult years, she eventually turned things around and created a grief center that has brought healing to thousands of people. She recounts the full story in her book, Being There for Someone in Grief. Today, she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of Tu Nidito in Tucson, Arizona, the parent agency for the organization she founded in 1988 called Children to Children, a Center for Children and Families in Grief.

Everyday Marianna meets ordinary people doing extraordinary things through her work as Executive Director of Bread for the Journey, a philanthropic organization with 20 locations nationally. Each volunteer-run chapter practices neighborhood philanthropy in their respective communities, helping everyday people bring their community-minded ideas to life. The Bread for the Journey vision is to nurture the seed of generosity in every human heart and Marianna’s life is a living expression of just that. Join her as she ignites the heart of generosity in you.

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