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Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice (Book Study)


Facilitator: TBA

This is a three week online collaborative learning discussion led by a facilitator.

With her previous bestsellers, Dr. Brené Brown helped us realize that vulnerability is the birthplace for trust, courage, joy, creativity, and love. Yet a willingness to be vulnerable means accepting that life will sometimes knock us down. Where do we find the strength to get back up? In her research on resilient peopleBrené discovered a key factor. “Without exception,” she says, “the concept of spirituality emerged from the data as a critical component of resilience and overcoming struggle.”

In Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice, Brené defines spirituality as something not reliant on religion, theology, or dogma—rather, it is a belief in our interconnectedness and in a loving force greater than ourselves. Whether you access the sacred through traditional worship, solitary meditation, communion with nature, or creative pursuits, one thing is clear: cultivating your own approach to spirituality gives you an irreplaceable resource to help you persevere through hard times and arise stronger and wiser than before.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the spiritual dimension of the Rising Strong process: the Reckoning, the Rumble, and the Revolution
  2. Explain how spirituality encourages us to be ourselves
  3. Discover why the sense of perspective provided by a spiritual practice helps us find meaning and purpose
  4. Realize how faith in humanity can help us become more compassionate
  5. Reexamine why the spiritual understanding of death and rebirth are invaluable in the process of forgiveness


Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice by Berne Brown

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