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Where do you find inspiration? Where do you find the willingness to face life’s challenges and the drive to overcome them? Whatever gets you through the day, there may be an underlying dose of resilience, a source of well-being in the face of adversity.


How we respond to adversity, challenges, obstacles, and stress is a measure of our emotional strength, also known as resilience. Resilience is built and strengthened by going through difficult times and coming out on the other side with a better sense of self, a stronger view of who you are and what you can accomplish.

When a person comes to the Process, they might have a wheelbarrow full of patterns that they’ll be dealing with throughout the week. At the end of that week, the load is lightened, and there is a chance that they will come away from the Process feeling that nothing is insurmountable. This is resilience. It can be learned; it can be innate. It is a matter of finding your inner fortitude and knowing that you are worthy and willing.

We may spend time facing demons and jousting with windmills. Each of these present an opportunity to prove to ourselves that we have the ability and guts to get through a lot of things. Each time we have to face a hurdle, we get to look back on all the other times we faced down the dark side, and remember how we were able to do that. Each time we are in pain, it is a rung on the ladder that will get us out of that dark hole.


Reflecting on those times of getting through, climbing out, conquering the dark side messages is a reason to be inspired. If we don’t give ourselves big high fives and kudos for our resiliency, we’re missing out on a great opportunity for acknowledging how strong we are, how worthy we are, how full of Spirit we are! We can be inspired by stories of triumph, winning against all odds, and finding the joy in getting to the other side of that darkness.

Sometimes people choose to have an anthem to help them get up out of the rut. There are many great songs that we use in the Process, or that are circulating the airwaves. Some that come to mind are Andra Day’s “Rise Up,” Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and so many more. If you google “inspirational anthem songs” you will find something for everyone.

What is your story of triumph? Of inspiration? Your anthem? Feel free to share them with us below.

Tools that can help us reconnect with our resilience include meditation, the River of Life and Light Journey visualizations, the hands on heart exercise, Quadrinity Check-In, journaling, a gratitude practice, play, and many others. Please visit our graduate web page to find lots of resources: hoffmaninstitute.org/for-grads/

Thanks to Robin Taylor and James Hatfield, Northeast Bay graduate group facilitators, for sharing the outline of their grad group session on resilience and the photo above. Feel free to write your own words that correspond to R-E-S-I-L-I-E-N-C-E.

  • Eliron Hamburger


    04/10/20 at 4:50 PM

    My GO-TO Anthem is “Coming Out Of The Dark” by Gloria Estefan (you can hear it on YouTube at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS7qLDizDYo). The song was release in 1991 (so the video looks like the 90’s) but the sound is great. She also recorded the song in Spanish and I have to admit it is even more beautiful, if you can believe it.

  • Maggie


    05/20/19 at 11:51 AM

    Thanks for your article Shawn, and the reminder to listen to inspirational music! My favorite song is a little melancholy: “Rise” by Eddie Vedder. It just digs into my heart and lets me know it’s okay to have faith in the dream.

  • Charlotte “Cody” Oreck


    05/20/19 at 10:29 AM

    My anthem–and it is thanks to Hoffman that I have my own anthem at all!–is “Rise Up” by Jake Runestead, using the words of Susan B. Anthony (“Pray every single second of your life, not on your knees but with your work.”) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7506WxvgO_w

    In thanks and love, Cody

    • Shawn


      05/20/19 at 10:35 AM

      Awesome. I love this!

    • Maggie


      05/20/19 at 11:56 AM

      Thanks Cody, that was beautiful!

    • Shawn


      05/20/19 at 1:00 PM

      We have a theme of “rise” going here.

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