Immerse

Dear friend,

Your happiness, stress level, risk of depression and resilience depends on three interacting factors: your genes, circumstances, and the choices you make. Though the contribution of each of these factors varies in different studies, approximately half the variability in your happiness depends on a combination of genetic predisposition and life situations, with the rest half depending on the choices you make.

While you may have little control over your genes and the pace with which the world changes around you, you have incredible (and often untapped) ability to select the choices that will make you happier and more resilient. “Immerse: A Course in Resilient Living” is designed to help you make those choices.

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A common challenge people face on this path is that despite tremendous enthusiasm they are unable to sustain the change. This is simply because the human mind has a tendency to forget and revert to its default state of mind wandering, inflating the bad and discounting the good. In order to sustain the change, you’ll need to cultivate a daily practice, however small, until your brain rewires so that the change becomes a habit. “Immerse” hopes to help you accomplish just that.

“Immerse” offers a one year program to help enhance your inner strength so you can live each day with intentionality, guided by your core values, until your thoughts, words and actions effortlessly become one with these values. The core values of the program are – deeper presence, gratitude, compassion, acceptance, higher meaning and forgiveness. The program has two components: Insights and Practices.

  • Insights – Each week the program offers two fresh insights, often shared as stories, by synthesizing ideas from science, philosophy and basic common sense. A new insight will be posted here every Tuesday and Friday. The entire library of insights will soon be available to you in the book – “Immerse: A Course in Resilient Living.”
  • Practices – Coupled with the insights are several daily practices, of which you are invited to select one for the day. You can also create your own practice using ideas from other insights or from elsewhere.

Immerse is designed in a way that you don’t have to read or practice in any particular order. Each insight and practice is unique, independent and not necessarily incremental to the previous insight or practice. If you wish to work along with me in the online program, just join the program at the current week.

I welcome you to tap your inner strength and wish you the very best so you live a value-driven and meaning-filled life.

Take care.

Amit
@AmitSoodMD (on Twitter)

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Insights

Twice a week we will publish a new Insight. The most recent Insight is linked below and always visible on our blog. View all Insights (blog) >

Practice

​​Before you pick a practice for today, try to assess where you are right now with respect to presence, gratitude and kindness. Calculate your PGK Score, then come back here.

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Practice Week 17 – What Should Children Crave?

Practice: pick one of the practices noted below for today, or create one of your own.

  • Today, I will recognize that children have immature brains and a limited ability for self-control.
  • Today, I will be extra patient with children, remembering that they often can’t think of the long term.
  • Today, I will see the child in a grown up, particularly in his or her peculiarities.
  • Today, I will treat the child within me with extra kindness.
  • Today, I will consider that someone who is upset is actually hurting and is hungry for my compassion.
  • Other: (create your own)

Why Immerse?

I have struggled all my life with self doubt and negative emotions. Some of this struggle, I believe, comes from early childhood experiences. Let me share with you three early strikes I endured as a child that stifled my positivity.

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What is Resilient Living?

Your happiness, stress level, risk of depression and resilience depends on three interacting factors: your genes, circumstances, and the choices you make. Though the contribution of each of these factors varies in different studies, approximately half the variability in your happiness depends on a combination of genetic predisposition and life situations, with the rest half depending on the choices you make.

Read More (Full PDF)

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