Why resilience?

Thriving in the face of adversity requires a resilience that many of us either haven't acquired or honed. With the COVID-19 pandemic and national issues continuing to generate uncertainty, this course provides an opportunity for you to explore how elements of a mindfulness practice can help you and your family navigate life's challenges more successfully.


  • Strengthen focus and attention.
  • Feel more peaceful, centered, grounded, and resourced.
  • Develop capacity to be present with whatever experience arises, whether it be positive or negative, and learn to more thoroughly enjoy the “good times”.
  • Become more adept at naming and listening to your emotions, regulating emotions, and responding to the situation rather than reacting.
  • Detect habitual, limiting beliefs, consciously see alternative views and wider perspectives, and increase adaptability and flexibility.
  • Experience more compassion and love for oneself and others.
  • Improve attunement to self and others, allowing more support for self and others, and more connection with self and others.
Course Topics

Week 1

  • Our lens and a Growth Mindset 

Week 2

  • Automatic or aware/pattern or presence
  • Mindsight
  • Integration:Chaos/Rigidity

Week 3

  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Plane of Possibility
  • Wheel of Awareness

Week 4

  • Mindfulness Challenges Discussion - Support
  • Identity
    • Your values, beliefs and actions
    • Integrity
    • Discernment

Week 5

  • Reactivity or Response
  • The Pause
  • Wise Mind DBT; Balance
  • Sensitivity
  • Grit, Perseverance/Persistence, and Delayed Gratification

Week 6

  • Back to the Body
    • Body Wisdom
    • Window of tolerance
    • Moving your body, exercise
    • Body scan, muscle relaxation

Week 7

  • Personal Development
    • Scarcity, Foreboding Joy
    • Fairness, Justice
    • Perfectionism hurts- pretend control
    • Acknowledge lack of control

Week 8

  • Self Care
    • Trance of unworthiness
      • Social comparison
    • Stress relief, stress management
    • Flow 

Week 9

  • Inter-being
    • Attachment
      • Trust
    • Resonance, Coherence
    • Reflection
    • Communication
      • Active listening, reflecting back, body language, giving/receiving feedback

Week 10

  • Spirit: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Wholeness & Integration
    •  Acknowledging and Integrating Shadow
      • Personal shadow
      • Collective shadow
    • Ken Wilber
      • Integral Theory
      • Clean up, grow up, show up, link up, wake up


  • 10-week course.
  • Meets for a one-hour session, with presentations and discussions.
  • Few, but practical at-home assignments.
  • Non-credit course for community members.
  • Registration Deadlines:
    • Monday, January 4 - Full in-person class participation
    • Wednesday, January 27 - Registration closes (previous classes viewed via recordings)



  • Wednesdays, January 6 - March 17, 2021
  • 5 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
  • Participants can view recorded versions of each class.


Virtual Platform

  • Presented via Zoom
  • Participants will have access to materials, videos of previous classes and more via a class Canvas site.



  • $75 per person


Who should take this course?

Nurturing resilience is important at any age and can be an ongoing process. This course will be particularly helpful for :

  • Adults facing change or transition.
  • Parents with increased responsibilities.
  • Individuals looking to deepen their presence of mind.
  • Couples and partners who want to face challenges better.


Additional Information

  • Following registration, participants will receive viewing instructions and access to Canvas site to review class materials.
  • Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 27
  • Missed classes will be available via recorded video. 
  • For more information, contact events@osucascades.edu.


About the Facilitator

An instructor in the human development and family sciences program at OSU-Cascades, Lura Reed is passionate about the success of her students and excited to have community participate in her classes.

She has taught courses in group counseling procedures, developmental perspectives in counseling, early childhood environments, family studies, parent education, families and poverty, directed experience in early childhood, family, school, community collaboration, critical thinking in human development and family sciences, adolescent development, and a course called "How to Thrive."

Before joining OSU-Cascades in 2004, Lura taught at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology.