EP 123: Joan Borysenko on Building Resiliency, Cultivating Bravery, and Embracing Your Inner Light

Joan Borysenka weaves together a deep understanding of psychology, somatics, and spirituality to help guide other people to find their bravery, resilience, and inner light. She talks about finding space for both her inner fire and an inner softness and unlearning to compartmentalize these pieces. This conversation includes deep spiritual moments as well as moments of building tools to make it through every day challenges.


Joan Borsysenko the author of 17 books, including “It’s Not the End of World; Developing Resilience in Times of Change,” “A Woman’s Book of Life” and “Minding the Body, Mending the Mind.” She is one of the leading experts on stress, spirituality, and the mind-body connection. She holds a doctorate in Medical Sciences from Harvard Medical School, and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Joan is the co-founder and former director of the Mind-Body Clinic Programs at the Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center.


What She Shares: 

  • Ways to build resiliency
  • Settling techniques for moments of high activation
  • The dedication required to study the mind-body connection in Harvard Medical School
  • Working in a male-dominated field as a woman in the 70’s and 80’s


What You’ll Hear:

  • Having hope in the darkest moments
  • Identifying our current situation as a rite of passage
  • Recognizing our resilience in difficult times
  • Tending and Befriending when we are separated from other humans
  • Celebrating what’s going right
  • Six archetypal virtues and their character strengths
  • How we build bravery
  • Power of naming your emotions to help them settle
  • Why looking out the window helps settle the nervous system
  • Bringing the power of emotional connection into the work place
  • Recognizing when stressful situations are doing too much damage to your body
  • Stress vs. trauma
  • The difference between positive psychology and spiritual bypassing
  • How paying attention to your body helps re-wire your neurons
  • Calling on memory, visualizations, and internal resources to help us get through
  • The fullness of love
  • Learning to recognize the pure light within each of us



Download a free Chapter from Joan’s Book here: