The Beauty of Resilience

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Resilience is the ability to adapt in the face of adversity. Beginning with the studies of “adverse childhood experiences” in the mid-1990s, Center for Disease Control has been able to link the number of childhood traumas a person experiences to serious health problems during adulthood. Although one response has been preventative interventions with children at risk, there’s also been a marvelous and heartening discovery: even as adults, people can become resilient and heal from childhood trauma, especially if they have the encouragement of a supportive faith community. The we explore today is how to become a “Resilience-Engaged, Aware & Loving” (REAL) community. As the researchers put it, “The relationship is the healing intervention.”