Do you remember the song “Tubthumping,” from the band Chumbawamba? The lyrics go like this:

We’ll be singing
When we’re winning
We’ll be singing

I get knocked down
But I get up again
You’re never going to keep me down

In Rising Strong, Brené Brown shares what she’s learned from studying people who get knocked down but keep getting up again. Want to win more often? Then you, too, need to learn how to get up again when you get knocked down. Let’s learn together!

Ready to chat? Leave a comment below, and join us for the live conference call on Monday, January 4.

We’ll have a special guest: Dr. Maria Sirois, WBI’s Vice President of Curriculum, who offers the Teaching for Transformation course beginning February 23, 2016. An expert on resilience, she also teaches Crafting the Resilient Life, at Kripalu beginning February 1, 2016.

Book Discussion

When: Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 7:30 pm EST
Conference Call Dial in: 323-476-3997
Conference ID: 218555#
International dial-in numbers click here.

Who should join: Anyone who has ever stumbled, fallen, and summoned the courage to pick themselves up and keep going. And anyone who has ever fallen and wants to learn how to get back up. In short, all of us.

Why join: Together, we will learn Brené Brown’s three-part Rising Strong process (the Reckoning, the Rumble, and the Revolution), and how to apply it to our own lives. Her work is powerful, fascinating, and accessible, and can lead us to more wholehearted living.

Book Summary


When we deny our stories, they define us.
When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.

Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.

It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Our stories of struggle can be big ones, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the Rising Strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are.

About: Mina Simhai

Mina Simhai earned her Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute and served as a teaching assistant for CiPP4. She teaches positive psychology at George Washington University. She is also a recovering lawyer, yoga teacher and mother. Her latest project is bringing the tools of positive psychology to lawyers and others in the DC area and across the country. Her top strengths are judgment, love of learning, curiosity, love, and appreciation of beauty. Mina is an avid reader and looks forward to launching the WBI Book Club with you.