Inspiring Change Archives | Wholebeing Institute

Change is difficult and takes time. We could all use reminders now and then to return us to our focus, streamline our process, and ground us in the wisdom of successfully sustaining positive change for the long haul. Dr. Maria Sirois, VP of Curriculum at Wholebeing Institute, shows us how to navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of change with these pearls of wisdom each and every Friday.

Searching for Strange Jewels with Big Magic

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 in blog, Book Discussions, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Spiritual

by Mina Simhai “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear My “strange jewel” is a book. And yes, it’s buried deep. Yet I know it’s in there somewhere. It’s whirling around in my head, elusive as a quetzal in the Costa Rican cloud forest. It’s a nebulous concept at best, yet sometimes I hear the glimmer...

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Authentic Strengths in Action

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Fatima Doman I recently gave a presentation to one of the largest law-enforcement departments in the United States. I had been warned not to expect much interaction or buy-in from the captains and lieutenants in attendance. The training leader said, “Don’t let them intimidate you, Fatima. You will probably be looking at a lot of blank, stoic faces and they may even be openly hostile to positive psychology. Don’t expect them to talk...

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Planting Seeds of Positivity

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Relational, Spiritual

Positive Psychology Spotlight: Alan Brown by Suzee Connole Alan Brown is a dean at the Grace Church School in Manhattan, where he uses mindfulness practices to connect to students at different stages of their academic career. “As a mindfulness leader at the high school level, school is where I plant seeds,” Alan says. “Students are in a position to harvest these seeds and use them on their own time, in their own scenarios.” Alan’s...

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Body Image and Positive Psychology: Let’s Change the Conversation

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Inspiring Change, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Amy Alpert How many times have you said or heard the following: “You look great! Have you lost weight?” Over my 45 years, I have said and heard that phrase way more times than I can count. I have translated that sentence like this: You have lost weight > you look great > you are happy. In other words “you are thin” equals “you are happy.” My junior year of college, I had lost a bunch of weight. Other students would ask me...

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Teaching Toward Wholeness

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Maria Sirois, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois One of my earliest sets of memories as a presenter is captured in this Anne Lamott quote: “Sometimes my mind is a bad neighborhood I try not to go into alone.” After every workshop or lecture in my first few years, I would be tortured about what hadn’t gone well or how I had messed up. The night that I brought everyone to tears during a workshop on stress reduction, I felt great about my ability to move an...

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Giving that Lasts

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Megan McDonough, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough William James said, “The great use of a life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.” In this holiday season (and always), may you stay connected to the great meaning in your life—the one that will outlast your life itself. On behalf of the entire WBI community, we’ve made a donation to the International Positive Psychology student fund, nurturing the next generation of scholars and practitioners. Share...

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