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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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Dr. Neal Mayerson on Love, Shooting Stars, and Bob Dylan

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Suzee Connole A shooting star came shimmering down, As I daydreamed on the knoll, And it, by Chance, anointed me, Companion of your soul! That’s a verse written by Neal Mayerson, PhD, founder of the VIA Institute, who compares love to a shooting star. “There is great mystery to love, how it shows up. If you are not paying close attention, you could miss it,” he says. Neal knows that firsthand. He almost missed his shooting star...

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Four Reasons Why Love Is So Good for You

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Daphne Eviatar A few years ago, I participated in a leadership training and, at one point, everyone had to go around the circle and declare their “purpose.” This was the sort of exercise I dreaded, so I scrambled to come up with something plausible I could say that wouldn’t be too embarrassing. Then I heard one of the retreat leaders announce that her purpose was “love.” My eyes widened and it took all the energy I could muster to...

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What I Did at the Embodied Positive Psychology Summit Last Year

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Physical, Relational

by Heidi J. Martinez I had recently begun feeding my curiosity for positive psychology when I learned about the first Embodied Positive Psychology Summit last year. Through a generous professional training grant, a colleague and I were sent to Kripalu to learn about positive psychology and self-care so we could bring the information back to our nonprofit organization. The experience was life changing. Every morning offered the opportunity to...

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Love, Front and Center

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough There’s a tendency to think of the brain as the master coordinator, or control room, of experience—a hierarchy of brain cells firing away orders (in the form of thoughts) that the rest of the body follows. When we buy into the basic assumption that cognition is in the driver’s seat, the next logical step is to choose and manipulate our thoughts in order to create the life we want. But what if the heart held secrets for...

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