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Dancing Our Gratitude

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Megha Nancy Buttenheim In my Let Your Yoga Dance® for Special Populations class this week, I offered the theme of Gratitude. We danced our yoga with appreciation for all we have been given. I found many gratitude songs to use; one in particular lit up the group: Karen Drucker’s “I’m So Grateful.” We were happily waltzing around the room (some were waltzing in a chair), singing with Karen: “I’m so grateful … I’m so...

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See the Other

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Tal Ben-Shahar

by Tal Ben-Shahar The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. —Elie Wiesel As we go through life, we encounter dozens of people every day. Each person we meet is a world unto him- or herself. But we pass these people by, and our attitude to them is mostly instrumental: We notice only those aspects that may be of use to us. What would happen if we tried to see each person as a complete human being, rather than as a means to an...

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Engaging the Intelligence of the Heart: A Tedx Talk with Howard Martin of HeartMath

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Relational, Spiritual

Howard Martin has been studying, writing, and speaking about the power of heart intelligence for more than two decades. He is the executive vice president of HeartMath, which uses innovative ideas, leading-edge science, techniques, and technology to help create a more heart-connected world. A keynote speaker at the 2017 Embodied Positive Psychology, Howard is inspired by the belief that life is about both continuous growth and continuous...

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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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