Book Discussions Archives | Wholebeing Institute

Learning never ends. Whether you are currently enrolled in a course or not, there’s always an opportunity to expand the mind by reading those books that most call to your curiosity. This blog includes relevant book reviews and an ongoing book study group, each led by a different member enrolled in or graduated from the Certificate in Positive Psychology course.

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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What Great Parents Do

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 in blog, Book Discussions, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Relational

by Mina Simhai We’ve all noticed them. Those kids who happily put on their own shoes and jacket when it’s time to go. The children who see someone fall down and dash over to ask, “Are you okay?” The ones who share their M&Ms when they see a friend without treats. When I witness these kids, I wonder, what did their parents do to raise such thoughtful, cooperative little people? Dr. Erica Reischer’s book What Great Parents Do: 75...

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The Secrets of Productivity

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in blog, Book Discussions, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Relational

by Mina Simhai Ready for an honest confession? It was hard mustering the motivation to write this blog post. After all, it’s the holiday season. There are presents to buy, decorations to put up, holiday parties, and, after all that, I need yoga classes to ground myself again. Also, there’s my beautiful brown-eyed boy home from school with a stomach flu who just wants to build Legos with me. I’m happy to oblige. In addition, it’s the end...

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Grit: Passion that Lasts

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 in blog, Book Discussions, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Relational

by Mina Simhai “Passion for your work is a little bit of discovery, followed by a lot of development, and then a lifetime of deepening.”—Angela Duckworth How did Rowdy Gaines earn three Olympic gold medals in swimming in the 1984 Games? Was he more talented than other swimmers? Maybe, but it was grit that drove him to log enough miles to swim all the way around the world in his years training for a 49-second race. Grit is a combination...

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Self-Compassion: It’s Not Really About the Diaper Bag

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 in blog, Book Discussions, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Relational

by Mina Simhai The diaper bag was the turning point. I was halfway to my baby boy’s doctor’s appointments when I realized I’d forgotten it. Then came the insults inside my own head: “You are a terrible mom. What kind of mom would leave the house without diapers for her baby? What in the world is wrong with you?” But that day, for some reason, I stopped and noticed how I was talking to myself. My next thought was, “You would never...

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We Are All Dancers

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 in blog, Book Discussions, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Mina Simhai I remember my first time. My palms were sweating, and I was decidedly uncomfortable looking into the eyes of all the strangers around me, much less touching them. I chose to trust the process. Even though I felt silly, I followed Megha Nancy Buttenheim in my first Let Your Yoga Dance® class. Releasing skepticism and judgment, I received the gifts of grace, kindness and connection. I traded up. I was moved to tears. Some kind of...

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