Guest Bloggers Archives | Wholebeing Institute

We have a very active and engaged community who share their expertise in open and collaborative ways. Plus, we seek out experts in different synergistic arenas and invite them to contribute. In this blog, you’ll find an expansive view and direct application of ideas from people who are doing good work in the world.

Loving-Kindness at the Embodied Positive Psychology Summit

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

by Megha Nancy Buttenheim My task at the Embodied Positive Psychology Summit was to bring SPIRE’s physical and spiritual elements into the mix, while weaving in, during morning meditations, morsels of the many lovely teachings that occurred. We’ll return now to that special time, revisiting just a little of what was said, seen, felt, and heard. Even though you are reading with open eyes, let this be a relaxing few minutes, a time to pause...

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Savoring Summit Moments

Posted on May 16, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Ruth Pearce “We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” —A. A. Milne Do you ever participate in something special, and believe that you will be able to recall every precious moment, every connection made? Then, when you leave and everyday life creeps in, the memories fade, and you find yourself wishing you had paid more attention and taken more notes, more pictures, more time? I feel a little like...

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Permission to Be a Human Mom

Posted on May 14, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Relational, Spiritual

by Denise Riebman I never wanted to be a mom. At 25 years old, I was indignant (how can anyone bring a child into this world when the ice caps are melting!), ignorant (it’s impossible to balance being a parent and having a fulfilling career!), and insecure (what do I know about being a great parent?). But, in one single moment, all of that changed when my 6-month-old niece gazed up from the bed and softly smiled at me. A new color was invented...

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Moving Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Posted on May 2, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Inspiring Change, Relational, Spiritual

by Amy Alpert One of my favorite signs from the Women’s March in Washington in January was “Introvert by Nature, Protester by Need.” Based on the reactions among the crowd, it was clear to me that many other people identified with this sign as well. How does an introvert, who hates crowds, push oneself to attend a march with hundreds of thousands of people? How do we support ourselves in pushing out of our comfort zone? As a coach, I...

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Storytelling, Storydoing, and the Brain

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Nancy Kirsner “The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each others’ memory. This is how people care for themselves.” —Barry Lopez, Crow and Weasel Storytelling is a universal way we have communicated since time began, but now it...

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The Science and Practice of Cultivating Healthy, Meaningful, Loving Relationships

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

Positive Psychology Spotlight: Todd Kashdan by Suzee Connole Why is it that relationship conversations typically revolve around questions like “How did you meet?” and “When did you know?” versus “How did you keep it going when years four, 17, and 31 got rough?” Todd Kashdan, scientist, public speaker, and professor of psychology, argues that the latter is the most important question. “Commitment is hard. There are no models in the...

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