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The Planet Called New Vagus

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Spiritual

By Lisa Lillibridge Over breakfast one morning, my 20-year-old son asked me, “If you had your own planet, what would it look like?” He wanted to know what it would be named, too. The first thing that came to my mind was New Vagus. That was what inspired my latest photo series. You can see a few images from the series here, based on photographs taken in New York City, Detroit, South Dakota, Los Angeles, and Florence, Italy. The name of...

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Fun: The Dirty Three-Letter Word

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

by Denise Riebman “I know this sounds childish, but I want a job that is fun.” My client was embarrassed to utter this “dirty” word during our career coaching session. Hearing the discomfort in his voice, I could feel my playful heart break. When did it become wrong to want to have fun at your job? This is not about ping-pong tournaments, free espresso, and cubicle dance-offs. This is about meaningful work that lights us up rather than...

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Seizing Mentoring Moments

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Relational

by Phoebe Atkinson “At its best, mentoring can be a life-altering relationship that inspires mutual growth, learning, and development. Its effects can be remarkable, profound, and enduring; mentoring relationships have the capacity to transform individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.” —Belle Rose Ragins At WBI events, we consciously make space for moments of learning through connections. This happens ad hoc all the time at...

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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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