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Navigating a Graceful Transition: Your New Best Life

Posted on May 11, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Maria Sirois, Relational, Spiritual

with Maria Sirois and Karlee Fain Making wise choices while we are in the midst of changing relationship, work, home, or our own inner being is not always easy. WBI faculty member Maria Sirois and health and life coach Karlee Fain offer a free video series to help you consider questions and themes that are enlivening and health-giving as you navigate an important transition. Start watching now. Dr. Maria Sirois, PsyD, is the Vice President...

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Teaching Toward Wholeness

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Maria Sirois, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois One of my earliest sets of memories as a presenter is captured in this Anne Lamott quote: “Sometimes my mind is a bad neighborhood I try not to go into alone.” After every workshop or lecture in my first few years, I would be tortured about what hadn’t gone well or how I had messed up. The night that I brought everyone to tears during a workshop on stress reduction, I felt great about my ability to move an...

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What to Do When Neither Choice Is Perfect

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 in blog, Emotional, Maria Sirois, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois As a teenager, I would hear Crosby, Stills, and Nash over and over again on my parent’s radio. The lyrics “When you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with” echoed in my heart as I sought true love in high school and then in college. I didn’t appreciate their guidance, though; I wanted to have the one I loved, and I wanted it to be just right. Once we reach adulthood, it...

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Healing from Violence

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 in blog, Emotional, Maria Sirois, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois On November 13, 2015, my daughter and her boyfriend were having dinner in a café in Paris, while terrorists attacked the city. She escaped danger that night; Nohemi Gonzalez, a senior at California State University Long Beach, did not. A few weeks ago, my daughter drove to Boston with three friends to support the Gay Pride Parade, and returned home Sunday afternoon, again safe, and again saddened and scared and angered because...

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The Possibility of “And”

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in blog, Emotional, Maria Sirois, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois I often do this exercise with my students: At the beginning of a daylong retreat on happiness, I’ll draw a circle on a large piece of flip-chart paper and ask the audience to shout out words that define their current stressors. Phrases fly toward me at the speed of falcons: “overwhelm,” “the to-do list,” “my boss,” “paperwork,” “back pain,” “my broken car,” “aging body,” “not enough money,”...

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I Am the One I’m Waiting For: Finding Happiness After Loss

Posted on May 24, 2016 in blog, Book Discussions, Emotional, Maria Sirois, Spiritual

by Mina Simhai In A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (and Other Dark Difficult Times), beloved WBI teacher and master storyteller Maria Sirois offers us a compassionate way to be with the pain of loss, and opens the door to finding contentment and, eventually, even joy, in its aftermath. Maria guides us through this challenging terrain with wisdom, grace, and raw honesty. In the process, she offers us hope, reminding us that “this too...

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