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True Hope

Posted on Oct 12, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Maria Sirois, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois Hope is a place on the other side of the bridge that takes time to get to. This is what 8-year-old Asa M. told me when I asked him about hope in light of the fact that one of his best friends had been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal disease. Hope is a place to reach toward, not a feeling, and in some respects he is right. It infers movement toward optimism and a sense of sunniness and yet there is a bridge...

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Why Me?

Posted on Sep 28, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Maria Sirois, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois “Use your life to illuminate something larger.” —Phyllis Theroux A colleague asked me an unusual question last week, “What do I do with the guilt of having done so well when the rest of my family struggles?” He referred to “doing well” as financial security and a stable, healthy family, but he could have been speaking to any number of the elements of guilt present in us when life treats us well: better homes,...

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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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