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Heaven Within Hell

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

by Maria Sirois Happiness after loss looks like a bone-bare tree in winter. Empty of growth, steady yet silent. We are compelled by the bareness of the thing, the rawness, and each branch points seemingly randomly, meaninglessly… as if any one of the limbs taken or climbed would bring us to the exact same place—an endpoint facing relentless sky. At the beginning of our journey, happiness is hidden. Yet it is so important to suspect that as...

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The Choir

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 in blog, Emotional, Maria Sirois, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois Everyone deserves at least one person who thinks they are the bread of heaven. —Clarissa Pinkola Estes I learned of my brother’s illness on a Wednesday afternoon. That night, I packed and, the next morning, I flew to his home in North Carolina. That evening, while jamming shirts into my suitcase, in shock and rising panic, I wrote an e-mail to my four closest friends. Sharing John’s news, and my expectations of an...

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Posted on Jan 7, 2016 in blog, Emotional, Maria Sirois, Physical, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois Whenever we see a friend in distress, the first words we utter are, “Okay, take a breath.” We know something about what begins to heal us without truly knowing it. Breath is the essence of life. We breathe to stay alive, to nourish the cells and organs of our body, and we breathe as a gesture of hope. It is the doorway to the next moment, and from that the next possible future. With each breath the tiniest amount of change...

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The Lessons of Positivity

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Maria Sirois, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois Just about the time when we finish our formal education, most of us have figured out that our deepest learning has occurred through the process of being educated rather than the content that’s been offered. The gauntlet of homework and exams, the pressure of peer relationships that succeed or sometimes fail, the negotiation of status and power in the hallways and cafeterias, and the relentless press of other people’s...

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The Choice of an Open Heart

Posted on Apr 19, 2015 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Maria Sirois, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois There are moments in life when the forces that be hit us over the head and say, “Here. Now. Pay attention. This is important.” Infants arrive, towers fall, homes burn, lost ones return, illness erupts, children die—such moments carry with them a potency and a possibility. In these concussive moments we are left with a choice: to open our hearts and gather what wisdom we can or to shut down and in effect, walk away. In...

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Developing Resiliency From Within

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Maria Sirois

by Maria Sirois We often get caught up in thinking about what’s not working or what needs improving in our lives, especially when we face difficulties. This piece invites us to look within for hidden treasures and discover the amazing gifts we already have. Who can we become when we are at our most vulnerable? How do we face the capricious nature of life and rise above it anyway? These are the questions that fascinate me. Mavis Lindgren, at...

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