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Becoming True

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Maria Sirois, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois Each creature speaks and spells one thing and the same, “Myself,” it speaks and spells, “what I do is me, for that I came.” —Gerard Manley Hopkins We have but one chance in this form to live the one life only we can create. There is no other person who can bring forward what is true and rich within us. We can choose to be in life as if it is our life to shape, a work of our own art, and in this way...

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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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Breathe

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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