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From how ideas spread to the most recent Wholebeing Institute partnerships, this blog by CEO and co-founder Megan McDonough provides a broad perspective of the latest and greatest within the organization and its impact out in the world. You’ll also find short, reflective essays about living life deliberately through your conscious actions and choices.

Stop

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough The stop sign seemed superfluous. Wherever I looked, the vastness extended to the horizon. The sunbaked Southwest prairie ended at towering red rock mesas. The blue sky came down to meet it, feeling higher and longer than the sky I’m used to in the forested Northeast. In this open emptiness filled with beauty, the red STOP! stood out. What else was there to do but to stop? And so we stopped. We stayed the night, just off...

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Savoring the Significant

Posted on May 17, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough Savoring is not an indulgence, it’s life-affirming. In a world where pace, productivity, and the finish line are hailed as the pinnacles of achievement, savoring slows us down, reminding us, “Wait a minute … this experience is valuable. This is meaningful.” Savoring is a way of recognizing, and then honoring, what is significant to you. By savoring, you become aware of the good stuff of life, which is sometimes...

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Mom, Your Life is Boring

Posted on May 4, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough One day, some years ago, when my son, Jonathan, was home sick from school, he got to hang out with me and see firsthand what I did during the day—the laundry, writing, recycling, returning books to the library, talking on conference calls, and working on the computer, among other things. By day three, he was well enough to go back to school, and sick and tired of my daily routine. When I asked him what he thought of my...

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Love, Front and Center

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough There’s a tendency to think of the brain as the master coordinator, or control room, of experience—a hierarchy of brain cells firing away orders (in the form of thoughts) that the rest of the body follows. When we buy into the basic assumption that cognition is in the driver’s seat, the next logical step is to choose and manipulate our thoughts in order to create the life we want. But what if the heart held secrets for...

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You Are Welcome Here

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough Usually I keep my political voice personal. But as there are many in our student body affected by the latest executive order, the personal has become organizational. I’m writing today to remind you that, no matter where you’re coming from politically or geographically, you are welcome at Wholebeing Institute. This organization stands for the best in humanity. In fact, we exist in order to teach how to strive for...

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The Wisdom Triangle

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough I can’t stand New Year’s resolutions. They have abysmal rates of success, according to the research and in the lab of my own life. Around the holidays, chaos reigns, with more food and family and less normalcy. New habits are launched with fiery determination and then wither into nothingness by February. It’s more stable (albeit less dramatic) to weave positive habits into the fabric of everyday life....

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