Megan McDonough Archives | Wholebeing Institute

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.

See Your Labels

Posted on Oct 3, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Physical, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough The first time I attended class at a meditation center, I didn’t know what to expect, so I scoped out the room before I entered. Cushions and chairs were laid out in a circle on a maple floor so polished and smooth you could skate across it. People sat as still and quiet as statues in different positions. All had their eyes closed. Walking across the floor in my socked feet, I decided to sit on a cushion. Sitting...

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Thank You, John

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Megan McDonough, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough My friend committed suicide. I’m writing these words to help myself since I can’t help him. I want to honor him by making sure you know the role he played in Wholebeing Institute. Whether you knew John O’Neill or not, I want to declare the legacy he left us … to say now what I guess he couldn’t see or hear or feel when he was alive: John, you matter. I knew John for almost 20 years, but it was the last six or so...

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Four Steps to Forgiveness

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Intellectual, Lynda Wallace, Megan McDonough, Relational, Spiritual

by Lynda Wallace Getting over a painful experience is a lot like crossing monkey bars.
You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. —C.S. Lewis Feeling stuck? In my work as a life coach and career coach, I work with people who feel stuck in a lot of different ways—stuck in their careers or relationships; stuck in limiting ways of perceiving themselves, their circumstances, or their resources. And often we discover...

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A Restrained Freedom

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough “Restraint” is not a sexy word. It’s not embraced or beloved like the word “freedom.” Restraint falls into the category of discipline and self-control, which sounds rather un-fun. You wouldn’t have parades or fireworks to celebrate it. Freedom is seen as expressive and open; restraint is seen as difficult and constraining. Freedom is seen as desirable to have or get; restraint is seen as optional...

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Aspirational Coaching: Reaching Toward Your Highest and Best

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Megan McDonough, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Megan McDonough Coaches help people reach for their highest and best. And to do that well, coaches invest in their own highest and best journey, too. What does it take for a coach—or anyone for that matter—to be at the top of their game? What does it take to continually make choices that develop you as a person and as a professional? It’s important to ask that question, because humanity’s greatest gift is our ability to make choices...

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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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