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Loving-Kindness at the Embodied Positive Psychology Summit

Posted on May 23, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Megha Nancy Buttenheim My task at the Embodied Positive Psychology Summit was to bring SPIRE’s physical and spiritual elements into the mix, while weaving in, during morning meditations, morsels of the many lovely teachings that occurred. We’ll return now to that special time, revisiting just a little of what was said, seen, felt, and heard. Even though you are reading with open eyes, let this be a relaxing few minutes, a time to pause...

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Savoring Summit Moments

Posted on May 16, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Ruth Pearce “We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” —A. A. Milne Do you ever participate in something special, and believe that you will be able to recall every precious moment, every connection made? Then, when you leave and everyday life creeps in, the memories fade, and you find yourself wishing you had paid more attention and taken more notes, more pictures, more time? I feel a little like...

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Just Do It!

Posted on May 9, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual, Tal Ben-Shahar

by Tal Ben-Shahar A thousand-mile journey begins with a first step. —Lao Tzu Procrastination—putting things off, dragging one’s feet, unnecessarily postponing what can and needs to be done today—is a pervasive phenomenon. Over 70 percent of college students, for example, identify themselves as procrastinators. The temptation to put things off is understandable, but the price we pay for procrastinating is high—studies show that...

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The Science and Practice of Cultivating Healthy, Meaningful, Loving Relationships

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

Positive Psychology Spotlight: Todd Kashdan by Suzee Connole Why is it that relationship conversations typically revolve around questions like “How did you meet?” and “When did you know?” versus “How did you keep it going when years four, 17, and 31 got rough?” Todd Kashdan, scientist, public speaker, and professor of psychology, argues that the latter is the most important question. “Commitment is hard. There are no models in the...

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The Oldest, Greatest Stress Busters on Earth

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Megha Nancy Buttenheim I lived a 24/7 spiritual life in a yoga ashram from 1984 to 1996. Karma Yoga, or selfless service, took us through eight hours of the day. Yoga and meditation practices occurred from 5:00–6:30 am, three meals per day were eaten in meditative silence, and afternoon yoga and meditation practices were followed by evening meditation, discourse, and chanting. In that era, there was no real scientific data to show that we...

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Creating Growth Groups with Move2Love: Exercise + Connection = Thriving

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Guest Bloggers, Physical, Relational

by Elaine O’Brien My practice around the positive psychology of human movement involves creating “growth groups”—bringing people together with the goal of providing uplifting relationships and lessening the encumbrances of loneliness. The idea is to help people start where they are, and create an upward spiral of optimal health, performance, and deeper connection. My life’s work is designing and researching positive individual and...

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