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AWAKEN: Don’t Let It Go, Let It Be—The Wisdom of Difficult Emotions

Posted on Nov 15, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Louis Cinquino The greatest gift of our emotions is the awakening they provide us. When we can stay with our emotions, even our most difficult ones, they become stepping stones to being fully alive in our humanity. In the third and final step of renowned Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön’s “Three Steps to Courage: Working Compassionately with Difficult Emotions,” I share with you my understanding of the teaching she provided to hundreds of...

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Healing in the Wake of Violence

Posted on Nov 13, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Relational, Spiritual

by Maria Sirois If we care for others, if we care for anything beyond ourselves, we are none of us spared violence, loss, fear, and hate. Bad things happen, and horrible, awful things happen, too. So what can we do to heal our fear and worry when acts of terror are apparently possible anywhere? As a teacher of both resilience and positive psychology, I often hear this question, and I offer these four elements on the path toward healing: Feel...

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The Power of Kindness

Posted on Nov 8, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Lynda Wallace Think of the kindest person you know. Now think of the happiest. Is it the same person? Chances are pretty good that it is, because very few things make us as happy as being kind. And of course being happier usually makes us kinder in turn. It’s a self-reinforcing cycle that we all want to be a part of. And research suggests that being kind in sustained—and sometimes inconvenient—ways may make us happiest of...

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TRANSFORM: Mind-Blowing Meditations That Help Us Be With Difficult Emotions

Posted on Nov 6, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Louis Cinquino What emotions are most difficult for you? According to Pema Chödrön, it is in those emotions that we find the seeds of wisdom we most need in our lives. Earlier this year, I attended a retreat with her entitled “Three Steps to Courage: Working Compassionately with Difficult Emotions.” I’m taking a few posts to explain what I learned in hopes that you can apply some of these lessons in your life and with your positive...

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REFRAIN: Your First Step to Courage Means More Than Just Counting to 10

Posted on Oct 30, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Louis Cinquino I was fortunate to spend a weekend earlier this year listening to the teachings of Pema Chödrön at a retreat at Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling in eastern Vermont. Her talks, on the topic of “Three Steps to Courage: Working Compassionately with Difficult Emotions,” immediately helped me shape my responses to the emotional challenges in my life. I’m writing a few posts to explain what I learned, in hopes that you can apply...

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Believing Is Seeing: Choice and Perception Bias

Posted on Oct 25, 2018 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual

by Hanna Perlberger In her writing, Hanna Perlberger, author of A Year of Sacred Moments: The Soul Seeker’s Guide to Inspired Living, blends Torah, ancient Jewish wisdom, positive psychology principles, and the insight of contemporary thought leaders. “What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the coloring, sportsmen the...

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