There is a treasure trove of tools and practices that we can tap into to help bring us into greater health, or greater happiness, or a greater sense of resilience.
Listen to the interview with Dr. Maria Sirois about Reclaiming Life After 40, on TheMastermind Show, Conversations with the Leading Experts in Mind, Body and Spiritual Transformation.
Dr. Maria Sirois is an inspirational speaker, author, seminar leader, and licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in the fields of wellness and positive psychology for twenty years. mariasirois.com
“The Radical Aliveness Institute was founded on the idea that in order to make a difference in the world, people need to recognize they are part of a greater whole. The intensive coursework and unique group work of this program help students begin to experience themselves as not separate from or observing life, but as fully present, energetically connected to others, and able to be in service of the greater whole and their life purpose. The program teaches students that emotions not only provide a natural path to self-transformation, but that learning how to master and integrate the full depth of human emotions is key to being an effective leader and agent of social change in the world. In the Radical Aliveness process, students develop the openness and flexibility to welcome and embrace complexity, chaotic energy, and the full range of emotions in a group setting that supports growth, honesty, and self-responsibility. This distinct process is challenging, fun, and stimulating — and leads to profound changes in individuals and groups. The Institute’s highest mission is to train others in Radical Aliveness group leadership skills so they can use these newfound skills in their professional lives to promote healing in their clients, communities, and organizations.”
Ann Bradney, CCEP, is founder and director of the Radical Aliveness Core Energetics Institute of Southern California. She teaches and leads trainings internationally including at organizations for peace in Israel, and at Core Energetics Institutes in Holland, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia. radicalaliveness.com
Join Ann Bradney for Radical Aliveness: Core Energetics, on Cortes Island May 26-31, 2013.
One of my all time favourite stories is The Little Prince. Such a gorgeous book that aims straight for the heart and contains a wealth of wisdom from beginning to end. My favourite part is where the little prince meets the fox and the very pretty fox asks to be tamed. In the French version the word “apprivoiser” is used which I much prefer over the English translation. Tame means to dominate, subdue, win over or “break”. Sadly it’s often how we are with each other and with nature. When asked what “tame” means, the fox replies to the little prince, “It is an act too often neglected. It means to establish ties.” What would our world be like I wonder if we truly established ties, if we learned the language of another, if we would take the time, stand back and observe with soft eyes, if we opened our hearts to care, if we tended the space between us as we would a precious garden, if we fell deeply in love and then wrestled with what it means to need and be needed once the bonds were forged realizing that nothing lasts forever and that our hearts can do no other than break. “What a bargain!” as Rumi would say.
The fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time. ‘Please-tame me!’ he said.
‘I want to, very much,’ the little prince replied. ‘But I have not much time. I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand.’
‘One only understands the things that one tames,’ said the fox. ‘Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me.’
‘What must I do, to tame you?’ asked the little prince.
‘You must be very patient,’ replied the fox. ‘First you will sit down at a little distance from me-like that-in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. But you will sit a little closer to me, every day…”
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Rachelle Lamb is an author and speaker and is president of Mindful Communication. She has shown thousands how to courageously and skillfully navigate interpersonal tension and conflict, leading toward breakthrough. rachellelamb.com
Raise the bar in personal and professional communication, develop your toolkit to improve trust, understanding and cooperation in all of your relationships. Join Rachelle for her workshop, Mindful Communication, at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, May 26 – 31, 2013
When we are authentic, all of our parts get to exist (Maria Sirois)
Authenticity, mindfulness, signature strengths, meaning, and passion are explored to add to our ability to address loss, trauma and stress. Explore practices from the fields of positive psychology and mind/body medicine to build greater happiness, stronger resilience, deeper inner peace and an increased capacity to positively transform your life.
Dr. Maria Sirois speaks about “Living an Authentic Life” at TedxBerkshires
Dr. Maria Sirois is an inspirational speaker, consultant, and licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in the fields of wellness and positive psychology for twenty years. mariasirois.com
“Every breath you take, every move you make.” Sting’s tune is spinning on
The Bridge, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, as I bucket back up to Wolf Creek, CO
for an incoming end of season blizzard. For sure, there’s a StoryShard with
every breath, every step and every move we make.
Perhaps not exactly what Sting has in mind, but amazing how tunes and lyrics kick in to trigger the imagination. For me, snow storms invites movement,
music, insights – and anecdotal personal stories. I don’t always hear the tune or get the message in everyday moment-to-moment life, but skiing does open me
to StoryShards from the Slopes. As Sting affirms: “I’ll be watching you.” It’s about what we watch for and listen to while skiing. For the whole story click here.
This trip to The Wolf, I must return the pyrex dish from an early season, long-frozen cherry pie. Yes, I get a fresh one from the Wolf Creek baker every time
I ski at this secret powder stash in Southern Colorado. Thereby hangs a StoryShard!
Hope to make it to Whistler again next ski season.
Lisl Dennis is a worldwide travel and decorative arts photographer, travel writer, television host and international tour leader storyshards.info
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