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Engaging with Death
By Homaira Kabir  
November 25, 2015 – 6:46 am | No Comment
Space Debris

The twins had been studying the last ice age in class, and on this particular day, had watched a short video clip about a large asteroid hitting our planet unexpectedly. As we discussed it over lunch, my daughter threw me an unexpected question.

“What would you do if you knew that an asteroid was going to hit our planet in two years time?”

Being Called (Book Review)
By Jeremy McCarthy  
November 10, 2015 – 12:22 pm | 2 Comments

At some point or another we all wrestle with questions around why we are here and how to find purpose in life. Being Called is a great introduction to what we can glean from these experiences in the modern world. Sometimes it is a powerful vision of a possible future that pulls us along, pushing us in a new direction, with no regard whatsoever for how we got where we are.

Diving Into Vulnerability
By Homaira Kabir  
October 8, 2015 – 11:21 am | 5 Comments

This kind of selfless love requires that we sit with our uncertainties and fears and yet assure our children that they are not alone. It requires that we refrain from fixing the cracks and fissures in the urge of making their lives perfect. It requires that we contain our impulses and desires and live in the hope of creating something far more beautiful than perfection.

Compassion as a Coping Mechanism
By Alicia Assad  
September 29, 2015 – 9:47 am | 4 Comments
Alicia with her children

In an earlier article, I wrote about 7 positive psychology behaviors that helped me survive some very traumatic experiences. As I approach the end of another pregnancy, I find myself feeling anxious and over-protective. Looking for ways to stay calm, I’ve found an 8th important behavior: experiencing and acting on compassion for the sufferings of others.

Slowing Down in an Age of Speed
By Homaira Kabir  
September 7, 2015 – 3:17 pm | 5 Comments
Hush of dawn

Infatuation with speed is a characteristic of our times. We live in the fastest phase of human history. That can lead to what Larry Dossey in 1982 termed time-sickness, as we become fearful of missing out. The ability to stay with the discomfort of life’s paradoxes and our own ignorance and to remain patient and still while questions and answers grow in never-ending cycles, requires a certain mental toughness that seems to be on its way out in a world in a hurry.

Growing through Adversity
By Alicia Assad  
August 3, 2015 – 10:57 am | 9 Comments
Both boys needing me at once

Two years ago, my two-year-old son suffered a severe scald burn covering 16 percent of his body. My unborn baby had a birth defect needing attention. In the year-and-a-half that followed, I saw my boys through four surgeries. I went through two surgeries myself after a complicated second trimester pregnancy loss. Seven particular tools from positive psychology helped me come through some very difficullt times. I believe I have experienced posttraumatic growth following these adversities, and Roepke and Seligman’s recent article helps me see why.

What’s Parked in Your Positivity Garage?
By Judith Krings  
July 31, 2015 – 7:37 am | 14 Comments
Moving toward order

It took three weeks of focused effort in between my coaching clients to retrieve my basement and garage from the eyesore category. I admit it was not all play. There was back-bending, muscle-aching grunt work involved. But in my humbly proud mind, the journey’s end was titled “Positivity Parked Here!”

How about you? What paths do you choose to clear? Here’s to work/play lighting your way to flourishing.

Opening Up To Goodness
By Homaira Kabir  
June 22, 2015 – 12:16 pm | 6 Comments
   Time to let them go

We all have our own little bubbles of fear resting deep within us. Our relationships with our children take us back to these bubbles. I am beginning to recognize my reactions as based on these fears and to forgive myself for being human, so I can embark on the journey to change. I am reconnecting to my own goodness and beginning to embrace the parts of me that want to love unconditionally and accept non-judgmentally.

Leap of Faith
By Homaira Kabir  
May 21, 2015 – 8:50 am | 6 Comments
Seeing ourselves reflected...

As a mother, I knew what was best for him, I told myself. I could not trust his teenage judgment. But something deeper prompted me to question my reasoning. Did I fear knowing his goals in case they were different from mine? Was I running away from the possibility that his ideals of success would not measure up to societal standards? Would I be able to face it if they didn’t? I slowly began to see myself hiding behind the guise of motherhood.

An Unexpected Way that Mood Can Boost Exercise
By Marie-Josée Shaar  
May 5, 2015 – 3:44 pm | 5 Comments
Problem solving

If oxytocin helps inhibit fear, and fear keeps us from exercise, can higher levels of oxytocin lead to more physical activity?

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