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Shame plays a pivotal role in the loss of passion and intimacy in our lives. What's needed is an intervention.
These 20 questions will help you identify what your most valuable takeaways have been from the pandemic year.
Here's how to keep passion alive in a relationship and balance stability with novelty.
The art of “finding yourself” starts with admitting that you feel lost in both senses—owning up to it and allowing it in.
We're afraid of vulnerability, but there are vulnerabilities that are life-affirming, rather than life-threatening, that build strength rather than weakness into relationships.
The passion and love-blindness of new relationships need to be balanced with reality. Here's how to help speed up the infatuation-to-love equation in a new romance.
If you want passion in your relationships, you need the occasional partings that make the heart grow fonder. Here's how to cultivate healthy separation.
Service is as much a mindset as anything you do, a way you live, and ideally a continual responsiveness to all the small daily calls to care for the world and those in it.
Callings come not just from inside your life, but from the world outside and the turn of events. Here's how to recognize and act on them.
A collection of sage advice from spiritual teachers and philosophers about how to steer our way through the pandemic with grace and grit
Here are 20 questions to help you clarify how your own life might grow and evolve as a result of the pandemic, and what it's calling for from you.
Boredom is like a dashboard light—it's there to get your attention. But though action is often boredom's remedy, insight might be the better vaccine.
Trusting the universe depends on whether you believe it's a friendly place or not, and your willingness to stay in conversation with it.
The antidote to gravity is levity. Here's why it's so important that we find humor in the pandemic.
There are really two pandemics, one of disease and one of fear. Here's how to counteract the fear of strangers unleashed by the coronavirus.
Touch is social glue, and without it, we're in danger of becoming un-glued while we wait out the pandemic. Here's a look at the grief we may feel in literally losing touch.
The pandemic is a directive crisis, individually and collectively, a setback that can lead to a reset. Here are some of the emotional and spiritual opportunities in the crisis.
Rejection is part of risk-taking on behalf of our passions and callings. Here are some thoughts on navigating it and getting the most out of it.
Dreams are unnerving for the same reason introspection and therapy are: They face you with yourself. Here's why dreams are both fearsome and powerful.
Dreams and callings have a lot in common, and working with one is working with the other. Here are half-a-dozen ways they reflect one another.
The word failure should always be in quotes. They're often directive crises that set you up for life-enhancing lessons. Here's why it's important not to pre-judge them.
What can happen when a child's calling meets a parent's resistance.
Sometimes vulnerability is the strength you need, and the unknown something to cultivate, not avoid. Here's a teaching tale that highlights this truth.
Of all the reasons for saying no, self-esteem is probably the most potent. Here's what to understand about its role in responding to your callings.
Fear isn't just natural in the course of ambition, it's essential. It signals that you’re close to something vital, and that your calls are worthy of you.
Endurance is the beast of burden on whose shoulders your callings and passions are carried to completion. Here's a paean to the power of sticking with it.
There's nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come, but how do you know when it's time? Here are half a dozen signs to look for.
Mini-reviews of great reads—fiction and nonfiction—about the search for callings.
Phase 1 of responding to a calling is refusing it. Here’s an inside look at why we do that, and why it’s critical to hear the “No” loud and clear.
Gregg Levoy is the author of Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (Penguin) and Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life (Random House).