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Posts by Emilah Dawn DeToro

Ponderings on Life Purpose

Life purpose and vocation; I sometimes wonder how they are related.  Sometimes I hear life purpose described simply and clearly, like this quote from notetoselfphilosophy.com:  Note to Self: “What is my purpose in life?” I asked the void. “What if I told you that you fulfilled it when you took an extra hour to talk…
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The Call of the Times and the Rise of Art Therapy

Featured Artwork: Mandala Buddha, acrylic on paper, 36"x24", 2012, Tejal Murray Over the last few blogs, I’ve been exploring Stephen Cope’s The Great Work of Your Life in a general way with examples from my own life. Today, I’m going to dive more deeply into the teachings by profiling one of Southwestern College’s graduates. …
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Aim is Everything

In my last blog, I talked about the intersection of dharma (our sacred duty in this lifetime) and flourishing at midlife. The issue that typically arises from someone exploring dharma at midlife is fear. Fear that they’ll have to throw away most everything they’ve created and worked for in order to follow their dharma. Sometimes,…
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Flourishing in your Dharma at Midlife

I'd been exploring the intersection of Stephen Cope's book The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling, and Martin E. P. Seligman's book Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being in relation to a blog series when this photo quote by Brené Brown came across my Facebook feed. I think she hit…
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1st, 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th Act…How is Your Life Evolving?

Life evolves. My 3rd and 4th Acts have taken place here at Southwestern College - first in Admissions and now as Director of Student Services.  My 1st act was also in higher education – as a Residence Hall Director, Director of Student Support Services, and then as a Doctoral student. I advised, taught, managed, and…
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Embracing Intuition at Midlife: The Key to Living Your Dharma (Part 3 of 3)

Missed Part 1 or Part 2? Part 3 - The Way Through: Relying on Intuition and Faith In The Great Work of Your Life, Stephen Cope describes the way he has come to see intuition at work as we navigate decisions at midlife. He describes an 8-step process that is co-creative; it includes both our…
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Embracing Intuition at Midlife: The Key to Living Your Dharma (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1 - Living Your Dharma As spirituality goes mainstream, there is much talk about “living your dharma”. But what does that really mean? René Guénon, in Introduction to the Study of Hindu Doctrines defines dharma as “the essential nature of a being, comprising the sum of its particular qualities or characteristics, and determining, by virtue…
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