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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 to that kid about his…
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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…
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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, that…
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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 Second Act/Career students when this photo quote by Brené Brown came across my Facebook feed.I think she hit the nail on…
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1st, 2nd, or 3rd Act…How is Your Life Evolving?

Life evolves.I’m in my 3rd Act here in Admissions and Academic Advising at Southwestern College.  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 supervised people, programs, and budgets. It was a very left-brained…
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Embracing Intuition at Midlife: The Key to Living Your Dharma (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1 - Living Your DharmaAs 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 of…
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