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Vital Signs

Discovering and Sustaining Your Passion for Life
Paperback Book
December, 2015
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$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In this exuberant book, Gregg Levoy, author of Callings, explores how you can cultivate not just a specific passion, but passion as a mindset—a stance—that helps bring vitality to all your engagements, from work and relationships to creativity and spiritual life.

Vital Signs examines the endless, yet endlessly fruitful, tug-of-war between passion and security in our lives, the wild in us and the tame, our natural selves and our conditioned selves, and shows us how to stay engaged with the world and resist the downward-pulling forces that can drain our aliveness. Vital Signs also encourages inquiry into our dis-passion—where we’re numb, depressed, stuck and bored in our lives—so that we can rework these tendencies in ourselves and claim our rightful inheritance of vitality.

In this book you’ll learn that:

Passion can be cultivated. Turned on as well as turned off. And this happens most readily at the level of the gesture and the moment, not the five-year plan.

Passion is in the risk. In the willingness to step from the sidelines onto the playing field.

Passion breeds passion and disinterest breeds disinterest. If you lack passion in your life, your other relationships—your partnerships, friendships, communities, classrooms, corporations and congregations—will be denied that energy.

Drawing from centuries of history, art, science, psychology and philosophy, as well as in-depth interviews with people who rediscovered and reignited passion in their own lives, Vital Signs offers an expansive menu of possibilities for how to claim and reclaim your passion, and will help you maintain a keen awareness of where the pulse is and a determination to plug into that place.

Each chapter in Vital Signs is a core sample, an intimate biography of one of the strategies you can employ to gain or regain passion—including the search for wonder and awe, the quest for novelty, the urge toward self-expression, the hunger to reconnect with inner and outer wildness, the desire to keep passion alive in your relationships, and the role that risk-taking plays in the ripening of passion.

“Levoy offers us a thrilling new map to the vital core of all our becomings. To read this book and follow its principles is to stop boring God!” —Jean Houston, author of The Wizard of Us

Publisher’s Description: 

Rediscoveror discover for the first timethe things that make you passionate in life

Vital Signs is about what inspires passion and what defeats it. How we lose it and how we get it back. And ultimately its about the endless yet endlessly fruitful tug-of-war between freedom and domestication, the wild in us and the tame, our natural selves and our conditioned selves. Each chapter in Vital Signs will contain a core sample, an intimate biography of one of the strategies we employ to gain or regain our passion. The book also affirms the importance of courageous inquiry into dispassionwhere were numb, depressed, stuck, boredso the reader can recognize and change these tendencies in themselves.

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