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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 courageous 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.
What you'll learn:
- 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.
- Passion is more than exuberance; it's endurance. It's sometimes shoulder-to-the-wheel stamina and patience on the order of years.
- Passion is intimately related to health. To the degree that passion is vitality, honoring your passions enhances your vitality. 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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-10-13
- Reviewer: Staff
A passionate life might, for some people, be synonymous with a successful life—but how does one find passion and retain it throughout an entire lifetime? Levoy (Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life) takes on the art of creating passion. The text begins by looking at how the constraints of civilization require us to simultaneously work with and against our natures. As such, people find themselves trying to maintain their innate sense of discovery, connection to nature, and introspection while leading existences that are sedentary, reliant on technology, and work centered. Levoy draws examples of people dealing with difficult situations from popular culture, history, and everyday life, ranging from the struggle of the movie Papillon’s title character to survive captivity to an event planner’s need to control every facet of her life. The narrative allows readers to linger on each story and come away with new ways of looking at the world, but feels unstructured. The topic is stimulating, however, and Levoy’s faith that we can all find passion in our lives is genuinely stirring. (Jan.)