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Discover—or rediscover—your passion for life.              What inspires passion in your life? And what defeats it? How do you lose it and how do you get it back? In this exuberant and compelling book, Gregg Levoy, best-selling author of Callings , explores how you can cultivate not just a specific passion, but passion as a mindset---a stance---that helps bring vitality t Discover—or rediscover—your passion for life.              What inspires passion in your life? And what defeats it? How do you lose it and how do you get it back? In this exuberant and compelling book, Gregg Levoy, best-selling 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 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.  


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Discover—or rediscover—your passion for life.              What inspires passion in your life? And what defeats it? How do you lose it and how do you get it back? In this exuberant and compelling book, Gregg Levoy, best-selling author of Callings , explores how you can cultivate not just a specific passion, but passion as a mindset---a stance---that helps bring vitality t Discover—or rediscover—your passion for life.              What inspires passion in your life? And what defeats it? How do you lose it and how do you get it back? In this exuberant and compelling book, Gregg Levoy, best-selling 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 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.  

30 review for Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This book brims over with juicy observations. I'm already a passionate person, but this book ramped up my passion for life. It's so fun to be in Gregg Levoy's brain! This book brims over with juicy observations. I'm already a passionate person, but this book ramped up my passion for life. It's so fun to be in Gregg Levoy's brain!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Len Edgerly

    I loved this book and plan to return to it frequently, keeping it in my Inspiration collection on my Kindles. Gregg Levoy took 10 years to research and write a generous, wise, entertaining exhortation to live life as if it matters. He mixes his own life experiences with graceful allusions to the writing of others on this big topic. It's not a preachy, didactic book. Part of Gregg's power as a writer is that he is so generous with his own vulnerabilities and mistakes. In last week's interview for I loved this book and plan to return to it frequently, keeping it in my Inspiration collection on my Kindles. Gregg Levoy took 10 years to research and write a generous, wise, entertaining exhortation to live life as if it matters. He mixes his own life experiences with graceful allusions to the writing of others on this big topic. It's not a preachy, didactic book. Part of Gregg's power as a writer is that he is so generous with his own vulnerabilities and mistakes. In last week's interview for my Kindle Chronicles podcast , Gregg and I talked about Vital Signs, and how it expands the insights of his previous book, Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life, published in 1998. He will be traveling the country giving talks and workshops about Vital Signs. Don't miss the chance to hear him if he comes to your town!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    The matches on the cover promise a fire about to be lit - true of this wonderful book! Gregg is wonderful teller of tales. Each important point in this essay on living a vital, dynamic life is punctuated with an appealing anecdote or story. Punchy, heartfelt, vulnerable - this is a book that inspires!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Serena

    In compliance with FTC guidelines, I have won this book through the Goodreads Giveaways. My Rating System: * couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again. In compliance with FTC guidelines, I have won this book through the Goodreads Giveaways. My Rating System: * couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Overall a pretty good book. There were many stories that got the point across in each chapter. My biggest criticism of the book is that there isn't a paragraph or section of each chapter that brings his thoughts together. Overall a pretty good book. There were many stories that got the point across in each chapter. My biggest criticism of the book is that there isn't a paragraph or section of each chapter that brings his thoughts together.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ravi Raman

    Fantastic book on the art of discovering a meaningful purpose for life and living it to the best of one's capacity. It's all about living a fully engaged and vital life. This book is very well written...every few pages I marvel at the way a sentence is constructed or the vivid manner in which stories and metaphors are used. It's a thick book, but one worth reading. Took me almost two months to complete, interspersed with reading a few other books. Fantastic book on the art of discovering a meaningful purpose for life and living it to the best of one's capacity. It's all about living a fully engaged and vital life. This book is very well written...every few pages I marvel at the way a sentence is constructed or the vivid manner in which stories and metaphors are used. It's a thick book, but one worth reading. Took me almost two months to complete, interspersed with reading a few other books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joyful Mimi

    Its so difficult to describe my feelings about this book. Its miraculous how it specifically validates many beliefs and perfectly answers many “vital” questions that I have been struggling with over the past few years. I could go on and on but to name just a few issues, he tackles the need for “self-acceptance”, “deep gratitude for life”, “passionate living” & “deep communion with people we love”. Its been life-changing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Louis

    It was good. A bit lengthy. My biggest criticism is that while it began and ended with great ideas for improving my life, sandwiched in between were an endless set of stories on how the author, and others, improved their lives. While examples can be meaningful, I longed for more ideas for me to try on for size.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Beautifully written and he certainly lives a fascinating life. Lost 1 star bc it felt a little unfocused or maybe it's that it felt like too many examples and details were given for different topics. Like a collection of essays rather than a focused book. Worth reading for sure though. Beautifully written and he certainly lives a fascinating life. Lost 1 star bc it felt a little unfocused or maybe it's that it felt like too many examples and details were given for different topics. Like a collection of essays rather than a focused book. Worth reading for sure though.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    A delightful in depth delving into the nature of passion for life. Fun, exuberant, fascinating, not-put-downable!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jill Bakke

    Excellent, many layers...a read once and go back and read again book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julienne

    The perfect follow up to Gregg's astounding bestselling book Callings. Highly recommended for anyone with a pulse. This book is rich in insights and examples that I found both a great read front to back as well as a resource to dip into 'as needed' for some inspiration and kick starting of my own passions. Well done Gregg and I'm so happy to have Vital Signs on my shelf to peruse over and over again. The perfect follow up to Gregg's astounding bestselling book Callings. Highly recommended for anyone with a pulse. This book is rich in insights and examples that I found both a great read front to back as well as a resource to dip into 'as needed' for some inspiration and kick starting of my own passions. Well done Gregg and I'm so happy to have Vital Signs on my shelf to peruse over and over again.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dina London

    I"m so sorry, but after months and months, I had to give up. Callings is the most dog eared book on my shelf and I consider it one of my top 5 books of all time. But, Vital Signs just did not capture me in the same way. Sigh. I"m so sorry, but after months and months, I had to give up. Callings is the most dog eared book on my shelf and I consider it one of my top 5 books of all time. But, Vital Signs just did not capture me in the same way. Sigh.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    It's a must read! It's a must read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    It leaned a little to the airy side but I still enjoyed the ideas and the writing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    lindn

    I've attended Gregg Levoy's Esalen workshop so I enjoy listening to his stories and life lessons again. I've attended Gregg Levoy's Esalen workshop so I enjoy listening to his stories and life lessons again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    David

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris Kepley

  19. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Skelton

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alice

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jerilyn

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tammy MacKenzie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Mulkey

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tim Philippart

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katmilacek

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rob Kall

  29. 5 out of 5

    Denise Johnson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christina

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