Inspiration

Inspired Living

Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen Inspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when ... Read More »

Sharable Thanksgiving

Ways to Share What Really Matters  by Marlaina Donato Thanksgiving inspires a season of appreciation for what sustains and gives meaning to life. Share Good Food “I think true sustenance is when our hunger for connection and belonging meet,” says Sarah Ban Breathnach, the Los Angeles author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. “When my daughter was small, we ... Read More »

Personal Growth Challenge: A Game of Self-Discovery

Developed by an Area Coach and Entrepreneur by Robin Fillmore Local entrepreneur and personal coach, Alexis Sullivan, has come up with an idea that may revolutionize the way that anyone can get on a journey to understand themselves a bit better. She has developed the “Personal Growth Challenge ~ A Game of Self-Discovery.” Players and seekers are invited into either ... Read More »

Nature Photographer Robert Llewellyn

On Moving from Looking to Seeing by April Thompson For the past 40 years, Robert Llewellyn has photographed thousands of unique beauties—many of them trees, flowers, seeds and other landscape elements. “For a photographer, anything can be a good subject, even dirt,” he says. “My mission is to move people from merely looking at things to deeply seeing things as ... Read More »

How Changing Our Thinking Changes Everything

by April Thompson For 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences but also our bodies—a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ ... Read More »

Illuminate Columbia Happening in September

Enlightening the community to alternative healing practitioners, modalities and products including, Illuminate Columbia will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 10. It will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. This wonder-filled day of natural health and spiritual rebalancing includes acupuncture, massage, reiki, reflexology, energy healing, essential oils and more, in mini-sessions that can be ... Read More »

Heart-Based Leadership

Women Mobilize to Heal the World by Linda Sechrist  The Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each another and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering ... Read More »

A Better You, One Step at a Time

by Tracy Freeman, M.D In this day and age, women are wearing multiple hats at home and in the workplace. We have mastered the juggling act of nurturing our families and providing for others. Yet, we often engage in self-neglect. As a working mother, I am guilty as charged in this case. It is somehow easy for me to be sure ... Read More »

Truth and Illusion

A Spotlight on the New Book by Rev. Carol Richardson Rev. Carol E. Richardson, M.Div., MPH, is a life coach, stress reduction specialist and healer, working throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area. She is also a spiritual scientist who has experienced mystical visions through her 20 years of practicing Raja Yoga meditation. Working with people intuitively, soul-to-soul and through energy ... Read More »

What Can We Do to Make a Better World in Our Troubled Time?

by Bill Hutchins I know in our troubled time, many are asking, “What can I do to continue making a better world?” Part of my engagement—amid so may negative civil forces—is to support organizations that are doing good work, by giving money and volunteering. Central to my intentions is an issue that’s been growing in my heart—the relationship between housing ... Read More »