Inspiration

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 »

One On One With Dar Williams

A recent New Yorker magazine bestowed upon pop-folk artist, Dar Williams the title of “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters.” A thoughtful musician who has made it her mission to challenge destructive forces in our world through story-telling and song, Williams is a frequent performer in the greater D.C. area. In addition to her nine studio releases, she is working ... Read More »

Redefining Vitality

A Spotlight on Bob McMillan and the Come Alive Project For many who hit their mid-70s, their first thought is to relax, sit on the porch and enjoy a glass of lemonade. That would not be the correct assumption about Virginia-local, Bob McMillan. As he approached retirement in his late 60s, he realized that a new career in fitness and ... Read More »

Love Brings Up Everything: A Reflection

by Nya Alemayhu Love brings up everything that has been unloved. When I first heard this, I was in yoga teacher training with Mark Whitwell in December 2012. I didn’t know what it meant then, but the past few weeks have been teaching me exactly what I heard almost four years ago. I have a brother in the prison system ... Read More »

Change Makers

Inspired to Act by Linda Sechrist “Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which ... Read More »