Inspiration

An Evening With Panache Desai

Change Your Energy, Change Your Life by Troy Fridy What if you could change your world by simply changing the energy that surrounds you or find the harmony that comes with self-acceptance? In the process, you discover your life’s purpose and the boundless possibilities that await you. All now have the opportunity to experience a one-of-a-kind evening designed to do ... Read More »

Marie Kondo on the Joy of Tidying Up

Simplicity Invites Happiness into Our Lives by April Thompson Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo helps us discover happiness through tidiness. Already perusing home and lifestyle magazines by age 5, she spent her childhood “tidying” up her surroundings rather than playing with toys.. The organizing system Kondo went on to develop, the KonMari method, defies most long-held rules of organizing, such ... Read More »

By Any Greens Necessary

An Interview with Tracye McQuirter Natural Awakenings D.C. publisher Robin Fillmore recently had the opportunity to talk with this national best-selling author, public health nutritionist, international speaker and D.C. neighbor about her trailblazing work to change the way we eat and think about healthy food –as a matter of social justice.  RF: Describe your journey to become a vegan. How has ... Read More »

Awakening to Spirit

Prayer and Meditation Heal and Free Us by Richard Davenport By its intimate connection with divine love, Spirit infuses human experience with qualities of amazing grace—unexpected clarity, vision, wisdom, peace, compassion, emotional release, inspirational epiphanies, deep understanding and comprehensive healing of mind, body and soul. While society abounds with scientific research, products and practices that promise to enhance our mind ... Read More »

Green Congregations

Faith Groups Join in Preserving All Creation by Avery Mack The simple act of switching on a bulb can light a room; preaching that humans are caretakers of the Earth can enlighten a community. “How are we faithful to God’s creation?” asks Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D., author of Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution, in Alexandria, Virginia. “The ... Read More »

A New Understanding of Prayer

by Rev. Sylvia Sumter What makes us a whole person? It has been said that we are spirit, mind and body—a threefold being. Yet, how much time and attention do we devote to each facet of our nature? It is safe to say that for the most part, we are aware of and perhaps even consumed with the notion of ... Read More »

Heaven Within

by Wayne Dyer Heaven is a state of mind, not a location, since Spirit is everywhere and in everything. You can begin making a conscious decision to look for the unfolding of Spirit in everything and everyone that you encounter. I personally do this by making an effort to look upon my world as if I were observing it through ... Read More »

The Adventure of Couchsurfing

Stay with Locals and Make New Friends  by Lisa Rosinky Daniel Sperry, a “couchsurfer” in his late 50s, decided a few years ago to quit his day job and make a living by performing cello music and reciting poetry in living rooms across the country. “I didn’t know it would become a catalyst for bringing communities of local people together,” ... Read More »

Pink Socks

by HawaH Right before the not guilty verdict was released in the Ferguson case, I was staring at a laundry basket filled with dirty clothes. Instinctively, I wanted to separate the coloreds from the whites. Somebody a long time ago told me I shouldn’t mix them together. Is that such a bad thing or am I overanalyzing? Should I mix the coloreds ... Read More »

Amma, the Hugging Saint, comes to D.C.

She is called Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, Mother of Immortal Bliss, or many people just know her as Amma, or Mother. Although she was born and raised in India, Amma doesn’t subscribe to any particular religion. She says that her religion is love. This summer will be Amma’s 19th visit to the Washington, D.C. area. Her programs are free and will ... Read More »