Rethinking Breast Health

Triumph Over the ‘Big C’ by Lisa Marshall When Sandy Messonnier was diagnosed with breast cancer, she faced scary treatment decisions as doctors pressured her to consider all means available. “I was more afraid of the treatment than the cancer itself,” says Messonnier, 52, of Plano, Texas. “I kept feeling like I was being lumped into one big category of ... Read More »

Nature’s Wisdom

It’s Lessons Inspire, Heal and Sustain Us by Christine MacDonald “The environment is not separate from ourselves;we are inside it and it is inside us; we make it and it makes us.” ~ Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Amazon shaman While the idea that we humans stand apart from—or even above—nature is a prevailing theme in much of modern civilization, naturalists and ... Read More »

Healing Journeys

Paul Stutzman Finds Universal Truths on His Treks by Randy Kambic Paul Stutzman was a successful executive with a family restaurant chain and a happy father and husband married for more than 30 years when his wife, Mary, passed away from breast cancer in 2006. Questioning his faith as to why this happened, Stutzman quit his job to hike the ... Read More »

Mindfulness with Horses

by Grace Ogden Horses and people evolved together over millennia. Though commercial uses largely overwhelm this ancient friendship, horse whispering is the subject of such films as Buck and related practices are taught across North America. At Nobodaddy Farm, two hours north of Washington, D.C. in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, a band of rescued and whispered-to-health horses regularly tutors human beings in compassionate power ... Read More »

Healing Through the Amazon: Dr. Isabel Sharkar

As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Isabel Sharkar has the opportunity to practice many healing services that take into account the mind, body and soul as a whole. Recently, she was able to experience a mind, body and soul transformation herself, through an ancient journey with ayahuasca. Ayahuasca, found in the Amazon jungle of South America, is a medicinal plant that ... Read More »

A Mindful Way to Say No

By Grace Ogden Do you have a hard time saying no to extra work demands, good causes or friends in need? Variations on the Golden Rule to “do to others what you would have them do to you” date as far back as 2040 B.C. in Egypt. Some of us automatically say yes to requests, driven by a mashup of ... Read More »

New Year’s Resolutions

by Julie Reisler If the thought of New Year’s resolutions gives you heartburn, then know you are not alone. This might just be a cue to reframe how you view resolutions, specifically for the New Year. It’s easy to put a lot of weight into your hopes and dreams and feel the anticipation and fear that you might go another ... Read More »

Rumours of Glory: An Interview with Musician Bruce Cockburn

by Grace Ogden “Zen songwriter, singer, activist, psalmist…” says Bono about Bruce Cockburn in the 2013 documentary Pacing the Cage. Now the celebrated Canadian folk-rock artist has published Rumours of Glory, a memoir tracing the spiritual current that drives his art, activism and personal evolution. In it, he reveals how the alchemical power of creativity, spirituality and openness transformed a shy, musical ... Read More »

First Person

Storytelling as a Vehicle of Awakening By Susan K. Coti Storytelling is the oldest art form in the history of mankind. It originated as a way to make sense of the world and to guide human behavior. The ancient myths illustrate this point along with the earliest cave paintings that documented important events in people’s lives. It grew to include ... Read More »

Opening Up to Miracles

Gabrielle Bernstein on Creating More Happiness  by April Thompson Motivational speaker and bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein knows the gravitational pull of addiction firsthand. Although introduced to spiritual practices from an early age, she turned away from that upbringing in her 20s, pulled instead into a vortex of drugs, alcohol and unhealthy relationships while running a public relations firm promoting Manhattan ... Read More »