THIS MONTH

Bringing Brain Science and Comprehensive Healing to Bethesda

A Spotlight on The Mindfulness Center by Robin Fillmore The Mindfulness Center (TMC) in Bethesda, Maryland may look like any other small, community yoga studio but as a family-run, nonprofit institution, led by neuroscientist Dr. Deborah Norris, they are bringing life-changing mindfulness-based health services to the D.C. area and nationwide. Founded in 2009, by Deborah Norris Ph.D. and her daughters, ... Read More »

A Mighty Herb: St. John’s Wort

by Laina Poulakos St. John’s Wort has been effectively used to treat depression, anxiety, PMS and menopause. As a medicinal herb used for its antidepressant properties, it has been used for more than 2000 years. More recently, it has been found that St. John’s Wort can be helpful in relieving addictive behaviors. Also, it has been proven to help prevent ... Read More »

Moving Meditations

by Dr. Allan Tomson When most people hear the word meditation, they think of sitting on the floor with legs crossed in quiet contemplation. However, there are other ways to explore as one works to quiet the mind. Used for centuries as well, moving meditation is a way of being in mindful, yet moving through space—albeit more slowly and focused. ... Read More »

City Homesteading

Creating Sustainable Urban Living by Randy Kambic Homesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who founded the Institute of Urban ... Read More »

Letter From the Publisher

Dearest Friends, This is a difficult letter to write, as it will be my last to you as publisher of Natural Awakenings, D.C. For the past five years, I hope that I have been your support, companion and guide to health and balance, but as they say, all good things must come to an end. I am happy to say ... Read More »

Mark Rosenfeld’s Secrets for Successful Love Matches

by Alison James Australian author, speaker and dating coach Mark Rosenfeld knows firsthand the challenges of navigating romantic relationships. After struggling with shyness, he took on a confidence-boosting job as an erotic dancer in 2011, working with men at both ends of the assertiveness spectrum. In this milieu, he gained a better understanding of men’s thoughts and actions related to ... Read More »

Self-Love

by Charlie Chaplin As I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is Authenticity. As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though ... Read More »

Serving Community through Integrative Health, Yoga and Mindfulness

Spotlight on LaShone Wilson and One Breath at a Time LaShone Wilson is an integrative health and wellness coach and the executive director of One Breath at a Time, Mindful Living and Wellness Services, based in Washington, D.C. One Breath at a Time is a rapidly growing company with the mission to empower others through health and wellness coaching, mind-body ... Read More »

10,000 Steps and Counting

Keep Moving to Stay Fit by Kathleen Barnes We have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool ... Read More »

Harold Koenig on Why Science Finds Faith a Healthy Choice

by April Thompson Physician Harold G. Koenig, an international authority on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine, has dedicated his career to understanding the relationship between faith and health. Koenig, who has surveyed the scientific literature, shares the mounting evidence linking the power of faith to better health and well-being. Koenig struggled for three decades to determine his life’s ... Read More »