Wisdom

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 »

Hidden Treasures

Neighbors Discover Their Wealth of Resources by John McKnight and Peter Block The essential promise consumerism states is that everything fulfilling or needed in life can be purchased—from happiness to healing, from love to laughter and from raising a child to caring for someone at the end of life. What was once the task of relatives and neighbors has been ... Read More »

Natural Dad

How They Raise Conscious Kids by Lane Vail Fathers are more involved in their children’s lives than ever before, embracing their roles of leader, nurturer and protector, and they’re reaping extraordinary benefits. According to a 2014 study published in the Academy of Management Perspectives, fathers that spend more time with their kids are both happier at home and more satisfied ... Read More »

Giving Birth Naturally

Conscious Choices Lead to Less Intervention by Meredith Montgomery Labor and delivery is a natural process that can be enjoyed. “It’s not something to be afraid of,” says Mel Campbell, author of The Yoga of Pregnancy. “It’s a wonderful and beautiful experience. We need to remember that the body is designed for giving birth.” Natural childbirth uses few or no artificial ... Read More »

From Me to We

How Becoming Yourself Keeps Opening the Door to Intimacy by Milagros Phillips and Paul Fogarty The path of transitioning from being single to being a loving couple can seem complex and intimidating. Here are a few questions to consider if you are ready to make that wonderful journey.  First things first: How well do you know yourself? How do you ... 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 »

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 »

New Year, New You

When ‘Good Enough’ Is Perfect by Elizabeth Lombardo Does it sometimes feel like if we can’t do something perfectly, why should we bother doing it at all? Perfectionism feeds on such an all-or-nothing approach in following rigid self-imposed rules that can sabotage relationships, health and happiness. Instead, try adopting a “better than perfect” mindset that embraces life’s imperfections without guilt ... Read More »

Our Brain is Designed to Be Mindful and Compassionate

By Dr. Chas Gant, M.D., Ph.D. As more and more people practice various forms of meditation (contemplation and self-reflection), there seems to be an increasing appreciation that mindfulness is a completely separate faculty of consciousness, independent of the other four faculties: cognition (thought and visualizations), emotion and intuition, behavior and kinesthetic-related activity and sensation (the five senses). Mindfulness-based psychotherapies are ... 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 »