Wisdom

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 »

Sacred Activism

Love in Action Can Change the World by Judith Fertig The butterfly, a universal symbol of transformation, reminds us that becoming our best selves is an ongoing process. Yet these delicate, fluttering creatures are suffering a decline, especially the vivid orange and black monarch butterflies that depend on milkweed flowers for sustenance during their migration from Mexico to Canada and ... Read More »

Growing Up with Wayne Dyer

by Lindsay McGinty Serena Dyer had a unique childhood being raised by spiritually progressive parents, including her bestselling celebrity dad, Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., who would write her notes on personal stationery printed with the motto, “Be realistic. Expect miracles!” It’s not a message her peers likely heard at home. Now 29, Serena has shared her experiences growing up in Don’t ... Read More »