A Global Wake-Up Call

Collective Consciousness Nears Spiritual Tipping Point by Linda Sechrist Call it enlightenment, awakening, transcendence, self-realization or any of the myriad terms used to describe the ultimate higher state of consciousness. People have been seeking it for millennia, yet beyond peak experiences of heightened awareness, only a few spiritual figures, Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha among them, are known to have ... Read More »

Join the Plastic-Free Challenge

The impact of plastic pollution on our planet is growing exponentially. Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic ends up in the ocean. According to a July 2018 article in National Geographic, nearly 40 percent of all plastic produced is in packaging, which means that much of that is used once and then thrown away. But, together, we ... Read More »

Journey to China to Explore TCM and Wellness

Can you take two weeks from your routine for an experience that will last a lifetime? The 2018 TCM Wellness (Yang-Sheng) Study will be embarking on just such a journey in China, from November 4 through 18. On this trip, participants will explore traditional Chinese medicine and wellness practices and experience what they can do for you while enjoying Chinese hospitality, food, culture, sightseeing and ... Read More »

Gary Griggs on the Perils Facing Our Coasts

by Randy Kambic While Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for ... Read More »

Healthy Climate, Healthy People

Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall Samantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A ... Read More »

To Cool the Climate, Change Your Diet

Good Food Choices Enable Global Health by Judith Fertig Three years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit ... Read More »

The World’s Healthiest Cuisines

What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating by Judith Fertig Americans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish super-sized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have ... Read More »

Beyond Maria: Coming Together to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

Luis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, the publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico (PR) edition for the past 15 years, have a simple request: “Please help us rebuild.” Mendez and Sallabery are remarkable community leaders, having not only launched what is now PR’s No. 1 health and wellness publication, but also having originated and managed the most important annual health and ... Read More »

Transformative Travel

Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world. Declare Your Intentions Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating ... Read More »

Stand Up March for Science this Earth Day

Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to champion robustly funding and publicly communicating science for the common good as a pillar of freedom and prosperity. The group is calling on political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based standards in the public interest. The focus will showcase ... Read More »