Sharon Salzberg Teaches How to Grow Happiness at Work

Is happiness at work the final frontier for healthy living? Many of us spend more waking hours working than doing anything else. Relationships with colleagues play a significant role in whether we feel fulfilled, and work issues are among our greatest challenges in achieving happiness, says Sharon Salzberg, author of the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness. Salzberg’s readers and ... Read More »

Krishna Das in Concert

Following the studio recording of his new album, Krishna Das kicks off his tour of the United States at 7:30 p.m., on March 26, at the University of DC. From the first heart-opening sounds of the concert, as the harmonium blends with the unmistakable voice of Krishna Das, something stirs deep within. One knows immediately—this will be a soulful evening. Layering ... Read More »

Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

The Center for Mindful Living in Tenleytown is offering a special three-hour introductory class, led by Bill Mies, for anyone interested in learning more about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Saturday, January 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. MBSR assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to respond more skillfully to stress, medical ... Read More »

Volunteering Abroad

If you’re wondering what it’s like to volunteer abroad, consider an experience I had in Ecuador. I was assisting scientists studying a remote mountain cloud forest. My foot slipped on the steep, slick ground, and suddenly—thump—I was sliding down the Andes. I grabbed a branch to stop my descent, which wedged tree bark behind my thumbnail (ouch). Despite the throbbing, ... Read More »

NIHA Offers Innovative Smoking Cessation Program

Nicotine addiction is responsible for nearly one half of a million deaths per year in the United States and over five million deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The link between nicotine addiction and cancer, cardiovascular disease and other chronic psychiatric and medial disorders is irrefutable, yet our healthcare system offers smokers few safe, drug-free and effective options ... Read More »

Finding New Meaning in the Season

As we approach the end of the year, some of us may be excited about the holidays, while others may feel bored, impatient or a little cynical regarding the usual platitudes and complaints we hear. One minister observed that it is futile to talk about peace and goodwill unless there is justice to go along with it. Whether you celebrate ... Read More »

At The Faults of Enlightenment

The cliff hangs deep. It falls past the awareness of sleep. Dreams can never be forgotten, here, in this state beyond memory. The earthquake weeps for forgiveness. The edge is sharp, a razor cuts a hole in our hope; we are barriers to progress when harboring the belief that we are not capable or worthy. To hell with enlightenment, just be happy. We ... Read More »

Conscious Communication: Interacting with Our Whole Being

Communication is the most important part of our relationships. While we spend our entire lives communicating in one form or another, it is not always something that we do effectively. In fact, because we are constantly communicating, we can easily become unconscious about our interactions and this can lead to misunderstandings. Say for instance, you are at home with your ... Read More »

Doctors Harness the Power of Community

At Restorative Health in Tenleytown, DC, patients know that their health is seen as more than numbers on a chart. Rather, wellness is a journey on which we are continuously learning and growing. With that in mind, Restorative Health has launched a series of Healthy Living Classes to inspire patients to eat healthfully, to enjoy the movement of their body, ... Read More »

Values and Community at Maryland University of Integrative Health

When Cheryl Walker first entered the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) in 1998, as a student in a community education program, she had no idea that one day, she would be setting a new standard for university education as the nation’s first Chief Values Officer. Nor did she realize she would be creating a transformational educational experience for the ... Read More »