Wisdom

Amazing Embrace

The Healing Power of Hugs  by April Thompson  Hugs don’t just feel good; they do good. A simple embrace can boost our health and mood, connect us spiritually and even help mend society. Hugs and other types of affectionate touching can provide numerous benefits in the face of threats or stress, according to Michael Murphy, Ph.D., a researcher with the ... Read More »

Ken Page on Making Love Last

by Emily Courtney Ken Page is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and author of Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy. A relationship, intimacy and dating expert, he has led hundreds of workshops on intimacy and spirituality and taught at Columbia University, the Omega Institute and the Garrison Institute. Page also ... Read More »

Befriending Food

Embrace the Psychology of Eating by Marlaina Donato Anyone that has struggled to lose weight, eat right or deal with an eating disorder is familiar with the emotional battle that can evolve from the simple act of seeking sustenance. “The black-and-white mentality of needing to be perfect or counting calories leads us into a rabbit hole of bingeing, dieting and ... Read More »

Surprise Yourself in 2019

by Marcia Childress Fresh starts are inspiring. We feel free from our past mistakes and even a bit smarter because of them; since we know more about what we want and perhaps too much about what we don’t want. A whole new year promises a whole new you. But let’s stay real here: this is an artifice, an illusion. We ... Read More »

Head, Heart and Gut-Check—How to Navigate a Confusing World

by Lee Milteer We are living in unprecedented times of stress, confusion and overwhelm. We all need resources to help navigate these challenging times and make the right decisions for the highest and best long-term good for ourselves, our family and our business. Those resources can be found within each of us if we pause to consider three reliable indicators: ... Read More »

Illuminate Festivals in Fairfax and Columbia

Enjoy the finest of local holistic wellness practitioners, products and amazing artisans of all kinds at the upcoming Illuminate Festivals. The Fairfax Festival will be held on January 20 and the Columbia Festival will be held on January 26. Both events run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. At both of these events, participants can shop, sample and delight the ... Read More »

Jacob Liberman on Light as Our Essential Nature

by Deborah Shouse As a boy growing up in Havana, Cuba, Jacob Liberman struggled with reading—that’s one reason this Maui, Hawaii, resident finds it miraculous that he was called to write books. An optometrist, Liberman initially specialized in helping children with vision-related difficulties find ways to better learn and pay attention. That evolved into working with professional athletes and eventually ... Read More »

Party Healthy

Tips from a Rock Star Doctor by April Thompson The holidays can emulate a rock star’s life: a wearying travel schedule and social calendar, overindulging in rich food and drink, restless nights in unfamiliar beds. Fortunately, celebrity tips and tricks can help us through a hectic season, according to Gabrielle Francis, naturopath and author of The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock ... Read More »

Holiday Happiness Helpers

Six Ways to Bring On Joy by James Baraz To truly enjoy the holidays, try these simple, research-based practices to maintain a healthy state of mind. Set an intention to enjoy the holidays. By making the conscious decision to be open to true well-being and happiness, we’ll be more likely to have our “antenna” up so we’re alert to uplifting ... Read More »

Kristi Nelson on Why Gratefulness Brings Happiness

by April Thompson Kristi Nelson has dedicated her career to leading, funding and strengthening organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change. Today, at the helm of Network for Grateful Living, she is helping awaken thousands of people around the world to the life-changing practice of gratefulness. Co-founded by Benedictine monk, teacher and author David Steindl-Rast, the network offers educational ... Read More »