Wisdom

Meditative Melodies

How Sound Deepens Meditation by Dudley Evenson When life is stressful, we know we need to relax. The question is how. Many wonderful ways involve combining music with a meditation practice. Although we can’t always control our surroundings, we can learn to control how we react to and internalize what happens around us. On the value of meditation and mindfulness, ... Read More »

Yoga Meets Life’s Essential Questions

Tapping into Our True Nature by Michael A. Singer In 1972, I experienced a profound spiritual awakening and went into seclusion to focus on my inner growth. This awakening helped me see that I’m not my mind—I am the observer of my mind. I watched this chattering mind creating an obstacle to self-realization and true happiness. I also came to ... Read More »

Simplicity Parenting

Why Less Means More Happiness by Deborah Shouse Parents wishing to simplify child-raising seek less stress and more fun; less scheduling and more casual time; less “shoulds” and more “want tos”; less second-guessing and more confidence. For a happier family life, experts encourage parents to stay true to their own values, strengths and sense of family purpose, focusing on the ... Read More »

Erling Kagge on Our Deep Need for Silence

by Randy Kambic Explorer, publisher, art collector and author Erling Kagge inspires us to find silence around and within us as a transformative experience. The lengths he’s gone to make himself an authority in this pursuit include being the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge on foot—the North and South poles and Mount Everest summit. He has also ... Read More »

A Kinder Heart

Cultivating a Life of Compassion by Amy Leigh Mercree The path to mentally transcending the world’s intrusive bustle is to be compassionate with our self and others. It begins in a relaxed heart from which emanate daily thoughts, words and deeds. Here’s a helpful centering exercise. Sit or lie in a quiet spot for about 10 minutes with eyes closed ... Read More »

Doing Nothing

Why Time-Outs Matter by April Thompson In a harried world where our work is never done, it’s tough to take time-outs to do nothing. But when we pump the brakes on Americans’ obsessive drive, we discover fresh productivity, creativity and contentment. “We’re socialized to pride ourselves on accomplishment and achievement, yet when you step back, you realize doing nothing produces ... Read More »

Kid Talk

How to Communicate with a Child  by Amber Lanier Nagle Dudley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a ... Read More »

Indigenous Wisdom

Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life by Anita Sanchez First, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, ... Read More »

Reclaim Your Magic

Make Your World Wondrous Again by Paige Leigh Reist We are all born with magic, but somewhere along the way, life tends to stomp it out of us. When we are living in our magic, we become curious, passionate and energetic. We thrive. Here are five ways to begin to reclaim our own special vibrancy. 1.Live with Earth’s cycles Our ... Read More »

Eating More Mindfully

by Elizabeth McMillan It has been a long day at work, you come home and feel ravenous. You just want 20 minutes to yourself before picking up the kids from soccer. You sit down with a bag of chips to have a snack and poof, before it’s even time to pick them up the entire bag is gone. How many ... Read More »