Slow Down and Connect

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My father has always pursued his goals and passions like a man chasing his dreams as the sun sets. As a result, he’s lived in a hurry. And he’s always eaten as if each meal is a race against time, a mundane task to finish as fast as possible to get to the really important things. I’ve cooked him countless meals, and he’s often done before I sit down to eat. When I ask if he enjoyed his food, he says, “Yes,” and thanks me. If I ask him later what he ate, he usually can’t remember, since he wasn’t…

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7 Keys to Incredible Self-improvement

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We all want to change; in desperation we seek improvement and often count on others to perform the labor for us. We so frequently ask others to open the doors of change for us that we forget the keys are in our own pockets. Indeed, we are the sole catalysts of our growth. General change is the result of external influences; positive self-change is the child of inner will. Don’t avoid the work involved or fear the admittedly tedious process, because the right revisions are nothing short of miraculous. Implement these seven keys to incredible, permanent self-improvement: Define your reasons.…

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Forest Bathing

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Urban Biophilia: The Tree Diaries If you are on Facebook, chances are good that you have seen images similar to this one, with a slogan about the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, translated as “Forest Bathing.” But what is it exactly? What are the benefits, and can we practice it in New York City? In short, Forest Bathing involves walking leisurely in a treed setting while mindfully tuning into one’s senses. In A Little Guidebook of Shinrin-Yoku, Amos Clifford says, “In addition to the mechanism of aromatherapy, the forest environment bathes us in many other healing influences. The sounds of the…

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Take Nothing for Granted

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Have you ever observed your grandfather keenly cleaning and preserving his old bike, taking hours and proudly telling you it still works fine? Or even how his age-old watch is as good as new? Or have you seen his blooming garden? It is not because he has a lot of time now as he has retired from job; it is because he still cares for his gears like he did when the day he got them. It is because he values each and every plant like his own child. This is one virtue we all need to learn from the older generation:…

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How Do You Find Freedom From Fear?

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Fear often defies rational explanation. And yet, many people still suffer from it and are working  to overcome it. There is something built into us that wants to be free of the grinding limitation of chronic fear and the negative impact it has on health, but there is freedom from fear. Let’s take fear of flying. In today’s world this fear could be really limiting. Estimates are that up to 25% of the population of the United States have some form of anxiety about flying and that 20 million Americans have severe fear of flying. According to those trying to understand…

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How Do We Fix Our Broken World?

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There’s no doubt that humanity is at a massive turning point. The survival of our home—our planet—is now in danger because of severe environmental decline. When 20% of the world’s people—mainly in developed countries like the U.S.—use 80% of the planet’s resources, that creates terrible poverty and ecological imbalance. When healthcare, education and housing are designed for profit, most people get left in the dust. What if these vital systems—the economy, healthcare, housing and food distribution—were re-made to benefit everyone, not just a privileged few? Can you imagine a world where sharing and cooperation are the norm? Is such a transformation even possible? Yes, it…

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Warriors When No One is Watching: Meditative Movement

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Meditative Movement as Therapy Is that you dear Warrior, I almost mistook you for a Maasai, rattling your bones like that. I hope you have enjoyed the experience of connecting with your body, of shaking it, of feeling it come alive. How do you move in your life these days? After all that talk about foundations and anchors into the earth, I now invite you to step into the second chakra, with its element of water and the qualities of fluidity and unctuousness. Tip toe in, if you like. It is a very engaged chakra: all about relationships, sensation and…

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An Intro to Herbalism

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A Q&A Renowned Herbalist Robin Rose Bennett on Healing Herbs How did you discover your path as an herbalist? I’ve always believed that everyone has a path that is theirs, and the central theme of that path can be walked in countless ways. My path is, in the broadest sense, the path of embodying what I know and joyfully teaching it to others. And the heart of my teaching is about recognizing and singing out the truth of the interconnectedness of all life, the oneness that reveals itself in multitudinous forms. Nature is the perfect mirror of this web of…

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7 Qualities to Seek in a Soulmate

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I recently visited a doctor who happened to be an old family friend. He casually asked how I was coping with the loss of my husband, who had passed away from cancer five years ago. When I replied that I was doing well, I received the most unexpected reaction from the man: He began to cry, confessing that many years ago, my husband had lent him money to attend medical school without ever asking for it in return. “Because of him I was able to become a doctor,” he said. I had never known this, but the doctor’s revelation reminded…

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