by Matthew Segall
The universe is a body, according to Plato-- a Living Thing. It is unlike our own animal bodies, because it has no arms or legs to move around, since it is everywhere at once...
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Animals & Pets
by Hal Mosher
Animals are an integral part of our lives as they serve as reminders of our deep connection to nature. The animal mind has not been tainted by societal conventions, and more importantly neither has its instincts. In martial arts practice, we try to cultivate the sense of ourselves we had before our societal conditioning...
by Lou Harvey-Zahra
The earth – helped by her two friends, the warm sunshine and tickling rain – grows the food that we eat to stay alive. The earth looks after us and we need to look after her. The earth is our home and holds treasures of life: plants, insects and animals! Our own garden is a wonderful and amazing place...
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Lou states in Part 1 of her article, "As parents we need to ask the question: 'What legacy are we leaving for our children?' 'What about our children’s children?' No longer can companies and governments clear old growth rainforests, dredge the seas of all life, and pump toxic waste into our water ways, without a cry of 'no!' from protesters and protectors of our planet for the future generations." Again, in Part 2 she provides great ideas on becoming green and living a more sustainable life.
Family & Parenting
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Kids always promise to walk the puppy, feed the puppy, clean up after the puppy, if only we'd get a new puppy! In this lucky family, the big dog takes care of at least the walking part. Smart, if you ask me!
Animals & Pets
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Polar bears are usually loners, except when the mother bear is raising her cubs. This polar bear mama and her adorable twin cubs display behavior that reminds us of ourselves, as well displays bear specific behaviors. Watch how much fun they all have together.
Animals & Pets
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: Energy medicine benefits all living beings. Practitioner Wanda Buckner EdD describes how she provides healing energy therapy to people and their companion animals. Using such modalities as Healing Touch, Reconnective Healing and Matrix Energetics, she works in the client’s bio-energy field. For people and animals, this gentle-touch energy therapy supports the body's natural ability to heal.
by Sr. Chau Nghiem
Touching the earth is a practice developed by Thich Nhat Hanh to help us connect with the many different aspects of who we are: our blood and spiritual families; the country we live in; and all beings– animals, plants and minerals. When we are connected to our roots, to all that sustains us, we are happy and solid, no longer isolated and lonely. The following text is a version for young people written by Sr. Steadiness and Sr. Swiftness. For the original text see Teachings on Love, by Thich Nhat Hanh or click here for the Five Touchings of the Earth and here for the Three Touchings of the Earth and here for more practices.
Editor’s Note: Another wonderful meditation practice to do with the young ones.
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