by Martin Eisen
Tai Chi has increased in popularity in the western world. It often appears in the background of advertisements of unrelated products. It is recommended for seniors and by the American Arthritis Society, which has its own simplified version. Many health clubs and martial arts studios offer Tai Chi classes...
Editor's Note: My colleague Marty Eisen writes an interesting article about points to think about when one is considering learning tai qi or qi gong. These are meditative exercises that fall under the umbrella of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) due to their health benefits from Qi (vital energy) cultivation. Marty also discusses problems with scientific studies of tai qi and qi gong and why they likely do not accurately assess the benefits of these medical arts.
by Andrea Ploehn
One thing I’ve realized from working with so many infants is that they are learning and understanding things much sooner than many parents realize. Using baby sign language, parents can start to communicate with their babies months earlier than they might otherwise...
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: By communicating with sign language you can open up a new world at a much younger age. Some infants and toddlers are kinesthetic and visual learners. If your child is having difficulties communicating try sign language to break through their barriers. Andrea Ploehn has had excellent results using sign language with her four children.
Family & Parenting
by Rick Hanson, PhD
Moment to moment, the flows of thoughts and feelings, sensations and desires, and conscious and unconscious processes sculpt your nervous system like water gradually carving furrows and eventually gullies on a hillside. Your brain is continually changing its structure. The only question is: Is it for better or worse?...
Editor's Note from Diane Renz: I completely enjoy learning over and over again how to pay attention. All the interest in Present Moment and Mindfulness was given more credence with a study by, Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert, which concluded that "A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind". It showed that 46% of the time, we are thinking about something other than what we are doing...
Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We picked this particular video to share with you this month because of it's simplicity. The step by step instructions are as easy as ABC. When children get to plant a garden and reap the rewards their eyes light up. They get to learn about growing their own healthy organic food. They are learning science and math and don't even know it.
Family & Parenting
by Jodi Chapman
"In the introduction to the book, I describe feeling like I was missing something big, something important. I had been searching for answers for a long time and wasn’t any closer to finding them. I threw my hands in the air and asked the Universe “What do You Want Me to DO?” like a bratty child. It was a not-so-elegant moment of surrender..."
Editor´s Note from Jodi Chapman: In this Soulful Interview, Carol Woodliff talks about her new book, From Scared to Sacred: Lessons in Learning to Dance with Life.
by Nancy Burnett, PhD, CST-T, Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teacher
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy
A great deal of personal and family wounds can be avoided by distinguishing personal responsibility in various situations of life...
Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Everyone is familiar with the blame game. In part one of a two-part article, I explore the underlying principle that taking responsibility for one's self goes a long way toward living a harmonious life. Whether responsibility for them is obvious or obscured, disruptive events often present learning opportunities.
by by Elaine Grundy
Reiki is Japanese for Universal Life Force or Life Energy. It is a practice of energy healing that requires no prerequisites, no diets, no beliefs, no prayer. Of course the Reiki Master you choose will come with his or her own baggage, beliefs and packaging, so simply choose the one you like and have fun...
Editor's Note: If you're thinking of learning Reiki, this article has some nice thoughts to consider.
Editor´s Note from Brooke Nisbet: In this incredibly personal TEDtalk, yoga teacher Stephanie Snyder discusses a time in her 20s when she almost killed herself. In hindsight, she explains, she didn't understand herself and this disconnect was manifesting through rage, addictions, and toxic relationships.
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