by Tom Cowan, PhD
These weeks around the winter solstice are undoubtedly the most nostalgic season of the year. (Except for maybe summer.) The trappings of this season remind us of all the trappings from previous years: holiday songs, candles, trees, lights, ornaments, tinsel, gifts, wreathes, and the cookies...
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Shamanic experiences in non-ordinary reality happen outside of linear time and ordinary space. Tom Cowan brings that understanding of existence into the cyclical realm of the feelings that many of us often have around the many holidays associated with the winter Solstice. Some feelings and memories may be wonderful, or… not so much, but whatever they are, we can become more self aware of ourselves and our relationship with the rest of the natural world by paying attention to them. Learning from the past is crucial to a more conscious Now and Future.
by Peter Russell
Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com
You may be surprised to hear that meditation should be effortless, that no striving or concentration is needed. I know I was. When I first became interested in meditation, back in the mid-sixties, I was repeatedly told that it took great mental discipline and many years of practice...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: Peter talks about learning meditation by letting it rest in the experience therefore taking away the striving, judgements and idea that we need to achieve something.
by Abbey Denaro, DC
ATH Co-Editor of Chiropractic
If you wanted to learn how to play the drums, how many lessons do you think you would need? That really depends on the level of skill you wish to attain...
Editor´s Note from Abbey Denaro: Even though we are designed to be born with great health, there are many interfering factors, which over time change the status of our health. Like learning to play the drums, we must practice, practice, practice at being healthy because we can lose it much faster than we can gain it back.
by Shelly Birger Phillips, MA
I think one of the most challenging lessons I’ve learned as a teacher and as a parent is when NOT to intervene. It is actually excruciating for me to hear a child struggling and not rush over to help. But sometimes doing nothing is actually the best thing we can do for a child...
Editor's Note: Perfect reminder for parents to step back and allow our children to achieve things without our help. Instead of stepping in and offering assistance or taking over because it's more convenient for us Shelly gives us a moment to realize our children are learning how to navigate life and we need to allow them the chance to do it.
Family & Parenting
by Michael Williams, PhD,
Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling
We’ve all experienced the satisfaction of hearing or reading a good story or feeling that “wow” factor after watching an engaging film. And when telling a story, we frequently feel better for sharing it...
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Neuroscience research is increasingly learning more about our amazing brains. In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, I discover what this research has learned about how story affects our brains -- seems that it does so in a very positive manner. This research is also attracting attention from the world of well-being, business, and even the military.
by Jack Canfield
The first Success Principle I teach is to take 100 percent responsibility for your life. Each of us has the power within us to create the life we want, the life we dream about, the life we were born to live. Each of us deserves to fulfill our full potential and manifest our true destiny. It is our birthright, but it must be claimed. It must be earned through hard work, and part of that work is first learning and then living by the time-tested and ageless principles that are guaranteed to bring about our desired results...
by Simone Wright
Learning to develop and trust our intuitive intelligence is more important now than it ever has been before. According to a recent UCLA study, we are exposed to a tsunami of information that amounts to over 174 newspapers full of data per day...
Editor's Note from Natalie Jovanic: Our society has information overload. In the past, I often felt overwhelmed and confused by this overload, until I decided to tune into my intuitive intelligence to take a decision that felt right for me. My intuition helped me to let go of unhealthy relationships. Now, it guides me in all aspects of my life. Tune into your intuition to take the right choices for your life. Simone Wright's article explains you more with this natural wisdom that resides with you.
by Annie Leonard
One of the best, and one of the worst, parts of my job is being on the road a lot. I love meeting new people, learning about how sustainability issues are surfacing in different places and seeing what people are doing about them in diverse communities. Usually, these trips fuel my hope, as I see first hand so many solutions being implemented by students, parents, artists, farmers and businesspeople all doing their bit to make the world better...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Styrofoam is one of the products we create that never really goes away. It piles in landfills and litters our lives until we are long gone. Even while we eat or drink with this product, the toxic chemicals can leach into the food...
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