by Stacey Irwin
Parenting is tough. Not only are you charged with raising a child to be physically and emotionally healthy but also socially responsible. In this age of melting ice-caps, overflowing landfills and dwindling natural resources , it’s more important than ever to raise an eco-friendly child...
Editor's Note: I find this article to be really fun! Stacey shares some easy ways to "greenify" children's lives early on for a lasting impact.
by Susan de Wardt
Many subscribers ask me: where do you find your poems? I do spend quite a bit of time in my local library checking on new poetry anthologies but with the advent of the internet there are plenty of online resources for quality poetry...
Editor’s Note from Susan de Wardt: Having trouble finding poetry? Want to find a specific poem or work by a favorite poet? Looking for a new approach to teaching poetry? Here is a list of online resources for poetry.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
Editor's Note from Brian Critchley: Master Yoga Teacher Shiva Rea discusses how her yoga practice has heightened her awareness to the need to conserve our planet's energy resources. In this video she encourages us all to "unplug" and find time for a personal energy retreat to help our planet's health and to reconnect with that which is most important in life.
by Jack Rowe
A 'swale' is simply a long, shallow depression in the ground, designed to collect or redirect water. In general, permaculture swales are used to mimic the water-collecting and -holding abilities of a thick forest mulch.
Swales are most useful in reforestation of degraded, mostly-bare, arid or semi-arid hillsides, to direct water to trees (this water would otherwise run off the bare soil and be lost to the local landscape). In a healthy forest with a thick mulch of leaves or needles covering the ground, very little runoff occurs and swales would usually be unnecessary. A healthy forest is very good at managing its own water resources—if it ain't broke, spend your time fixing something that is.
Editor’s notes: Swales are ditches that are created to help water seep into the soil, making it more available to plants rather than letting the water run off your land. This also prevents erosion of precious soil. Here’s a description of different kinds of swales.
by David G Arenson ND
ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
We are born of the Earth, neither of the East nor of the West.
Wisdom is everlasting, never-ending and always changing. The wisdom of the ages is to be cherished and venerated, yet if we cannot filter it through our own internal resources, then we can be easily misled...
Editor's Note from David Arenson: What did the Buddha mean by the “middle path” and how is it relevant to our living philosophy? How can we incorporate "balance" into the rhythms of daily life? How can we understand and reframe the Eastern versus the Western approaches for spiritual evolution in a modern context? What is the purpose of our life within a framework of "dharma?" If every person sang their song as Divine particles and instruments of God, the universe would vibrate ecstatically. Imagine this world – or better, create it.
by from FoodTank
Every day, plant species across the globe are disappearing. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that approximately 75 percent of the Earth’s plant genetic resources are now extinct, and another third of plant biodiversity is expected to disappear by 2050. Up to 100,000 plant varieties are currently endangered worldwide...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Eating local extends in every land. Here's a list of interesting, delicious, and definitely beautiful fruit to try.
by Christina Roy, LAc, MSOM
In Boulder & all over Colorado right now road races, crits & time trials are in full swing. Including training times, a mind blowing amount of miles are being chewed up & elevation conquered.
While training to improve sprint speed, climbing power & overall endurance, the muscles are being broken down while tendons & ligaments are being stressed...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: A must-read for any athlete! This article explains the physiology of activity and rest, and the importance of giving your body the time and resources to recover from a strenuous workout. Chinese medicine is discussed as a great treatment tool for sports performance and injury prevention.
Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: There is a certain type of artwork that embodies both the concepts of traditional painting while at the same time embodies the current art concepts of graffiti artwork on the body. Since the beginning of time, art has been rendered through looking at the human figure, now for the first time art is not only being drawn on a person, but then photographed to keep its timelessness. Some body artists talk about the ideas of traditional values and ceremonial meanings for each symbol that is painted on the human being. In this trailer, you will discover the inexhaustable resources that art can be and the healing of the artwork itself that lends itself to a new era that is dawning in the art world, The World of Body Paint.
Arts & Art Therapy
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