by Gary E. Schwartz
Reviewed by Marjorie Tietjen
Many today are greatly concerned about the allopathic medical system, it's monopoly and the control it seems to have over us. Despite what appears to be advanced medical care, the population is more disease ridden than ever before. A growing number of citizens feel it is time to take back control of one of our most intimate resources... our health...
Books for Healing
by Natasha Thomas
There are many things in our everyday world that can bring pain: extreme temperatures and overworked muscles alone can make quite the combination! In addition to eating well, staying hydrated, and exercising regularly, there are some things you can do musically to alleviate pain and facilitate rest and relaxation...
Editor's Note from Bernice Chu: How can we use music to replenish our own resources? Natasha Thomas writes curiously about the different aspects of music listening and making, and how one may use this to restore oneself. This has certainly encouraged me to explore and re-visit my own musical resources.
Editor's Note from David Arenson: An important video about sacred economics. We know the current system isn't working. Eisenstein offers an alternative he calls "sacred economics". "We've all been given a gift, the gift of life. What we do with our lives is our gift back." I encourage readers to watch and spread the message of new possibility, community living and sharing of resources. This is true sacred living.
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.
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