Over the past few years, I've been hearing more about sage smudging from friends who are distinctly not woo-woo. I don’t pretend to understand the ancient rituals that have inspired our mainstream practice of burning sage sticks. But here’s what I do know: there’s a discernable shift in my living space after I smudge. After years of smudging, the smell alone calms me and clears my mood.
Kira RoarkWhen not writing for Books for Better Living, KIRA ROARK is practicing yoga, meditating, reading, and going on relaxed runs on the creek trail down the street. Or ... watching Real Housewives and lazing by the pool. (Life is all about balance, right?) She lives in "the city house zoo" - a highrise apartment in downtown Denver she shares with her husband, stepdaughter, dog, cat, tortoise + two fish. You can reach her at ClarityBranding.com.
Articles by Kira Roark
Teff is an Ethiopian grain that’s making its way into natural grocery stores across the U.S. It's rich in protein. It’s full of six different amino acids and minerals that we’re often lacking (iron, magnesium, calcium, copper). It has anti-inflammatory properties and can help with menstrual issues. Its high-fiber content can gently speed up the digestive process. Wow, these little seeds are powerful!
I picked up a copy of American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America because I admire Michelle Obama, not because I was interested in gardening (also: it's a gorgeous coffee table book). But I was so inspired while reading it, I created a windowsill garden in our apartment.
You'll need to come up with your own set of measures (beyond how thin is your waistline and how fat is your wallet). How about: how peaceful are your days? How comfortable is your body? How spacious are your thoughts?
To honor those we've lost, we can write down a favorite memory, put it in our stocking, and then read them together during the holidays. Each year, the slips of paper in our stockings will grow, inviting us to celebrate those who have passed. It's a lovely way to bring them with us into this special time of year.
Here's something interesting I learned reading Greg McKeown's Essentialism: the word 'priority' used to be used only in the singular. As in 'this is my one priority' not 'I'm balancing all my priorities.' When you think about it, doesn't having more than one priority negate the whole idea? It undercuts the intrinsic power of choosing what not to do.
DIY natural skin care is all about making your own face masks, scrubs, and cleansers from ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Simple, natural recipes to get that fresh glow. But before I discovered some tried-and-true recipes, I whipped up my own DIY face treatments, with some not-so-great results.
I live with my husband, stepdaughter, dog, cat, tortoise, and fish in a high-rise apartment. It sounds crazy and cramped, but it's not. It's vibrant and full of life ... I can't imagine living in a home not filled with the energy of these amazing creatures. Our "city house zoo" makes us laugh, keeps us centered, and reminds us what's most important in life: love.
Fall is the craftiest time of the year. The vibrant color of the falling leaves, the spicy smell of pumpkin spice, the crisp temperatures – it all combines to make us want to snuggle inside and get crafty. So we've gathered three of our favorite easy craft projects to enjoy on a beautiful fall day.
Meditation doesn't have to be a thing. You don't have to sit on a cushion before an altar with incense burning. You don't need to dedicate an hour (or even 30 minutes!) of your day. As the earth turns inward in autumn, we have a chance to get quiet, calm, grounded. We'll show you how with these meditations for fall.