Why We Need to Make Time for Silence

In a stimulus-heavy world, taking time to be in silence can remind us of the wonder of being alive.

“Please don’t take it personally, or think I’m odd. I just love being in silence,” I uttered nervously to my partner in the early days of our relationship before heading to a 10-day silent retreat. He’s now used to it. I got back two weeks ago from my second silent stint this year, and have […]

Somatic Meditation

Forget quieting your mind. Meditate with your body instead.

“The body knows things directly, immediately, nakedly, without any conceptual overlay.” — Reginald Ray, The Practice of Pure Awareness Many traditions teach us to meditate from the top down – focusing on the mind and our thoughts. Somatic meditation teaches us to begin with the body. We settle into our body to find deep presence; […]

How to Take the Ultimate Mental Health Day

Adult “Skip Day” tips from the pros.

This past summer, Madalyn Parker, a Michigan web developer tweeted out her boss’s supportive response to her need for a couple of mental health days. The tweet went viral in our collective version of a mouth drop. Most bosses and managers are usually not so understanding. Parker’s tweet generated discussion about the need to destigmatize […]

Aligning with the Lunar Cycle

How understanding and aligning with the moon’s rhythms can help us come into balance.

While many of us are coming around to the idea that a more “natural” way of life may be better for our health, there is another less obvious way we can align ourselves with our body and mind’s natural tendencies. We can follow the energy of the moon.

An Excerpt from Dr. Jay Lombard’s The Mind of God

How hope acts as a bridge between mind and body.

Dr. Jay Lombard, a board certified neurologist, is a seeker in search of spiritual truth and understanding. Don’t let the title of his new book The Mind of God scare you away. Dr. Jay has no patience for dogma or labels. What he has instead is a passion to wonder, and in his book, he explores the brain in search of the seat of the human soul.

Getting into the Flow: Water as Our Teacher

Water is as close to “home” as we can get: Our blue planet is about 70 percent water, as are our bodies. “We spend the first nine months of our lives immersed in the watery environment of our mother’s womb, and human fetuses still have gill-slit structures in their early stages of development,” Wallace Nichols, marine biologist, reminds us in his bestselling book Blue Mind.

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