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Om Sweet Om

Sounding the Key Note of the Universe

by SAM SAUNDERS

Sounding the Key Note of the Universe

"Om” is a Hindu sacred sound considered the greatest of all mantras, traditionally used in prayers, chants and meditation—possessing high spiritual and creative power, it can be recited by anyone. Om is both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth. When pronounced correctly, it is actually ...

Mindfulness for Little Ones

Teaching Kids to Be Calm and Focused

by TRACI CHILDRESS

Teaching Kids to Be Calm and Focused

Mindfulness, simply defined, is being in the moment. Using simple tools can help us consciously notice our breath, bodies and sensations, as well as what is happening around us. As we practice noticing, we can more readily return to the moment and more immediately connect with ourselves and others. Integrating five mindfulness practices into...

Sparking Creativity in Elders with Dementia

Re-Engaging Through Art, Music and Dance

by DEBORAH SHOUSE

Re-Engaging Through Art, Music and Dance

Is there a way to upend the limits of Alzheimer’s disease? Expressive therapies focus on what people can do and their successes. Cultural programs offer creative opportunities for those with dementia and their care partners...

Kamini Desai Explores a Yogic Life

Inner Calmness Leads to Self-Mastery

by LINDA SECHRIST

Kamini Desai

Kamini Desai’s Ph.D.-worthy versatile body of teachings combines her lifelong interests in Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. Trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, she develops and leads core programs for ...

The Great Classroom Pet Debate

Kids Like Classroom Pets, Animal Lovers Raise Doubts

by SANDRA MURPHY

Kids Like Classroom Pets, Animal Lovers Raise Doubts

Aclassroom pet can help students learn about caring for another species, but is it the best way to teach? A classroom pet can be a great opportunity to teach children gentle behavior. Many kids take pride in...

Conscious Caregiving

Nurture Yourself While Helping Another

by DEBORAH SHOUSE

Nurture Yourself While Helping Another

"If you’re depressed, tired or sick, your caregiving is likely to suffer,” counsels John Schall, CEO of Caregiver Action Network, in Washington, D.C., and a former family caregiver. “For the sake of your loved one, take care of..."

Say Yes to Yoga

It Boosts Health, Peace, Community and Spirituality

by LYNDA BASSETT

It Boosts Health, Peace, Community and Spirituality

LLois Parker Carmona first stepped into a yoga studio looking for better physical health. “I was doing hot vinyasa because I wanted to sweat. I wanted to feel better,” she recalls. Many people on a similar quest try yoga for the first time during...

Day Care Goes Green

What’s Good for Kids is Good for the World

by AVERY MACK

What’s Good for Kids is Good for the World

With children especially susceptible to germs, chemical sensitivities and allergens, it makes sense to ensure that the child-friendliness of day care facilities extends to their ecological integrity.

When Denise Adusei, of New York City, was unable to find a preschool that included all the criteria she sought, she ...

Water Doggies

Given a Pool or Lake, Canines Dive Into Action

by SANDRA MURPHY

Given a Pool or Lake, Canines Dive Into Action

Water sports for dogs can be done just for fun or to earn recognition. Venues range from a backyard adult or kiddie pool to a lake, river or ocean. All offer healthful exercise for canine bodies and brains...

Super-Immunity for Kids

Simple Ways to Boost a Child’s Long-Term Health

by LISA TURNER

Simple Ways to Boost a Child’s Long-Term Health

We’d love it if our kids had fewer sick days away from school, but what if by bolstering their immune systems now, we could also protect them from serious diseases going ...

Schools that Rock

Innovators Blaze Creative Paths

by SANDRA MURPHY

Innovators Blaze Creative Paths

Creative educational initiatives offer more flexible programs of study than traditional institutions. First introduced into the United States in the latter part of the 20th century, today there are thousands of such facilities operating according to their own lights. Yet many share certain distinguishing characteristics including emphasis on...

Runner's Hi

Women and Social Media Revolutionize the Sport

by DEBRA MELANI

Women and Social Media Revolutionize the Sport

Whether donning colorful tutus or making a marathon a girls’ day out, the current running scene is attracting a broader group of fitness-seekers mindful of the enhanced benefits of a more well-rounded approach. Rather than pursuing...

Safe & Sustainable Seafood

Navigate Today’s Best Choices Using Updated Guides

by JUDITH FERTIG

Navigate Today’s Best Choices Using Updated Guides

Wlove our seafood, a delicious source of lean protein. The latest data reports U.S. annual consumption to be more than 4.8 billion pounds of it, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the average American eating 3.5 ounces of seafood a week. About half of the catch is...

Cures in the Kitchen

Dr. Mark Hyman is Fed Up with Our National Health Crisis

by JUDITH FERTIG

Dr. Mark Hyman is Fed Up with Our National Health Crisis

In the groundbreaking new documentary film, Fed Up, Dr. Mark Hyman prescribes a major overhaul of the diets of all family members in communities across America to prevent far-reaching unwanted consequences. Hyman practices functional medicine, which takes a whole-system approach to treating chronic illnesses by...

You, an Inspiring Force

5 Steps to Finding and Using Your Super Power Gifts

by TERESA BROWN

5 Steps to Finding and Using Your Super Power Gifts

We were all born with creative gifts and talents. Each of us has "something" special and unique to share with the world that will bring joy to, improve the life of, or change the path for someone else. The challenge is...

Summer Mini-Getaways

Green Travelers Recharge at Spas, Parks and Vineyards

by APRIL THOMPSON

Green Travelers Recharge at Spas, Parks and Vineyards

Carving out time from crammed calendars for a week or more away from home can pose such a hurdle that more than half of all American workers forfeit hard-earned vacation days every year. Sometimes a long weekend in an inspiring locale is all we need to...

Learning that Transforms Hearts and Minds

Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything

by LINDA SECHRIST

Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything

In the 30 years since Harrison Owen introduced Open Space Technology (OST), it has been used hundreds of thousands of times by three-quarters of the world’s countries. Whether a few people gather in a circle to share ideas and brainstorm personal issues or thousands discuss a bulletin board of topics around tables, OST is a safe, informal venue for...

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