Photo by Leo Manjarrez on Unsplash By Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC If spaciousness were a muscle, could you flex yours easily? And what might you expect if you could? Cultivating the capacity for spaciousness in our lives is essential for a healthy and vibrant wellbeing. When I speak of spaciousness, I’m referring to both an internal, psychological spaciousness of mind and spirit, as well as a sense of physical spaciousness as you move through your day and your environment. Greater spaciousness, inside and out, can create an exquisite sense of personal sanctuary — a place of refuge and safety. A haven of [...]
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Photo on Unsplash By Julie Mariouw “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood,” said Tom Robbins in his book, Still Life with Woodpecker. One of my goals these days is to become less childish and more childlike. And there’s a way to make that happen: write with color. Think of it as playing on the page, finger painting with text. Try mixing color & smell. Use color as a character. All of these techniques will unleash your inner child — in an acceptable adult way, of course. Our writing is often black and white. We follow the rules, afraid [...]
Photo by Benjamin Lambert on Unsplash By Fredi Baker Something is happening to the world around us. No matter what your beliefs are about climate change, there is no denying it. Icecaps are melting, sea levels are rising. Weather is becoming more extreme. Environmental experts, along with activists like Greta Thunburg (age 17), are becoming louder and more influential. Added to that is the increasing awareness and anxiety about the plastic crisis we’re facing, which brings tangible evidence to the problem everywhere we look. Caring for our environment isn’t a political issue, it’s a humanitarian one. “We do not inherit the [...]
Photo by Vitalii Pavlyshynets on Unsplash By Allison Downing Jordan There are two kinds of environments that are key to our health and thriving as individuals and communities: our external environment and our internal environment. Your external environment includes the air you breathe, the sounds you hear, your relationships, your finances, your cleaning products, the biome you live in, the ozone layer, and so much more. Your internal environment includes your hormones, neurotransmitters, and even the myriad bacteria living in your gut. Here’s a quick review of your gut microbiome: No gut has all “good” bacteria. It’s a matter of having [...]
Photo at Dexter Beer Grotto By Jen DeGregorio When I was 19 years old, struggling to pay my college tuition, I landed a part time job as a clerk in the advertising department at a local newspaper. Over time, I watched the ad reps spend their days outside of the office meeting with local businesses. Getting out from behind a desk seemed glorious to me, so I asked my boss to give me a shot, promising my college work would not get in the way. I was painfully shy back then, but the prospect of making more money was enough to [...]
Photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash By Marilyn Pellini While the Second World War raged, I was too young to know its horror or importance. Though I didn’t understand the enormity of the dropping of the atomic bomb, I remember the sense of relief everyone felt, believing that this was the weapon to end all wars forever. I also remember one small thing having an impact on my life at that time. My third grade teacher told us that whenever we heard an airplane overhead, we should look up at it and say, “God, have them come back safe.” Even as a [...]