Forest Bathing

The Japanese call it shinrin-yoku and use it as a nature therapy for spiritual restoration. Developed in 1980 for preventative care and healing, Japan now has 44 designated shinrin-yoku forests across the island nation. Research shows time spent in forest bathing can have positive neuro-psychological impacts on the nervous system,...

Spring’s Promise

It’s that time of year when we’re all antsy to get outside, change into t-shirts and shorts, and embrace our inner go-barefoot desires. Each seasonal shift has its abruptness, but winter-into-spring is special. Even for a winter lover like me, right now it’s an overstayed house guest whose every little...

Silent Mentors

The traditional approach to excelling at anything involves learning from someone who’s where you want to be. If it’s a creative goal, it’s from those who’ve achieved success and share expertise through explanatory mediums or via their work. In past times, one gained a skill or craft by apprenticing with...

Stretching Just Beyond

Just beyond yourself.It’s where you need to be. – David Whyte, opening lines to Just Beyond Yourself poem from The Bell and The Blackbird book One of my previous doctors had a few clever phrases on the secret of life: Motion is lotion.Flexibility is the fountain of youth. Clearly, movement...

False Alarms

These are odd times (not exactly news, I realize) when every brief pang of pain or off-feeling stirs up thinking “Oh my…do I have IT?” Whether it’s flaring allergies with a little sore throat, or maybe a bit of a flush feeling, or just overall achiness and malaise, we’re on...

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