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Change Your Health Story Using Forest Bathing

Walk through a forest and your body and mind will soon reflect that you are free of electronics, artificial light, mechanical noises, and constant distractions that invisibly raise your stress levels and cause you to jump from thought to thought. Forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku as it’s called in Japan, is a practice of taking time to enjoy moving through the woods one step at a time, stopping ...

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Energy Healing and Nature

Many different wisdom traditions have recognized that natural spaces can affect people’s energy in particular ways. Are you sensitive enough to recognize the subtle changes in energy as you walk from one area to another, such as across a meadow or along a beach? Can you identify spots that have healing powers? If not, you might be able to develop this ability by spending more time in nature. ...

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When Your Spending Habits Aren’t Working for You

The beginning of a new year holds the promise of reinvention, retooling, and rejuvenation, and we eagerly anticipate that this year will be different and better. We vow to change old habits that are no longer working for us. Soon, however, we find ourselves stuck again in the old patterns. If your spending habits are not working for you, and you believe you are committed to changing them, you may ...

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A Time to Imagine

Is it a time to imagine what you might create for yourself? When planning, planting, and cultivating something new—such as a relationship, a career, or a project—we naturally want to avoid difficulties. Yet we also want to enjoy a bountiful harvest that lasts a long time. Therefore, we imagine, we plant, and we persevere, hoping to bring into being what we desire. If we have invested g...

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How I Think About Giving on the Street

When it comes to our stories, most of us want to think of ourselves as people who are supportive of others. How much of your story involves giving to those in your community who are less fortunate? Many people don’t often ask this question of themselves until a stranger asks them for money. In that moment, they have to make a decision. Shamans say that we live in ayni, or mutuality, with the ...

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