I was not the type of child who enjoyed staying up late. Whether I was at home or at a slumber party, when I began to feel the Sandman calling, off to bed I went. I knew the intense discomfort I’d experience the next day if I hadn’t slept enough. My eyes would be heavy; […]
Insights on conscious living and holistic principles.
By Meg Agnew, SuEllen Hamkins, and Cindy L. Parrish It’s an observable phenomenon for girls in our current society to have strong “voices”—until the age of 11 or 12. Author Carol Gilligan and other social scientists have noted that, at this point in her life, a girl who previously was sure of herself, eager to […]
By Peter London On the fourth day of a weeklong course for artists and art teachers, I brought a group of 20 adults to the woods not far from our campus. A few hundred yards into the nature preserve, we stopped at a pretty place underneath some giant pines. A stream nearby could just be […]
By Sarahjoy Marsh One of the ways we’ve unknowingly learned to make ourselves the most uncomfortable is through the voice of our inner critic. I can tell you with great conviction: your inner critic has nothing new or intelligent to offer you, does not have your best interests at heart (and never will), and cannot […]
by Sarah Susanka “There’s no time like the present,” my new student says to me as she rushes off to pack her car after meditation on the last day of our retreat. She’s joined by a couple of other super-achievers who are intent on taking advantage of the few minutes before breakfast to get everything […]
I was 36 years old when I bought my first car. I was about to spend the summer volunteering at Kripalu, where public transit was not an option. Newly unemployed, I asked my father to help me find a reliable used car. In less than a week, he spotted his choice: a 1989 Honda Civic. […]
by David Harshada Wagner Every son has a father. And in every father-son relationship, there’s a chance for deep spiritual growth. Years ago, when I was first getting into serious spiritual training, I worked with a brilliant psychotherapist. In my first session he asked me what my intention was. “I don’t want to be like […]