Poems to power your practice: The Coming of Light, by Mark Strand

December 18, 2014

The Coming of Light Even this late it happens: the coming of love, the coming of light. You wake and the candles are lit as if by themselves, stars gather, dreams pour into your pillows, sending up warm bouquets of air. Even this late the bones of the body shine and tomorrow’s dust flares into breath. —Mark Strand Photo by Robert Couse-Baker, used with Creative Commons license.


Essential oils to the rescue (and defense!)

December 17, 2014

Essential oils have always tickled a fancy of mine, much like many alternative treatment methods with which I have tinkered and toyed. During pregnancy, labor was gently encouraged with clary sage baths and skin was tonified throughout the big stretch with geranium oil rubs. After meeting the lovely Mary at Kripalu, I am a devout sprinkler of lavender on my pillowcase come bedtime. But that is about the extent of it. Until now. Something in me has stirred and I have fallen head over heels with a particular online aromatherapist named Jill who is the brain behind The Prairie Homestead. [...]
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Gather pick: 7 tips for healthy holiday travel

December 16, 2014

Planes, trains, and automobiles… Is it really the holiday season if you aren’t shlepping yourself/your children/gifts/groceries/goodness knows what else across vast distances, often during the worst weather imaginable? Joe Cross, of the documentary film Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, has a few tips on how to make your journey more manageable: 1. Prepare and organize. Traveling comes with predictable challenges, mostly from being out of your own controllable environment. One of those is the challenge of finding fresh, wholesome plant-based food, either in an airline terminal, onboard a commercial flight or while driving down a highway. You can beat the [...]
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