Inspirational Articles

Nature's Rhythms

Rhythm is fundamental to well-being. It is the keynote of nature. It’s not just a sign of life—it is life. The cycles of nature guide our lives, and their wisdom can be our wisdom, too. We often forget that our body is part of the body of the...

Village: Our Loss, Our Longing

When I was in college, I heard about hippies living together on communes. It sounded so wild, so flowery, so free. Midwives, breast milk, raw honey kind of free. Then my college roommates came along. Our house was nowhere near as clean as my...

The Flow of Life in Pregnancy and Birth

Everything we see and feel and do is about movement and flow. Daily, we watch the sun move from the eastern horizon to the west. We feel the wind tug at our bodies as we walk outside, see the flight of birds from one point in the blue sky to...

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

One day Confucius was walking along with some disciples when they came upon two boys arguing. Confucius asked the boys what the dispute was about. They told him they were arguing about whether the sun was nearer at dawn and farther away at noon, or...

Empowering Feminine Energy

Women grow in confidence when they draw upon their feminine wisdom.

Making Time to Stop and Think: Principles to Live By from Mother and Activist Atsuko Watanabe

Everyone is in a hurry. There may be many reasons for this, but one result is certain: We don’t get much time to think. If we want to be more fully human, one of the places we could start is to consider what exactly “a human being” is. What are we...

Dando a Luz: Rediscovering the Ancient Wisdom in Birth

There exists a moment just before a baby takes that first breath that holds a significance only paralleled by the final one. These short periods of in-between, the sacred pauses before our entrances and exits, provide us with an opportunity to...

In The Flow: Bringing the Moon Inside

Ah, childbirth classes. For some of you reading this they may be a memory—or they may be yet to come. There you gather, in a room full of pillows, partners, and other blossoming mothers-to-be, to receive the great secrets about this most mysterious...

Bliss: Knowing Everything is Okay

The moment I love the most during yoga nidra meditation is toward the end, when you’re barely sensing your body. All thoughts fade, your heart opens, and this sense of being connected to a universal fire emerges. Whether there’s something going on in...

Gaining Perspective

I read somewhere that all perception is misperception, and I see some truth in that. Not that our perceptions are mis- in the literal sense of wrong or bad— they just don’t represent the whole picture. So perhaps it’s more accurate (and less...

Birth Story

The Power an Adjustment Can ReleaseBy Mallory Josh

Cleaning Up the Heartbreak

We were on our way out the door, which has always been a little stressful since we had children. There’s just something about making ourselves and our kids look presentable—all at the same time—that causes tensions to run high. On this...

Honoring Mother

The BlessingWay Ceremony, ancient yet still practiced today, is an organized tour through the mysteries of transition and of great psychological import. It is the traditional Navajo way to honor a young woman entering fertility, a pregnant woman...

The Eagle Hoop Prophecy: Introduction to The Four Sacred Gifts

In 1994, a vision came to a Mohican man as he slept in his house tucked into the large pine trees on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. An eagle flew above his sleeping self, dropping a beam of light upon the man’s head. This ray of light began to...

The Power of Fear

“Fear is the heartbeat of the powerless.” So writes Cor de Jonghe. That’s true. We can deal with almost everything, except fear.

The Miraculous Mirror Effect of Group Intention

In 2005 I had grown especially curious about the implication that thoughts are an actual something with the capacity to change physical matter. A number of bestselling books had been published about the law of attraction and the power of...

Creating Your Own Power of Eight Circle

Assemble a group of eight like-minded friends who are open to the possibility of healing and intention. You can use a book group, a church group, or the members of your neighborhood. It’s not necessary to be physically present with the members of t...

Conscious Decisions

Just because an idea or way of doing things is popular doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. Part of the way that something becomes popular is that many of us don’t take the time to determine what’s right for us; we simply do what most people we know...

8 Alternatives to College

When I was 19, I won some money in a chess tournament. Instead of putting that money toward my college tuition, I decided to drop out of college and buy a car. I bought a used 1982 Honda Accord. I drove it around for a few hours since they...

My New Year's Resolution

As a relative newbie to this whole “spiritual awakening” thing, I have still spent much of the past several years motivated by the carrot of victory. Of course, my opponent is no longer disease, germs, and pharmaceutical non-compliance. No…it has...