Inspirational Articles

You’re Glowing. Literally: So Be Sure to Shine on Your Kids

A 2009 study by several Japanese scientists found that “the human body literally glimmers.” It turns out that the light the body gives off is of 1,000 times lower intensity than the sensitivity of our naked eyes. They found this by making a rather...

Erasing Misconceptions: Setting the Record Straight on Six Homeschooling Myths

I never planned to homeschool. I am the daughter, niece and granddaughter of excellent public school teachers. I cheerfully volunteered in my children’s classrooms and worked on parent committees. I believed in doing my best to change a flawed s...

The Pregnancy Circle: Preparing for Motherhood One Breath at a Time

What would the transition into motherhood be like if women were encouraged to build their own inner strength throughout pregnancy? What if a woman knew she already held her own answers, and that all she had to do was to trust her intuition? How...

Rethinking “Racing for the Cure”

2010 was supposed to be the best year ever—I got married to my best friend, I graduated as a doctor of chiropractic, and then had the honor of bringing our first child, our son, into the world. Yet come December of 2010, my life came to a crashing...

Birthing with the Wisdom of the Ages

It is sometimes called our “inner knowing,” a “gut feeling,” or “the wisdom within.” Whatever its name, the experience is universal. It is a feeling, a word, or an image that stands out bolder than the regular stream of conscious thought and makes a...

Birthing Bliss, Birthing Trauma and Postpartum Depression

I remember looking out of my living room window, drawing on my connection to all the women in the world who had felt this energy before, all who were in that moment, and all who would in time to come. This energy, this incredible power, was...

The Mind-Body Connection in Fertility & Pregnancy

One of the biggest challenges we face in creating the lives we want is that our basic attitudes and perceptions of the world were shaped in the earliest days, months and years of our lives, long before we had a chance to form our own opinions....

Healing Birth, Healing the Earth

Birth, she is dying. This primal and unspeakably powerful initiation, the only road to motherhood for our ancestors, has been stripped of her dignity and purpose in our times. Birth has become a dangerous medical disease to be treated with...

Sing the Babies Earthside

On one silent night in Indonesia, midwives greet each newborn with song.It’s 3:33 a.m. at the Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) birth center in the village of Nyuh Kuning, just south of the Monkey Forest, in Bali, Indonesia. There i...

Schoolhouse, Rocked

The author of Free to Learn discusses his hopes for the book, and for children’s education in our society.With regard to our educational system, I feel a bit like the child in Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” who...

Parenting as the Practice of Freedom

Does parenting reinforce the control and domination in our culture, or is it a reflection of the freedom we claim to value so dearly? When I stepped into the role of parent, I didn’t question the foundation upon which the parent-child...

The Tiny Guide to Being a Great Dad

I am blessed with six wonderful children and a fantastic, lovely wife, and for this I am deeply grateful. But on a day like today—a lazy Sunday morning when my family is sleeping in and the soft light of the morning permeates the house—I reflect on...

Also labeled: Author Leo Babauta, Issue #38

Grateful for the Ride

My first son was born a short time ago. When he was lying in the baby warmer, being weighed, I looked at him and thought about how he had been allotted roughly 100 years of life. When those first 24 hours were over, 100 years suddenly seemed like...

How Frustration Can Be...Good?!?

The chicken never defrosted. The baby’s documents have gone missing, perhaps been shredded. We haven’t had a full night’s sleep in weeks, maybe months. Who can really say anymore? Did I mention the chicken never defrosted? I was really looki...

Game Changer

Gratitude can change the lives of young people. Meet Jeffrey Froh, Psy.D., who’s researching its wondrous effects.Remember how exciting it felt as a kid to meet someone at the playground who liked the same things as you? That’s the feeling I...

Embracing Imperfection: Is it Possible to Find Peace as a Parent?

I had the opportunity to spend a beautiful spring day at the Tucson Peace Fair. It prompted me to spend some time thinking about what peace means to me. Throughout the course of my life, my definition of peace has changed. I used to think...

Rejecting a Pre-Packaged Life

How many things do you do because you’re supposed to? Because your relatives and neighbors expect it? Because it’s easy and you don’t have to think about it? How many of those things are taking you and your kids in a positive and healthy direction?...

Also labeled: Author Sandra Dodd, Issue #36

Spiritual Stewardship and Planetary Health

As spiritual stewards, we awaken to the truth that every choice we make affects our lives as individuals. Every choice we make also influences the collective awareness of groups, families, organizations, communities and humanity as a whole....

You Say You Want a Resolution

…but too often, they lead to failure. Try setting a New Year’s intention for better results.Whether or not we make New Year’s resolutions, we think about them. We tend to tell ourselves that after the holidays are over we are...

Finding Presence Through Parenting

Our children live in the moment. We should learn from their example.Many of us are unaware of our boundlessness, our infinite potential and limitless essence. This is because we are confined by the cages of our thoughts, one thought after...