Sustainable Community Articles

Somatic Development as Biotechnology

What is “biotechnology”? Is it the capacity to produce fire, or to sculpt sharp tools, or to have the Internet? What if there was another side of technology? Could we flip the coin and realize that we may be a technology of life itself? Maybe the bod...

What Is Continuum?

Diving into deepening awareness of the fluid body we inhabit, we find ourselves often beyond the scope of words. How do we describe such profound, often primordial experiences? For approximately 45 years, Emilie Conrad has been investigating...

The Doula Research Gap

Doulas are disrupting the existing system of medicalized birth. So why haven’t we seen more research on their effect?As a young woman, at the beginning of my doula career, I naively thought that major medical journals would be regularly...

Enjoy Your Kids

Being present as a parent can make both the fun times and the struggles something to savor.Have you ever noticed how pregnant women and parents with little kids seem to naturally attract all kinds of unsolicited advice? When I was pregnant,...

Creating Security in an Insecure World

We humans need security. We want to know that we are safe and we are loved and it is all going to be okay. And yet…it isn’t always safe, and it sometimes isn’t going to be okay. Even being loved can be taken away. Enough good news? I certainly...

Five Reasons to Start Gardening

I love to garden— so much so that I’ve created a little urban farm at my home in New York City, replete with food, medicinal herbs, and chickens. Gardening is such an easy way to interact with nature. You get to surround yourself with flo...

Every Act a Ceremony

I met a woman a few weeks ago who works with a Kogi mama, or shaman, from the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Colombia. He came to California a few years ago and performed extensive ceremonies on a particular spot of land. He said, “You’d better do a...

Vision of a Freebirth Community

Imagine a world where childbirth was a sacred event in the family cycle, where the birth of a child was completely free in all senses of the word. The word “free” historically connoted an affectionate relationship— between members of a house...

A Way of Blessing

The blessingway ceremony has its roots in the traditions of the Navajo hoshooji ceremony in North America. It celebrates a feminine rite of passage, inducting women into new and venerated phases of their lives. Customarily, the blessingway ceremony...

The Social Heart: Energy Fields and Consciousness

In physics, it is generally accepted that “distant” particles can act with instantaneous “knowledge” of each other’s state because the order of the whole (the cosmos) is nonlocalized and enfolded into all parts. More recently, it has become evident...

Payback Is a Blessing

How I Inadvertently Created the Village That Saved MeI have been called unlucky, and I guess, by some calculations, I could be considered so. I am a person who big things happen to. Big, hard things. Of course, everyone has stuff—life h...

Living in the Gift

Why does the sun shine? A random result of coalescing gases igniting nuclear fusion? Or is it in order to give its light and warmth to life? Why does the rain fall? Is it the senseless product of blind chemical processes of evaporation and...

Unlearning What We’ve Learned

To Give Birth, Women have to Let Go of Life’s Bad LessonsWhen pregnant women are induced routinely before 42 weeks of pregnancy, babies learn they have to dance to someone else’s tune, rather than following their own music and time of...

The Powerful Counterbalance to the Masculine Mind

The mind/body duality is as fundamental to universal nature as masculine/feminine duality. When it comes to qualities and strengths of the mind and body, traditionally the mind has been seen as the source of more masculine energies (reason, logic,...

Six Things Every New Mother Needs

Borrowed Wisdom from Cultures Where New Moms and Babies ThriveI was chatting with my friend Ashley about her best friend’s wedding. There were parties to organize, dresses to buy, rehearsals to attend, and registries to fill. Ashley was...

In the Absence of the Village, Mothers Struggle Most

Dear Mothers, I’m writing to you today because I can no longer contain the ache in my gut and fire in my heart over an injustice that you and I are bearing the brunt of. Although this injustice is affecting everyone—men, women, and...

A Community for Parents

Pathways ConnectTo prepare for the birth of my first child, I was blessed with a community of supportive, like-minded mothers while in chiropractic school. When my husband and I moved away and had our second child, I realized how amazing...

A Child's Innate Gifts

Each child is unique. Parents come to know their offspring as highly distinct individuals soon after birth. In part, that’s because babies arrive with traits and talents waiting in a raw state of potential. Young people have an inborn drive t...

The Drugging of Children: A National Disgrace

In 1998, approximately 5 percent of children in the United States were diagnosed with a condition known as “attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder” (ADHD). By 2007, that percentage jumped to 9.5 percent, and has continued to increase. In October...

The Ancient Cure for Depression

Counteracting the Health Impact of a “Civilized Lifestyle”Depression is a global epidemic. It is the main driver behind suicide, which now claims more than a million lives per year worldwide. One in four Americans will suffer from clinical...