Sustainable Community 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...

The Roseto Effect: How a Close-Knit Community Can Enjoy a Reduced Rate of Heart Disease

It seemed like a virtual fountain of youth, with a heart attack mortality rate roughly half the rate of every surrounding community. Same water, same neighborhood, same occupational mix, same income level ranges, same races. So what was 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 Moral and Scientific Opposition to GMOs

Is the engineering of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) a dangerous technology posing grave risks to human and ecological health? Or are GMOs a potent new tool in the onward march of modern agricultural technology in its race to feed the world?...

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...

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...

Choosing a Birth Class: Hospital-Based vs. Independent Childbirth Education

In our society, where birth often happens behind closed doors, and the wisdom of labor is not often shared between generations, childbirth education classes have become an integral part of the journey of preparing for birth. However, many women are...

March for Moms and ImprovingBirth Join Forces

We are proud to share the news that ImprovingBirth and March for Moms will join forces to raise awareness about the need for greater investment and focus on maternal health issues in the United States. March for Moms is a multi-diverse group of...

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...

A Message from our Editor, Issue #56 - A Summit for Conscious Choice, March 2018!

Chiropractors have always been a collaborative force in joining professions related to natural healing. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association embraces this greater mission of chiropractic, and Pathways has been its avenue of...

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...

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...

The Grandmother Method

How a Hole in the Wall Became a school in the Cloud“What would children do with a computer that is made freely available to them in their village?” So wondered Sugata Mitra, who in 1999 was working in New Delhi, India, as a science...

Are We Medicating What it Means to be a Child?

The labels are becoming all too familiar to modern families: ADHD, ADD, OCD, ODD, and bipolar disorder, to name a few. Twelve percent of U.S. children and teens carried a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 2011,...

A New Kind of Thinking

The way to the heart is through the head Within and behind our everyday world is another world, inaccessible to our present day perception but accessible, if we make the effort, to our thinking. For the...

What is Biodynamics?

Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition. Biodynamic agriculture has been practiced for nearly a century, on every continent on Earth. Biodynamic principles and practices are based on...

Also labeled: Issue #55, Nutrition

Beyond Organic

Many people who are unfamiliar with buying food directly from the farm ask us if we’re organic. My standard response is that we are not certified organic by the National Organic Program (NOP), but we consider ourselves to be “beyond organic.” That, of...

Authenticity: Rejecting the Job Model of Parenting for a Freer World

I believe that a free society is possible only if we change some of our fundamental premises about parenting. First, I will address the relationship I see between parenting and how we think about control, and the type of society we create. Then I...

The Guy on the Plane

Most people assume that if you enjoy being around people, if you are gregarious and charming and outgoing, that you must be an extrovert. However, by strict definition an extrovert gets his energy from being with people, while an introvert gets...

5 Myths About Young People and Social Media

A new book exposes widely held beliefs about new technologyTeenagers have always been attracted to public spaces where they can hang out, find new friends, and talk endlessly with peers about matters that concern them, away from parents...