Sustainable Community Articles

10 Homesteading Skills Every Child Should Learn

When we offer our children the freedom to participate, they learn life skills.When kids learn basic homesteading skills, they get a number of really important advantages in life. Here’s a short list of what they gain:

Better Have Another

The first of the blueberries are coming in now, and most mornings one of us stops by the patch on our way in from chores to snag a handful or three. We planted the 90-something bushes 16 years ago, before we’d even broken ground on the house. This...

Money and the Divine Masculine

I recently attended a ceremony at the Tamera village in Portugal in which the officiant invoked “the healing of money.” Immediately a vivid image popped into my head of a man, vast and muscular, bound to the earth with stakes and tethers, straining...

My Father Is a Great Man

He is a man. He is 44 years old. He has black hair and sparkling blue eyes. He is my father. He is by far the person of whom I am most proud. Taking care of his children and relatives is his top priority. Everyone that knows him sees him as a...

The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn

Not long ago, a Diné (Navajo) friend of mine, Lyla June Johnston, sent me a one-line e-mail: “I am not going to Harvard…. I am going to plant corn.” Her statement signals a profound divergence from the path she’d set out on when...

Aluna: A Message to Little Brother

A black line, a network of hidden connections, links all the sacred places on earth. If that line should be broken, calamities will ensue, and this beautiful world shall perish. Destroying a forest here and draining a swamp there might have dire...

If You Lay Down, The Baby Will Never Come Out

An Overview of Traditional Native American Birth PracticesAs I celebrated Thanksgiving this year, I couldn’t help but remember the culture and heritage of America’s indigenous people, a culture mostly lost because of the establishment of...

How Modern Societies Violate Human Development

Withholding Human Needs Changes Human NatureThe modern world has been making itself into a pathological place by establishing as “normal” various practices that violate basic human needs. This leads to the development of suboptimal cre...

The Health Benefits of Finding Your Tribe

Most of us have been blessed to get at least glimpses into what it feels like to be part of a tribe. Maybe you felt that sense of belonging on your wedding day, when family and friends gathered from afar just to celebrate your awesomeness. Maybe...

Waiting for the Big One

When I was 14 years old I embarked upon a reading program that included The Gulag Archipelago, A People’s History of the United States, 1984, Silent Spring, and a volume by Paul Ehrlich titled The Population Bomb. The latter was a Malthusian work...

10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Change the World

This is a call to inspire action through Sacred Activism—what I define as the transforming force of love and compassion-in-action to bring forth meaningful and radical change in the world.

One Man's Open Letter to all Children: A Message for our Time

Dear Children, I know that this world must often seem confusing to you. It’s noisy, dirty and filled with adults scurrying about their busy lives without noticing you all that much sometimes. It’s filled with rules and people telling you wha...

What Do You Really Want for Your Children?

An interview with Dr. Wayne DyerHow often, as a parent or grandparent, do you wonder (and worry) whether you are capable of providing the guidance necessary for children to emerge as healthy, self-reliant, resilient and confident adults?

Power and the Family

To be passionate about the intricacies of our lives without being attached to specific outcomes, while simultaneously living true within our own skins, is a sure sign of authentic power and spiritual mastery. When we attach to labels, narrow...

Must We Sacrifice to Save the Planet?

I’m not motivated to hang my clothes on the line to dry because that effort may help to conserve energy and reduce my environmental impact. I hang those clothes because of how it makes me feel when I slip into them later, inhaling the fresh scent o...

On Connection

As a chiropractor, I often find myself reflecting on healing for individuals and for the world. I have come to recognize that all difficulties arise out of a sense of disconnection in one form or another. In fact, our very ability to express life...

Food for Thought (Just Grow With It!)

Like most young children living in urban surroundings, 6-year-old Gracie thought food came from the grocery store and a plant was just a plant. Then one spring day, her mom added some pepper seeds to a backyard container, and Gracie’s world began t...

A Message to Mums

My mother and father grew up in a society with no overprotective impulses—totally without cotton wool, as we say in New Zealand. Kids got on their bikes and were gone for the day. All was well as long as they were home for supper, or there’d be hel...

Where Are the Happy Babies?

Have we forgotten what babies need from (all of) us?I was so glad to meet a happy, confident, socially engaged baby this week. Baby Loren was a stark contrast to most babies that I encounter these days. Most tend to look distracted, unhappy,...

Raising A New Generation of Strong Women

Imagine if you were taught from an early age that, as Carla Hartley puts it, “birth is a medical event, preceded by an illness called pregnancy and ending with an emergency called labor.”