Inspirational Articles

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...

The Hummingbird

When I was a new student in chiropractic college, I was eager to absorb everything I could. Through my eagerness, however, I questioned everything I was learning. I wanted so much to believe the stories of miracles that occurred in the offices of...

The Mother

The most beautiful word on the lips of mankind is the word “Mother,” and the most beautiful call is the call of “My Mother.” It is a word full of hope and love, a sweet and kind word coming from the depths of the heart. The mother is everything—she is...

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A Woman’s Alchemy

Since the publication of my book, The Valley Spirit, many things have evolved in my life. Some of the dilemmas I faced at that time have now been resolved and borne fruit. The most pivotal changes have been becoming a wife and mother, sacred roles...

What If…?

What if we saw children sleeping on us as a positive? What if we viewed the babies who refuse to go down to nap as a sign that we need to slow down?

Breech Birth is Normal

The transition from maiden to mother is the most transformative and sacred journey I have ever taken. It’s the ultimate form of shapeshifting. I was reborn after the birth of my son, Rayan. I remember telling my midwife, “If I can do this, I can do...

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,...

I Will Teach You: What it Took for her Life to Become Her Own

The following is an excerpt from Tae Yun Kim’s memoir, Seven Steps to Inner Power. As the passage begins, the author has just been reunited with her family after the end of the Korean War. –The Editors Eventually, I was reunited...

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A Message from our Editor, Issue #60 - The Wisdom

The Creator gathered all of creation for advice.

Baby Choreography

First-time motherhood confounded me in a way I could not, and still cannot, put into words. The new life in my arms astonished me. I’d never before looked for so many hours at one face, day after day. I’d certainly never been simultaneously exh...

Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?

We don’t always understand why certain things happen. At times it could be so easy to be mad. To play the victim. To feel shame, disgrace, or even envy. It could be so easy for my husband and me to get angry, since this is our second...

Transforming Anger

Among peace-loving folks, anger gets a bad rap. This is because anger is usually present when violence is committed. But anger is a form of energy that can be applied constructively, too. That was Nature’s intent. Anger arises n...

12 Lessons My Grandmother Taught Me

When my grandmother, Zelda, passed away a few years ago at the age of 90, she left me with a box of miscellaneous items from her house that she knew I had grown to appreciate over the years. Among these items was an old leatherbound book. She’d c...

Creating Sacred Space for Birthing

We are the guardians of the most sacred moment in the lives of women and their families, with implications for the long-term health of both. It’s a moment when nine months of hopes, anxiety, planning, purchasing, celebrating, putting up with being...

A Grateful Mind Opens Up a Loving Heart

Operating from a state of appreciation and gratitude is not only the secret of fulfillment, but it’s also the secret of decreasing the editing, fractions, side-bending, and wanderings in life. You have more vitality when you are grateful for all y...

The Human Touch

This was my third trip to Africa. I go because I understand the profound effect that one adjustment can make on a child’s life. Making the 10,572-mile round trip takes a physical and emotional toll, but the travel is worth it if it changes even the...

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...