Wellness Lifestyle Articles

The Secret Power of Your Stable Nervous System

There’s a lot of well-deserved attention right now on teaching mindfulness to children, at home and in school. We know that mindfulness can be a powerful intervention to help young people cultivate critical skills for paying attention, and calming...

Thank Eustress

I am sitting on the ground, weeding our tomato plants. I gratefully take refuge in useful tasks like gardening and cooking. Busy hands almost always un-busy my mind. But that’s not working for me right now. Instead, I’m thinking about sev...

Birth Trauma: A Cultural Blind Spot

If I were to walk into a room of mothers and declare that it was complete nonsense that birth was painful, I would expect outrage and anger in respone. Yet the idea that birth may be painful for the baby as well as the mother carries very little...

Waking Up Your Heart Intuition

On the journey of becoming a mother, the inclination to connect with our inner wisdom rises up spontaneously. What is intuition? According to Wikipedia, intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning,...

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...

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,...

Engaging Mindfulness Every Day

Living mindfully holds appeal for many of us. When we meet a person who has integrated mindfulness into his or her experience, it sparks an inner longing. The thought of less rushing and more presence is appealing. The challenge is how to get...

Self-Care Isn't Selfish

Being kind to yourself is the key to being your best for the people who depend on you.In writing about self-care, I have one immediate hurdle to overcome: I loathe the term “self-care.” And, in fact, I am not so great at the actual task. Lik...

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...

How to Describe Birth to a First-Time Pregnant Woman

I’ll come straight to the point: There is a severe lack of women on this planet who enjoy their birthing experience, let alone walking away from it with a profound depth of empowerment. What is going so wrong? When I tried to talk to mothers in my...

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...

One Conscious Path in Parenting

As I opened the doors to the grand ballroom, I felt the spirited energy of the current presenter, Howard Moody. He was engaging the audience in an activity that allowed them to discover their playfulness. I scanned the room. It was packed to...

A Healthy Nervous System

Understanding Dis-ease From Another PerspectiveDisease is not something to be feared, but rather understood as a natural adaptation to negative stress. Many people think that the flu season, for example, is like a game of roulette—that it’s a...

Shed Those Shoes!: How Being Barefoot Benefits Brain Development

It drove my mother crazy when I went barefoot as a kid. It still does—because I’m in stockinged feet in the fall and winter, and barefoot the rest of the time! I can’t stand the confinement of shoes. And I’ve long been an advocate for children to go...

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...

Nursing Posture and its Role in Sympathetic Domininance

Motherhood is stressful, and getting used to life as a mom takes a major adjustment, no matter if it’s the first baby or the fifth. Between the family demands, work demands, financial concerns, endless to-do lists, and the influx of new hormones i...

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?

No Sleep Training Required

How to Achieve Radical Acceptance of Biologically Normal Infant SleepSleep is a usually a concern for parents for a variety of reasons. Most of these are fueled by unnecessary fear. It is so important to support parents as...

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,...