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Why Going Green Is Good for My Family’s Spirit

I should have known we would end up here, but for almost a decade I managed to keep it well below the surface of my conscious mind. When my husband brought it up as a possibility, I had plenty of arguments. Good ones: we’re not good at home improvement projects; we’re too busy; we have […]

July 7th

Dealing With Trash in a New, Spiritual Way

I came to the decision to live without plastic garbage bags largely because of plastic garbage in the oceans. You can learn a ton about the problem and solutions at 5 Gyres. Yes, there are currently five gyres or areas where large swaths of plastic and other trash circle endlessly in the seven seas. Much of that mess is […]

June 28th

What Our Children Can Teach Us About Nature

Children are willing to receive. Our kids, unburdened by social impositions, accept the gifts of nature matter-of-factly. The tree to climb, the mulberries to eat, the cool water to wash dirty feet, the fascinating bug — they are all accepted, without any self-consciousness or hesitation. Children understand, in a way that we adults tend to […]

June 6th

Celebrating Resurrection in the Southern Hemisphere

Did you know that Easter is actually a 50-day season, not just a single day? Easter season will actually end on June 8, the day of Pentecost. Because it’s still Easter and because I’m still celebrating, I’ve thought a lot about how different areas of the world celebrate the season. I have a friend in South […]

June 2nd

How to Let Go of Environmental Fear

You’re jogging and a rattlesnake sidles out along the path. You’re in your car in the middle of nowhere when the clouds gather low and the radio blasts in with a tornado warning. You’re in the doctor’s office waiting for the results of a biopsy. You’re watching a video, seeing a giant iceberg shrink, a […]

May 28th

How to Talk to a Conservative About the Environment

Not too long ago, environmental reform was a bipartisan, no-brainer issue. President Richard Nixon, a social conservative on many issues, established the Environmental Protection Agency. Our major federal environmental laws were all passed with bipartisan support, as was later legislation which strengthened them. But things have changed. Data from the Pew Research Center shows that Republican […]

April 24th

How to Have a Divine Cleaning Experience

It’s well accepted that a clean environment is good for the body, mind, and spirit. But people often over look the simple spiritual joy the process of cleaning can bring. Now that spring is upon us and cleaning is on our minds, why not enjoy beautifying your space. Here are four simple steps to have a […]

March 6th

How to Meditate and Exercise by Connecting to Nature

By Mica D’Alesandro Wondering how to meditate and exercise? Walking outside is a great and fun way to exercise, untangle your mind, and connect your spirit to the natural world around you. From local parks to state parks, from warm beaches to snowy paths, from cliffs to waterfalls, there is always something to explore that’s […]

January 27th