Balance

  • Gifts that give back

    1. Consciousness on your shoulder 
    Not only does it tote your organic groceries in style, but proceeds from this FEED bag (sold at Whole Foods) provide 100 school meals to children in Rwanda. ($30, feedprojects.org)

    41 picks for under $60 that’ll help you embrace the holiday spirit
    By Marcy Franklin additional reporting by Gabrielle Boerkircher
  • Get Inspired: Meditation for Minors with David Lynch

    Here’s a shocker: One of the film industry’s most brilliant minds once felt anything but brilliant.

    By Cara McDonald
  • Wheelchair T'ai Chi

    Regular physical exercise is crucial for healthy bodies, minds, and spirits—so what are people in wheelchairs to do? Besides their physical limitations, some wheelchair users lack the self-confidence to start exercise programs, transportation to workout facilities can be difficult, and fitness programs are often spendy. The result?

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Make Love Last

    It’s hard to believe that after those lofty vows of marriage, a relationship could break up because of something as mundane as dishes left in the sink or the protocols of reading in bed. Yet even the most evolved relationships get snagged in the pettiest of disputes.

  • Lift Depression With Meditation

    With summer coming to a close and shorter, darker days ahead, you might be wondering how to cope with the negative thoughts that often accompany the season’s change and can lead to depression. A recent study found that age-old meditative techniques and more modern cognitive therapy can help alleviate symptoms.

    By Ziba Kashef
  • Pure and Simple: An Interview With Veronica Bosgraaf

    When Veronica Bosgraaf’s 6-year-old daughter, Anna, became a vegetarian, it created one main problem: what to pack for school lunches? “Most sandwiches wouldn’t cut it,” says Bosgraaf, 38.

    Interview by Kristin Bjornsen
  • The Secret Life of Dreams

    It has happened to all of us: You sit up in bed after a doozy of a dream and wonder What did that mean? Mankind’s fascination with dreams has a long history. In fact, one of the world’s oldest surviving documents, an Egyptian papyrus, contains dream interpretations. Most ancient cultures believed dreams were communications from deities or departed souls.

    Your nighttime revelries could hold the key to your health.
    By Jeanne Ricci
  • Celebrate the Sun

    Summer’s here and you’re ready to hit the hiking trails, read novels poolside, and frolic in the fields. By now you know to pull on a visor and slop on sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s pulsing rays.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Get Inspired: Outside The Office

    Though her character, Jan, makes audiences laugh on NBC’s The Office, Melora Hardin takes a serious tone about eschewing consumerism, embracing a greener lifestyle, and bringing back family dinners. Natural Solutions caught up with the actress—and this month’s cover model—who talks about life outside of The Office.

    Interview by Bonnie Siegler
  • Spent?

    Can anything make you feel more out of control than watching your nest egg get snatched up in the ravenous jaws of a recession? Amid the gloom, many people feel pressed to reexamine their attitude toward money, along with their financial priorities.

    Nothing can be more depleting than worrying about finances. Transform your relationship with money to revive flagging spirits—and bank accounts.
    By Elizabeth Marglin