Balance

  • 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
  • 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
  • 5 New Ways to Green Your Office

    So your office already recycles, reuses printer paper, and everyone turns off the lights in the kitchen when they go back to their desks. But this Earth Day get ready to make your workplace even more eco-conscious with these unconventional ways to protect your productivity and the planet.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • In Your Own Backyard

    The typical patient at the Environmental Health Clinic at New York University comes in concerned about the water flowing from her tap, the air she breathes, and the chemicals her kids are exposed to at home. Sound familiar? The list of environmental health concerns seems to grow everyday, along with the clinic’s roster of clients.

    Reduce the toxins in your environment with these close-to-home solutions.
    By Samantha Cleaver
  • 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
  • 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
  • 31 Ways to Save Money and Stay Healthy

    When the economy heads south, we all start wondering how we can cut back on spending. Sadly, it’s often the things we do to stay healthy that are the first to go: the gym, massage, organic broccoli.

    Just because finances are tight doesn't mean your good habits have to slide. Here's how to scrimpwithout sacrificing your health.
    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Child's Repose

    Upon entering the world, my daughter Mira suffered a brain injury. Within seconds, my husband and I were thrown into a whirlwind of unfamiliar words, a loss of our vision of a healthy birth, and an unknown future anticipated with both fear and intense love.

    How yoga helped a mother see her daughter's disability in a new light.
    By Cindy Kaplan
  • Roses For Afghanistan

    For the past few decades, everything has not been coming up roses for war-ravaged Afghanistan, but that may be changing for some Afghan farmers. Thanks to a project sponsored by German NGO Agro Action and WALA—the company behind beauty mogul Dr. Hauschka—nearly 300 Afghan farmers have signed on to grow organic roses instead of illegal opium poppies.

    By Lindsay Wilson
  • Dance Your Way to Better Health

    When it comes to getting your groove on, you may consider yourself among the rhythm-challenged, with two left feet and a repertoire confined to wedding-induced displays of the funky chicken. The words fun and dance have never gone together in your mind. But lock the door, close the blinds, and give it a try with no one else around because dancing truly is an easy way to get into shape.

    From ballet to Bollywood, find your fitness groove.
    By Karen Asp