Balance

  • No Need to Meditate Perfectly

    I sat cross-legged on the living-room rug, closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and tried to quiet my mind. Alas, random thoughts persisted, flickering about like fireflies on a summer evening. After five minutes, I abandoned my Zen pose. I would have rather folded laundry or gone on a 3-mile run—anything with more tangible results.

    How one woman learned to let go and welcome stillness.
    By Susan Lembo Balik
  • Ink Therapy

    For years, I’ve tried to discipline myself to write regularly in a journal. I’ve bought beautiful, leather-bound journals and expensive pens, hoping that these treats would encourage my writing. I always filled the first page, at least, but the journals invariably ended up on a shelf, accumulating dust instead of ink.

    One man's success in writing away the weight of the world.
    By E.C. Roy
  • Say It Peacefully

    At my Memorial Day barbecue one year, I watched in awe as my friend Kathryn fielded baiting questions from a handsome, slightly drunk guest. I can’t remember the words she used, but instead of taking offense, Kathryn responded respectfully, without sacrificing her truth or compromising her dignity.

    Navigate disagreements by communicating with compassion.
    By Katy Butler
  • The Great, Green Escape

    You use canvas totes to haul your groceries home, take public transportation, recycle, and maybe even compost. Yet when it comes to going on vacation, you tend to relax your standards, right? Hey, it’s vacation after all. Who wants to think about how many plastic water bottles get tossed or whether a snorkel site’s coral is in jeopardy?

    Easy ways to lessen your impact on the environment when you travel. And 7 destination spots that’ll lessen your impact on the environment when you travel.
    By Nicole Sprinkle
  • This is Your Wake Up Call

    Not so long ago, you either had high blood pressure or you didn’t. Your blood pressure could even flirt with the high normal range without anyone getting overly worked up about it. The same held true for elevated-but-still-normal blood sugar levels.

    Precursors to hypertension, diabetes, and osteoporosis don't have to turn info full-blown disease. Here's how to stay healthy.
    By James Keough
  • Yoga Rx: Endometriosis

    The severe pain and heavy bleeding associated with endometriosis impacts nearly 5 million US women. While there’s no cure, yoga can help manage pain. Try these poses from Yoga for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle by Linda Sparrowe (Natural Solutions’ editor-in-chief) and Patricia Walden (Shambhala, 2004).

    By Nora Simmons
  • Yoga Rx: Reduce Hypertension

    At the pace we live, it’s no wonder hypertension has reached epidemic proportions—almost a third of adults have high blood pressure. But a review conducted by the Prevention Research Center at Yale University’s School of Medicine found that yoga may be as effective in reducing total blood pressure as conventional drug treatments. So strike a pose.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Turn a Lens Toward Your Life

    Remember the last time you came home after a long trip? When you walked in the door, the things you see every day—your couch, your bookshelves, your cat—may have looked a little different to you. For a split second, you may have seen them as they really are, not as your brain habitually interprets and judges them.

    How snapping photos mindfully can hlp you find focus.
    By Anne Ford
  • It's a Wrap

    Luckily, it was October, and finding a pirate’s patch to wear during the drive from Idaho to Colorado for our family vacation was hardly a problem. No one but my husband really knew the true reason for the patch; everyone else just thought I loved Halloween.

    How a spa treatment gave me the confidence to conquer life's challenges.
    By Gloria Burrell
  • The Virgin Queen

    I need sleep, lots of it. Nine hours are good, 10 are better, and 11 is heaven. Toss in the odd nap, and that’s a lot of time to spend in bed. And that bed has to be just right, a hypersensitivity that drove one erstwhile beau to crown me Girlfriend and the Pea. One speck of dirt on the covers, a trace of a funny odor, and it’s a bumpy night for all.

    By Donna Chapin