Current Issue — Winter 2023-24

What’s Inside…

MIND-BODY-SPIRIT

The Peace Choice – Creating a Life of Bliss

By Pramela Thiagesan

In a perfect world, there would be peace across all nations and harmony within communities. We look at world peace as a concept that is detached from our personal capacity — it is something to be wished for, a sweeping solution to nuanced disharmony that in fact begins within the individual world view. If we are to be the change we wish to see in the world, then let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with (you and) me….

A Deep Dive Into Sound Healing 

By Lindsey Haldeman

It is important to find wellness practices that can align us on a physical as well as energetic level. One such practice is sound healing. Sound healing sessions, often referred to as sound baths, utilize different instruments to create varied sounds, tones, and frequencies which aid in optimal functioning of both our physical and energetic bodies….

A Peace of My Mind: Practical Ways to Prioritize Your Inner Space 

By Lindsey Van Wagner

The miraculous, yet hard-to-grasp truth is that peace comes in all shapes and sizes, and we can access it any time. You don’t need to wait until your one-hour Yoga class to finally let yourself relax. You don’t need to wait for a major life change to start incorporating rest into your daily life. You don’t need to put off your peace….Here are some practical ways to reconnect with your inner space that won’t cost you any money or take hardly any time….

Heartfulness: A Transformation System for Our Spiritual Anatomy

By Vasu Murthy

Let’s embark on an enlightening journey to explore the fascinating concept of Spiritual Anatomy and its profound impact on our spiritual evolution, guiding us towards oneness with the Ultimate. To do this, we will talk about the Heartfulness system and its main features.

This Precious, New, Now Moment

By Trish Hall

I invite you to consider that how life came to be the way it is, is irrelevant. There are myriad possibilities that might explain how ‘what is’ evolved. You are welcome to choose whichever explanation suits you with one caveat: guide your choice to one that does no harm to you or anyone else. Be open. Make your selection in the present moment rather than reverting to an old thought-habit. Choose to say ‘yes’ to re-relating to your choice. Reposition yourself in relation to it rather than blindly returning to an old pattern. Be new in this new, now moment….

ACCESSING YOUR INTUITION

How Would I Know If I’m A Medium?

By Annie Larson

From my own experience as a medium, skeptics become believers once they have lost a loved one that they wish to communicate with and experience evidentiary proof during a mediumship session. Believer, skeptic, or somewhere in between, it is worth exploring your own connection to the spirit world by first understanding what mediumship is, its historical background, and the characteristics associated with what it means to have mediumistic abilities….

CULTIVATING COMPASSION

The Shreds and Threads of Equity As Seen Through My Personal, Multicultural Lens

By Tarah Singh; edited by Cam MacQueen

My name is Tarah Singh. I am a Guyanese American, and a multicultural artist, born in Washington, DC, in the fall of 1975, and raised between Teaneck, NJ, and Asheville, NC, where I currently reside…. With close connections to my family on multiple continents, I am aware of my unique background, and I have had a difficult time relating to a narrative of ethnic people being considered less than. I know my story isn’t like everyone’s, but these are the experiences I had, and it is my norm. I wish to share it with others, because it has greatly empowered me….

GREEN NEWS & VIEWS

Combating Light Pollution, Preserving Dark Skies

By Aurora B.

Light Pollution is defined by the National Geographic Society as “the excessive or inappropriate use of outdoor artificial light, affecting human health, wildlife behavior, and our ability to observe stars and other celestial objects”. Just like air or water pollution, “light pollution” describes conditions that are inhospitable to life as we know it. Our modern world is absolutely flooded with artificial light, whether it be from streetlights, sports arenas, shopping centers, or overly-lit individual properties, you name it….Currently, there are only a handful of organizations tackling the issue of light pollution….

HERB CORNER

The Sacred Herbs of Yule: Mistletoe

By Ellen Evert Hopman

While the ancient Romans once decorated their homes with Mistletoe at Saturnalia, the custom of kissing under the Mistletoe most likely has Scandinavian origins. Mistletoe is associated with the Pagan Goddess Frigga, wife of Odin, king of the Norse gods. She is the Goddess of love and mother of Baldur, the gentle God of the summer’s light….

Make Your Own Medicine: Fire Cider

By Hawatu Davowah

Fire Cider is a handy medicine to keep in one’s cabinet around this time of year. Many people use Fire Cider as a daily tonic to ward off colds or the seasonal flu. On a related note, I find Fire Cider gives me a much-needed energy boost in the colder seasons. Energetically, its ingredients like turmeric and ginger can be grounding and uplifting for the mind and spirit….

ASTROLOGICAL INSIGHTS

Winter 2023: The Clues Are Around Us

By Misty Kuceris

Every so often in history, we go through a time period in which upheaval creates changes that herald a revolution. While this feels like it occurs overnight, it actually starts slowly, perhaps like a quiet pulse, and keeps going until it becomes a great drumbeat or throbbing of the heart. By the time you hear the sound, you feel as if it were sudden and unexpected; yet all the clues were there. There were just too many other personal situations getting in the way. The revolution is not quite here, and will still take a bit longer before we recognize what the revolution is and how it impacts us. But the clues are around us as we look to various astrological events, especially the re-entry of Pluto for another short time period into the sign of Aquarius….

TO YOUR HEALTH

Functional Medicine Treatment for Long COVID

By Helena Amos, M.AC. L.AC., Euro. Physician

Long COVID, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or long-haul COVID, refers to the condition where individuals experience a range of persistent symptoms that last beyond the acute phase of a COVID-19 infection. These symptoms may continue for weeks or months after the initial infection has resolved…. The Long COVID condition can affect individuals of any age, including those who initially had mild or asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. The symptoms can vary widely and affect multiple organ systems, leading to a significant impact on the physical, mental, and cognitive well-being of the affected individuals….

Hypnotic Help for Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Beth Charbonneau, LCSW-C

Researchers aren’t completely sure how S.A.D. works, but believe that the reduced daylight hours impacts both melatonin and serotonin production in the brain, leading to the common symptoms of low energy and mood, problems with sleep, and difficulties with concentration. There are a variety of strategies for managing S.A.D. and improving wellness throughout the winter months. Many people find light therapy very helpful, as well as getting exposure to the daylight that is available. Physical activity, psychotherapy and medication are also proven treatment options and supports. In addition to these wonderful options, hypnosis can help provide a boost in lightening the load of dealing with S.A.D….

ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Telling the Truth: The Paradox of Peace as R/Evolution

By Carol Burbank

The world has always been full of questions, but lately, it seems like we are deeply attached to finding definitive answers. That always feels a little dangerous to me. Of course, like anyone, a convincing answer gives me comfort and a foundation. But I often find out that I haven’t asked the right question, and the foundation shifts uncomfortably. The truth seems no closer than it was before; peace feels far away. With our communities reeling from changes we never anticipated and uncertainties we cannot minimize, peace evolves slowly in the tenuous balance of expansive questions and layered answers….

WASHINGTON GARDENER

Winter Plant Picks – Part 2

By Kathy Jentz

Last winter, we shared five plants in this column to add to your garden for flower, foliage and bark interest when the rest of the garden is bare and gray. Here are three more selections to consider adding — or adding more of — to your garden for winter interest and beyond, as well as two plants to have fun growing indoors from forced bulbs for the new year….

BOOK REVIEWS

BOOK REVIEW

By Alyce Ortuzar

Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash, by Elizabeth Royte

ON THE COVER

ON THE COVER

EMBODIMENT #22, by Martina Sestakova