Into the Forest, Sort Of

Close your eyes (after reading this of course), and imagine yourself standing before a large forest that extends to either side of you as far as you can see. This forest must be “old-world” growth because the trees are huge—as tall as skyscrapers, and you feel so tiny in comparison to them. Here you...

Flowing Like a River

We all have difficult times in life—difficult situations, difficult choices, and difficult interactions. Even a river occasionally flows over rocky outcrops and forest debris on its way to the sea.  But most importantly, the river keeps flowing to get there. That’s what we do throughout our lives, we keep moving forward, over the obstacles,...

Why Would Anyone Want to Be Hypnotized?

I chuckled while writing the title question, because in truth we are being hypnotized most of our waking hours by whatever media device we use, whether we read something, watch something or listen. All forms of mass communication are filled with advertising, which is one of the most blatant forms of persuasive hypnosis that...

Coming Back Into Balance

Wellness is a term we use to describe a state of physical, mental, and emotional health. For those who look even deeper into illness causation, we could also include spiritual health in the mix. While there are many definitions of what constitutes health for all those interconnected systems, I lean toward describing an optimum...

Lion Prints in the Fresh Snow

“As the morning sun back-lit our tent’s thin canvas shell, we sat shivering together, eyes wide and nerves shattered over the previous night’s ordeal. Hesitant fingers unzipped the tent flap a few inches from the top, but frosty breath blurred my vision as I pushed my forehead through the flimsy opening, hoping to see...

Marching Forward

March stomped in on worn-out snowshoes in our area amid single-digit temps, creating many long sighs with eyes to the sky, asking, “Is this really necessary?” We in the Midwest aren’t alone in those sentiments or conditions, but we all deal with it the best that we can and keep our lives moving forward,...

Learning a Basic Meditation

Today’s world is definitely high-tech, high-energy, and high-stress. Our concentration is constantly pulled from one moment to the next by a myriad of external sources and communication devices. So finding a way to relax either during the day or at day’s end becomes extremely important to our own well-being, both physically and mentally. No...

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