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The Moment I Knew Gratitude is the Answer to Every Question
A month before her husband died, Kristin Meekhof drove her husband to cancer treatment as usual. It was a month after his diagnosis. While it was painful for her husband, it was also difficult for her. She tried to put on a brave face and hide her tears, but the sight of a sick child made her lose it. She ran to the bathroom to cry. The floodgates opened and she felt as if her "heart was literally... posted on Jun 07 2018, 10,296 reads


My Song to Nature
Can you remember being a child, lost in the wonders of the natural world around you? Revisit that wonder and joy. Lang Elliot provides the biography to his on-going work celebrating nature. Then, he treats you to a recording of his spoken-word and soundscape creation.... posted on Jun 06 2018, 4,360 reads


How I Moved My Cat from Israel to Pakistan
"I recently hunched over my desk lunch and typed: How to get a cat from Israel to Pakistan. This is not a question that Google easily answers. There are no holiday packages from Israel to Pakistan -- no direct flights, and no diplomatic relations. But here I was, asking the Internet weird questions at NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters in June. I was being trained there before I was to be dispat... posted on Jun 05 2018, 2,571 reads


Are You Walking Through Life in an Underslept State?
Why should you get the World Health Organization's recommended 8 hours of sleep? Matthew Walker, director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of the new book, "Why We Sleep", answers that question and more in this NPR interview. Read on to find out why sleep is important, how our environment affects our sleeping patterns, and tips for improvi... posted on Jun 04 2018, 8,030 reads


Fear Not the Narcotraficantes
Ann Sieben, better known as the Winter Pilgrim, has journeyed on foot across 44 countries over 40,000 kilometers along paths walked by seekers from years ago, and she doesn't carry any money, camera, or phone during her journeys. This particular moving account shares Sieben's pilgrimage in 2010 from Denver, USA to Our Lady of Guadalupe's church in Mexico City, via the treacherous Chihuahua Desert,... posted on Jun 03 2018, 9,803 reads


When Rivers Hold Legal Rights
In the beautiful land of New Zealand flows a river that now has a voice to protect it. The voice is not like ours, but in every other way the Whanganui River has been given the same legal protections accorded to any person living in New Zealand. The river now "owns itself" and has the law to speak up for it when the river's rights are being violated. This growing global movement for Rights of Natu... posted on Jun 02 2018, 4,248 reads


The Rejuvenating Power of Rest
Rest, especially sleep, is a powerful and necessary process of our lives. It is also one of the least honored activities of our days, lives and societies. Matthew Edlund explains both the why and the musical how of resting in this piece.... posted on Jun 01 2018, 7,074 reads


The Sunray Peace Village
The Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo is Chief of the Green Mountain, Ani Yun Wiwa, the 27th generation holder of the ancestral Ywahoo lineage of the Tsalagi/Eastern Cherokee tradition and a well-respected teacher of Vajrayana in the Drikung Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. She founded the Vajra Dakini Nunnery and is Director of the Sunray Meditation Society, an international spiritual orga... posted on May 31 2018, 4,278 reads


Joanna Macy: We Belong
Eco-philosopher, activist, and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy has been at the forefront of movements for social justice and environmentalism for more than five decades. This interview with her is about hope in times of chaos and dissolution. Is apathy a refusal to face the inevitability of suffering? Why is the state of the environment heartbreaking? Joanna also talks about our relationship with the... posted on May 30 2018, 4,760 reads


The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers
"How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies 'originals': thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals -- including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. 'You need a l... posted on May 29 2018, 3,794 reads


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