Posts By Vanessa Vidal
Four thousand years ago, the ancient Babylonians started a tradition of the celebration of the New Year by making new year’s resolutions. Their new year began when they planted their crops and promised their gods that they would pay their debts and return anything they’d borrowed, in order to gain blessings. This is likely the […]
Woke is used as a byword for cultural or social awareness. But being woke is dependent on how naturally awake, how aware, how alert you are. Unclouded awareness allows you to be successfully, actively attentive to important facts and issues including topics of racial and social justice. How awake are you? According to brain physiologists […]
Herman Melville wrote, “All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.” Why silence? A 2013 study on mice published in the journal Brain, Structure and Function, revealed the effect silence has on the brains of the mice: when mice were exposed to two hours of silence per day they developed […]
Do you suffer from occasional anxiety or does anxiety rule your life? Does it feel like anxious thoughts run through your brain with no “off” switch available? Anxiety is a reaction to stress, which is in itself an overdose of pressure on your mind and body. Anxiety can get in the way of living a […]
There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about the high rate of incarceration in the United States. Often enough young women, including many imprisoned for minor offences, are getting stuck in a system that does nothing to effectively improve their chances at a better future. In an October NY Times article by Maurice […]
What peace can we hope to find elsewhere…if we have none within us? – Saint Teresa of Avila If you find that your anxiety is easily triggered and being anxious is beginning to seem like your status quo, don’t give up. There are simple steps you can take to make sure anxiety doesn’t define you. […]
How is it possible for anyone—from a billionaire to a homeless person—to learn the same thing and find that it brings great relief and fulfillment to their life? The instant NYTimes best seller Strength in Stillness is described as a simple, straightforward description of Transcendental Meditation (TM). Reading it, you can learn what TM is […]
It can be tough to return to work or school after your summer vacation or after any leave. Switching gears can be difficult, especially when it is necessary to make up for “lost time.” And getting up to speed, let alone getting ahead, is not just a matter of working hard. According to female chief […]
Every day we hear about gun violence and it’s self evident that something needs to be done. The question in the media is: are people responsible and guns merely proximate causes? (e.g., “Stop blaming the guns and start blaming the person.”) Whether or not we regulate access to guns*, a more fundamental solution is to reduce violent tendencies and deal with the growing lack of impulse control in our society that leads to violence of all kinds.
“There is a force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.” – Mahatma Gandhi
When I think about nature, I think about my childhood, which was spent constantly out-of-doors. As a family we were campers, picnickers, hikers. If we could do anything outdoors, we did.
I grew up in New Mexico where nature was as intimate to our daily life as our own selves. Unlike life in an apartment building in a city, where the…