On a recent road trip I intentionally practiced a lot of forest bathing. Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing, also referred to as forest therapy, began in Japan in the 1980s and has since become popular worldwide. The Japanese government explicitly introduced
Happy New Year! Do you ever blend your spiritual knowledge and practices with fitness routines? Or take those same teachings and apply them in a new, practical way? The story Thich Nhat Hanh tells below is one reason I collect
When common challenges arise in my spiritual practice, and others — the people I teach and help heal also report common pitfalls, I write about it here. Mostly what’s been covered so far has been about the roadblocks to regular
The end of the year is a time of reflection. We go through cycles of gratitude, fasting, celebrating, traveling, resting and hopefully forgiving. There’s closure and promise. The new year’s afoot! And there’s grabbing. Grabbing stuff. Accumulating things. Yet more
As I reported at the end of last year in Thankful for Thich Nhat Hanh, Thay (teacher) as he’s known suffered a severe brain hemorrhage. Thay’s Plum Village community has announced regular health updates since then. He’s been receiving medical attention
Can peace be made? We make tea. We make love. We make art. We make dinner. What about peace? Is it buildable, constructible, makeable? Not in the way we may think, but yes, inwardly and outwardly we can ‘make’ peace.
We live, play, create and work in spaces. Just like our body or mind, our family, cars, finances and anything we possess or are involved with, the spaces we occupy also need attention. We may think space is inert. When