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Author: Stephen Kiesling

Maybe the “First Agreement” Is “Don’t Bite Anybody”

Then Comes “Share the Wealth,” “Reduce Your Footprint,” and “Don’t Poison the Bugs Inside You.”

Restival

The New Art of the Retreat Festival

Why Ojai

A Tourist Town Where Mindfulness Is the Main Attraction

Your Assignment: Complete the Story

Complete the Story of The Sword in the Storytelling Stone and Win $1000

The New Physics of Immortality

What if we put two geniuses in Schrödinger’s cat box?

Your Assignment: Shake Things Loose

Share your own special practice

Find Your North Star

Let the gravity of your star pull you into your dreams

Are You Closer to Muhammad than to Jesus?

Last summer, the University of Birmingham announced a startling discovery: two m…

Why We Should Listen to Mary

Even if she’s all in your head, she has something important to say

The Commons: Create First Nations Day

Grandma Agnes Baker Pilgrim, 91, was about to fly to Amsterdam and then on to Af…

The Island of Vitality

A place to get right and write

The Fashions of Our Addictions

Did shamans pack tobacco leaves into leather pouches only for symbolic reasons?

Bringing Grandma Home

Grandma Aggie wants to sit in her family chair. Who could say no to that? But Grandma Aggie is no ordinary grandma and her chair is not the front porch rocker.

Playing with Food

What to eat amid the sounds of caterpillars munching?

How the Body Creates Our Moods

Classic research grounds our moods in the body, not in the head, and points toward simple steps to happiness.

Prioritize Your Priorities!

Living an authentic, conscious life now requires us to manage ourselves like modern multinationals. Here’s how!

A Lifetime of Spiritual Evolution

Honoring our legendary founding editor, T George Harris

How to Achieve Whole Body Happiness

One thing I have learned in my weekly men's group is how fragile we are. Lawyer,…

Injustice in a Group Boosts Willingness to Volunteer

Research from New York University suggests a counter intuitive notion: A  s…

How Much of Aging Is in Your Head?

In 1979 a young Harvard psychology professor named Ellen Langer (soon to be play…

Lessons from Peak Experiences

About 10 years ago I paddled my white-water kayak onto a wave at “Steamer Lane” …

How Meditation Might Help Break the Cycle of Poverty

In our July issue we reported on studies by Martha Farah, director for Cognitive…

Latest Message from Water: Is Dr. Emoto a Spiritual Madoff?

Ten years ago this magazine received an advance copy of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s book …

A Perfect Day for Couples In Santa Fe

Whether it’s Adam and Eve, Adam and Adam, or Eve and Eve, neuroscience suggests …

Survival Consciousness

Infinite bliss and enlightenment may be just a breath away. But what does that r…

Is Yoga Safe?

Two years ago, at breakfast with the dean of yoga at Kripalu Center for Yoga and…

Virtue Fatigue: The Anatomy of Temptation

Consider the classic recipe for seduction: chocolates, dinner, wine, dessert, da…

Practicing the Art of Trying with a 28-Year Comeback at the Olympic Trials

The time is 6:39 p.m. at the Olympic Rowing Center at Lake Mercer, New Jersey. T…

Give Us Ten Minutes, We'll Give You the Kosmos

Go ahead. Check your watch. Let's see if we can pull this off. The next 10 minut…

The Company You Keep: Does it Need Transformation?

It was one of those situations in which, at least for awhile, everyone lost: My …

The Generative Game of Life

Sixty years ago Eric Erikson's great phrase "Identity Crisis" became the cry tha…

Beyond the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

About fifteen years ago, Robert E. Thayer, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at C…

Wired for Compassion

In the mid-seventies, psychologist Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., left teaching at Harva…

The Ceremony at the Heart of "Salmon Nation"

About 18 months ago, an extraordinary woman came to my home on the Rogue River i…

Be the Change

“You must be the change you want to see in the world,” said “Mahatma” Gandhi, wh…

This Thanksgiving, Call in the Directions

Over the past 25 years, the Mankind Project and New Warrior Training Adventure h…

America's Most Spiritual Spa 2010: Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

Even a first award requires a history. And any history of spiritual spas leads i…

Do Eyeshades Protect Against Obesity and Cancer?

In Newsweek last December, science writer Sharon Begley pulled together research…

The New Power Plant in the Backyard?

One day recently my friend Oliver Fix and his colleague Rudy Behrens arrived at …

Teaching a Boy to Meditate Underwater

Relax, and bring your attention to your breath. If you are like many, this is a …

Why We Surprise Ourselves Doing Grand or Stupid Things

Over the last decade a number of studies and books have likened willpower to a s…

Most Spiritual Spa 2011: Haramara Retreat Center

Religious faith can turn any place or building or gathering into a potential sou…

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