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Author: Traci Pedersen

Got Difficult People in Your Life? Think of Them as Teachers

Ask yourself the question, “What are they trying to teach me?”

Deep Ties to the Earth: How One Northern Cree Tribe Finds Peace of Mind

A new study reveals that the community’s strength and resilience are tied to the…

Silent Night: Journaling Under the Moon

As another year comes to a close and we look forward to new beginnings, this is the perfect time to reflect on what is working in our lives and what is not.

Empathy: Medicine for a Wounded World

Here are eight ways to shift your thoughts to develop deeper empathy and help raise the vibration of our world.

Strengthen Your Bond in Nature

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. ~Theodore Roethke

Is Your Heart Chakra Open to Love?

We are all psychic, and it is through the heart chakra that we can access this information. ~ Servet Hasan

Candles for Prayer, Meditation, and Beauty

Rich in spiritual history, candles are the perfect way to turn your home into a sacred sanctuary.

Women Supporting Women: Leaving the “Mean Girl” Era Behind Us

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make …

Finding Spiritual Strength in Severe Illness

“Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any medita…

Are Your Actions Rooted in Fear?

“Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.” —…

Aging with Divine Feminine Beauty

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” —Kahlil Gibra…

Achieve More By Resisting Less: Understanding the Spiritual Law of Least Effort

“Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality, it brings something enti…

Using Flowers to Enhance Chakra Energy Flow

“...I feel very strongly there is an intelligence at work in every flower, in ev…

Color Your Way to Peace

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” ~ Pablo Pi…

Feng Shui for Summer

“In its highest and purest form, good feng shui signifies perfect alignment betw…

The Transformation of Yoga in America

Today, yoga seems as much a part of U.S. culture and fitness as aerobics and spi…

See the Forest Through the Trees

“Forget what hurt you in the past, but never forget what it taught you. However,…

Light Therapy Shows Promise for Gulf War Syndrome

It could be a scene from a futuristic 80’s movie: A helmeted, goggled man sits i…

Eat Leafy Greens for a Sharper Brain

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” —Hippocrates A new s…

The Connection Between Self-Esteem and Self-Clarity

What do you think of yourself? Do you feel that you are kind or unkind, successf…

Intensive Mindfulness for Depression

What’s been on your mind lately? If you’re like most of us, a lot of your time i…

When Farming Meets Technology: Sharing Survival Gardening Tips by Cell Phone

“A leader’s job is not to do the work for others; it’s to help others figure out…

More Retirees Are Volunteering Around the World

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~ Betty F…

A Strong Sense of Purpose May Protect Your Heart

In just a few decades, our understanding of the mind and body has risen dramatic…

Got a Busy Schedule? You May Not Need More Time, Just Energy and Perspective

Do you keep a running to-do list that never seems to end?  Do self-directed…

How Feelings of Awe Lower Inflammation

Do you know a person who still seems to retain a childlike sense of wonder well …

Release Your Stress for a Good Night’s Sleep

Do you tend to ruminate on the negative events of your past or the fears of tomo…

Forest Bathing

“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest, a…

The Healing Powers of Light Therapy

Bright light therapy has long been an effective treatment for people suffering f…

Can Spirituality Protect Against Negative Emotions in Heart Disease?

There is no doubt how strongly our negative emotions affect our physiology. When…

Sacred Moments in Therapy

The therapist-patient relationship is unique: only one person opens his heart to…

Can a Hug a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

It’s cold and flu season again — make sure you get plenty of sleep, take s…

The Problem of Unnecessary Antibiotics: And the Power of Natural Alternatives

When your doctor tells you that your cold symptoms are due to a virus (and not a…

Is Pain Keeping You Awake at Night? Try Shiatsu.

Getting a good night’s sleep can seem like an impossible dream for those in chro…

Vajrayana: Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Dramatically Boosts Brain Power

Vajrayana, an advanced form of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, has been shown to dr…

Spiritual Intimacy Linked to More Kindness, Respect in Relationship

Are you and your partner spiritually intimate? In other words, do you share your…

One Gram of Turmeric a Day May Help Keep Dementia Away

Herbs and spices do far more than add flavor to our food; many are powerhouses o…

Holistic Therapy Reverses Memory Decline in Alzheimer’s Patients

A new UCLA study has found that when individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) s…

Childhood Beliefs About Soul, Afterlife Stick With Us

Do you believe in an eternal soul? Is there an afterlife? Whatever you answer, y…

Yoga and Meditation Protect Cancer Survivors at Cellular Level

Meditation and yoga are renowned for their ability to help cancer survivors alle…

The Power of Interfaith Prayer to Unite Cultures and Religions

What happens when people of different faiths pray together? According to Gandhi,…

The Significance of End-of-Life Dreams and Visions

For many of us, an amazing phenomenon will occur in the final weeks before takin…

New Study: Being Reminded of Your Religion Lowers Hostility

Feeling angry or intolerant today? According to a new study by York University, …

Shedding Light on Mental Illness in the Church

The stigma of serious mental illness is reaching the end of a long tunnel, so to…

For a Positive Body Image, Choose Self-Compassion over Self-Esteem

“Beauty is perfect in its imperfections, so you just have to go with the imperfe…

Group Nature Walks Improve Mental Health

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he see…

Finding an Identity After Leaving the Church

“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every o…

Meditation Helps Relieve Migraine Misery

A new study shows that mindfulness meditation may help lessen the duration and s…

Praying to a Loving God Guards Against Anxiety Disorders

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. ~ Mahatma Gandhi …

To Give or Not to Give: What Prompts Us to Donate to Charity?

A homeless man stands on the corner holding a cardboard sign with the word “Hung…

Religion, Prayer Linked to Better Mood in Elderly

A new study reminds us to check in with our older family members to make sure th…

The Healing Power of Poetry in the Wake of Suicide

On September 10th, The International Association for Suicide Prevention will ack…

After the War: Healing Native American Veterans

Many hospitals and treatment centers have begun offering holistic therapies for …

Do You Suffer from Secondhand Stress?

Do you cringe when you see someone get yelled at, hurt, or embarrassed? Do you t…

Acupuncture: Bringing the Body Back into Balance

Many people are increasingly turning to acupuncture—one of the oldest heal…

Magic Words: ‘I’m Sorry’

Have you ever been hurt by an unapologetic person? Most of us have. When this ha…

Grateful People Are Happier People

"A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer."&mdash…

A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way

You don’t need to be an expert in mindfulness meditation to experience its amazi…

Holistic Exercise Helps Patients with Dementia

Do you know someone who suffers from dementia? Witnessing a loved one slowly los…

Hypnosis Improves Deep Sleep

A new study suggests that listening to audio hypnosis just before bed may help s…

How Meditation, Mindfulness Help Ease Chronic Illness

A novel study suggests that meditation and mindfulness can greatly improve the l…

The New List of Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables

Researchers have just devised a new list of powerhouse fruits and veggies (PFV).…

Tai Chi Slows Aging

Tai Chi is often described as meditation in motion. This ancient Chinese practic…

Take a Walk to Boost Creative Thinking

A new study shows that walking—as opposed to sitting—significantly i…

A Little Mind Wandering During Meditation Helps Process Emotions

Do you have trouble staying completely focused during meditation? Do your though…

Eat Your Flowers

"Just living is not enough...one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flowe…

Playing Outside Nurtures Spirituality in Children

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to…

Laughter Produces Brain Waves Similar to Meditation

Seeking out something to laugh about on a daily basis—such as watching you…

Green Tea Instantly Boosts Working Memory

Do you need an extra surge of brain power for a big test or a difficult project?…

Meditative State of Mind Linked to Breathing Focus

Your state of mind is closely linked to the many physiological processes going o…

Is Immortality an Intuitive Belief?

A belief in human immortality—that our bodies die but our spirits continue…

7 Stories to Inspire Getting Outdoors

Spring is here!  It’s time to come out of hibernation and step into the gre…

Sweet Dreams on Demand

You’re taking a morning walk with your best friend around a pristine lake, when …

Honey: The Sweet Solution to Antibiotic Resistance

Since ancient times, honey has been used as a natural cure for infections, burns…

7 Stories to Tap into Your Creative Flow

Think back to how you played as a child.  Remember how it felt to create yo…

Struggling with Food Cravings? Mindfulness Can Help

Do you struggle with intense food cravings? If so, you understand that powerless…

10 Keys to a Happier Life­­

What are the daily habits of truly happy people? And how can we incorporate thes…

Video: Meditation for Kids

<p>Video via <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTb1XgZ3x-w">Cosmic Kids</a>?</p>

The Moon’s Effect on Sleep

Humans have a love affair with the moon. And rightly so. This beautiful celestia…

Mandala Art: Drawing Your Way to Wholeness

“The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the …

Feeling Positive with Negative Ions

Negative ions are anything but negative when it comes to your health. Recent stu…

Traci Pedersen is a professional freelance writer who specializes in psychology, science, health, and spiritual themes.  Some of her most recent work includes covering the latest research news in science and psychology, writing science chapter books for elementary students, and developing teacher resource books.  When she is not researching and writing, she is spending time with her family, reading anything and everything, and going to the beach as often as possible.

Traci Pedersen

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