The University of Michigan reports that during the last twenty years, kids' daily playtime has been downsized by four hours. Sheer creative play is fast becoming a forgotten part of childhood — a fact that can jeopardize children's ability to handle stress and compromise their immune systems. Here; an expert in the practice of imagery offers some simple games that help kids catch their breath. Beyond all else, using imagination helps children become whole and responsible human beings — something even elaborate technologies or expensive playthings cannot provide.
With better technology, more police, stiffer minimums, and bigger fails, we now “trail ‘em, nail ‘em, and jail ‘em” faster and harder than ever. Yet as crime is falling, both our prison population and our fear of crime keep rising. So something is terribly wrong. There must be a way to break the cycle of fear — to heal crime. And there is. It’s called restorative justice.
Coping with chronic illness requires spiritual resources that children cannot easily talk about. Now a hospital chaplain has developed two simple, enjoyable techniques to help them express their fears and tap into their deepest strengths.
Generative people tend to be those who have worked through their identity crises. Their life stories -- good or horrible -- tend to be coherent. They're dealing with their stuff, figuring out who they are. In other words, self-help isn't selfish.
An acclaimed novelist, friend of Andrew Weil's "since the days when he couldn't afford to fix his washing machine,” and former co-executive producer of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, recounts an odyssey worthy of Achilles to fix her own right heel — maybe even her soul. Did she get well because she heard the right message or found the right drug or the right healer? Or was it time itself?
Apocalypse actually means “unveiling” — the emergence of new things. And even though change can feel like the end of the world, it inspires some surprising guides who thrive on the spiritual edge. They can teach us the art of Living in Threshold Times.
Emotional trash from the past is unavoidable, but it is not all bad. In limited quantities, it can provide fertile ground for the sprouting of compassion, empathy, and understanding.