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Entries tagged with “Travel”

“Samsara”: A Feast for the Senses

Samsara, a non-verbal, visually astounding documentary, is the second feature film by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of 1992’s critically acclaimed Baraka. Filmed in 25…

10 Affirmations for Nervous Flyers

Buckle your seat belt, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

A Christmas Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage to the Taos Pueblo for a traditional ceremony gives author Rivvy Neshama a new understanding of Christmas.One year, after family plans fell through, John and I were de…

Book Review: In Search of Buddha’s Daughters

In Search of Buddha’s DaughtersA Modern Journey Down Ancient Roadsby Christine ToomeyThe ExperimentThe Buddhist nuns encountered in Christine Toomey’s In Search of Buddha’s Daughte…

Carry-On Wellness

No matter the duration of your flight, it’s important to take good care of yourself. What you do—or don’t do—aboard the plane makes all the difference in the world when it comes to…

Chair Yoga: Restoration for the Lower Back

Rejuvenate and release tension with this chair yoga sequence.

Daniel Zopoula on Traveling for a Greater Cause

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Discovering Gold on the Gold Coast of Australia

How a Trip to the Land Down Under Shifted My Perspective from Hole to Whole

Discovering New Kin

Collecting an imaginary album, where places in nature have made their mark.

Driving Evil Spirits Away with Bottle Rockets

Normally, when it comes to clothing used for a religious rite, you think of robes, a miter, a tallit (or prayer shawl), and perhaps a head scarf.Here is what I wore to honor Guan Y…

Film Review: Planetary

PlanetaryDirected by Guy ReidPLANETARY COLLECTIVEDirector Guy Reid’s documentary fuses the highly aestheticized style of such classics like Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka—with their word…

Finding Refuge

My 5-Week, $500 Vacation from Anxiety

Garage Yoga

The floor is hard, the walls are bare, the light, thin and waning...

Go On, Take that Photo

Snapshots actually increase the pleasure you feel about an experience

Happy Trails

“Travel can be exhilarating and fun, but also, by nature, uprooting,” says Tara Russell, a San Francisco-based life and sabbatical coach. Try these tips and products to keep yourse…

How Awe Makes Us Generous

What do the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel, and gazing at distant stars all have in common?They can awaken a deep appreciation for the world around us and inspire a profound sense of…

Jonathan Livingston Seagull Author Richard Bach's New Book

Over forty years ago, Richard Bach introduced us to Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a precocious young bird determined to rise above what was expected of him. Those who loved Bach’s s…

Meal Magic: Setting the Tamada-Flavored Table

One of my most memorable meals wasn't an actual meal; rather, it was a dining experience cradled in hospitality, friendship, and good, simple food. The place: the patio of a friend…

More Retirees Are Volunteering Around the World

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~ Betty FriedanMore and more older Americans are feeling the call to give back to others and are finding them…

Most Spiritual Spa 2011: Haramara Retreat Center

Religious faith can turn any place or building or gathering into a potential source of healing. But for those who have lost religious faith or never had it the question becomes: Wh…

Music Review: Nomad Songs

Nomad SongsStephan MicusECM RecordsStephan Micus describes himself as a musical nomad; he periodically travels the world with open ears to discover indigenous instruments, along wi…

Music Review: The Beautiful Not Yet

The Beautiful Not YetCarrie NewcomerAvailable Light RecordsCarrie Newcomer’s soothing vocals and inspiring music are grounded in social justice and authentic hope. “When you sing a…

Pacifist in the War Zone

Everyone has buttons that can be pressed, and I have one as big as a family-size pizza: war. I rail about state-supported murder; aiming and shooting at or bombing other humans; th…

Plant Totems

Excerpt from Nature Spirituality From the Ground Up: Connect with Totems in Your Ecosystem

Put Yourself At the Center and You Can’t Go Wrong

I live in a country where we drive on the right (not the correct, but literally the right) side of the road, and our cars have steering wheels located on the left side of our cars.…

S-Trip Reviews: Transformative Travel: CUBA!

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Spirited Away: What Yes

Lessons learned while staying with Hare Krishnas at an ashram in Argentina.

Stepping on Holy Toes

I am a pretty spiritual person. I choose to believe in God. At the same time, I have listened to some very convincing arguments that God is something we made up; that religion is a…

The Common Denominator

A moment that has shaped this writer’s perspective on people no matter where she travels.

The Commons: Crawling to Ecstasy

These physical journeys have become a spiritual quest, guiding me into old age with some semblance of equanimity and health.

The Commons: Receiving the Wisdom of the Golden Rule

A meditation on creating a civil society

The Good Witch’s Apprentice

It’s called “la tierra de brujos“ — the land of witches. Juventino Rosas, a traditional agricultural town in central Mexico, has a reputation for being home to good witches, bad wi…

The Heart of Money: A Question of Being “Blessed”

Q: My old friend from college tells me he is “blessed” because he made a fortune. I’ll admit to being a bit envious, but the big problem isn’t his money: It’s that he really believ…

The Incredible Lightness of Packing

12 Expert Tips for a Carefree, Stress-free Journey

The Island of Vitality

A place to get right and write

The Monkey’s Lesson

Spiritual practice begins with healthy engagement of the mind.

The South of France with Mary Magdalene and the Cathars

As I entered the massive Gothic basilica 
at Saint-Maximin in the southern French countryside near Aix-en-Provence, I felt I had entered another dimension. My pulse quickened, and …

The Ways of the Pilgrim

Actually walking 500 miles to Santiago de Compostela proved “a demented delusion.” But “the Camino” also serves those who sit and those who wait — upon others.From the first time I…

Three Great Places to Take the Waters

Spa en Vivo at Hotel MatildaSan Miguel de Allende, MexicoThere’s a large painting by Diego Rivera that hangs in the library of this chic boutique property. It’s called The Archer, …

Top 5 Spiritual Places to Visit in Europe

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Transcending Depression Without a Script

Antidepressants leveled out the highs and lows. So I found ways to supercharge them—to fully experience the agony and the ecstasy. And that feels better…

Transformative Travel: Finding a Dating Game That Works

There was a small notice in a throwaway paper in San Diego about the Hmong New Year in a public park in Kearny Mesa. I had known about the Hmong (pronounced Mong) mountain people f…

Transformative Travel: Following the Sheep

It is odd for someone who is city bred and lactose intolerant to be fascinated by a pastoral tradition that involves mountains, animals, milk, yogurt, and cheese, but there you hav…

Transformative Travel: Ghana

The Ultimate Ritual to “Let It Go”In Ghana there is a story that the name Jamaica is actually a bastardized version of the word Jaminica (from the Fon language), which means “let’s…

Transformative Travel: Greenland

For us today, as for ancient man, the four classic elements ― earth, wind, water, and fire ― are at the root of many religious beliefs and ways of life. For the Thule Inuit people …

Transformative Travel: How You Can Help with World Peace

“I feel guilty traveling to fabulous places when there is so much suffering and poverty in the world. Maybe I should volunteer to build houses with locals on my next trip,” my frie…

Transformative Travel: Ideal Places to Soak, Shower, and Float

I was wading through icy-cold water — willingly — and it felt great. I wasn’t at a spa with soft candles, pleasing scents, and fluffy robes; I was in an old, windowless tiled room …

Transformative Travel: The Advantages of Many Gods

“What’s the most soulful place in Taipei?” I asked a Taiwanese woman whose English name is Norma.“Come with me,” she said, and she led me to the much-beloved Longshan Temple in the…

Transformative Travel: Three Museums That Will Shake Your Soul

Here are three museums that take the notion seriously that who we are—spiritually, morally, ethically—is not a fixed thing. These museums plunk visitors into radical, intense, real…

Travel Essentials

10 Smart Items for the Savvy Traveler

Try the Deity with Alcohol Dribbling Down His Chin

The first time I saw him in Guatemala, he was sitting on a chair in a native marketplace, dressed in a black suit, black shoes, and black hat. His mouth was open, shaped into a sma…

Video: A Holistic Cinco de Mayo

On this episode of Conscious Living, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo the healthy way by heading South of the Border to one of  Mexico's top holistic healing destinations, Rancho La…

Video: Maui's Farm to Table Magic

Every day, 90% of the food consumed in Hawaii is flown over from the mainland, which creates an undue toll on Hawaii's environment, food security and economy.But for one Maui Resta…

Video: Urban Eco Tourism in Toronto

Looking to travel consciously with a low carbon footprint while still enjoying the best of city living? Watch this episode of Conscious Living featuring a visit to the greenest cit…

What’s Holy in the Holy Land?

Going to Israel isn’t like visiting any other country. The idea that you are literally walking in the footsteps of the patriarchs, matriarchs, kings, judges, disciples, prophets, s…

Why Ojai

A Tourist Town Where Mindfulness Is the Main Attraction

Enlightening, Empowering, Innovative, Inspiring… Don’t Miss a Word!

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