What is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across
by Scottie Gee Hines
I am Scottie Gee Hines, and I am a recovering emotional trauma hoarder.
No matter the experience, I used to stockpile every emotion, fear and obstacle. I didn’t feel safe in this world to be me. After a lifetime of struggling with my
by Sheila Julson
Some artists are driven by the sheer love of creation, with admiration or fanfare being secondary. Such is the case with Eldred Poisal, a painter who has quietly worked behind the scenes for most of his 50-plus-year career, telling the stories of his
by Mark Nepo
Teaching me how to steer the thirty-foot sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder
TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS
It was standing inside Timpanogos Cave (a national monument) as an 8-year-old child that marked me. Hiking to the entrance of the cave with our church group, we were ushered in by a park ranger. Immediately, the cool air locked inside the mountain
by Kim Schneiderman
Every life unfolds as a uniquely dynamic, purposeful and potentially heroic story that is open to interpretation, especially our own. We are the star and spin doctor of this work-in-progress, with the power to tell our stories as triumphs, tragedies or something in-between. Our
by Linda Sechrist
When properly viewed, the thresholds of all of life’s transitional moments can be both emotionally and spiritually rewarding. Whether it involves marriage or birth, job loss or illness, gleaning insight from the experience can yield fresh perspective on how to live life
by Sheila Julson
Oklahoma City photographer Ken Goad was originally more interested in viewing images than making images. During his teens, he frequently viewed photography magazines, and the vivid images instilled in him wanderlust to explore those destinations within the pages. “When I got out of
by Sandy C. Newbigging
Imagine being outside on a sunny day, looking at a clear blue sky. It’s natural to feel calm and wonderful while contemplating this expansive view.
Then a solitary bird flies across our field of vision. Noticing it takes our attention away from the stillness
by Joious Melodi
Many times, our inner voice tells us there is much more to our life than we are capable of experiencing at the present moment. So, what is it that keeps us from living and becoming the person that we long to be?
by Lyric Benson Fergusson
Where your mind wavers,
your heart overcomes.
Your heart can tame any monster,
your heart can devour any fear.
Your heart’s chivalry is incomparable.
Your heart’s genius
outsmarts what’s written on parchment
or etched on stone tablets.
Your heart sees an ogre
as an angel,
Just waiting to be born…
(with a soft
by Linda Sechrist
True love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love
by Peggy Owens
We live in a world full of violence, war, terrorism, evil and devastation, so it may be difficult or feel pointless to talk about kindness. However, the exploration of kindness can lead us all to a peaceful world and a fulfilled life.
Most blessings are done quietly, in the silence of one’s own mind and heart; most often others don’t even know about it. How a blessing is done is not as important as the fact that it’s done mindfully. There is nothing magical or mystical about
by Ethan Hulme
Everyone wants to make his or her community a better place, but sometimes people aren’t sure what to do or where to start. It can also be uncomfortable to acknowledge the economic and social differences in our communities. Yet when we reach out
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul will help immensely.
As primeval drumbeats echo across an African savannah, the rhythms circle the globe, picked up by the chants and rattles of shamans gracing Amazonian jungles and Siberian tundra. They’re repeated in Gregorian chants filling medieval cathedrals and “om” meditations sounding in Himalayan caves and yoga
by Linda Sechrist
In virtually all aspects of life, we are influenced consciously or subconsciously by mainstream media messages. Today, six media giants—Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, Time Warner, Viacom and DirecTV—control the vast majority of what we watch on TV and in
by Sheila Julson
Angel Balsavich, office manager of OKC Wellness/May Avenue location, started working temporarily at the clinic in 2008—then known as Chiropractic Wellness Clinic—to lend a hand to Dr. Ashleigh Muse, who needed help at her growing chiropractic practice. Today, Balsavich manages the office full
by Harvey Deutschendorf
The role of emotional intelligence (EI) in helping to facilitate success and happiness in individual lives has become well accepted. People with high EI tend to share seven habits.
Focus on the positive. While not ignoring bad news, EI people have made a conscious
by Judith Fertig
Throughout the past decade, success researchers and positive psychologists have sketched out in broad strokes the big picture of our elemental yearning for happiness. According to Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, inner happiness derives from
Mother Nature’s Rhythms Restore the Soul
by Susan Andra Lion
Mother Earth’s gentle hand is the secure cushion that warms us on long nights and sings comforting messages through endless days, protecting us even when things seem amiss. Take in her lovely presence. Embrace her consistent wisdom.
Grownups De-Stress with Adult Coloring Books
by Avery Mack
Coloring books are no longer solely the domain of children. Immersion in this fun, creative pastime by adults even for just 30 minutes can constitute a focused meditation that relieves stress. Doctor of Psychology Nikki Martinez, in Chicago,
Our Whole-Hearted Attention Is Our Greatest Gift
by Kay Lindahl
Perhaps one of the most precious and powerful gifts we give another person is to really listen to them with quiet, fascinated attention and our whole being; fully present. Deep listening occurs at the heart level, and
It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us
by Judith Fertig
For a reason, a season or a lifetime, friends help us cope with challenges, motivate our best work and celebrate life. Friendships take many forms, crossing generations and self-imposed boundaries, and even spring up among unlikely confidants.
by Dennis Merritt Jones
Our authentic self is constantly trying to get our attention so it may be more fully expressed. When we set our intention to genuinely evolve, we naturally begin to pay attention and see how redefining moments appear as needed. They are drawn
Self-Esteem or Value of Self?
Embracing Truth, Trust, Clarity and Love
by Kathi Springman
Holistic practitioners often ask clients what their goals are and what they want to work on. The most common answers are health, wealth and relationships—sometimes all three at the same time. The way that people
by Wayne Dyer
Heaven is a state of mind, not a location, since Spirit is everywhere and in everything. You can begin making a conscious decision to look for the unfolding of Spirit in everything and everyone that you encounter.
I personally do this by making
The Adventure of Couchsurfing
Stay with Locals and Make New Friends
by Lisa Rosinky
Daniel Sperry, a “couchsurfer” in his late 50s, decided a few years ago to quit his day job and make a living by performing cello music and reciting poetry in living rooms across the
by John McKnight and Peter Block
The essential promise of consumerism states is that everything fulfilling or needed in life can be purchased—from happiness to healing, from love to laughter and from raising a child to caring for someone at the end of life. What was