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Welcome to "Meditation Made Local"

You should know right off, you won’t find here an interesting discussion of Vasubandu’s role in Yogacara Buddhism, or the subtle accretions of the practice from the Theravadans to …

Welcome to Chambalabamba!

If you can afford to retire, you can afford to start your own eco-community.

Welcoming Spring and Change

Getting out of our comfort zone is not always easy, but we may find that releasing our grip allows it to feel a little more like grace.

Welcoming the Full Flower Moon

The May supermoon marks a turning point, a movement into the bright, sunshiny half of the year.

Wellness—A Way of Life

"We travel through life like a ship on the sea. Every ship will be blown about by the wind and tossed by the waves, yet a stable and strong ship can sail with the winds and find direction through obstacles confident that it will reach its destination safely."

Wellness—A Way of Life

Dr. Melva Martin, an experienced naturopath, highlights how to prevent and reverse signs and symptoms of disease without drugs to improve mental, spiritual and physical health. She…

Wendell Berry on conviction

What I stand for is what I stand on. — Wendell Berry

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Were You Abused by Accident?

When you are a victim of abuse, your mind comes up with all the reasons it's not really happening.

Were You Raised to Be Afraid?

“I was raised to believe that being frightened meant being alive. Timeo, ergo sum. That being scared is not a frailty but a skill. That I displayed intelligence by shunning whatever displayed itself as welcoming or wild. That the scariest time-bomb in the world was me.”

Were You Trained to Hate Yourself?

One night many years ago, when I was 29, I sat beside my father in a car.He was criticizing a young friend of ours for having planned a very costly wedding. In the process of plann…

Wetlands Under Threat

An ancient web of wetlands across the upper Midwest, essential to migratory birds and the health of waterways, are draining at an alarming rate.

What Am I Going to Make for Dinner?

Spend some time cooking every day—and enjoy it!

What Are the Best Presents for People With Low Self-Esteem?

Here are some strategies for picking gifts that not only are relatively trigger-free, but also possess healing powers which might outlast the gifts themselves.

What Are We, Really

BEYOND THE HORIZONSome ideas seem almost too big to begin to wrap one’s mind around — and almost too scary to even try. But given the choice of putting on blinders to stay comforta…

What Are You in Service To?

When I think about service, I think about my first teacher, Arvis Joen Justi. In my 20s, I became interested in Zen Buddhism through a book I read by Alan Watts. I cannot remember which one it was, but at the time, in the early 1980s, Watts was a popular writer and one of the first people to bring Eastern spiritual teachings to the West.

What are You Waiting For? Ditch the True Love Myth

When it comes to the health of our bodies or it comes to the health of our relationships, many of us are hopeless optimists. We ignore the warning signs that something isn’t right,…

What Are Your “Stand Fors”?

“Encouraged by ego and the desire to not fail, people stick with the investment bought with faulty facts and then maintained even though they know better.”

What Are Your Charms?

Several years ago my husband and I decided we wanted to buy a home in a really nice part of Maui. The house we chose was all glass and wood and had a beautiful ocean view. We set o…