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'Nature Deficit Disorder' Might Be Made Up, But The Health Benefits Of Being Outside Are Real

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living

Now that winter is upon us, an estimated 4 to 6 percent of the American population will contend with Seasonal Affective Disorder, a depression-related...

Passionate Green: It's Not Just the Temperature That Gets Intense

Linda Buzzell | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Linda Buzzell

So now what? If we have truly found ourselves at the point in human history when we cannot avert environmental catastrophe, what should we be doing?

Where's the Fire? (Or, Business as Usual)

Linda Buzzell | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Linda Buzzell

So the general numbness and Business As Usual among people of good will continue, as the clock ticks and the planetary temperature climbs. What's the rush?

Nature's Winter Solstice Message

Linda Buzzell | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

This is my prayer for winter solstice 2013: that we have at last reached the depths of the darkest night before the beginning of a new dawn. Warm solstice season wishes to all, including our beloved animals, plants and planet, for the return of light in all of our lives.

News Flash: Our Bodies Are Part of Nature!

Linda Buzzell | Posted 01.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

We tried shifting our wake-sleep cycles so they were more in sync with the rest of nature. We slowly switched most evenings to quiet reading, meditating or relaxing before sleep rather than seeking out the stimulation of computers, hyperkinetic TV and films or other media before bed.

What's Your Politically-Defining Decade?

Linda Buzzell | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Linda Buzzell

So what -- and where -- is or was your defining decade? When and where did you turn 18? What was going on politically, socially, culturally, environmentally and economically before you turned 30?

Green Spirituality

Linda Buzzell | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

My own search for a daily spiritual practice that doesn't shrink from reality but offers a link to the best in life and spirit has led me to create a simple prayer to center my days.

Career Opportunities in the Emerging Sustainable Society

Linda Buzzell | Posted 07.23.2013 | Green
Linda Buzzell

We're all part of the Make or Break Generation: Will we destroy our own life support systems beyond repair or will we quickly learn how to live and prosper in harmony with the rest of nature?

Why We Still Need Roses

Linda Buzzell | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green
Linda Buzzell

The truth is that roses -- if you buy the RIGHT roses (old or new) for your location and climate -- are incredibly tough shrubs that can survive almost anything -- even the gardener's ignorance.

Planning a Community Event? Try Local Heroes Instead of Stars From Afar!

Linda Buzzell | Posted 07.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Linda Buzzell

In the era of relocalized food and relocalized everything, what if we help local people do well and develop their talents rather than just rewarding well-marketed folks from far away?

How To Create Your Own Retreat From The World

Linda Buzzell | Posted 06.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

I feel that our gardens have a special function in times of stress. Whether we're suffering from public crises or private losses, all are soothed by time in the garden.

A Recipe for Community

Linda Buzzell | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

The bottom line? Any community gathering, organization or event that engages body, mind, soul and spirit has a far greater chance of surviving and thriving.

Is Daylight Saving Time Unnatural?

Linda Buzzell | Posted 05.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

What effect does this mechanization of our biorhythms have on our health and general well-being? Surely forcing ourselves to fit into an unvarying schedule no matter the season can't be good for us.

New Report: "Global Collapse Appears Likely"

Linda Buzzell | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
Linda Buzzell

Stanford University scientists Paul and Anne Ehrlich have issued a report titled "Can a Collapse of Global Civilization be Avoided?" in the Jan. 8, 2013 issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences division, revealing that "global collapse appears likely."

Neuroscientist Says Green Consciousness Is in Right Brain

Linda Buzzell | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

For those of us interested in how right-brain connection could alter our species' presently destructive relationship with the rest of nature, it seems critical that many more people experience the holistic, blissful feeling of oneness with all there is in our amazing universe.

Forget the Fiscal Cliff -- What About the Environmental Cliff?

Linda Buzzell | Posted 02.19.2013 | Green
Linda Buzzell

Humans seem to have an unfortunate tendency to be short sighted. We have evolved to respond to the immediate, local crisis while ignoring larger, more general threats to our collective survival.

Going Green in the City

Linda Buzzell | Posted 05.18.2012 | Green
Linda Buzzell

Way too many of us believe we can't go green because we live in the city, have no land, have a small apartment, etc. etc. So we continue to be slaves of the supermarket.

The Zen of Pruning

Linda Buzzell | Posted 03.17.2012 | Green
Linda Buzzell

Where did we get the arrogant idea that we know better than the plant itself how to maximize its productivity and health?

'You Trashed My World And Stole My Life': Dealing With Generational Eco-Depression

Linda Buzzell | Posted 08.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

How can we help young people who are struggling to understand and deal with their emotions about eco-issues? New eco-therapy training programs are trying to fill the gap.

Here's the Proof: Green Environments Are Essential for Human Health

Linda Buzzell | Posted 07.17.2011 | Home
Linda Buzzell

For anyone who still doubts the amazing healing effects of nature connection, here's the proof: Rigorous new research by the University of Illinois r...

Start A Local Sanity Salon

Linda Buzzell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

The good news is that at this moment in time -- environmental, psychological, political, social and economic issues are converging, as the true nature of our collective challenges becomes clear.

"Pattern Recipes" -- The Cure for America's Cooking Crisis?

Linda Buzzell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Linda Buzzell

Michael Pollan has now decided that the American Food Crisis is actually the American Cooking Crisis. Why are fewer and fewer folks are preparing healthy meals from scratch?

Have You Taken Your Vitamin 'N' Today?

Linda Buzzell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

Vitamin Nature, that is. We now understand that zoo animals are miserable and unhealthy when separated from their native habitat -- why would human animals be any different?

The 'Wild Nature' in Our Bodies

Linda Buzzell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

As we bring new attention and respect to this "nature within," we begin to heal the human-nature relationship in a very personal way, and this opens the door to engagement at a wider level.

The Simple Life: An Antidote to Junk Piles and Complexity Pollution

Linda Buzzell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

The accumulation of "stuff" has become a huge burden on all of our lives. Once we've cleaned out the junk piles, we realize that every new product we purchase demands space and time-wasting.