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Daily Meditation: Start Living

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Sleeping With the Enemy

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

"Green Is Good," T.D. Max's story mostly about The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the May 12 New Yorker, starts out covering TNC's current strategy to partner with big polluters to get them to mitigate in the interest of their own bottom lines.

Want To Move Off The Grid? Here's How It's Done.

Patrick J. Kiger | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Patrick J. Kiger

So you're enamored with the dream of living "off the grid": dropping out of modern civilization completely and becoming a self-sufficient iconoclast, free of utility bills, government intrusion and other pressures of the modern world. But even for the most resourceful and determined people, it's a challenge to supply all of life's needs.

Want To Move Off The Grid? Here's How It's Done.

Patrick J. Kiger | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Patrick J. Kiger

So you're enamored with the dream of living "off the grid": dropping out of modern civilization completely and becoming a self-sufficient iconoclast, free of utility bills, government intrusion and other pressures of the modern world. But even for the most resourceful and determined people, it's a challenge to supply all of life's needs.

The Religion With No Name: An Interview With Thomas Moore

Pythia Peay | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Pythia Peay

Drawing from the well of his own inner sources, he offers a new vision of how seekers can fashion their own connection to the sacred out of the materials of ancient faiths and everyday life. This is the first in a three-part interview.

Winter Is Coming (But It's Okay If You Don't Want It To)

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 02.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

We don't have to pretend to enjoy the winter if spring is our preference, but what if we could consciously embrace the season, understanding it is a prerequisite -- a rite of passage -- for the spring to follow.

A Year in a Japanese Teahouse

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 11.06.2013 | Books
Ann Tashi Slater

I landed in Tokyo on a chilly March morning in 1985, my head filled with thoughts of moon viewing and cherry blossoms, rock gardens and snow-covered temples.

Is Your Timepiece 'Keeping' You? A Mindfulness Practice for Transcending Time

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

Now is all you really have -- don't squander it by trying to keep up with something that really doesn't exist.

Lessons From Thoreau: Reflection, Integrity, Civil Disobedience

Matthew Dowd | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

What can a simple yet extraordinarily deep man from more than a century ago teach us about our times and us today? Much, it seems to me, after spending time walking in those same woods by Walden last week.

Documenting a Life in the Woods

Mary J. Loftus | Posted 06.15.2013 | Green
Mary J. Loftus

Ever wonder what it would be like to live deep in a forest for 50 years? Me either. But that's exactly what Harvard graduate Bill Coperthwaite has done, living a self-sustaining life in a three-story yurt in the Maine woods for more than five decades, attracting a near-cult status and fan following.

4 Lessons From Spring

William Horden | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
William Horden

Every change of season evokes emotions, but spring, charging out of winter's cold dark with renewed life and brighter days, seems our most beloved. New hopes bloom like flowers springing back from roots we feared lost to numbing ice.

How to Be Important After Graduation

Carl Safina | Posted 08.01.2012 | College
Carl Safina

Never chase money. You are not the product of four billion years of evolution just so you can own a cluttered garage. Make yourself someone rare and valuable -- then instead of chasing money, you'll find money chasing you

Can We 'Imagine' Ourselves Into A New Reality?

Peter Baksa | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Baksa

Dreams and imagination are the paints, the colors, used to create the portrait we call life. Choose them wisely. We do this by observing and adjusting our thoughts to align with our intention.

WATCH: We the Tiny House People: Documentary Trailer

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 06.19.2012 | Entertainment
Kirsten Dirksen

I continue to discover people who aren't even aware of this movement: iving in shipping containers, houseboats, tool sheds, former pigeon coops and treehouses. These stripped-down shelters reveal for us the essence of home.

To See the Animals: Our Safari to Tanzania, Part 9, the Last Installment

Ken White | Posted 05.29.2012 | San Francisco
Ken White

We're happy to go home. We know that we have a lot to go back to, but we're also very much wanting to stay.

A Complete Life: Miss Fuller by April Bernard

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

In Miss Fuller, April Bernard takes a speculative scalpel to the life of Margaret Fuller, offering a narrative of her experiences that shines a harsh and unbecoming light on the male transcendentalists.

The Hunt for Happiness

Charissa Newkirk | Posted 02.26.2012 | Home
Charissa Newkirk

My first thoughts about my own happiness were immature: happiness is having a boyfriend, being pretty, having friends, etc. But I stopped myself, and pictured what I want my life to look like in 20 years.

Saki Knafo

Cajun Country Prepares For The Mississippi Flood

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green

"They say the water is coming," Jim Delahoussaye wrote on his blog early this week. "They have exploded the levees in Missouri to save Cairo from drow...

Mark Twain's Language: "Bad" Words Then and Now

Hugh Rawson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hugh Rawson

The text of Huckleberry Finn includes more than two hundred instances of the controversial word. But this doesn't say very much about the author himself.

The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael DeJong

In its infancy, our little blue orb was a perfect place serenaded by little more than the swoosh of winds and the ebb of ocean tides. Enter humans.

Our Blackberries, I-Phones, Droids And Souls

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Is that screen and keyboard often in your hand the greatest personal and professional tool ever, or is it the devil's device, insidiously sucking the time out of your life and the life out of your soul?

Off The Grid: 8 Books On Living Outside The System

Los Angeles Times | Susan Salter Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Although books about carving out your own piece of the pie have been written ever since the Transcendentalists took issue with the direction that Amer...

An Academic Outpost of Heaven

Tom Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tom Morris

There's a particular alternate reality experience that I highly recommend. It happens to take place at an academic outpost of heaven. Forty five minu...

The View From the Maine Woods

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nick Mills

On a fishing trip in the Maine woods one has the time and space, the solitude and quietude, to contemplate the world "as deliberately as Nature, and n...

Thoreau's Walden Pond Shows Effects Of Global Warming, Invasive Species On Area Today

Scientific American | John Platt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Henry David Thoreau famously catalogued the plants around Walden Pond more than 150 years ago, and the information he gathered then is helping to illu...