Seyyed Hossein Nasr blames environmental decline on “the divorce of our understanding of nature from the sacred and the spiritual.” The Islamic philosopher argues that Christianity in Western culture has failed to protect nature; and that Islam is a green … Continue reading
A little effort can turn the smallest space into a fertile sanctuary.
It might look peaceful enough, but this living room is the scene of a recent dramatic transition. My partner and I have just finished moving our home from Guelph to Waterloo, Ontario. Moving is supposedly one of the most stressful … Continue reading
The struggle to maintain good exercise habits reminds me of the importance of gratitude and ritual.
Every year on the evening of Dec. 21, people gather in Toronto’s Kensington Market to celebrate Winter Solstice with a festival of fire and lights. I have attended several times. This year I went with my partner and two daughters. … Continue reading
We spend so much time dwelling on the bad things that happen, it is easy to miss the good. For the positivity experiment, Kristy Jett invited people to participate in posting a list of 10 positive things that happened this … Continue reading
To younger people with mental health disorders I wish I could say, “It will be ok.” Man, that is what I hoped to hear from someone when I was younger. The truth is more complex. Sometimes it will not … Continue reading
My main drug of choice when I am trying to avoid stress is gaming. Sometimes I do it deliberately to give myself a fantasy escape. Other times if a source of anxiety has not risen from the subconscious I might … Continue reading
The longest day of the year has inspired rituals and celebrations for as long as our ancestors turned their eyes to the sky in wonder. If you go outside at dawn on June 21 it is not hard to believe … Continue reading
This is guest post exchange day in the 2013 WordCount Blogathon. This story comes from the U.S. West Coast, courtesy of my friend Jennifer Willis. Do you know what your personal environmental impact is? Really? Nearly nine years ago, I … Continue reading